Tuesday, June 25

Ukrainian media, travel agents in city on fact-finding visit

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KUCHING: Members of the Ukraine media and travel operators are currently in Kuching on a fact- finding visit.

The delegation of 25 members yesterday, being their last day here, pays a courtesy call on the CEO of Sarawak Tourism Board, Datuk Rashid Khan at STB office.

The group is here to study the opportunities and interests for the development of business tourism with the state and to see what potentials Sarawak holds, which Ukrainian companies, organisations and tourists can participate in.

Rashid gave a general introduction to tourism in Sarawak and also the state strategic tourism plan in his presentation to the guests from Ukraine.

The Ukrainians expressed satisfaction and showed special interests on the two music festivals that are held in the state.

As part of their visit itinerary they were taken to places of interest around Kuching such as Annah Rais Longhouse, Orang Utan in Semenggoh and Bako National Park.

They also took the opportunity to inspect five-star hotel facilities in Kuching, which travel operators routinely do to have first-hand facts that they could pass on to their clients.

The Ukrainian media team consists of members from Kiev Telegraph, Evening Odessa, Life of Odessa, Travel and Leisure, DNA, Nashe Zdorovye, Voice of Ukraine – The Parliament Ukraine newspaper, VTV Plus as well as Odessa and Kherson TV. At the end of the trip and together with Impala Travel, the media team will hold a photo exhibition on ‘all about Malaysia’ in Odessa and Kiev. The TV channel, VTV Plus had shown interest in making a special TV documentary about Malaysia, which they hope to present at an international film festival and also to be shown on Ukraine national TV.

The group will head to Sabah and then Kuala Lumpur before flying back to Ukraine on Nov 19.