Monday, April 22

More Kuching-Seoul sports and tourism links in pipeline


KUCHING: The Sarawak government will be looking into ways to enhance the collaboration in sports and tourism between Seoul, South Korea and Kuching, Sarawak.

Permanent secretary to Ministry of Tourism, Arts, Culture, Youth and Sports Datu Ik Pahon Joyik said one way is to increase connectivity between the two cities.

“Our ministry is looking at how we can enhance not only the friendship through sports but also see how we can enhance accessibility and connectivity through collaboration probably in other forms of activities, looking in how we can get more South Koreans from Seoul to come direct to Kuching,” he said at the welcoming dinner for the Seoul Stars-Kuching FA Charity Football Festival at a local hotel Friday night.

“So tonight this is just the beginning of many more to come and I am confident with all the support and cooperation from other agencies and the private sector and sponsors, we will be able to see more exchange in terms of activities be it in sports, culture or inter-tourism activities between the two countries,” he added.

“Kuching is the City of Unity and your presence has enhanced and enriched that element of unity.

“Seoul and South Korea have been our partners not only in tourism but also in sports and I hope that in future we can have more collaboration,” said Ik Pahon.

He also hoped that the visitors will have a enjoyable and memorable stay in Kuching and that they will bring back good memories of their experience in Kuching, Sarawak.

Also present were Seoul Stars-Kuching FA Charity Football Festival organising chairman Fazzrudin  Abdul Rahman, Park Jisung Foundation chairman Park Sungjong, ACFM chief executive officer Charlie Yoon Yo Gung, DBKU mayor Datuk Abang Abdul Wahap Abang Julai and Korean celebrities.