KUCHING: Sarawak Tourism Ministry has suggested to a group of South Korean teachers to organise educational tours to the state for their students.
Assistant Tourism Minister Datuk Lee Kim Shin said Sarawak was a good place for this purpose because of its rich natural and cultural resources.
“I hope that in the future, we can work together to organise tours and holiday camps to Sarawak,” he said after receiving a courtesy call from 24 members of a teachers’ association who were in Kuching on holiday.
“This is a very good beginning for us to establish tourism with South Korea. We can work out some educational programmes for both teachers and students,” he added.
Lee said the ministry could arrange intensive English courses as well as student exchange programmes with the local universities in Kuching.
“We already have some South Korean students studying at universities here but we want to attract more to come and study in Sarawak,” he said.
“Teachers, when you go back to South Korea, I hope you will tell your colleagues and students about Sarawak and Kuching.
“I hope you will encourage your students to come to here to study nature. This is a place of rich flora and fauna,” said Lee.
The teachers’ association comprised of kindergarten, elementary school and university heads in South Korea.
They were led by Malaysia-South Korea student exchange association chairman Jin Man Sung.
Jin said the teachers loved the scenery and the kindness of the local folk.
“We are looking forward to seeing the orang utans,” he added.
Up till November last year, 7,900 South Korean tourists have visited the state.
Lee said the ministry was focused on promoting tourism in China, Taiwan, South Korea and Japan.
He hoped that airlines would assist by providing direct flights to South Korea in the near future.