Two Bidayuh villages along the Semadang River, Kampung Semadang and Kampung Danu, have acquired popularity for outdoor and water activites.
The two villages are located about 40km from Kuching City, the stretch of river has become known for its clear rivers, caves and forested areas as well as their abundance of fish, which attracts tourists interested in fishing, river and jungle activities.
Some of the major events in the Semadang region are the Bengoh Cultural Carnival, Padawan Raft Safari as well as the annual Semadang River [email protected] Festival.
Kampung Danu has participated in the Tagang System of fish conservation in certain stretches of Sungai Semadang where fishing is prohibited, except for once a year during the [email protected] Festival.
Fort Alice’s restoration efforts recently won the Gold Award under the “Conservation” Category in Pertubuhan Arkitek Malaysia (PAM) or Malaysia Institute of Architects’s 2017 Awards.
Arkitek JFN Sendirian Berhad (Sdn Bhd) were responsible for the restoration and completed the project under the direction of Mike Boon, previously President and founding member of the Sarawak Heritage Society, with advisory contributions from Dr. John Ting, an architecture historian.
The jury of the awards cited their decision on choosing Fort Alice because of the “attention to detail reflected in the restoration of this old fort is truly amazing while the effort made to engage the local community in helping to preserve history for future generations is just as impressive.”
Fort Alice, named after the second white Rajah, Charles Brooke’s wife Margaret Alice Lili de Windt, was built in 1864 and is located in Sri Aman, about 200km from Kuching.
April has become the month of the Frog for UNIMAS, as they will be holding six programmes for varying ages focusing on the awareness and conservation of Sarawak jungle frogs, from April 21 to 29, with the highlight event being the Sixth International Bornean Frog Race.
These programmes begin with the UNIMAS Frog Race Run on April and the Exhibition of the World’s Largest Collection of Amphibian Stamps on April 26 at the UNIMAS New Campus.
On April 27 there will be an Indo-Pacific Amphibian Symposium at UNIMAS’ DeTar Auditorium as well.
The Frog Races, beginning with the Junior Programme for primary school children secondary school children, take place on April 28 and 29 respectfully at Gunung Gading National Park, Lundu.
The Sixth International Bornean Frog Race takes place on April 29 at the Gunung Gading National Park and is open to 150 participants only.
For more information or to register for one of these programmes, visit http://internationalborneanfrograce.weebly.com/
The USCI Hotel, located opposite the Borneo Convention Centre Kuching (BCCK) at the Isthmus Commercial Hub, will soon be opened.
The Hotel has been a long awaited addition to the Isthmus Commercial Hub as the preferred hotel for conventions taking place at BCCK and will be having its first ‘hardhat walkthrough’ later this month with members of the tourism industry.
The Isthmus is an effort by the Sarawak Economic Development Corporation, creating a centralised area for conventions and business tourism, not too far from the city centre.
It is an ongoing development plan which is estimated to be completed by the year 2020.
Sarawak Tourism will have a February as its officers will attend the Flight Centre Travel Expo 2017 in Sydney and Melbourne as well the TTC Travel Mart in Jakarta and Surabaya.
Having recently attended the ASEAN Tourism Forum (ATF) in Singapore this January, Sarawak Tourism is showing a sustained interest in its closest and largest markets, namely Singapore, Indonesia and Australia.
The Flight Centre Travel Expo 2017 takes place on February 4 to 12 and is a consumer travel expo where tourism industry sellers meet with potential customers, where Sarawak Tourism can encourage travel and increase awareness of Sarawak as a tourist destination.
The TTC Travel Mart takes place on February 20 to 22, and is a B2B event where international tour industry sellers can meet with local buyers to discuss new business ventures.
Sarawak Tourism has many other travel fairs lined up for the year 2017.
Sarawak has been presented the ‘Best for Nature’ Award in Travel Journal’s Travel Awards 2017.
Through a Travel Journal readership survey, a poll was taken for the best destinations in the world and Sarawak won ‘Best for Nature’ for its environment-centered tour and travel packages, ongoing conservation tourism as well as its unique and irreplaceable nature destinations which are a balance of authentic and preserved, and modern connectivity.
Three national parks were singled out as exemplary travel spots for nature lovers, specifically Gunung Mulu National Park, Batang Ai National Park and Bako National Park.
Gunung Mulu National Park is a UNESCO World Heritage Site for its flora, fauna and cave systems, while Batang Ai and Bako National Park are known as sanctuaries for Sarawak’s endangered rare primates, the orang utans and Proboscis monkeys.