Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Fifth Jazz Fest Eyes RM10 Million In Tourism Revenue

The Fifth Miri International Jazz Festival (MIJF), which will be held here on May 14 and 15, is expected to generate RM10 million in tourism revenue, said Sarawak Tourism and Heritage Minister, Tan Sri Dr George Chan.

He said that since Sarawak Tourism Board (STB), the MIJF organiser, had set a higher target of 10,000 crowd turnout, it would likely generate greater income.

"Last year the festival managed to reap in about RM6 million in revenue.

"The tourists will definitely stay for two to three days, at least.

"They will be spending their money in the hotels, the food outlets and others who provide services for tourists," he said at a press conference organised by STB here on Saturday.

Dr Chan, who is also the Deputy Chief Minister, said he was confident STB would achieve the target despite the current sales of tickets of just above 2,000.

Eight international bands will be featured in this year's festival, comprising James Cotton Blues Band from US, Amina Figarova Sextet (Holland), Ricardo Herz (Brazil), Mellow Motif (Thailand), Michael Shrieve's Spellbinder (US), SimakDialog (Indonesia), Norbert Susemihl's New Orleans All Stars (Denmark/Germany/US) and Jeremy Tordjman (Switzerland).

Meanwhile, STB chief executive officer, Datuk Rashid Khan, said they had been conducting aggressive sales of tickets for the past few months particularly among the expatriates in the state, Brunei and Sabah.

He said these expatriates were among the majority who had been enquiring about the jazz festival and their numbers were significant.

Source : Bernama

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