SIBU: Singapore could be an ideal market for Sibu’s tourism products due to its higher currency.
Travel company managing director Robert Tan said Sibu has many gems to offer to this segment of tourists.
“From traditional longhouses, food to jungle trekking. But for that to happen, it is imperative that the perennial request for a Sibu-Singapore route be made a reality.
“For starters, the flight could be on a weekly basis before progressing to daily. The new airline Malindo perhaps, can seriously consider serving the market,” he suggested.
He pointed out that Kuching has four airlines flying that route while Miri has two.
Tan complained that domestic tourists from the peninsula could be reluctant to travel here if the airfare for the Sibu-Kuala Lumpur route remains high.
He said currently a return ticket for the Kuala Lumpur-Hong Kong route was just RM700.
“Ideally, we should target Singapore, which is a gateway for international tourists,” he said.
Meanwhile, Tan said bookings have been heavy in the run-up to Gawai Dayak.
Air fares have also risen steeply with Sibu-Kuala Lumpur tickets costing between RM600 and RM700 one way.
He added that outbound seats were still manageable while bookings were high for inbound travel as many were returning for Gawai.