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State to Pursue Connectivity Despite Setbacks

State to Pursue Connectivity Despite Setbacks

The State will continue to pursue connectivity to international airport hubs despite recent setbacks, assured the Assistant Minister for Tourism, Datuk Lee Kim Shin yesterday.

It is not easy to convince airlines especially foreign carriers to Sarawak as there are equally attractive destinations that they can look to, he said.

We are trying our very best and the ROUTES Asia 2019 sessions’ here has been a touch point to meet up with airline companies in the regions and we want to convince them that connectivity into Sarawak can be a viable business, he added.

Having scheduled meeting appointments and engagements with airlines and airports, we began to understand the business and that enables us to be wiser when dealing with the business professionals in the tourism industry, he continued.

Datuk Lee, who was leading the Sarawak Tourism Board’s delegation to the business gathering today met up with nine airlines especially companies mostly from the region and fours airport operators to obtain better insights into their business needs.

“We made headway today and with some promising results during the engagement session and that keeps our hopes up in securing better connectivity into the State, he enthused.

“We have to work hard and be able to give enough reasons to convince airline operators to consider mounting flight to Sarawak”, he added.

Today, the Sarawak team met up with at four more airline operators to wind up the session before calling it a day and return back.

Acknowledging that connectivity must be propelled by sufficient number of travellers, tourists and holiday makers, Datuk Lee said it must also be complemented by business travels and as such conducive business environment and attractive destination’s tourism products were sought for by airlines operators he explained.

ROUTES Asia, the region’s leading meetings of airlines and airport executives started on March 10 and will end today.

Datuk Lee (left) with Zainuddin Mohammad, Malaysia Airports Holding Berhad’s Senior Manager and sharzede (right) as the business meeting with representatives of Qatar Airways

 

Datuk Lee (right) presenting the Gunung Mulu National Park coffee table book to Min Yao, Director of International Planning of China Express Airlines. Seen from left is STB’s Chief Executive officer, Sharzede Datu Haji Salleh Askor and China Express’s International Business Manager, Meng Ling.

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Sarawak Sees Breezing Start at ITB Berlin

Sarawak Sees Breezing Start at ITB Berlin

Berlin, Germany; Wed: TheInternationale Tourismus-Börse (ITB) Berlin opened its doors at Messe Berlin yesterday to more than 10,000 exhibitors from 185 countries.

Sarawak Tourism Board (STB) participated in this world’s largest travel show with an 18-member strong delegation headed by the Minister for Tourism, Arts, Culture, Youth and Sports, Datuk Haji Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah together with three Kuching-based travel partners.

The first day of the fair’s opening saw the packed programme for the Minister and his Assistant, Datuk Lee Kim Shin with trade business partners taking turns for the schedule meeting sessions and media interviews by Berlin based FVW Medien travel trade magazine, Reise Aktuell, Vienna based international travel magazine and the Radio xy UG station.

During these meetings, a variety of topics were covered including talks on airline connectivity, promoting current events and creating new events in Sarawak, as well as, promising an encoring interest from ITB Berlin in the future.

STB’s first day business engagements showed promising outcome with leading Amsterdam based De Jong Tours and Switzerland Asien Direkt GmbH showed  renewed interest in Sarawak.

Tomorrow’s line-up of programme for Datuk Karim includes the signing of Memorandum of Understanding on joint marketing programme in Germany between STB and Tischler Reisen GmbH and also the launching of the marketing campaign for the State’s new tourism destination, Sibu and Central Sarawak.

ITB Berlin is expecting more than 160,000 visitors attending the five-day fair   which is reputed to be the world’s biggest and leading travel trade show.

Picture shows FVW Median’s editor, Christine Engelhardt (left) interviewing Datuk Karim Rahman Hamzah. Seen from right, the Permanent Secretary to the Ministry of Tourism, Arts, Culture Youth and Sports, Hii Chang Kee, STB Chief Executive Officer, Sharzede Datu Salleh Askor and Datuk Lee Kim Shin.

 

Updated: 6 March 2019

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STB to Ramp up Tourism Promo in the Netherlands

STB to Ramp up Tourism Promo in the Netherlands

Sarawak Tourism Board (STB) is set to ramp its tourism promotion in the Netherlands with at least three Dutch operators who have expressed their interests in joint marketing collaboration.

“It’s timely as we are now promoting aggressively our Visit Sarawak Campaign”  said STB Chief Executive Officer, Sharzede Datu Haji Salleh Askor after a destination briefing session which was attended by 15 Dutch operators and media partners here yesterday.

“I am glad we could offer a concrete proposal to the operators such as Fox Verre Reizen, Pangea Travel and Sawadee Reizen”, said Sharzede and adding that the agents are ready to go big time in Sarawak.

“What interests them is the destination that features responsible tourism and Sarawak has it, keeping to its theme as the destination that offers culture, adventure, nature, food and festival”, she added.

