MoU between Sarawak Tourism Board and See Mark Travel will facilitate Taiwan charter
Sarawak’s promotion in Taiwan was given a shot in the arm on Nov 4 with the signing of a memorandum of understanding (MOU) between Sarawak Tourism Board (STB) and Taipei-based See Mark Travel Services at the Taipei International Travel Fair held at the Taiwan World Trade Centre.
According to a press statement from STB, the MOU will enable See Mark Travel Services to run its charter flights from Taipei to Kuching on Jan 28 and subsequently, during its summer 2017 season, starting from Jun 2017 to Aug 2017 with a total of 19 flights with one flight in every five days.
STB chairman Datuk Abdul Wahab Aziz signed the MOU while See Mark Travel Services was represented by See Marks’ general manager Mark Chen.
The ceremony was witnessed by the Permanent Secretary to the Ministry of Tourism, Arts and Culture, Datu Ik Pahon Joyik and Chen Chiang Yang, See Marks’ sales manager.
Also present were Deputy Chief Minister and Minister for Tourism, Datuk Amar Abang Haji Johari Tun Openg and his assistant, Datuk Lee Kim Shin.
Abang Johari, who led a six member delegation to Taiwan, also held a discussion with Taiwan’s Far Eastern Airways and Malindo Air on the possibilities of mounting direct scheduled flights to Kuching.
“We are pleased that we are making inroads in the Taiwan markets with charter flights and we hope that we will be able to negotiate for more charters and schedule flights in the near future,” he said.
He added that it will be an initial start towards solving the challenge of connectivity in the state.
Abang Johari was confident that his ministry would continue to work with local Taiwanese partners in Taipei and in other cities to further the state’s ambitions to improve connectivity into the state.
The signing ceremony were also witnessed by the President of the Malaysian Friendship and Trade Center in Taipei, Datuk Adeline Leong and Director of Tourism Malaysia Taipei office, Ahmad Faisal.
Meanwhile, STB Booth at the ITF features four local Taiwanese travel agents and a consortium of six travel partners featuring Sarawak packages at this Taiwan’s premier travel fair.
There were Lion Travel Services, China Dragon Travel Services, See Mark Travel Services, Tai Yuan Travel Services, the “Green Miracles” Consortium of six agents and Sarawak-based Regal Properties on Malaysia My Second Home programme.