Sarawak Tourism Board today welcomed a group of The Minister for Tourism, Datuk Amar Abang Abdul Rahman Zohari Tun Openg who is currently on a three-day working visit here yesterday received four Austrian guests calling on him at Hotel Grand Wien here.

The guests, Gerald Stainoch of Jumbo Touristik GmbH, Henry Jedlsky of Reise Aktuell Travel News, Professor Waltrund Stienbock of Circle Diplomatique and Maria Oetrak, an Austrian blogger met the Minister who was accompanied by the Malaysian Ambassador to Austria, His Excellency Dato’ Selwyn Das.

The Austrian guests shared experiences with the Minister and also exchange ideas on how to effectively promote Sarawak to Austrians and the German speaking market.

Meanwhile, in the afternoon, the Minister visited the World Museum Vienna. He had a meeting with Director of Museum, Dr Steven Engelsman on the possible collaboration and artefacts exchange especially on the ethnology with Sarawak Museum. They had a chance also to visit the ‘Borneo Gallery’ corner, a dedicated corner exhibiting about Borneo artifacts within the museum building. World Museum Vienna is considered as one of the world’s most important ethnological museum. It houses over 200,000 ethnographic objects, 75,000 historical photographs and 144,000 printed works on history, culture, art and daily life of predominantly non-European community.

Also present were Assistant Ministers for Tourism, Datuk Gramong Juna and Datuk Haji Talib Zulpilip, Assistant Minister for Youth Development, Datuk Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah and the Assistant Minister for Culture and Heritage, Liwan Lagang, Pantai Damai Assemblyman, Dr. Abdul Rahman Junaidi and the Permanent Secretary to the Ministry of Tourism, Datu Ik Pahon.

Datuk Amar Abang Zohari is leading a 25-member Sarawak delegation comprising staff from the Ministry of Tourism, Dewan Bandar Raya Kuching Utara (DBKU) and the Land Custody and Development Authority to Vienna Austria and Budapest, Hungary.