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An aerial view of the Darul Hana Bridge and Kuching Waterfront. File Photo

KUCHING: Sarawak’s arrival of visitors from January to March this year recorded an increase of more than 10 per cent, compared to the same period in 2018.

Tourism, Arts, Culture, Youth and Sports Minister Datuk Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah said thus far, the state has recorded more than 300,000 visitor arrivals for the first three months of 2019.

“In fact, in January there was a big jump of more than 60 per cent (of visitor arrivals) compared to last year in January due to events that were held that month.

“This means that if there are events in Sarawak, more visitors will be coming in,” he told reporters at the Sarawak Harvest & Folklore Festival 2019 (SHFF) press conference at a leading hotel here today.

It is believed that the spike in the number of visitors in January was mainly due to the city hosting the 23rd Asian Television Awards (ATA) for the first time, where the ‘creme de la creme’ of Asia’s film and entertainment industry including celebrities were here for the two-day international event.

ATA chose the state for its 23rd edition in conjunction with this year’s Visit Sarawak Campaign (VSC).

With the ongoing VSC, Abdul Karim said events much like SHFF will no doubt contribute towards to the increase in the number of visitors.

“So far, we are seeing quite a good increase of visitors coming in and this is something we are hoping for during the next several months,” he added.

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