Gawai Carnival Redeems 2018

29 June – 1 July

The 13th edition of the Gawai Carnival Redeems will take place from June 29 to July 1 in Bau, located about 50 minutes from Kuching.

The Carnival showcases the rich Bidayuh cultural heritage of the Bau communities and aims to promote the region as a tourism destination.

Some of the events and attractions at the Carnival include traditional rituals, a beauty pageant, “Open House” at a longhouse, handicrafts demonstrations and food stalls as well as a Gawai Gala Dinner on May 30.

For more information on the event, visit Facebook: 

https://www.facebook.com/redeems.apar.singai.bau/

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5th International Marine Conservation Congress (IMCC5)

22-29th June

The 5th International Marine Conservation Congress (IMCC5) will be held at the Waterfront Hotel in Kuching from June 22 to 29 this year.

This event will bring together over 700 marine conservation professionals and students from many walks of life including scientists, practitioners, teachers, policy makers and journalists in the field.

The Congress aims to bring attendees together to develop new and powerful tools to further marine conservation science and policy.

For more information or to register for the event, visit https://conbio.org/mini-sites/imcc5/

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Pandelela Rinong Aquatic Centre

The Sarawak Aquatic Centre in Petra Jaya has been renamed Pandelela Rinong Aquatic Centre and was officiated by Sarawak Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg on May 8.

The Aquatic Centre served as the location for the Malaysia Games (SUKMA) in 2016 and was renamed in honour of the Malaysian diver Pandelela, a Sarawakian, who won silver and bronze medals in the 2016 and 2012 Olympics.

In early December last year, the Sarawak’s Minister of Tourism, Arts, Culture, Youth and Sports, Datuk Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah led a delegation from the State and Malaysia Paralympic Council (MPC) to Mexico to observe the staging of the World Para Swimming Championship 2017 in preparation.

The State of Sarawak won the bid to host the World Para Swimming Championship 2019 in the year 2016, and will be hosting the event in this Aquatic Centre next year.

Last year, the Ministry of Tourism, Arts and Culture was merged with the Ministry of Youth and Sports under the Datuk Karim, leading to new approaches towards sports tourism, including increasing international sports events held in Sarawak attracting spectators and athletes.


 

80 contingents at ‘Nitih Daun’ Gawai Procession

Approximately 80 contingents from different Dayak associations from throughout Borneo   and representing those from Sabah, Kalimantan and Brunei will be joining Sarawak’s various Dayak associations during the ‘Nitih Daun’ procession during the Gawai Dayak celebration to be held in Kuching on June 22.

This year’s festival will be hosted by the Iban community and is expected to draw 3,200 participants.

The‘Nitih Daun’ was last held was in the 1980s, and this year many Sarawakians, it will be their first time attending or participating in it.

The Gawai celebrations this year will begin with cultural performances and pre-concert events on June 21 to be held at the Kuching Waterfront, followed by the procession starting from Tun Jugah building towards the Waterfront on June 22.

In conjunction with State-wide Gawai celebrations on June 23, the Gawai Bazaar 2018 programme will also be held in Miri, Bintulu, Sibu and Kuching.

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MATTA lauds removal of GST for benefit of local tourism

The domestic air fare between the Peninsula, Sabah and Sarawak will be more affordable  with the doing away of the Good and Services Tax (GST) and will augur well for domestic tourism, said the president of the Malaysian Association of Tour and Travel Agents (MATTA)Datuk Tan Kok Lian, during an interview recently.

Thus he lauded the federal Government’s decision to have the GST abolish effective June 1.

“The 0% GST is bound to promote spending by both locals and tourists, especially in terms of shopping as well as food and beverage, thus potentially increasing the price appeal of Malaysia as a travel destination,” Datuk Tan explained.

Domestic travelling is a huge part of Sarawak’s tourism industry, as Sarawak received 2,217,366 domestic visitors last year alone, which translates to a 45.7 percent of Sarawak’s total arrivals.

PESTA BABULANG

You can watch some epic water buffalo races at the Pesta Babulang at Batu Danu in Limbang, held by the Bisaya Community.

Organised by the Bisaya Association, this annual event drives tourists to the streets of Limbang to watch the races and experience the decorative water buffalo ‘float’ competitions, beauty pageants and traditional Bisaya food fiesta.

Limbang can be reached by a 30 minute flight from Miri, or a short 15 minute drive from Tedungan if you are travelling from neighbouring Brunei Darussalam.

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Irau Aco Lun Bawang

31 May to 3 June

The 31st edition of the Lun Bawang Festival, or the Irau Aco Lun Bawang, at Dataran Bandar in Lawas, a small town in Northern Sarawak.

The festival venue is reachable from Kuching by a two hour and a half flight, or from Kota Kinabalu in Sabah by a 50 minute flight.

The event takes place in conjunction with the traditional Lun Bawang rice harvest festival and brings together the largest gathering of Lun Bawang communities in Sarawak.

The community celebrates their traditional culture, music and dances, as well as handicrafts and cuisine.

Attendees can eat the local delicacies, watch the cultural dances to the tune of the nguip suling or bamboo flute and participate in traditional and modern games and activities.

For more information, visit https://www.facebook.com/irauacolunbawang/

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Sarawak Tourism attending Travel Industry Exhibition in Sydney

Australian trade partners will have a chance to meet up with officers and representatives of the local Sarawak agents at the Travel Industry Exhibition at the Dockside Cockle Bay Wharf at Darling Harbour in Sydney from August 21 to 22 this year.

The exhibition is Australia’s leading event dedicated to the Mobile, MICE and Luxury sectors in the tourism industry, providing key buyers with the suppliers, knowledge and connections from the highest quality suppliers to develop successful travel programmes.

There will be seminars from industry leaders and networking events to connect exhibitors and buyers at the Exhibition.


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Miri’s Seaside Attractions

Miri is a gateway city with many attractions in the nature of culture, night life and nature. More so than anything, it has amazing seaside attractions.

Tusan Beach is one of the most well-known beaches in Miri, located about 30 minutes from the city. It is popular for its horse-shaped cliff and its bioluminescent phytoplankton, also known as the ‘Blue Tears’ that cause the waves and seas edge to glow blue.

Tanjong Lobang Beach, also known as Brighton Beach, is just 5 minutes from downtown Miri and has a food bazaar nearby where visitors can eat seafood and watch the sunset.

Bungai Beach is 45 minutes from Miri city and provides a relatively private getaway spot for people to relax and swim in the clear waters. Surrounded by pristine nature, it’s located near Kampung Bungai and Kampung Peliau, local fisherman villages which sell food and have homestay options for travellers.

Next to the seahorse lighthouse is the Coco Cabana which sells amazing food at its café, seaside swings and benches to watch the sunset on, with the scenic seahorse lighthouse looming overhead.

The Luak Bay Esplanade is about 10 minutes from downtown Miri and has amazing white sand beaches, making it a popular spot for barbecues and picnics.

Bungai Beach
Bungai Beach