Sarawak to lure Russians to Miri-Sibuti National Park

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Sarawak to lure Russians to Miri-Sibuti National Park

MIRI (Bernama) - The Sarawak Tourism Board (STB) will start promoting the Miri-Sibuti Coral Reefs National Park by luring Russian divers to experience the latest tourism attraction here.

STB chief executive officer Gracie Geikie said that the promotion would emphasise the number of days they spend here rather than the number of arrivals.

“We hope to bring in about 100 from Russia within this year and probably we could get up to 500 next year during the preferred diving period of April to September,” she told a news conference to introduce the first 10 Russian divers brought in by STB to explore the national park which was gazetted last month.

She said the park offered at least 22 diving sites that would definitely make tourists wishing to explore the underwater beauty stay longer. The Miri-Sibuti Coral Reefs National Park is located in the maritime boundary between Bintulu and Miri covering an area of 186,930ha to become the largest marine national park in the state.

The park is hailed for its rich collection of coral reefs and underwater life and potential to emerge as an excellent attraction for aqua-tourism.