Sharzede admitted that “Sarawak has lost its ‘visibility’ in the Dutch market in the past years but we are determined to move in and partner these agents leveraging on the Visit Sarawak Campaign”, she explained.

“Yes, the arrival numbers were down, especially after the airline tragedy of 2014 when we lost the direct flight from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur and that had affected the business of the Dutch operators” added Sharzede.

“After meeting the operators today, we are confident that we will be make inroads with our proposal offered to these operators to partner them in their promotional effort in the Netherlands”, she explained.

“What excites our Dutch partners are the new product experiences that we now have, including the central region and also the newly rejuvenated products like the Old Kuching Heritage Trail”.

“The Dutch have their ‘Kanaal’ and we too have canals in Mukah and these product similarities especially in the central region have aroused interests among our Dutch partners, giving us an opportunity to connect closely with them”, enthused Sharzede.

What we do now is ensure that these operators are shown and are able to experience the new products first hand, with familiarization trips organised by the Board partnering with local agents, she said.

Sharzede, who was joined by Rosni Mamat, First Secretary to the Embassy of Malaysia at The Hague, expressed high hopes in revitalising the Dutch-speaking markets, acknowledging that the destination product compatibility would take the Sarawak tourism industry to greater heights.

From the series of engagements we had with the Dutch operators, we believe the Dutch tourists look for experiential tourism and also choose destinations that subscribe to the principles of responsible tourism and as such Sarawak could leverage of these standards and values to position itself among the favoured destination in the region, she added.

Calling on the local industry partners to be industrious in churning out more tourism products and packages to remain competitive and be relevant, Sharzede was of the opinion that the long haul market of the Benelux will continue to be the main supplier of tourists in the coming years.

Meanwhile, both Product Managers from Fox Verre Reizen and Sawadee Reizen had also expressed their interests to do a familiarization trip to Sarawak in order for them to have a first-hand experience of the destination whereas the Product Manager of Pangea Travel had, indicated his intention to include the Central Region as a new product in their promotional catalogue.

STB is on a week-long tourism promotion mission to Finland and Holland to attend the MATKA Travel Fair in Helsinki and also conducted destination briefing and partners’ engagement session in Amsterdam with local Sarawak partners.

The mission was supported by Tourism Malaysia’s office at The Hague.

While in Helsinki on Tuesday, the STB delegation were guests at the office of the Malaysian Embassy’s First Secretary, Norhalilah Abdul Jalil.

Norhalilah (left) with Sharzede at her office.

 

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XPRESS AIR FLIES INTO MALACCA

                 


       Indonesian hybrid airline,
       XPress Air aims to attract
       1,500 passengers for the return
       flight from Melaka to Pekan
       Baru within three to six months.

       Commercial Director
        Poernomo said
        it was the second international
        route for the airline after
        Launching the Pontianak, Indonesia
        to Kuching Sarawak sector in 2014.

       ” This follows the success of
       the two-way flights between
       Pontianak and Kuching,” he told
       reporters after the maiden flight from
       Pekan Baru arrived at the
       Melaka International Airport here.

       The flight had 26 passengers on board
       and was greeted by the State
       Transport,Project, Rehabilitation and
       International Trade Committee
       Chairman,Datuk Lim Ban Hong on
       arrival at 3.10 pm.

       Swadono said Xpress Air will initially
       Operate the flight using a Dornier 328
       which can carry 32 passengers
       Withfour weekly flights on Tuesday,
       Thursday, Friday and Sunday at 4.25
       pm.

       The airline will consider using
       a Boeing 737-300 which can fly
       120 passengers if the response was
       good. 

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Beachside escapade

Paradise indeed: Aview of Boracay fromthe island’s highestpoint in Mt Luho.Paradise indeed: A
view of Boracay from
the island’s highest
point in Mt Luho.

With a good beaches, Boracay
in a Philippines
is tough to beat, and a Ambassador
In Paradise is a review of choice.

BORACAY in a Philippines seems eternally to be in one list or another of a best beaches in a world. Well, a accolades are positively well-deserved, for a white sandy beaches are exceptional.

Boracay also has a repute for being “party central� – everybody here seems to be merrymaking from 6pm to noon. It’s a Ibiza of Asia, so to speak.

I was there during a tail-end
of a crazy summer holidays so there was a overflow of college- and university-going Filipinos about. You could contend this vacation was something we had been looking brazen to for a prolonged time, it being my initial time there.

Unfortunately, a airline we had requisitioned for a moody from Kuala Lumpur to Clark Terminal, and afterwards onwards to Boracay roughly soured a experience. To cut a prolonged story short, we finished adult spending 8 hours during a airfield in Clark, one of a misfortune airports to be stranded in.

If we was propitious adequate to get a vessel to Boracay from Caticlan after my joining flight, we competence be means to check into my review hotel, a Ambassador In Paradise, past midnight after my 10am moody from KL!

