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22 November 2006 - Miri International Jazz Festival Can Reap RM3 Million In Revenue

MIRI, Nov 22 (Bernama) -- The Miri International Jazz Festival, one of the 14 highlights in Sarawak for Visit Malaysia Year 2007, can generate as much as RM3 million in revenue if it can secure sufficient media exposure and sponsorships, Sarawak Tourism Board (STB) chief executive officer Gracie Geikie said Wednesday.

She said that in its debut on May 12 and 13 this year the festival reaped RM1.3 million from the arrival of some 2,000 jazz lovers from around the world.

"Next year, probably the figure could come up to RM3 million if we succeed in our negotiations for media values and sponsorships," she told a news conference to promote the event here.

With a projection of attracting some 4,000 jazz lovers, next year's festival at the ParkCity Everly Hotel's Pavilion on May 11 and 12 could expect the sales of tickets alone to increase to about RM180,000, while the other players in the tourism sector could also anticipate similar rise to their revenues, she said.

Gracie, who is also the festival advisor, said the event was also featured in Cable News Network (CNN) and Discovery Channel programmes which had helped in extending its reach.

She said STB, the organiser of the event, would sign a memorandum of understanding with TicketCharge.Com, an international online event ticketing company, on Nov 30 to facilitate the sales of tickets for the event as well as for the World Rainforest Music Festival in Kuching on the Internet.

A number of travel agents in South Korea, Hong Kong, Singapore, Germany and several other countries had planned to bring in travellers from their respective countries to watch the jazz festival which she said would be another tourism icon for the northern region of the state.

Meanwhile, the event organising chairman Michael Lu, said tickets for the festival would be on sale at RM50 for a one-night show and RM90 to watch the show for two nights.

As side attractions, they would also be organising "Jive & Dive" activities for the tourists interested in experiencing the underwater beauty and a "Jazz & Jungle" programme for those who want to enjoy the natural beauty at the Mulu National Park.

The jazz festival would also be a prelude to the Miri City Festival that would kick off in May, he said.


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21 November 2006 - AirAsia to launch Flights to Mulu with Fly Asian Xpress

Beginning 1 December 2006, AirAsia is to launch flights to Mulu, Sarawak. This latest effort by the airline to exert a greater effort in supporting Visit Malaysia Year 2007 (VMY2007) is using a codeshare agreement with Fly Asian Xpress (FAX).

Dato’ Tony Fernandes, Group Chief Executive Officer, said, “Mulu Caves accessible via Miri has long posed great tourism potential and we feel that this is the time to bring this forward and create greater awareness for regional and international visitors as well as Malaysians.?

“By collaborating with FAX, our guests are able to fly to Miri with our aircraft and reach Mulu with FAX to experience the world’s largest natural rock chamber.?

This is the first ever code share arrangement concluded by AirAsia and it has chosen FAX as its partner, which is currently the largest national carrier in East Malaysia serving major and rural cities within the two states.

To celebrate the launch a special introductory fare starting from RM29.99 one way to Mulu is being offered. This special fare is available until 24 November 2006 for travel period between 8 January to 8 February 2007. Fare excludes airport taxes and fees, fuel surcharges and is applicable for one way travel only.

20 November 2006 - Sarawak rural healthcare needs organisation

Doctors and medical personnel in Sarawak have been asked to spare their time to care for the health needs of the rural population.

Government efforts alone were not enough to address malnutrition and other health problems in the state considering the size of the areas covered.

With about 124,000 square kilometres to cover and over 7,000 villages spread out throughout the state, some inaccessible except by air, it’s difficult to provide sufficient medical care and other supplies. Proper organisation was needed for complementary efforts to work out.

Meanwhile, Fly Asian Express chief executive officer Raja Azmi Razali said the airline’s involvement in the programme stemmed from the realisation of the importance of air connectivity for the people in Sarawak.

Under the programme, the airline will provide airlift services free of charge to fly medical personnel, equipment and supplies to targeted areas, while Eastern Times will publish public messages to garner support and participation.

The programme’s first target area is Pulau Bruit, an island settlement in Sarawak’s central region.

20 November 2006 - New Road To Link Asean Bridge With Miri Airport

A new road to link the Asean Bridge to the airport here to facilitate travel between Brunei and Miri has been planned. The road would be built on the eastern side of the Canada Hill and would be part of the plan to expand the city and reduce traffic congestion.

A flyover will also be built at the Pujut roundabout to solve the traffic woes in the city.

The project also entailed the construction of a dual carriageway road to link the city centre with the eastern side of the Canada Hill.

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