The thismia neptunis, one of the rarest plants in the world last seen in 1866, was rediscovered on the riverbank of the Matang Massif late last year.
Thanks to the drawings of Italian botanist Odoardo Beccari, who spotted it in the same area in 1866, the plant was identified.
The discovery was made under the Research for Intensified Management of Bio-rich Areas in Sarawak (Rimba) programme, which is a collective research effort between the Sarawak Forestry Corporation and international institutions dedicated to research in biodiversity.
The flight arrives just in time to bolster Miri’s Visit Miri Year 2018 campaign, as they promote the attractions and international events like the AfroLatinFiestaand BorneoJazz, Mulu National Park and the Bario Highlands.
Assistant Minister of Tourism, Arts & Culture Datuk Lee Kim Shin expressed his excitement for the new flight, saying that the flights will further strengthen the relationship between Sarawak and Kalimantan, Indonesia, not only in the joint promotion of nature and culture tourism but also in business.
The 23rd edition of the Baleh-Kapit Raft Safari will be held on April 6 – 8, where competitors get to challenge themselves and each other through meandering natural rivers on Bamboo rafts and paddle boats.
This year, the first leg will begin at Rumah Naga Sulok at Nanga Merating along the Bena river on April 7, while the second leg will begin at Rumah Bengau Andah at Lepoh Sut along the Baleh River to the Kapit Express Passenger Terminal.
The categories for this year include a Men’s Open, Men’s Closed, Freestyle, Women’s Closed and Paddle Boat with an additional prize to be won for the Best Decorated Raft.
‘Pesta Kapit’ will also be held at this time as a side event with powerboat races, traditional games, exhibitions and local handicraft booths.
Those attending MATTA Fair Kuala Lumpur on March 16 to 18 at the Putra World Trade Centre (PWTC) get the special opportunity of Experiencing Sarawak without having to board a plane, through the digital technology of Virtual Reality (VR).
Amogha Tours and Travel will be having a Virtual Reality Tour Experience of Sarawak at the Sarawak Booth, promoting some of Sarawak’s most iconic nature and cultural locations.
Other travel and tour providers, as well as product owners, will be attending the MATTA Fair and selling their products and services at special prices with added value.
Among the trade providers are Kuching Holidays and Car Rental, offering a three-day ‘self-drive’ holiday with accommodations for just RM550 per pax as well as other tours.
Jaunt Asia will be providing various four-day and five-day culture and nature packages specifically for the Muslim traveller.
Sarawak Economic Development Corporation (SEDC) will be promoting package deals to their cultural and musical events such as the Miss Cultural Harvest Festival, Sarawak Ethnic Kitchen Culinary Challenge and Sape World Concert at the Sarawak Cultural Village with boarding at the Damai Beach Resort, Riverside Majestic Hotel and Grand Margherita Hotel.
Sports will take centre-stage in Sarawak tourism for 2019 as the World Para Swimming Championships and the 21st Asia Masters Athletics Championships are set to be held in Kuching.
The World Para Swimming Championship will take place on July 29 to August 4 at the Pandelela Rinong Aquatic Centre, drawing an estimated attendance of 800 athletes and 400 officials from 80 countries.
The Asia Masters Athletics Championship to be held at the Sarawak Stadium from December 2 to 6 and is expected to draw 3,500 entries from around 30 countries.
These high profile events will set a precedent for international sports events in Sarawak, particularly para sports, as the sports and hospitality facilities are now focusing on increasing their accessibility.