Sarawak sees record tourist arrivals in February 2024, says Deputy Minister

Ting (fourth right) distributes bubur lambuk during the programme.

By Tedong Rantayy

MIRI, March 27: Sarawak’s tourism industry is on track to achieve its ambitious target of attracting 4 million tourists this year, says Deputy Minister for Tourism, Creative Industry and Performing Arts I (Tourism) Datuk Sebastian Ting Chiew Yew.

In February alone, the region welcomed 397,785 tourist arrivals, marking a significant increase from 280,973 in the same month last year.

“This positive trend underscores the success of our efforts to promote Sarawak as a premier tourist destination. With ongoing marketing campaigns and strategic partnerships, we anticipate further growth in the tourism sector in the months ahead,” Ting, also Piasau assemblyman, highlighted.

Addressing attendees at the ‘Bubur Lambuk + Bonus packs programme’ organised by Mirifm and their partners at Miri Bintang Mall on Tuesday, he noted that this optimistic outlook is a boon for the economy and underscores Sarawak’s allure as a leading travel destination in the region.

“The initiatives undertaken by the tourism board have yielded promising results, positioning us on track to achieve our target ahead of schedule,” Ting remarked.

In the initial two months of the year, Sarawak recorded a total of 750,768 tourist arrivals, a substantial increase from the 600,037 visitors during the corresponding period last year.

“This signifies a notable expansion in Sarawak’s tourism industry, reflecting the region’s appeal as a sought-after travel destination,” Ting emphasised.

He attributed the surge in tourist arrivals to various factors including enhanced infrastructure, intensified marketing endeavors, and the diverse array of attractions offered by Sarawak.

“It is evident that Sarawak continues to attract a growing number of visitors annually, bolstering its reputation as a must-visit destination in Malaysia,” he concluded. — DayakDaily