Tourism, Arts, Culture, Youth and Sports Minister Datuk Abdul Karim Rahmah Hamzah at the site the Rainforest World Music Festival (RWMF) at Sarawak Cultural Village.
Tourism, Arts, Culture, Youth and Sports Minister Datuk Abdul Karim Rahmah Hamzah showing reporters a book entitled “Rainforest World Music Festival-20 Years of Songs and Rhythm in Sarawak” which will be sold to RWMF 2017 visitors.

SANTUBONG: More than 20,000 people from around the world are expected to attend Rainforest World Music Festival (RWMF) 2017 at Sarawak Cultural Village (KBS) in Damai, here, from 14 to 16 July.

“Last year about 18,000 people visited this festival, so we expect the number this year to be slightly higher as until yesterday there was an increase of 12 percent of in the reservation of tickets as compared to last year,” Tourism, Arts, Culture, Youth and Sports Minister Datuk Abdul Karim Rahmah Hamzah said after  a visit to RWMF 2017 site yesterday.

Meanwhile, in preparation for receiving many  visitors to the festival, Abdul Karim announced that KBS and area around Damai have been provided with a fast internet connection of up to 1 gigabits per second (1Gbps). It is being provided by Sacofa Sdn Bhd.

He said the speed of the 1Gbps internet would continue to remain in KBS and surrounding areas even after the end of the festival as the area will continue to receive many tourists throughout the year.             

Five hundred copies of a book entitled “Rainforest World Music Festival-20 Years of Songs and Rhythm in Sarawak” published  in conjunction with the 20th anniversary  of RWMF are available at between RM180 and RM200.