MIRI: Deputy Minister for Tourism, Creative Industry and Performing Arts I Datuk Sebastian Ting Chiew Yew said Sarawak’s tourism sector is well-prepared for the resurgence of international and domestic tourists.
“With international and domestic flights (Singapore/Penang/Sarawak) resuming and the reopening of the land border between Sarawak and Indonesia, we are expecting more people,” he said when met yesterday after a book launching ceremony held at Pustaka Negeri Sarawak Miri branch.
Prior to April 1, Ting said his ministry has targeted to receive 1.2 million visitor arrivals this year.
“Following the resumption of some international and domestic flights after the border restrictions were lifted, I’m confident that it will promote and boost our tourism industry,” he said.
He added that the positive approaches can help surged the number of tourist arrivals to 1.5 million.
“For the first three months of this year, our percentage of tourist arrivals has increased compared to the same period in 2021 — we recorded 596 per cent or almost 600 per cent compared to last year.
“We recorded about 76,000 people coming into the state per month for the first three months this year. With this, I am confident that we could easily target 1.5 million arrivals,” he said.
Ting added that with the reopening of the Sarawak-Indonesia border at the Customs, Immigration and Quarantine (CIQ) Complex in Biawak, Lundu, it will definitely boost the state’s medical health tourism sector.
“Now that the border restrictions are lifted, people from Indonesia can continue to get the medical care they need in Sarawak,” he said.