Sibu Bike Week 2019

SIBU – The 9th edition of Sibu Bike Week will be held on December 6 to 8, 2019 at Dataran Tun Tuanku Bujang Phase 2, Sibu.

Organised by Razz Chopper Motor Club, this event will witness the gathering of bike enthusiasts who are into high-powered machines as well as cars and also skateboards and BMX bicycles.

For more information, visit Razz Chopper Motor Club Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/Razz-Chopper-Msia-162072140612756/.

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21st Asia Masters Athletics Championship

KUCHING – Sarawak is honoured to host the 21st Asia Masters Athletics Championship which will be held on December 2 to 6 at Stadium Sarawak, Petra Jaya Kuching.

This event is expected to bring more than 3,500 veteran athletes from over 40 countries from outside Asia competing in five categories open for men and women.

Organised by the Ministry of Youth and Sports Sarawak, this event showcases the efforts taken by the various organisations to give gratitude and appreciation towards veterans who may not be able to be as active before, but they still have that spirit of sportsmanship.

For more information and details on participations, visit http://www.amackuching2019.com/.

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An ‘Run’derful Evening Along the Streets of Cat City

KUCHING – Sarawak Tourism Board held its first ever EPIC Night Run on November 30 at Padang Merdeka, Kuching.

The event received 2,500 participations from amateurs to professional runners representing people from all walks of life, competing in two run categories, the 3km and 5km run along the main tourist attractions in Kuching.

Aimed to become a signature event owned by Sarawak Tourism Board, the run augurs well to spread awareness on the its EPIC culture.

‘EPIC’, a better and simpler acronym for Excellence, Professionalism, Integrity and Caring are the core values that STB is keen to share and will bring outside of the organisation, sharing it with the tourism fraternity and the public as whole.

Throughout the evening, as a trendy way to get the message across all participants, the its deeper meaning   was brought alive, observed and practice in the fun night run.

Other than the run, there were also music performances, lucky draws and best dress winner to wrap up the night.

Photo shows EPIC Night Run participants during the warming up session at Padang Merdeka Kuching.
Photo shows EPIC Night Run participants during the warming up session at Padang Merdeka Kuching.

Sarawak To Host Pata Destination Marketing Forum 2020

KUCHING: Sarawak is proud to announce its hosting of the PATA Destination Marketing Forum 2020 to be held in Kuching from November 25 to 27, 2020.

The announcement was made by the Minister of Tourism, Arts and Culture, Datuk Haji Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah at the conclusion of the PATA Destination Marketing Forum 2019 in Pattaya, Bangkok, Thailand.

“Aligning with PATA’s advocacy theme of tourism dispersal, this event will shine the spotlight on a side of Asia unlike anywhere else, as Sarawak offers an alternative for those seeking humble authenticity, far from the tourist-trap clichés”, said PATA Chief Executive Officer, Dr Mario Hardy.

Organized by The Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA), the event will feature two non-stop days of learning, which gathers the top minds in destination travel for inspiring and insightful discussions on some of the major issues in marketing and managing tourism growth to lesser-known destinations.

Alongside the one-day conference that brings together high-profile tourism professionals worldwide, the one-day Technical Tour offers an immersive experience of the host destination – a showcase of a lesser-known yet attractive corner of the world and an unprecedented opportunity to explore the region’s natural landscapes and cultural treasures.

Photo shows Datuk Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah (left) with PATA CEO, Dr Mario Hardy (centre) and Sarawak Tourism Board, Chief Executive Officer, Sharzede (right) displaying the promotional placard for the forum.
Photo shows Datuk Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah (left) with PATA CEO, Dr Mario Hardy (centre) and Sarawak Tourism Board, Chief Executive Officer, Sharzede (right) displaying the promotional placard for the forum.

Activities in Matang Wildlife Centre Temporarily Ceased as From Jan 1

KUCHING – The Matang Wildlife Centre will temporarily cease its wildlife sighting for 6 months, from January 1 to June 30, 2020

This is to facilitate repair and maintenance works on the Centre’s infrastructure.

However, other park facilities such as accommodations and picnic areas will remain open for visitors as usual.

For those who are looking for an alternative attraction to see the Orangutans, Semenggoh Wildlife Centre would be the next great stop.

Just 20 kilometres south of Kuching, Semenggoh Wildlife Centre is by far the biggest Orangutan Rehabilitation Centre in Sarawak.

For more queries and information on Matang Widlife Centre, please contact Matang Wildlife Centre at 082-374869 or Semenggoh Widlife Centre at 082-618325.

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8th MIRI INTERNATIONAL DANCE CHAMPIONSHIP

NOVEMBER 24, 2019

MIRI – The 8th Miri International Dance Championship will be held on November 24 at the Eastwood Valley Golf and Country Club, Miri.

Hosted by Broadway Dance Studio, this event will showcase unique talents and creativity from dancers from all over the world.

The event is expected to be judged by professionals from the World Dance Council of China, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Germany, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Thailand and Malaysia.   

Various dance genres will be staged including waltz, tango, slow foxtrot, Viennese waltz, Latin American dances such as cha-cha, jive, samba, rumba and double paso.

For more information and details, visit the Miri International Dance Championship official Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/Miridancechampionship/ or contact 6085-421 886.

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2nd BIMP-EAGA BUDAYAW FESTIVAL OF ARTS AND CULTURE

NOVEMBER 19 TO 23, 2019

KUCHING – The 2nd edition of Brunei-Indonesia-Malaysia-Philippines East Asian Growth Area (BIMP-EAGA) Budayaw Festival of Arts and Culture will be held on November 19 to 23 in the city.

