Borneo Fest A Big Success

The inaugural Borneo Fest was a great success after being held on September 11 at the Suria KLCC to promote Sarawak and Sabah to local and foreign travellers.

This festival focused on educating West Malaysians and foreign tourists about the history of Malaysia’s formation as well as showcasing Sarawak and Sabah’s unique culture, crafts, music food and fashion.

A variety of activities were featured in the one-day event including a Borneo fashion competition, cultural dance performances and a ‘sape’ musical presentation by Saufi Aiman Yahya, Alena Murang and Anderson Kalang, three famous sape players from Sarawak.

Sibu Marathon 2017

The Sibu Marathon will be held on September 16 at the Sibu Town Square.

There are four routes of varying lengths available for participants, including a 5km, 10km, 21km and 42.195km routes.

The annual marathon takes place around the same time every year with the aim of showcasing the beauty of the ‘Swan City’, to explore the city’s outstanding cultural heritage and to experience the local hospitality.

For more information or to register for the Sibu Marathon, visit: http://www.sibumarathon.com/

Shows Sibu Town Square, the venue for the Sibu Marathon runners flag off.
Shows Sibu Town Square, the venue for the Sibu Marathon runners flag off.

Sibu International Dance Festival 2017

Sibu International Dance Festival (SIDF) will be held on August 29 to September 2.

First organised in 2012 by the Hornland Dance Theatre in Sibu, the Dance Festival is an annual event that portrays all forms of dances, traditional or modern, for all age groups and of all races and cultures. 

For more information on the Dance Festival and to purchase tickets from the official website: http://sidfestival.com/

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Penan Handwoven Bags

Handwoven bags supplied by Penan designers and weavers will be used as the official conference bag for the National Teochew Conference on August 15 to be held at the Pullman Kuching.

The Penan motifs are woven in the state colours of red, yellow and black, and will be given to the estimated 1,200 delegates from across the country that are expected to attend, combined with special guests from China and Singapore.

These Penan-woven bags were also the official bags during the Kuching Heritage Race which took place February this year, and received great feedback from the race participants. 

These bags are produced by Sarawak’s last semi-nomadic Penan artisans, under the support and coordination of the Ten Ringgit Club, a non-profit organisation that assists these artisans to sell their woven crafts as a supplementary household income, and the proceeds go to an education fund to provide tuition and education aid for Penan children.

Photo shows penan woman weaving the bags for the conference.
Photo shows penan woman weaving the bags for the conference.

AirAsia in Kuching

AirAsia has launched the Kuching-Langkawi-Kuching direct flight on August 8, a four times weekly flying on every Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday.

This is AirAsia’s 11th destination out from Kuching, including the direct Kuching-Pontianak-Kuching route which was launched on June 5.

3.2 million guests flew AirAsia from Kuching last year.

The arrival of the Kuching-Langkawi flight being officially welcomed by water salute at the Kuching International Airport
The arrival of the Kuching-Langkawi flight being officially welcomed by water salute at the Kuching International Airport

Normah Medical Specialist Centre Receives Gold Seal of Approval

The Normah Medical Specialist Centre (NMSC) in Kuching has recently been awarded a Gold Seal of Approval for Hospital Accreditation by the Joint Commission International.

The Golden Seal of Approval was awarded to NMSC in recognition of its continuous compliance with internationally-recognised standards, and is testament to the quality treatment provided in providing a safe and effective care for local and international patients.

The Joint Commission International is a United States based non-profit organisation that accredits and certifies nearly 21,000 health care organisations and programmes.

NMSC is one of Sarawak’s leading medical institutes providing international class medical facilities and has found favour among Indonesians seeking medical treatment.

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Visit Miri Year 2018

Miri will host its Visit Miri Year (VMY) 2018 next year.

The Miri City Council has formed a VMY 2018 organising committee with eight sub-committees, namely marketing and publicity; transportation; accommodation; events and calendar; safety and security; tour packages and products; local produce; and tourism impact studies to ensure the success of the campaign.

It will collaborate with the state’s Ministry of Tourism, Arts, Culture, Youth and Sports, Sarawak Tourism Board, the Miri Residents Office and Miri District Office, Sarawak Forestry Corporation and non-governmental organisations to make the most out of the VMY 2018 campaign.

Miri City Mayor, Adam Yii has urged local tourism stakeholders to give their best to ensure that their goals are met.

The city symbol, the seahorse proudly stands at the Miri-Airport road to welcome visitors to Miri City.
The city symbol, the seahorse proudly stands at the Miri-Airport road to welcome visitors to Miri City.

Malaysia’s Favourite Destination

Sarawak is “Malaysia’s Favourite Destination” for the Malaysian Association of Tour and Travel Agents (MATTA) Fair 2017, to be held on 8 to 10 September at the Putra World Trade Centre (PWTC) in Kuala Lumpur.

Presenting the State with the promotion theme ‘Sarawak Je’, more than 100 travel packages will be offered for sale during the three day weekend fair by 13 travel agencies and hoteliers from Sarawak.

These packages will be made available at the Sarawak Pavillion at booth number 4M001 to 4M011 in Hall 5.

From left: Acting Chief Executive Officer of Sarawak Tourism Board,  Mary Wan Mering, MATTA Fair Vice President, Mohd Akil Mohd Yusof and MATTA Chief Executive Officer, Phua Tai Neng, introducing the “Malaysia’s Favourite Destination” banner.
From left: Acting Chief Executive Officer of Sarawak Tourism Board, Mary Wan Mering, MATTA Fair Vice President, Mohd Akil Mohd Yusof and MATTA Chief Executive Officer, Phua Tai Neng, introducing the “Malaysia’s Favourite Destination” banner.

Sarawak Adventure Challenge: The Lost Mines @ Sarawak, Western

The Sarawak Adventure Challenge will take place on October 14 this year, with exciting multi-sport adventure activities, in the Bau region about 43km from Kuching.

The activities planned include a combination of 40+ km mountain biking, 14+ km trail running as well as a caving section.

The reward for navigating this exhilarating route that winds through old local and mining trails through jungles, streams and villages (aside from bragging rights) is a RM6,000.00 grand prize waiting at the finish line for those who come in first.

This event is organized by Draco Action Sports and is a joint venture between Borneo Adventure and Paradesa; two travel industry and outdoor sports veterans.

The event is supported by the Sarawak Government through the Ministry of Tourism, Arts, Culture, Youth and Sports, Sarawak Tourism Board, Tasik Biru (N2) and Serembu (N18) constituencies and Bau District Council. It is endorsed by Tourism Malaysia.

Registration is open until September 5, for registration and information visit  http://sarawakchallenge.com/

Sarawak Adventure Challenge poster.
Sarawak Adventure Challenge poster.

 

Baram Regatta

This year’s Baram Regatta will take place on August 25 to 27 and is expected to continue to attract both domestic and foreign participants.

The Regatta will take place at Batang Baram in Marudi, about 43km from Miri City in, Northern Sarawak.

The “Baram Open” race allows international and local participants to participate in racing down the Baram River.

Regaining some of its original provisions, the “Baram Closed” race is solely for the Baram folk to compete against each other, which traces the history of the Regatta from over 100 years ago.

The bi-annual event has been held since 1899, in conjunction with the Savage Peace Conference that led to peace among the different tribes and communities in the Baram area.

Participants in the Baram Regatta
Participants in the Baram Regatta