Sarawak wants more international events involving foreign nationals to be organized in the state to make an effort to promote the tourism industry.
Deputy Minister of Tourism, Arts and Culture, Datuk Sebastian Ting, said organizing international events has the potential to be a catalyst for promoting the Sarawak tourism sector.
He said foreign tourists participating in international events would share pictures and experiences about Sarawak.
“It is one of the most effective ways to boost Sarawak's tourism industry.
"They (foreign tourists) will share interesting experiences of the uniqueness of Sarawak as a must-visit destination," he said.
Sebastian said it was customary for tourists to share pictures with family and friends in their home countries.
"Promotions like this have the highest impact on promoting Sarawak, especially Miri as a tourist attraction," he said.
He praised the Miri International Dance Competition and the show's organizer, Broadway Dance Studio for organizing for the eighth time this year.
In fact, he said, the effort made it one of Miri's tourism products and could directly help boost the tourism industry in the district.
“In the first edition eight years ago, the event started with only a small number of participants from six countries.
“This year, it has been able to attract participation from 10 countries. About 150 participants and a panel of judges from Sri Lanka, China, Thailand, Indonesia, Korea, Singapore, the Philippines, Hong Kong, Taiwan, and Brunei participated in the event, ”he said.
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