Sarawak welcomes another cruise within a week

Kuching, 9 April 2013– A total of 175 passengers and crew sailed into Kuching yesterday on the MS Caledonian Sky, as part of Noble Caledonia Expedition Cruise, UK. This cruise ship was on its 17-night “A Circumnavigation of Borneo” journey around the island; commencing from Sandakan, calling on various towns of Sabah, and then to Sarawak through Tanjung Puting National Park and Similajau National Park before sailing back on to Sabah.

The passengers on board the cruise were from the United Kingdom, Australia, New Zealand, Europe, USA, Canada, Ireland, Indonesia, and Malaysia.

Sarawak Tourism Board welcomed the visitors to Sarawak with a traditional performance on Board the cruise ship. Whilst here, they also had the opportunity to go on a city tour and paid a visit to the Semenggoh Wildlife Centre; where orangutans are rehabilitated in a semi-wild environment.

Total visitor arrivals to the state have increased 7.2% for the first time reaching the 4 million mark at 4.07 million tourist arrivals as of 31 December 2012. This was compared to the same period in the previous year. Total foreign arrivals alone have increased steadily at 12% at 2,635 million during the same period.

Maurice Balang, Sarawak Tourism Board’s Regional Manager for UK & Europe who was at the welcoming said, “Cruise tourism into Sarawak is steadily on the increase despite the lack of proper cruise terminals in the State. Despite this, we will continue our efforts to promote Sarawak as stopovers for unique adventure experience.”

 

Issued by:

Corporate Communications Unit

SARAWAK TOURISM BOARD

Date: April 9, 2013

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