Sunday, February 23

Tourism forum to build ties among industry players

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Canon (seated, right) filling out the Sarawak Tourism Forum registration form while witnessed by Yong (centre) and Audrey.

KUCHING: The Sarawak Tourism Federation (STF) will be organising a forum on tourism at a leading hotel here on April 16 and 17.

According to its president Philip Yong, the inaugural Sarawak Tourism Forum themed ‘Charting our Direction in Tourism’ is aimed at fostering ties among key players in the tourism industry as well as to identify the potential and direction of the industry in the state in the future.

“We are expecting around 200 to 300 delegates to participate in the forum where an experienced panel of speakers will be sharing their knowledge and expertise on the tourism industry.

“Furthermore, the forum will be attended by two top facilitators, namely Elizabeth Rich who has more than 30 years of experience as Meetings Industry Association of Australia chief executive officer as well as Yeow Siew Hoon, the leading media voice for Asia Pacific’s travel industry for more than 25 years,” he told a press conference at Sarawak Tourism Board’s (STB) office here yesterday.

Present were Sarawak Convention Bureau (SCB) managing director Mike Canon and a member of the panel of speakers, Audry Wan Ullok.

Yong, who is also the forum’s organising chairman, said STF will be featuring a special competition on ‘How I Would Chart the Direction of Tourism in Sarawak’ in conjunction with the two-day forum.

The competition, which requires participants to submit a short five-minute video clip, is open to all Sarawakians, especially youths.

“We will announce more information on this once everything on the competition is finalised,” he added. To attract the participation of youths to the forum, STF will also be offering free scholarships to the first 20 who sign up for the forum.

Supported by the Ministry of Tourism, STB, and SCB, the forum is expected to be officiated by Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Tan Sri Adenan Satem on April 16. For further enquiries, please call STF at 082-240620 or 012-8987667. Alternatively, email [email protected]