VMY 2018 To Herald Better Year For Miri

MIRI: The launching of Visit Miri Year 2018 marks the start of a better year ahead for the resort city.

Miri Mayor Adam Yii said looking back, the year 2017 was a challenging one for Miri City Council and the city as well.

With the world economy in a rather depressed condition due to low oil and gas prices, among other factors, Miri was similarly undergoing a difficult time.

We are fortunate that we still retain the favour and the frequent visits by our neighbours from Brunei which helped our economy a lot, he said in his 2018 New Year message on Saturday.

Yii said in July 2016, MCC vowed to develop tourism as the fourth economic engine because the previous three engines of economy growth for the city � oil and gas, timber, and oil palm � are now on the decline.

Tourism development needs the participation of every Mirian. I hope all Mirians will stay united and stand together for the development of tourism and the future of Miri.

Because the tourism sector in the city is still in its infancy, coupled with some people doubting our readiness, the challenge will be enormous. However, most Mirians reckon that we have waited for too long and any further waiting is no longer an option.

In view of that, Yii said VMY 2018, with its tagline ‘Discover Miri, Uniquely Borneo’, is launched with the objective of bringing tourism development in the city into sharper focus.

He agreed that there are still many areas that need improvement and that new tourism features will be implemented along with the staging of more international events.

Rome was not built in one day, and we anticipate Miri’s tourism development will take some time too.

He also noted that on Dec 12, the city had its second direct international flight to Pontianak, with two flights a week by Xpress Air of Indonesia.

With AirAsia increasing its direct flights to Singapore to daily flight, he said Miri now has nine weekly direct international flights and that it was important for these flights to be promoted aggressively.

We are hopeful that with the active promotion by Tourism, Art, Culture, Youth and Sports Minister Datuk Abdul Karim Hamzah, Assistant Tourism Minister Datuk Lee Kim Shin and Sarawak Tourism Board, Miri will have more direct international flights to more destinations.

In addition to tourism, the mayor said the environment would remain another point of focus for the resort city.

Under the environment subject, he said the three-pronged strategy of reducing the use of plastics, substituting the usual plastics with biodegradable plastics, and the cleaning up of existing environmental damage, are already in place.

We are looking forward to the close collaboration with all the stakeholders to make Miri environmentally cleaner and healthier for our future generations.

Source: The Borneo Post