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The Rainforest World Music Festival reaches its target of 12,000 visitors, Sarawak Tourism Minister said.

Datuk Seri Nancy Shukri said the number of foreign visitors is disappointing, but there is hope that they will improve by next year. — Picture of Chu Choi Mei

Sunday, June 19, 2022 10:36 PM MYT

KUCCHING, 19 June. The 2022 Rainforest World Music Festival (RWMF) has reached its planned attendance of 12,000 people, Sarawak Tourism, Creative Industries and Performing Arts Minister Datuk Seri Abdul Karim Rahman Hamza said.

Expressing satisfaction with the attendance, he said that 92 percent of the visitors were locals and the rest were foreigners, with 41 countries physically participating in the festival.

“On the first day we had about 2,000 visitors, on the second day we had 7,000, and today we have another 3,000 visitors. I did not expect this, but to my surprise, many people came to Sarawak to enjoy the show. The top five physical visitors include Malaysia, Singapore, the UK, Indonesia and Australia,” he said.

Speaking at a press conference at the Sarawak Cultural Village tonight, he said that other participating countries included Spain, Russia, Japan and Brunei, while virtual tickets for the three-day festival were mainly sold to countries such as China, Australia, the United States and Sweden.

Meanwhile, Minister of Tourism, Arts and Culture Datuk Seri Nancy Shukri said the number of visitors from abroad is not very reassuring as many countries are still imposing mandatory quarantines and this is deterring people from traveling.

However, Nancy said she is confident that the festival will be able to attract more international visitors by next year as her ministry has been actively promoting Malaysia as a tourist destination, including RWMF as one of the attractions.

“We have just reopened the border since April last year and since May, SOPs (Standard Operating Procedures for Border Entry) have become more flexible and are probably the best SOPs you (tourists) can get in the world,” she added. she is.

The iconic Sarawak Festival, commemorating the 25th celebration of the legendary rainforest, was held from June 17 to 19 with musicians from China, Australia, India, Singapore, Indonesia, Canada, Estonia, Italy, Japan, Madagascar, USA and Vietnam. — Burnama

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