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Sarawak wants new route to Yogyakarta

THE State Government has called on MASwings to extend its current Kuching-Pontianak route to Yogyakarta in Central Java.

This is to improve connectivity between Sarawak and Indonesia in the spirit of the Brunei Indonesia Malaysia Philippines East Asean Growth Area (BIMP-EAGA).

Having a link between Yogyakarta and Sarawak could tap larger Asian markets such as China, Korea and Japan. These three markets are vital when it comes to Asian tourism.

Now as we all know, flight connectivity is a vital piece of the puzzle when it comes to developing the State’s tourism industry.

Tourism is of course one of the priority industries under the Sarawak Corridor of Renewable Energy (SCORE).

There’s the possibility of integrating packages for tourism attractions such as the UNESCO world heritage sites of Borobudur near Yogyakarta and Sarawak’s Mulu Caves.

It makes perfect sense to combine the two destinations. If you are a tourist in the region, wouldn’t you want to be able to see as much as you can since you are already in the area?

Having the right flight connections will make it easier for you to visit both Borobudur and Mulu before heading back to Singapore, Brunei or Kuala Lumpur to catch your direct flight home.

The Sarawak Tourism Federation (STF) and the Association of the Indonesian Tours and Travel Agencies (ASITA) has also signed a memorandum of understanding to promote and develop tourism cooperation and regional tourism, including joint tour packages and tourism events in Yogyakarta and Sarawak along with other destinations in the region.

Such efforts to develop regional links are vital as we cannot just depend on Kuala Lumpur to bring in tourists.

It is good to see that Sarawak is working actively to set up our own links, improve connectivity and cooperate with regional partners within BIMP-EAGA for mutual benefit.

Currently MASwings flies to Bandar Seri Begawan, Brunei and Pontianak, Kalimantan Barat, Indonesia from Kuching.

The Borneo Post report:

Sarawak wants Maswings to fly Kuching-Pontianak-Yogyakarta sector

KUCHING: Sarawak wants MASwings to fly an additional route on the Kuching-Pontianak-Yogyakarta sector to increase connectivity between the two destinations in the spirit of BIMP-EAGA, state Tourism and Housing Minister Datuk Amar Abang Johari Tun Openg said yesterday.

He made the proposal at the three-day Sarawak Yogyakarta East Asia Tourism Forum {EATOF} Business Collaboration Forum in Yogyakarta, which began on Wednesday, in which Malaysia was represented by Sarawak and Indonesia by Yogyakarta.

The synergy between Yogyakarta and Sarawak could tap bigger markets like China, Korea and Japan who are also members of EATOF, he said in a statement issued by his ministry here.

Abang Johari, who led a delegation of various industries under his ministry’s initiative, also highlighted on the idea of integrating the tourism attractions in the two places, including joint-packages combining UNESCO world heritage sites in Yogyakarta, the Boranudur, and Sarawak Mulu Cave. The mission would be made possible with airline linking Yogyakarta-Pontianak-Kuching through Batavia Air at present, he said.

In an audience with the Vice-Governor of Yogyakarta, Pakualam the IX, at the Kepatihan (Governor’s office), the discussion also elaborated on the potential of joint efforts in the areas of housing and education.

Yogyakarta, which recorded the second highest in Indonesia (after Bali) for property market, is a preferred location especially for retirement, could also benefit Sarawak as an alternative destination through Malaysia My Second Home Programme (MM2H), said Abang Johari.

In welcoming the visitors, Pakualam lauded the initiative from Sarawak to increase the effort, especially in the area of tourism, education, housing and medical, not only between the two governments, but also between the private sectors of both sides.

Meanwhile, the Sarawak Tourism Federation (STF) and the Association of the Indonesian Tours and Travel Agencies (ASITA) signed a memorandum of understanding to promote and develop the tourism cooperation and regional tourism, including joint tour packages and tourism events in Yogyakarta and Sarawak and other destinations in the region. — Bernama

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