Tuesday, March 18, 2008

Miri to offer free tram service soon

A “free tram service coupon system” will be implemented in hotels and motels in Miri for tourists and guests here to enjoy free public transportation services.

Under the coupon system, to be introduced by the Sarawak Tourism Board (STB) in a joint-venture with hotels and motels here, guests with confirmed room bookings would be entitled to use the tram for free rides to tourists spots, shopping complexes and recreation parks and markets in the city.

STB director for the northern region, Lee Kim Shin, said the service would be the first in the state.

“STB is now trying to get all the hotels and motels in Miri to sign up with the board to implement the service as soon as possible.

“The tram is ready for use,” he added.

“The hotels will provide coupons to their guests to enable them to use the tram for free. It is a non-profit programme that STB is introducing as a way to promote Miri and make tourists feel at home,” he said here recently.

Lee said STB estimated that RM150,000 was needed annually to run the free tram service.

The costs of operating this service would be shouldered by the hotels, the STB and other tourism stakeholders in Miri.

The STB has appointed public bus firm Miri Bus Transport Company to manage the tram service, he said, adding that he was confident the service would get good response from visitors and would help them to save money for other purposes such as for shopping and food.

Source : STAR
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