enterSarawak: Move may affect state’s tourism sector

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KUCHING: Although the move to require individuals who wish to enter Sarawak to apply for permission on the enterSarawak website is a good standard operating procedure (SOP) to practise, it may hinder the number of visitors coming into Sarawak.

This was said by Malaysian Association of Tour and Travel Agents (Matta) Sarawak Chapter chairperson Lina Tsen.

“It is a good SOP to practice, but it will affect visitors’ decision,” she said when contacted on Tuesday (Oct 12).

She pointed out the best way to encourage visitors to come to Sarawak is by offering special deals on airfare, accommodation and tour packages.

“This must also include a hassle-free enterSarawak entry form and process,” she added.

Tourism, Arts and Culture Minister Datuk Seri Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah recently urged the Sarawak Disaster Management Committee (SDMC) to review the latest conditions for entering Sarawak.

“Although police permit is no longer required, people wishing to enter the state still need to apply for permission on the enterSarawak website. This condition hinders tourism,” he said.

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