Aimed to strengthen the bonds within the regional member countries through cultural exchange, this event will showcase the different celebrations, arts and culture from multi-cultural population of the four-member countries of Brunei, Indonesia, Malaysia and the Philippines.

The five-day event will feature colloquium, musical performances, photo exhibitions, lectures, tourism expo, fashion shows, food and crafts display, outdoor concerts and traditional games from every regional member countries.

To intensify the festive spirit, special tour packages are also set to awe visiting guests and tourists.

For more information and details, visit the Budayaw Official Website at https://budayaw.com/

Photo shows one of the weavers from BIMP region with her weaving at  Budayaw Festival 2017.
Photo shows one of the weavers from BIMP region with her weaving at Budayaw Festival 2017.

 

ROYAL BRUNEI AIRLINES CELEBRATES INAUGURAL FLIGHT TO BINTULU

BINTULU – The launching of Royal Brunei Airlines inaugural flight from Bandar Seri Begawan to Bintulu was held on November 5, 2019 at the Bintulu Airport.

Hosted by the Malaysia Airport Holdings Berhad in partnership with Sarawak Tourism, Royal Brunei Airlines is the first international airline to fly to one of the cities in Sarawak and introduced it as their next destination city in conjunction with the RB Link initiative to connect the cities and towns within Borneo Island.

Other than making travelling within Borneo easier, the Bandar Seri Begawan-Bintulu route will also benefit both Bintulu and its neighbouring town with the best pricing and five-star services, as well as connecting international markets such as China, Japan, UK and Australia through Brunei.

“Sarawak tourism sees this as a strategic partnership with Royal Brunei in the promotion of Sarawak on the Visit Sarawak Campaign, we are partnering in a right direction”, said Sarawak Tourism Board, Chief Executive Officer, Sharzede Datu Hj Salleh Askor.

The flights to and from Bandar Seri Begawan and Bintulu will operate five times weekly on a brand new ATR 72-600 aircrafts by Malindo Air. The first flight arrived at Bintulu Airport at 2025 hrs and was welcomed with a water canon salute.

From left, STB Board member, Tuan Hj Mohamad Ibrahim Nordin, Senior Vice President Digital Marketing RBA, James Millet, Bintulu District Officer, Muhammad Dino Amid, Senior Manager, Route Development MAHB, Zainuddin Mohamed and Tuan Hj Zolkipli during the inaugural flight in Bintulu.
From left, STB Board member, Tuan Hj Mohamad Ibrahim Nordin, Senior Vice President Digital Marketing RBA, James Millet, Bintulu District Officer, Muhammad Dino Amid, Senior Manager, Route Development MAHB, Zainuddin Mohamed and Tuan Hj Zolkipli during the inaugural flight in Bintulu.

SARAWAK SPECIAL FEATURE ON NAT GEO TRAVELLER

LONDON – Sarawak Tourism Board is proud to be featured in the latest edition of National Geographic Traveller with its editorial “Sarawak, Into The Wild”

The launching of the pull out section was held on November 5 at the World Travel Market 2019 (WTM) in London.

The seven-page editorial features the journey of a travel writer from the United Kingdom into the depth of the Rainforest, home to the Bornean Kelabit community in Bario.  

It also features the Northern city of Miri, known for its pristine beaches and a gateway to numerous National Parks.

The Sarawak editorial features will be hosted on natgeotraveller.co.uk for three months with online promotion across their platform.

Photo shows Matt Midworth, Head of Special Projects, National Geographic Traveller (left) with STB’s Chief Executive Officer, Sharzede Datu Haji Salleh Askor proudly showing off the National Geographic Traveller’s Special Feature at the launch.
Photo shows Matt Midworth, Head of Special Projects, National Geographic Traveller (left) with STB’s Chief Executive Officer, Sharzede Datu Haji Salleh Askor proudly showing off the National Geographic Traveller’s Special Feature at the launch.


ROYAL BRUNEI AIRLINE CELEBRATES ITS INAUGURAL FLIGHT TO SIBU

SIBU – The inaugural flight from Bandar Seri Begawan to Sibu on November 14, now opens the central region of Sarawak to the world through another strategic hub in the region.

Connected under the Royal Brunei RB Link initiative, Sibu is now connected to STB’s focus markets including cities of Beijing and Shanghai in China, London in the United Kingdom and Melbourne and Brisbane in Australia.

“With the connectivity provided by Royal Brunei, Sibu can now look forward to be accessible to the world through another important hub, Bandar Seri Begawan. Not only it serves as a link for local business community to the outside world but also facilitating the growth of tourism into Sibu and the Central region”, said STB’s Chief Executive Officer, Sharzede Datu Hj Salleh Askor.

She added that the connection augurs well for central region as the abroad is currently pursuing an aggressive promotion campaign which we have recently launched in Europe and we are expecting tourist movement early next year.

Earlier, on November 5, Royal Brunei also celebrated its inaugural flight to Bintulu which receives positive feedbacks from the locals and are expecting movement of tourists.

Royal Brunei’s six times weekly flights to Sibu and the five times to Bintulu are operated by Malindo Air on its brand new ATR 72-600 aircrafts.

Picture shows the BI6885 flight receiving the “water cannon salute” upon touch down at the Sibu Airport.
Picture shows the BI6885 flight receiving the “water cannon salute” upon touch down at the Sibu Airport.