AirAsia backs Sarawak festivals

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SEPANG, 23 April 2018: AirAsia is partnering with Sarawak Tourism Board for the upcoming Borneo Jazz Festival in Miri, 11 to 13 May and the Rainforest World Music Festival in Kuching, 13 to 15 July 2018.

To celebrate the partnership, AirAsia is offering all-in-fares starting at MYR 79* one-way from Kuala Lumpur to Miri and from MYR 129* one way fly-through from Penang, Melbourne, Hong Kong and other cities to Miri.

The fare deals are open from now to 30 April for travel until 30 September 2018.

AirAsia RedTix is also the official partner for the Rainforest World Music Festival this year allowing visitors to get their tickets on airasiaredtix.com at the same time they book flights.

Sarawak Tourism Board acting chief executive officer Mary Wan Mering said: ”The Sarawak Tourism Board is excited to partner with AirAsia, which offers many flights to and throughout Sarawak that have bolstered our tourism industry greatly, making it easier for tourists to be able to traverse the length of Sarawak.

Last year, Sarawak welcomed 4.43 million arrivals, 421,513 of which arrived in the month of the Borneo Jazz Festival and 406,359 during the Rainforest World Music Festival, she noted.

“This year’s Rainforest World Music Festival targets an audience of 20,000 people and we look forward to achieving our goals with AirAsia as one of our partners.”

“The partnership is in line with effort to boost visitors to Sarawak as we will reach out to all 23 countries that we operate in to not just promote the festivals, but the diverse cultural identities, unique traditions and the eco-tourism attributes in Sarawak,” said AirAsia Malaysia head of commercial Spencer Lee .

The airline flew about 4.3 million passengers to Sarawak, and Lee believes “thousands of visitors travelling to the two cities for the festivals will contribute to the state reaching its 5.25 million visitor arrivals target in 2018.”

Miri boasts more than a dozen city parks and offers access to four national parks, where rainforests, caves, waterfalls and limestone pinnacles make for a rich ecotourism experience.

When in Miri, visit the Grand Old Lady, the first inland oil drilling platform in Malaysia and Petroleum Museum, which provides a wealth of information on the oil and gas industry.

Then take the trip to Niah National Park which is best known for the Great Cave inhabited by tens of thousands of bats and swiftlets – the park is also archaeologically important for the cave paintings and the earliest modern human remains found in Southeast Asia.

AirAsia flies to five destinations from Miri with a total of 86 weekly flights one way to Kuala Lumpur, Kota Kinabalu, Johor Bahru, Kuching and Singapore. It also flies to 12 destinations from Kuching with a total of 257 weekly flights one way to Shenzhen, Singapore, Pontianak, Miri, Sibu, Bintulu, Kota Kinabalu, Johor Bahru, Kota Bharu, Penang, Kuala Lumpur and Langkawi.

The Borneo Jazz Festival and Rainforest World Music Festival have become cornerstone international music festivals in Sarawak, bringing tens of thousands of local and international audiences together every year.

For other festivals and events in Sarawak, visit www.sarawaktourism.com.

*Promotional all-in fares quoted are for one-way travel only inclusive of taxes. Terms and conditions apply.