Published on : Friday, August 11, 2017
The figures also showed an increase of 273,130 foreign visitors or 31.27 per cent as compared to the same period last year, which was 873,471 visitors, Sarawak Minister of Tourism, Arts, Culture, Youth and Sports Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah said.
Meanwhile 561,532 visitors from the peninsula was recorded from Jan to May this year as compared to 456,821 for the same period last year.
Abdul Karim said Sarawak had great potential as a preferred tourist destination and he admitted that more needed to be done in order to make the state really a tourist destination.
Earlier he officiated at the AirAsia inaugural flight from Kuching to Langkawi, a new route which will operate with four flights weekly on Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday.
Abdul Karim in his speech said the state government was working closely with the low cost airline to have more direct flights to Sarawak, adding that other airlines were also most welcome to have their direct flights to Kuching.