Hiang Tiang Siang Ti Temple Procession

January 9, 2019

Carpenter Street will come alive with activities, colourful processions and cultural performances on January 9th during the Hiang Tiang Siang Ti Temple Procession, which takes place every year on the fourth day of the twelfth month in the lunar calendar.

Attracting thousands of people, visitors and locals gather along the streets to witness the spectacle of talented lion and dragon dance troupes, performing their dances to the beat of the drums and gongs.

Beautifully dressed ‘maidens’, singers and dancers in colourful Chinese costumes. They will perform on beautifully decorated floats and the party goes on well into the night, truly a sight to behold in one of Kuching’s oldest streets.

Photo credit: Hiang Tiang Siang Ti Temple website
Photo credit: Hiang Tiang Siang Ti Temple website

New Year Countdown and VSC Launch

December 31, 2018 – January 1, 2019

On New Year’s Eve, Kuching Waterfront will be the location for the New Year Countdown for Kuching as well as the Visit Sarawak Campaign launch.

Fireworks and a beautiful display at the waterfront’s musical fountain will take place during the launch.

Officiating the spectacle will be Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Haji Abdul Rahman Zohari bin Tun Abang Haji Openg and Minister of Tourism, Arts, Culture, Youth and Sports, Datuk Haji Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah.

Overlooking the Darul Hana Bridge and the DUN at sunset, opposite the Kuhcing Waterfront
Overlooking the Darul Hana Bridge and the DUN at sunset, opposite the Kuhcing Waterfront

Electric Bus Unveiling

A new electric bus was unveiled at Borneo Convention Centre Kuching (BCCK) as a part of a pilot project that will introduce electric buses into the streets of Kuching.

Beginning early next year, the bus will take a 14km long route covering Satok, the Heritage Trail and iCOM Square, offering free rides to all locals and visitors for the first three months.

The bus has a capacity of 53 passengers and is wheelchair-friendly, with amenities like free Wi-Fi and a GPS tracking system.

It is fully electric and operates a range of around 300km on a fully charged battery, with a charging station located at Jalan Depo.

This encouraging move towards ‘clean energy’ driven public transport promises a greener future for Kuching, with a smaller carbon footprint and less air pollution.

Unveiling of the electric bus at BCCK
Unveiling of the electric bus at BCCK

Syndication and Media Night in Miri, Sibu

Sarawak Tourism Board recently held industry engagement sessions and a media night in Miri and Sibu, touching base and showing gratitude to media partners in the two cities.

On December 11 and 12 respectively, the syndication with industry partners was also held in Miri was held to present the Board’s plans for the coming Visit Sarawak Campaign and to take in feedback to be implemented in the future.

The Miri Media Appreciation Night was held to show the board’s gratitude to the local media in how they promote the communities, cultures and events within their region. The night was filled with lucky draws, karaoke and a photo booth for the members of the media to enjoy.

Local industry partners viewing STB print materials for tourism promotion
Local industry partners viewing STB print materials for tourism promotion

“Visit Sarawak Campaign” Logo Launch in Shenzhen

Sarawak Tourism Board (STB) will be holding a ‘Visit Sarawak Campaign’ logo launch in will Shenzhen on December 19 at the JW Marriott Shenzhen, China.

The launching ceremony will be attended by Assistant Minister of Tourism, Arts and Culture, Datuk Lee Kim Shin, representatives of the Consul General of Malaysia in Guangzhou, Beh Ching Chye and the Director of Tourism Malaysia Guangzhou, Sharon Ho.

During the launch, the campaigns’ colourful logo, tagline of “More to Discover” as well as the campaign promotional video will be presented and shared.

This will be the fourth launch held by STB, the previous launches taking place in Kuala Lumpur, Singapore and London.

Launch of the Visit Sarawak Campaign logo in London
Launch of the Visit Sarawak Campaign logo in London

Aircraft Livery MOA Signing

Sarawak Tourism Board (STB) Chief Executive Officer, Sharzede Hj. Salleh Askor signed a Memorandum of Agreement with Managing Director of Laduni Services, Syed Anuar Bin Syed Ahmad on the upcoming AirAsia aircraft livery promoting the Campaign.

 Witnessing the signing were Chairman of STB, Y.B. Datuk Haji Abdul Wahab Bin Aziz and Non-Independent Non-Executive Director in AirAsia Board of Directors, Dato’ Abdul Aziz Bin Abu Bakar.

The aircraft will be flying regionally for a period of two years and will feature Visit Sarawak Campaign’s vibrant and colourful design depicting a Hornbill, one of Sarawak’s most popular, sacred and symbolic mascots, as evidenced by the State’s coat-of-arms and moniker as “Land of the Hornbills”.


Sibu Big Bike Week

7-9 December

From 7 to 9 December, the 8th Sibu Big Bike Week will take over the streets of Sibu, attracting bikers from around the world.

This event would be a gathering of enthusiasts who are into high-powered motorbike as well as cars and automotive-related interests, skateboards, BMX bicycles and also paintball, with bike shows and other events being held over the weekend to wow the crowds.

For more information, contact Helen at 019 855 7171


Sibu Christmas Tree Decoration Competition

1 -31 December

The Sibu Christmas Tree Decoration Competition is back, decorating the Sibu Town Square with colourful and creative renditions of Christmas trees throughout the month of December.

The annual competition is organised by the Sibu Municipal Council, and participated by various organisations and agencies throughout Sibu.

A winner with the most creative and festive tree will be announced on New Year’s Eve.


Cruise Ship Berths in Kuching

The Cruise ship Silver Muse, Monaco berthed on November 29 at the Senari port in Kuching. The cruise ship was on its 12-Day “Hong Kong – Singapore” route and stopped by Kuching as the final port before arriving in Singapore.

The disembarking passengers were greeted with a traditional welcoming and garlanding by a cultural at the courtesy of the Sarawak Tourism Board.

The cruise ship has a total of 528 passengers from Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, China, Costa Rica, Denmark, Finland, Germany, Hong Kong, Hungary, Indonesia, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Kenya, Korea, Luxembourg, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Peru, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Russia, Singapore, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, United Kingdom and the United States of America.

The highest number of passengers came from United Kingdom with 97 passengers, the United States with 91 people and Australia with 76.

Excursion trips available to the disembarking passengers include a Kuching City Tour, Semenggoh Nature Reserve and Annah Rais visit as well as a Sarawak Cultural Village tour, while others took a City Shuttle to explore Kuching on their own.


Media Appreciation Night

Sarawak Tourism Board held a Media Appreciation Night at Grand Margherita Hotel in Kuching on November 27.

130 media members from across all publications, spanning from traditional newspapers to independent bloggers, enjoyed the night of appreciation for the coverage they have given on Sarawak, its many festivals and events, as well as its stories on the multi-cultural communities.

There will be similar media appreciation nights held in Miri on December 10, and another in Sibu later in December.