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China Agents Responded On Sarawak Tourism Opportunities

China Agents Responded On Sarawak Tourism Opportunities

Kuching, Monday – 20 selected travel agents from Guangzhou and Shenzhen, China will be in the City to do tourism product inspection from December 28 to January 1 as part of the promotion initiative for Air Asia’s Direct Kuching-Shenzhen flight.

These top China agents are selected from the list of more than 70 agents that turned up at the Sarawak Tourism Board (STB) and Air Asia’s business sessions that were held in Guangzhou and Shenzhen on December 13 and 14 respectively.

The five-day familiarisation trip will enable the China agents to see and check for themselves the various Sarawak tourism product experiences and also the various hotel properties while at the same time they will be given opportunities to do networking sessions with local travel partners.

The Business sessions were being conducted by STB with five Sarawak hoteliers and eight travel agents attending to propose their tour packages to their China travel operators.

Meanwhile, Sarawak trade partners who participated at the two business sessions in Guangzhou and Shenzhen have expressed satisfaction on the outcome of the Roadshow trip.

The opportunity to meet up with quality big time China travel agents was intended to share business opportunities available in packaging the Sarawak tourism products and also a networking platform to discuss business potentials.

Meanwhile, the Assistant Minister for Tourism, Datuk Lee Kim Shin, who also led the roadshow delegation together with the Chairman of STB, Datuk Abdul Wahab Aziz, expressed satisfaction on the outcome of the trip.

“The Business sessions allow us to meet more than 70 China’s agents and they are very enthusiastic about Sarawak as it is seen as a new destination”, he said.

The proposed direct flight has given new window of opportunities for the industry and with the strong business support from these China based agents, we hope that it will turn a new chapter on China potential tourism market for Sarawak, he added.

He was optimistic that China’s huge tourism market will open up the travel and hospitality business in the State and bringing in tourism related investment opportunities to spur up development in the State.

“STB will continue to collaborate with Air Asia to tap the travel potential in South China especially now that we will have the direct flight and the need to sustain it,” he reiterated.

The Assistant Minister called on industry partners to prepare for the influx of China tourists with the availability of the direct flight and he equally hoped that more direct flight will be planned in the future connecting Miri to China as well.

Meanwhile, tourism promotion for the proposed direct flight was extended to Kalimantan Barat where Indonesians are expected to transit in Kuching to catch the flight to South China.

STB had earlier organised the Sarawak Travel Fair in Pontianak on November 17 to 18 and the proposed direct flight to Shenzhen which had received favourable acceptance to the Indonesians, said the Acting Chief Executive Officer, Mary Wan Mering.

Adding that it will be a double bonus to the state, the arrivals of Indonesian on transit to South China augurs well for the tourism arrival into the State, she said.

While admitting that air connectivity is crucial in getting the tourists into the state, she said   without it, a double hurdle challenge is in for us to promote the destination in the market place.

We are truly thankful to Air Asia for being able to look into our needs, she enthused.

China Agents

Picture show, the Sarawak delegation with Datuk Lee (front row fourth from left) with Datuk Wahab on his right with their China guests posing a thumb up photo opportunity   after finishing the Shenzhen business session.

 

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SARAWAK TOURISM BOARD
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Sarawak Tourism Board Signs Mou With See Mark Travel Services Taipei

Sarawak Tourism Board Signs Mou With See Mark Travel Services Taipei

Taipei, Taiwan, Friday: –  Sarawak’s promotion in Taiwan was given a shot in the arm today with the signing of a memorandum of understanding (MOU) between Sarawak Tourism Board (STB) and Taipei based See Mark Travel Services at the Taipei International Travel Fair held at the Taiwan World Trade Centre here this morning.

The MOU will enable See Mark Travel Services to run its charter flights from Taipei to Kuching on January 28th and subsequently, during its Summer 2017 season, starting from June 2017 to August 2017 with a total of 19 flights with one flight in every five days.

The Chairman of the Board, Datuk Abdul Wahab Aziz signed the MOU while See Mark Travel Services was represented by Mr. Mark Chen, See Marks’ General Manager.

The ceremony was witnessed by the Permanent Secretary to the Ministry of Tourism, Arts and Culture, Datu Ik Pahon Joyik and Mr. Chen Chiang Yang, See Marks’ Sales Manager.

After the signing ceremony, the exchange of MOU documents was witnessed by Deputy Chief Minister and Minister for Tourism, Datuk Amar Abang Haji Johari Tun Openg and his Assistant, Datuk Lee Kim Shin.

Later in the afternoon, Datuk Amar Abang Johari, who is leading a six-member delegation to Taiwan, held discussion with Taiwan’s Far Eastern Airways and Malindo Air on the possibilities of mounting direct schedule flights to Kuching.

“We are pleased that we are making inroad in the Taiwan markets with charter flights and we hope that we will be able to negotiate for more charters and schedule flights in the near future.” remarked Datuk Amar Abang Johari.

He added that it will be an initial start towards solving the challenge of connectivity in the State.

He expressed confidence that his Ministry will continue to work with local Taiwanese partners in Taipei and in other cities to further the State’s ambition to improve connectivity into the state.

Also present at the signing ceremony were the President of the Malaysian Friendship and Trade Center in Taipei, Datuk Adeline Leong and the Director of Tourism Malaysia Taipei office, Ahmad Faisal.

Meanwhile, the STB Booth at the ITF features four local Taiwanese travel agents and a consortium of six travel partners featuring Sarawak packages at this Taiwan’s premier travel fair.

They are the Lion Travel Services, China Dragon Travel Services, See Mark Travel Services, Tai Yuan Travel Services, the “Green Miracles” Consortium of six agents and Sarawak-based Regal Properties on Malaysia My Second Home programme.

Picture shows Datuk Wahab seated second from left, flanked by Mr. Mark Chen on his left signing the MOU witnessed by Datu Ik seated at left and Mr. Chen (right). Also seen standing from left, Datuk Lee, Datuk Amar Abang Johari, Datuk Adeline and Ahmad Faisal.

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SARAWAK TOURISM BOARD
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