KUCHING: Sarawak Tourism Federation plans to work with SilkAir to introduce a special tour package for Singaporeans to visit the Land of the Hornbills.
Federation president Wee Hong Seng hoped that SilkAir, set to fly here from Singapore four times a week from March 28, could offer competitive air fares to attract more Singaporeans and other visitors to the republic island to have a holiday in Sarawak.
Wee said the federation and Malaysia Airlines had jointly offered a three-day Shiok Sarawak package for as low as S$299 for Singaporeans to visit Kuching.
The package is inclusive of return air fares and hotel accommodation.
In welcoming SilkAir’s direct Singapore-Kuching service, he said it was a good start to boost state tourism as the sole daily flight operated by the national carrier for the route was insufficient.
SilkAir chief executive Mike Barclay said: ”Our new service to Kuching is in keeping with our desire and commitment to present unique, exciting and exotic Asian destinations to our customers.''
“We believe the route offers good growth potentia ,” Barclay said in a press statement yesterday.
Kuching is SilkAir’s second Malaysian destination after Langkawi. The new service will increase the airline’s reach to 26 destinations in Asia.
The direct flights will depart Singapore Changi Airport at 6.40pm on Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday, and the return flights will leave Kuching at 10.45pm on the same day.
State Urban Development and Tourism Minister Datuk Wong Soon Koh said last week that SilkAir’s service would be a boost to Sarawak to tap the Singapore tourism market as arrivals of Singaporeans to Sarawak had dropped significantly after Singapore Airlines suspended its Singapore-Kuching service several years ago due to the regional financial meltdown.
Source: The Star