Sarawak strives to achieve 2019 target of five million visitor arrivals

Ting (back row, sixth left) joins members of the organising committee and participants of the inaugural ‘Borneo Indigenous Tribal Dance’ in a group photo.

MIRI: The Ministry of Tourism, Arts and Culture strives to fulfil this year’s target of welcoming five million visitors to Sarawak.

Assistant minister of Tourism, Arts and Culture Datuk Sebastian Ting said to date, the ministry has recorded 2.9 million visitor arrivals, thanks to various events held in Sarawak so far.

“This year is ‘Visit Sarawak Year’. We are hoping to reach the target of five million. As at August 2019, we touched 2.9 million (in visitor’s arrivals), so we are short of 2.1 million.

“Thus, we are hoping that in the next few months, we would have more people coming to Sarawak,” he said during the closing ceremony of ‘Borneo Indigenous Tribal Dance’ at Miri Times Square on Saturday night.

On the event, Ting regarded the Sarawakians as being ‘very blessed indeed’ for the peace and harmony that they to enjoy today.

“We have wonderful acceptance of one another in beautiful Sarawak. Peace and harmony should never be taken for granted – we must inculcate this in our young people.”

He also commended the organising committee and also the participants for being a part of the inaugural two-day event.

“We would continue to host this event next year and make it even better,” assured Ting, adding that the Sarawak government had always looked out for the youths.

“The youths are the ones who will become our country’s future leaders.

“So whatever we do, we always look out for our children and the younger generation.

“I hope this tradition would continue to be passed on, so that all of us in Sarawak would continue to live in peace and harmony; at the same time, we must protect our environment – this is also important,” he added.

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