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KUCHING, Aug 15, 2017: The government has no immediate plan to construct proper road from Miri to Mulu said Tourism, Arts and Culture Assistant Minister Datuk Lee Kim Shin.
In replying Datuk Sebastian Ting (N73-Piasau), Kim Shin said Mulu is still accessible by land on a two hours four wheeled dive from Miri through Long Bedian to Long Terawan.
“From there it takes another two hours longboat drive to reach Mulu,” said Kim Shin during the Question and Answer session here today.
Mulu is currently accessible by air via MasWing twice daily from Miri and once daily from Kuching.
Kim Shin also mentioned the Tourism Minister is working closely with Divisional Tourism Task Group under the Resident Office and Miri City Council, Sarawak Tourism Board and Sarawak Tourism Federation to promote Miri.
“Miri is the gateway to the Northern Region and the entry point to the one and only Sarawak UNESCO World Heritage Site, with this strong iconic tourism product, Miri will naturally be the attraction for tourists,” Kim Shin added.
Promotional activities carried out by the ministry includes, tactical campaign by positioning Miri and Mulu National Park as a twin destination.
This campaign launched last June together with MASWings and Tropical Adventure Tours Sdn Bhd, a travel agent based in Miri.
This campaign is still active and to be re-launched with better fare for next year if there is demand.
Kim Shin also mentioned promotion through filming and movie whereby Miri has been chosen as a filming venue for Chinese “Blue Tears” movie, which highlights the unique attractions around Miri.
“The movie shooting was launched end of last year and Miri will be seen by millions of audience in China and other parts of the world. A short video clip of Food Trail of Miri has also been shot and will be shown in local TV channel to target domestic and Brunei market,” he added.
Last year, the ministry allocated RM3.39 million for promotional activities, events and festivals in Miri and RM1.033 billion is allocated thisyear.
“As regard to air connectivity to Miri, we are having ongoing discussions on some scheduled international flights possibilities with Malindo Air from China and Royal Brunei Airlines. Apart from scheduled flights, we are also pushing for chartered flights,” said Kim Shin.
In the state’s effort to facilitate and provide ease of travel for tourist from China, Immigration Department has agreed to issue entry pass to organise tour especially on chartered flights coming in via Miri Airport of Sungai Tujoh ICQs.