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KUCHING, April 1: People itching for a leisure vacation should take advantage of the deals and discounts offered by the intra-state tourism campaign “Sia Sitok Sarawak 2.0”, which has been extended for another seven months until October this year, to find adventure in Sarawak’s own backyard.
From unique traditional food to natural pools, amazing waterfalls, stunning cliffsides, exotic rivers, sandy beaches, lush rainforests, exciting trekking and hiking trails, cultural jewels, diverse festivals, sublime sunsets and the many tucked away hidden gems, travellers can definitely get their pulses pumping in every nook and cranny of Sarawak.
During the official launching of Sia Sitok Sarawak 2.0 yesterday, Minister of Tourism, Arts, Culture, Youth and Sports Datuk Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah emphasised that the campaign which was introduced in 2020 to revitalise Sarawak’s tourism sector has created and increased awareness on what Sarawak has to offer.
“The Covid-19 pandemic has given Sarawakians the opportunity to explore our own backyards.
“Sarawak is blessed with exciting wonders, from culture, adventure, nature, food to festivals. I urge all Sarawakians out there to become one of our ‘Sarawak Ambassadors’ to help promote our beautiful state on social media,” he said during the launch event held at a hotel here.
Sia Sitok Sarawak 2.0, which offers discounts of up to 50 per cent, is open for travel bookings from now until Oct 31 with the travel period from now until Dec 15, 2021.
The campaign this time offers over 60 exciting attractions, tours and activities in all the divisions which include day trips and non-overnight tours as well as full board multiple day trips with accommodation and meals, be it for single travellers, couples or even families with children.
The variety of activities and packages are perfect for those in need of a weekend escapade, for a round of sight-seeing, a fun dive or simply to be mesmerised by nature.
Abdul Karim pointed out that this signature campaign has been carefully planned by Sarawak Tourism Board (STB) and Sarawak Tourism Federation (STF) to include various packages at substantial discounts of up to 50 per cent to help revive and boost local travel.
“The campaign has 38 packages from the southern region, nine from the central region and 15 from the northern region. There is certainly something for everyone.
“It is a good way of sustaining and maintaining the tourism ecosystem for industry players, tour and park guides, drivers, operators and restaurants,” he said.
Abdul Karim thus urged Sarawakians to help boost the state’s tourism industry by visiting various attractions as well as exploring the Land of the Hornbills and its wonders.
“You can rest assured that our attractions are safe for you to visit. I am also confident with the support of the government, industry partners and players, Sarawak will be able to stand, rise, heal and further develop our tourism industry,” he assured.
The Ministry of Tourism, Arts and Culture’s permanent secretary Hii Chang Kee, STB chief executive officer (CEO) Sharzede Salleh Askor and STF president Audry Wan Ulok were among those present. — DayakDaily