Sarawak expects RM120mil monthly from tourists once Miri-Brunei crossings reopen

SIBU : Sarawak is expected to receive an extra RM120mil per month from tourist receipts once the Miri-Brunei border opens on August 1, says John Teo (pic).

The Malaysian Association of Hotels Sarawak Chapter chairman said that Miri residents should get ready for an influx of Sarawakians crossing over from Lawas and Limbang, and even as far as from Sabah as well as Brunei tourists.

"Hotels, motels, inns and other accommodation providers must prepare themselves to ensure that our rooms and eateries are ready, " he added in a statement on Monday (July 25).

Teo said with the Sungai Tujoh border opening, they should expect approximately 2,000 vehicles crossing into Miri.

"This will bring in at least 5,000 Bruneians as well as others into Miri. With an average spending of RM800 per Bruneian in Miri, this will bring an average of RM4mil per day or RM12mil per month, or a minimum amount of RM1.44b per year, " he said.

Teo said that he hopes the border's closing time could be extended to 8pm to keep Bruneians back in Miri.

"Both governments agreed to close at 6pm, which will be good for Miri food and beverage operators as well as for accommodation providers, " he added.

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