Incentives for commercial airlines?

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THE state government is exploring the possibility of providing incentives to commercial airlines for them to expand their route offerings to Sarawak.

Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg said this is to boost the tourist arrivals into the state and enhance Sarawak’s connectivity to the rest of the world when international air travel resumes.

“The government will vigorously work towards increasing tourist arrivals into Sarawak by improving accessibility and connectivity.

“We will also forge strategic collaboration and joint marketing efforts with other regions to create synergy in promoting Sarawak as tourists’ destination,” he said today.

The chief minister also said Sarawak would upgrade its transportation sector as it played a pivotal role in making Sarawak as an investment and tourism destination of choice.

“Transportation sector which includes our land transport, logistic and port facilities, airports and aviation services as well as our river transportation services will be developed further and integrated with digital technology initiatives,” he said.

On another development, Abang Johari said Sarawak aimed to achieve a more sustainable growth and prosperity for Sarawak through affordable, reliable and renewable energy.

“Renewable energy especially through hydropower has always been the key in powering our industries.

“Realising this, we aspire to continue to achieve more sustainable growth and prosperity for Sarawak through affordable, reliable and renewable energy,” he said.

The chief minister said, towards this end, the GPS government would provide the regulatory support and promote public-private collaborations in renewable energy value chain in Sarawak, either in hydropower, solar, biomass or hydrogen development.

“Sarawak stands to gain economically by utilising environment friendly sources of power to develop our industry in the most cost-competitive way while maintaining our pristine environment for our future generations,” he said.

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