Tourism, Arts, Culture, Youth and Sports Minister Datuk Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah (fifth right) during flagging off the Sarawak 1st CRRC Electric City Bus at Old Court House, Kuching. Also seen are (from second left) Hii Chang Kee, DBKU Mayor Datuk Abang Abdul Wahap Abang Julai, SBF President Datuk Abang Abdul Karim Tun Openg, Assistant Minister of Youth and Sports Datuk Snowdan Lawan, Assistant Minister of Transportation Datuk Dr Jerip Susil and others. Photos by MOHD ALIF NONI

The number of visitors has dramatically increased to 68 per cent compared to the same corresponding month in the year of 2018

KUCHING: The state’s tourism industry has always been promoted aggressively, said Tourism, Arts, Culture, Youth and Sports Minster, Datuk Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah.

“In the second month of this year 326,000 visitors have come to Sarawak,” Karim said at the official flagging off of Sarawak’s first CRRC Electric City Bus at the Old Court House.

Karim (second right) with others giving their thumbs up during having a city tour with the Sarawak 1st CRRC Electric City Bus.

“We believe that we can reach the target of five million visitors with the help from various agencies.

“We hope more people would benefit from the free bus service which will cover all heritage trails. The buses will make it easy for visitors to go around the business districts here.”

He revealed that the free trial service would run for three months, and hoped that the service would get good response from the public.

He also revealed that more buses would be added if there was good response from locals and tourists.

Sarawak 1st CRRC Electric City Bus

Earlier on, the managing director of Henz Pacific Sdn Bhd, Henry Lai, whose company owned the electric buses, said each bus is enough for 15 passengers at one time.

The bus also comes with free WiFi, wheelchair access, special chairs for pregnant women, and Broadcasting Content Control System for video presentation of advertisements by Sarawak Tourism Board (STB) to promote tourism in the state.

The free service will commence on March 1 with 12 daily trips from 7am till 6pm. There will be 26 stations, with the first station at the Open Air Market. The route is about 14 kilometres long.

The route information inside the bus.

 

The bus complete with seats and space for disabled people.

 

Interior of the bus.

 

The media during the city tour with this electric bus.