Thursday, July 18

‘Direct flight from Korea a possibility’

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FOR REMEMBERANCE: Abang Johari (second right) presenting a souvenir to Kim, as Talib (second left) and Gramong look on.

KUCHING: There is a possibility that the state will have a direct flight from Korea through the local tourism industry network with the country.

According to an officer from the Korea Institute of Tourism and Culture, Dr Kim Dock Key, the possibility would be given serious consideration to further enhance existing bilateral relationships between Sarawak and Korea.

“Korea now has a direct flight to Kota Kinabalu and we will consider having a direct flight to Sarawak to further promote tourism here.

“Besides that we also intend to enhance cooperation among the industry players in both Sarawak and Korea,” Kim said during a visit to Tourism Minister Datuk Amar Abang Johari Tun Openg here yesterday.

Kim, who led a delegation to meet Abang Johari added that the group was attracted to the tourism products in the state.

He mentioned Bako National Park, which he described as a natural tourism product with beautiful tropical forest and scenic views.

A group of 16 delegates from the Korea Institute of Tourism and Culture joined in the visit; they will also be visiting Sarawak Cultural Village.

Earlier, Abang Johari suggested that Korean aviation companies arrange direct flights to the state to increase tourists’ arrival from the country.

He also said that Sarawak Economic Development Corporation (SEDC) could work together with the Koreans to popularise the game of golf in the state.

“In Sarawak, there are many areas which has the potential to be developed as golf courses,” he said, adding that there were already many golf courses available.

Also present were two Assistant Ministers of Tourism Datuk Talip Zulpilip, and Datuk Gramong Juna (Local Events and Products).