Visit Sibu Year 2017 Closing Ceremony

The Closing Ceremony for the Visit Sibu Year 2017 (VSY 2017) will take place on December 31 at the Sibu Town Square.

The ceremony marks the end of Sibu’s fruitful tourism year with a variety of local performances both modern and tradition.

The event coincides with the Year End Countdown, celebrating Sibu’s entrance into another year of tourism as successful as the last.

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Sibu Christmas Tree Decoration Competition

The 8th edition of Sibu’s Christmas Tree Decoration Contest is in full swing, turning the Sibu Town Square into a Christmas wonderland.

Some of the trees are made from ribbons, some are made with recycled road maps, while others are made to look like Santa-shaped trees.

Throughout the Sibu Town Square, smaller decorations are set up like angel figurines, candy canes and smaller trees.

The winner of the competition will be announced during the New Year Ceremony on December 31.

Sibu Christmas Tree Decoration Contest at Sibu Town Square
Sibu Christmas Tree Decoration Contest at Sibu Town Square.

Christmas Parades March On

The annual Christmas Parades in Kuching and Miri marched on with more participants than ever, despite heavy rain in Miri.

The Kuching Christmas Parade took place on December 2, and had 14,000 participants including costumed street performers, marching at 7pm with 16 heavily decorated Christmas floats in accompaniment.

The 10th edition of the Miri Christmas Parade’s took place on December 10 and drew approximately 45,000 participants despite the heavy rain throughout the night.

Source: theborneopost.com
Source: theborneopost.com

400 Museum Artefacts to Be Returned To Sarawak

An excess of 400 Bornean ethnographic artefacts will be returned to Sarawak early next year from the museum in the Delft, Netherlands which will bolster Sarawak’s artefacts collection.

The symbolic hand-over took place recently between the Deputy Mayor of Delft, Ferrie Forster and the Director of Heritage Delft, Janelle Moerman to Minister of Tourism, Arts, Culture, Youth and Sports Datuk Abdul Karim Hamzah and Director of Sarawak Museum Department Ipoi Datan held at Prinsehof Museum.

Sarawak’s vision in becoming the ‘Global Centre of Bornean Heritage by 2030’ will be greatly aided by this return of heritage artefacts.

Once the artefacts have reached the shores of Sarawak, the Sarawak Museum will be holding an exhibition in the Textile Museum in Kuching to showcase the articles to the public, as the Sarawak State Museum Building is still under restoration and renovations.

Sarawak State Museum which will house the 400 artefacts after renovations.
Sarawak State Museum which will house the 400 artefacts after renovations.

Express Air Now Connects UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Miri and Jogjakarta

Travel agents who are particularly interested in packaging UNESCO World Heritage Sites will be in for a good business potential with the launching of the inaugural Pontianak-Miri direct flight which was   launched on December 12.

The combination of the UNESCO’s World Heritage sites of Gunung Mulu in Miri Sarawak and the Borobudur in Jogjakarta, Indonesia will only be a few hours away for tourists to visit, thanks to Express Air Indonesia which provides connection with a stop in Pontianak, Indonesia.

The twice weekly Pontianak-Miri-Pontianak route will be on every Tuesdays and Saturdays with a flight duration of one and a half hours.

XpressAir inaugural Pontianak-Miri flight receiving water salute at Miri Airport.
XpressAir inaugural Pontianak-Miri flight receiving water salute at Miri Airport.

Christmas Time in Sarawak

Christmas events including parades and Christmas tree decoration contests will be held throughout Kuching, Miri and Sibu in the month of December.

The 8th ChristmasTree Decoration Contest at the Sibu Town Square will take place from November 27 to December 31 and the Christmas trees decoration throughout the month of December in Sibu. The winner will be announced during the New Year Countdown.

The Kuching Christmas Parade will be held on December 2 at the MBKS Jubilee Grounds, which has been an annual event since 2007 and attracted over 6000 attendees last year.

The 10th edition of Miri City Christmas Parade will take place on December 9, beginning at Miri City Fan and the main streets of Miri.

A combined effort of the Miri City Council and 15 churches from in and around Miri, the parade is expected to attract 45,000 people this year.

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7th Sibu Bike Week

The seventh edition of the Sibu Bike Week will take place on December 8 to 10 at the Sibu Town Square.

The three day event features activities including motorcycle and car exhibitions, Big Bike competitions, Swan City Ride, car drift and stunt bike shows as well as exhibition booths for all manner of bike and car paraphernalia.

In addition there will be entertainment such as tattoo exhibitions and competition, skateboarding competition, dance and local band performances, a “Battle of the Bands” and a Miss Sibu Bike Week  contest.

The event aims to bring together big bike owners and enthusiasts as well as curious members of the community, to appreciate high powered motorcycles and the artistry behind them.

For information, visit their Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/events/1360489157405964/

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Borneo Jazz Has anew “home”

The 13th Borneo Jazz find its new “home” at the Pullman Miri Waterfront hotel. It will be held on May 11 to 12 next year.

Borneo Jazz is an annual two-day international jazz festival that takes place in the seaside city of Miri, featuring a vast repertoire of Jazz genres.

The event also holds youth programmes and outreach programmes to help local aspiring musicians.

For more information, visit the Borneo Jazz website at https://jazzborneo.com/

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Royal Brunei Airlines FAM trip

The Royal Brunei Airlines jointly with Sarawak Tourism Board recently organise a Familiarisation Trip (FAM trip) for Melbourne based tour agents to Miri and Gunung Mulu National Park from November 25 to 28.  

The FAM trip consisted of five travel agents from Melbourne, who flew in to Bandar Seri Begawan and stayed at the Pullman Miri Waterfront and Mulu Marriott Resort and Spa. 

The group visited the Gunung Mulu National Park where they went to the Lang, Deer, Wind and the Clearwater Caves, experiencing a canopy walk and visited the Penan settlement before proceeding to the Borneo Tropical Rainforest Resort and Entulang longhouse.

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