Pontianak – Kuching Wings Air Inaugural Flight

The Wings Air Pontianak-Kuching- Pontianak inaugural flight on January 24 has given better options to Indonesian visitors travelling into Kuching.

Flying twice daily leaving Pontianak at 9:45 am and 6:00 pm, the 45 minute flight time augurs well especially for those seeking medical treatment in Kuching giving them a day trip option.

Wings Air is a subsidiary of Lions Air which operates daily flight into Pontianak thus giving options to Indonesian to connect their flight to Kuching on same day.

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Miri AfroLatin Fiesta

The second edition of the Miri AfroLatin Fiesta, organised by La Danza Fitness & Dance Studio Miri, will be held at the Meritz Hotel on March 2.

The event bring artists and participants together in Afro Latin dance workshops in an effort to introduce a new fitness attraction to the Miri community and visitors. 

This year’s dance artists are coming from around the world including Spain, USA, Sweden, Norway, Kenya, Canada, Sri Lanka, Mexico, Russia and many more.

Miri is a prime location for international events like this as the ‘Gateway to Northern Sarawak’.

Miri AfroLatin Fiesta is one of the events listed in the Visit Miri Year 2018 calendar of events.

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Enchanting Musical Evening (新春音乐会) – Featuring Yap Family

The Enchanting Musical Evening featuring the Yap’s family will be held on February 19th at the Old Courthouse Auditorium at in Kuching at 7:30 p.m.

The talented Yap’s sibling and their families will be holding the concert featuring Yap Ling, Yap Yen, Yap Ting, Yap Ning, Grace Lee, Yap Qin, Yap Yi and Yap Meer with special guest pianist Eugene Clifford Roland Suboh in conjunction with Chinese New Year celebrations.

The concert gives the Yap’s family a chance to collaborate together and to share with the public their love for music, and although they are all performers, this is the first time they will come together and perform a concert as one unit.

The programme offers musical repertoire for all audiences who appreciate traditional Chinese music.

For more information call or Whatsapp +60168200355+60105426718 or +60178830797.

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Visitors’ Information Centre Kuching schedule update

The Visitors’ Information Centre (VIC) Kuching will be opened from 9:00am to 3:00 pm on the weekends and public holidays effective February 1.

Located that its new premise at the Tourism Complex (Old Court House) the center provides information on Sarawak and entertain visitors’ enquiries.

This is an effort to standardise the opening hours among all VICs based on trends and needs of visitors.

The VIC in Miri follows this schedule while the Sibu office hopes to adopt the times once their staff has increased. 

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Riverside Majestic Hotel Astana Wing now opens for booking

The Riverside Majestic Hotel Astana Wing is now ready to accept booking and currently offering room promotion as part of its opening campaign.

With 272 guest rooms, this new wing has three fully equipped function rooms ideal for events and seminars catering up to 240 persons, 24-hour concierge and a daily cocktail for Penthouse guests at the Penthouse Check-in lounge. 

Their Superior Rooms with a city view costing RM180.00 per night while the river view is at RM200.00 and valid until March 31.

For more details, please visit their website at http://astana.riversidemajestic.com

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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.