Thursday, June 20

Tourism M’sia hopes to attract Ukranians to S’wak

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KUCHING: Tourism Malaysia hopes to entice adventurous Ukrainians to come and experience Sarawak for its culture, nature and adventure tourism.

Its state director Ahmad Johanif Mohd Ali said this during a welcoming dinner for the 21 journalists from Ukraine here on Tuesday. They are in Malaysia for a familiarisation trip, which includes a four-day tour of Sarawak.

“Sarawak is ideal for those who want to explore caves, see rainforests and experience a unique culture,” he said, “This is the group we have to cater to.”

Johanif hoped the visiting journalists would find highlights in the state that would be of interest to those back home, and help boost the state’s image
alongside the better-known Sabah.

“Last year, we have 699 Russians visiting Sarawak. We are using Russia as a benchmark because tourists from Ukraine are normally listed as coming from Europe,” he said.

The Ukraine journalists were feted to a buffet dinner on board the Sarawak River Cruise vessel upon their arrival here.