Sunday, June 16

Sarawak lobbying for inclusion in ‘Golden Holidays’ package

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THE Tourism and Heritage Ministry is urging Malaysian Airline (MAS) to include Sarawak in their ‘Golden Holidays’ destinations to boost the state’s tourism industry in the global market.

Its minister Datuk Amar Abang Johari Tun Openg said that he was discussing with agencies and the airline to explore ways to connect Sarawak to the international market.

“I welcome the use of Sabah and Sarawak as major promotional platforms for MAS in the French market,” he said after the State Legislative Assembly (DUN) sitting yesterday.

“I’m now in communication with MAS in exploring ways on how we can connect Sarawak to their international network,” added Abang Johari, who is also Minister of Housing and Urban Development.

When asked about the response from French tourists, he said that it was still slow due to the lack of flights.

“At the moment there are some tourists from France but not many because our problem is still connectivity.

Therefore I welcome the introduction of low-fare routes by MAS and I hope the low-fare routes also include Kuching as one of the destinations,” he

said.

Abang Johari also urged MAS Golden Holidays Sdn Bhd to come up with a package that includes Sarawak as one its destinations.

MAS Golden Holidays Sdn Bhd is a division of Malaysia Airlines responsible for marketing and selling Malaysia Airlines holiday packages and tours.

In a report published yesterday, MAS area manager for France, Spain, Portugal, and Nordic countries Sarjanisham Darus said that the airline was working with Tourism Malaysia to promote Sabah and Sarawak by flying in media personnel from European countries to learn more about the two states.