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Lee urges organisers to entice tourists to annual CNY bazaar
Tarikh : 04 Feb 2019  Sumber Berita: "The Borneo Post"

The colourful light decorations at Miri Gong Xi Fa Cai Bazaar 2019.

MIRI: The organiser of the annual Chinese New Year Bazaar here has been urged to promote the event outside Malaysia, particularly in China.

According to the Assistant Minister of Tourism, Arts and Culture Datuk Lee Kim Shin, many Chinese nationals spend their Chinese New Year (CNY) overseas.

“Perhaps our travel agents could also work out CNY packages to entice China tourists to spend their CNY here.

(From left) Khoi Yun, Lee and Yii touch a sphere in a gimmick to mark the launch of Miri Gong Xi Fa Cai Bazaar 2019.

“Start promoting this bazaar event and travel packages early so that tourists can plan for their visit here. In fact everyone can start promoting next year’s Gong Xi Fa Cai Bazaar right after this,” he said when launching Miri Gong Xi Fa Cai Bazaar 2019 at High Street on Saturday evening.

The annual bazaar which entered its 17th year is organised by Miri Chinese Chamber of Commerce and Industry (MCCCI) in collaboration with Miri City Council (MCC).

Also present at the ceremony were Miri mayor Adam Yii, Telang Usan assemblyman Dennis Ngau, Piasau assembyman Datuk Sebastian Ting, Pujut assemblyman Dr Ting Tiong Choon, Lambir assemblyman Ripin Lamat, Senator Alan Ling, MCCCI chairman Lee Khoi Yun, head of departments and local community leaders.

Elaborating, Lee said private sector initiatives also play an important role in the tourism industry.

“My ministry, Sarawak Tourism Board and Sarawak Convention Bureau would like to see more private initiatives either on their own, or in collaboration with the government, organise more international events that will bring tourists to Sarawak.

“For example, business conference, educational seminar and conference, cultural events, sports tourism, just to name a few,” Lee said adding that the last Miri International marathon brought in more than a thousand participants from outside the city.

Lee (seventh left) with guests at the launching of Miri Gong Xi Fa Cai Bazaar 2019.

Meanwhile, the bazaar from Jan 29 to Feb 4 saw an increase in number of stalls, from less that 100 when it first started 16 years ago to 300 stalls this year.

According to mayor Adam Yii who spoke earlier, Gong Xi Fa Cai Bazaar is a unique programme which involves participation of all communities.

“Apart from the Chinese community, the Malay and other communities are also trading here together. In fact, their (non-Chinese) stalls are also popular. We appreciate their participation and we value their presence as well.

“Overall, this colourful programme has met with our objective of getting all races to come together and celebrate this particular festive occasion,” said Yii.