Thursday, July 16, 2009

Rainforest fest a huge success, but needs improvement

Requests for raincoats and a stage which was “camera-friendly” were among the feedback received on the just concluded Rainforest World Music Festival.

Sarawak State Urban Develop-ment and Tourism Minister Datuk Michael Manyin said the request for raincoats was from foreign visitors because of the rainy weather which affected the first night of the festival last weekend.

There were also comments that the festival’s new stage was not camera-friendly as it was too high, making it difficult for photographers to take pictures.

He said a journalist from the Middle East would like the organisers to invite more Arab groups to the festival.

“We will take note of the comments to make the festival better,” Manyin told reporters after launching a civil service logo and development exhibition at the Civic Centre here yesterday.

“On the whole, most of the visitors said that our festival was second to none,” he said.

The organisers would work to further improve the event next year based on the feedback.

Manyin also said that this year’s festival at the Sarawak Cultural Village had attracted more than 21,000 visitors despite the global economic downturn and the A (H1N1) flu outbreak.

“We had been worried earlier that people may cancel their bookings and whether we would be able to get at least 15,000 visitors,” he said.

Attendance on the first night was about 5,000 while the second night had a crowd of 8,500.

More than 8,000 people turned up for the final night.

Source : STAR
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