Germans keen to attend Miri jazz fest


Sunday December 10, 2006

Germans keen to attend Miri jazz fest

MIRI: Sarawak is already getting a headstart for Visit Malaysia Year 2007 with German tourists expressing interest to charter an aircraft to attend the International Jazz Festival here in May.

Last month, some 180 golfers of a prestigious club in South Korea had confirmed plans to charter an aircraft to fly directly here just for the festival from May 11-12.

The Sarawak Tourism Board is arranging a special package for the Germans from Frankfurt that will also include visits to the Mulu caves.

We hope to get Malaysia Airlines to handle the chartered flight for this group, said board chief executive Gracie Geikie.

The Germans are keen on musical events. We expect to fill the whole aircraft with tourists from Frankfurt if we can confirm the type of plane to be used.

Geikie said this would be the first time that a chartered aircraft flies directly from Europe to Miri.

The board would also encourage the tourists to visit other places of interest in Malaysia, she added.

Usually, tourists who come from far away would want to use the chance to visit as many tourist spots as possible within the timeframe they have.

Our promotion also benefits other states in the same way that Tourism Malaysias promotions benefit Sarawak.

She said CNN, Discovery Channel and Travel and Living channels have agreed to provide publicity for the festival and also highlight prominent tourism destinations in the region.

It appeared that the Sarawak Tourism Board has hit the right note in using musical events to attract tourists to the state.

The Sarawak Rainforest World Music Festival in July is already drawing thousands, months in advance. Four beach resorts in Santubong, Kuching, are already booked nine months ahead of the July 13 event.