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Sarawak Boosts Facilities To Lure Arab Tourists

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KUCHING – Tourist-friendly facilities for Muslims being provided by TH Hotel will turn Sarawak into a future choice destination of Arab visitors.

State Tourism Minister Datuk Amar Abang Johari Tun Openg, who said this, revealed that TH Hotel, which is under construction and expected to be ready in 2017, would help boost Arab tourist arrivals to Sarawak, which is currently low.

“Sarawak is upgrading infrastructure especially for the Arab tourists, we have a hotel under construction which will have separate swimming pools for men and women that will certainly suit the requirement of Muslim tourists.

“Other than the hotel, Sarawak will also provide a shopping centre, which is not too big, but will have outlets for branded goods which will meet the needs of Arab tourists, who are known to like shopping,” he said.

He said this to reporters after opening a short course under the Malaysian Technical Cooperation Programme (MTCP) here, today.

The course themed ‘Marketing dan Promotion Of Islamic Tourism Destination’, was organised by the Islamic Tourism Centre (ITC), an agency under the Ministry of Tourism and Culture, with the cooperation of the Foreign Ministry.

The course, starting on Saturday until May 16 here, saw the participation of 15 government officers from 14 nations, of which 11 are members of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) including Bangladesh, Gambia, Tajikistan and Lebanon.

The ground-breaking ceremony for the Tabung Haji Complex and TH Hotel was launched by Sarawak Chief Minister, at that time, Tun Abdul Taib Mahmud.

The project is developed by TH Properties Sdn Bhd, a fully-owned subsidiary of TH, on a 2.4-hectare site at a cost of RM204 million, and is expected to be completed in February 2017.

The complex, which is built on a strategic location near the Kuching International Airport and Kuching Central Bus Terminal, would have a nine-storey hotel building with 235 rooms and equipped with other facilities.

Meanwhile, ITC director-general Zulkifly Md Said said 5.2 million Muslim tourists visited this country last year and the number was expected to go up to between 5.5 million and 5.9 million this year. – BERNAMA

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