Thank goodness, a review (recommended by a reliable Agoda.com) managed to make pickup arrangements for me. From Kalibo airport, a review motorist got me to Caticlan within ONE hour instead of a prevalent dual – all while being a protected motorist as he braved terrible highway conditions and a dim of night. Impressive!

I managed to locate a final “official� scheduled vessel and arrived during a review during 10.30pm, where we soon crashed for a night, carrying been adult for tighten to 21 hours. But before that we was floored by my Premier Ocean View room. It was huge, and had a king-sized bed and dual divans.

But it was a lavatory that had me gawping – it was large adequate to accomodate a beach party. Later on, we found out that a additional space was utilized in higher-grade bedrooms for an en-suite Jacuzzi!

Guests during Ambassador In Paradise are greeted by a palm-fringed beach view.Guests during Ambassador In Paradise are greeted by a palm-fringed beach view.

They have 4 other forms of bedrooms and a presidential suite. Their two-floor family suites can support to seven.

Next morning, we found a perspective from my bed to be astonishing. From a patio windows (I was on a belligerent floor), we could see a five-star resort’s usually restaurant. On a right was a extraordinary beach with a claim moving palm trees and a blue sea beyond. And on my left was a review swimming pool.

Paradise indeed!

Breakfast was a initial thing on my to-do list. They keep it elementary here with a choice of 5 – American, Continental, Filipino, and Spanish Omelette and Dutch Omelette.

Paraw boating is one of a H2O activities accessible in Boracay.Paraw boating is one of a H2O activities accessible in Boracay.

I opted for a last, that was boiled eggs with smoked ham, sliced cheese and crispy bacon bits. Nice. If you’re wondering about this option, a owners is Dutch and has dual other hotel properties in Haarlem, a Netherlands.

I had a Filipino set a subsequent day, that was fundamentally garlic rice, beef tapa (diced), preserved papaya, pig sausages and glorious crunchy anchovies. It’s like a Filipino chronicle of nasi lemak. It was so good that we had it again a subsequent day.

For lunch, we had their set meal, that commenced with a cream of roasted prawn saffron – flavorful though a tad complicated on a saffron. The appetiser of salmon gravlax bruschetta was really good, while a mains of oven-baked tanguigue fish in lemon garlic salsa was not too bad. And to rinse it all down was a juicy dalandan (sweet orange drink).

Dinner during a review did not defect either. The cream of pumpkin was divine, a pig adobo was out of this universe as a cook had tweaked it to be sharp and even thrown in some eggplant; desserts were singular though juicy (including a internal leche flan – creme caramel basically); and a cocktails strike a spot.

The food is good, though a use needs to be improved. Surely one doesn’t need to remind staff about cutlery, condiments and such? But it helps that notwithstanding a shortcomings, they do their jobs with a smile.

Now what’s a beach vacation but a massage?

You can opt to have it in your room or by a beachside. we had cave in a room, and it was pristine bliss. A multiple of shiatsu and Swedish techniques kneaded divided my aches and stress.

The review is during Station 1 of a famous White Beach, with Stations 2 and 3 to a left of a resort. Despite a crippled feet and doctor’s orders to rest it and not get a wound wet, we couldn’t conflict holding a travel on a beach.

Station 1 is not as swarming as Station 2 where many of a night life is concentrated. AXN was carrying a celebration that dusk (open to anyone above 21), and it started during 6pm. And there was nonetheless another celebration a subsequent dusk organized by some other group.

All kinds of H2O activities were on offer (the review can arrange them for you, too). These enclosed banana boating, paraw boating and parasailing. What we found singular here was a approach a locals use surfing play for paddling on – with an oar in palm while station on a board!

Besides White Beach, there are other beaches like a comparatively uncrowded Puka Beach. For a scenic perspective of a island, you’ll wish to conduct on adult to Mt Luho, a island’s top point.

Off a beach, one can opt for ATV rides, cart rides and bicycling.

The best approach to get around Bora (as a locals call a place) is around a many electric tricycles that run compartment late. Hop on and off one for 20 to 60 pesos (RM1.50 to RM4.50).

If you’re into shopping, afterwards a place to go is DMall – it’s a one-stop centre for souvenirs, uninformed furnish and restaurants. There are loads of boutiques and shops to crop to your heart’s content. And while Filipino food is no good shakes, there are many other options on offer.

If there’s one thing we couldn’t know about a resort, it was a deception of corkage on guests. If guest wanted to move outward food, wine or soothing drinks into a hotel, a price was imposed. They done an difference for H2O and snacks.

Never in all my years of staying in hotels and resorts have we seen corkage being imposed. Perhaps they should recur this, as it’s not really endearing to guests.

But one thing’s for sure, we will go behind to pleasing Bora.

AMBASSADOR IN PARADISE

Station 1, Sitio Pinaongon,

Barangay Balabag,

Boracay Island Malay Aklan

Philippines

Tel: +63 36 288-1541

Email: [email protected]

www.ambassadorinparadise.com

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