Riverbank Suites And Apartments Under New Management

Now under the banner of Imperial Hotels, the Riverbank Hotel has been undergoing a makeover and will be open for business in late October.

This three-star boutique hotel will have 109 refurbished rooms and a fusion-styled Riverbank Café, and is located at the epicentre of Kuching’s cultural hub, overlooking the waterfront and the Rajang River.

The hotel is on the end of the waterfront’s boardwalk, and is a minute’s walk from the closeness to the sampans or riverboats, where tourists can simply take a sampan to the other side and experience a traditional Malay village and enjoy their traditional cuisine.

Traditional cultural food and crafts stores line the length of the waterfront, with historical buildings and museums thrown into the mix, making it a prime location for tourists.

Photo from www.sarawak-vacation-destinations.com
Photo from www.sarawak-vacation-destinations.com

Taipei ITF 2016

The Taipei International Travel Fair (Taipei ITF) 2016 will be held on November 4-7 at the Taipei World Trade Center.

 The Taipei ITF is the most popular travel fair in the Asia-Pacific region, providing golden opportunities for multiple business ventures at once while maintaining its reputation as a high-quality platform, as all exhibitors are strictly vetted to ensure only the best attend.

Last years’ ITF recorded 950 exhibitors and 1,450 booths from over 60 countries and regions over the four-day event, attracting nearly 350,000 visitors.

The Sarawak Tourism Board will be exhibiting throughout the event, alongside with others of the industry.


55th ICCA 2016

The 55th International Congress and Convention Association (ICCA) Congress will be taking place at the Borneo Convention Centre Kuching (BCCK) on November 13-16.

The Congress hopes to facilitate networking, encourage the formation of new business ventures, as well as allowing participants to broaden their awareness and share experiences with others, thereby maximising the benefits for everyone attending the event.

Aside from forum-like presentations, the main attraction of ICCA is the incredibly social and communal concept of the event, with opportunities for everyone to participate in small-group discussions led by veterans of the field who can provide useful advice for a businessperson’s professional development.

ICCA is a knowledge hub and a global community over 1,000 member-companies strong, creating a knowledge hub of specialists from over 90 countries, all dedicated in the organising and logistics of international meetings and events.

With special attention to the international association meetings sector, ICCA has become an expert in its field with unparalleled information banks and communication networks, like a hive-mind of kindred businesses.


World Travel Mart

Sarawak will be exhibiting at the ExCel London exhibition and international convention center, during the World Travel Mart London on November 7-9.

WTM London is one of the leading tourism tradeshows in the world and is attended by over 50,000 senior travel industry professionals, government ministers and international press.

Travel trade professionals attend to meet new and existing contacts, gain industry insights and keep up to date with the latest travel trends whilst the 3,000 members of the international press come to report the latest stories and keep up to date with the Industry.

The Sarawak Tourism Board hopes that participating in this bridge-building event will create more opportunities to solidify the presence of Sarawak as a tourism destination within the European market by reviewing past marketing support and improving on existing ones, while simultaneously exploring new promotional initiatives with UK and European partners

To explore new promotional initiatives with UK and European partners


Meritorious Service Medal For Sarawak Tourism Board Staff

Sarawak Tourism Board’s Acting Chief Executive Officer, Mary Wan Mering and Director of Marketing Benedict Jimbau have recently been awarded the silver Meritorious Service Medal by the state of Sarawak.

The award is one of four Civil Administration Medals awarded to those who have rendered exceptional services to the state or Federal Government of Malaysia’s Civil Service.

Mary Wan and Benedict Jimbau have shown unceasingly exemplary service to the Sarawak tourism industry through their efforts in the Sarawak Tourism Board and promise to continue to do so.

Fort-To-Fort Trail: A Cycle Through Sarawak’s History

In a new Borneo cycling itinerary, the “fort-to-fort” project and trail has been developed by the state’s Ministry of Tourism, Arts and Culture (MTAC) and organised by Paradesa Borneo, to identify a heritage route six out of 20 forts, linked to the legacy of the Sarawak White Rajahs from over 105 years ago.

The bike trail, marketed as “Cycling the Heardhunter’s Heartland”, follows the trail from Kuching to Batang-Ai, exploring the heartland of the legendary Dayaks along the way.

Once feared as the Headhunters of Borneo, the Dayaks are known for their fearlessness and their daring battles with the White Rajahs, leading the Rajahs to build a string of forts to defend their territory.

Paradesa Borneo, the organisers of this new bike trail, is an adventure travel company that specialises in cycle tours throughout Sarawak with 16 unique bike tours under their belt, ranging from short half-day trips through city heritage sites as well as cross-country cycling adventures such as the Fort-to-Fort trail.

The adventure travel company also offers kayaking, caving and hiking tours around Sarawak in addition to its core products for cycle tourists.

For more information:

Photo Credit Paradesa Borneo

Orang Utan Naming

The Semenggoh Wildlife Centre is calling out to the public to propose names for the three-week-old Orangutan baby born on September 16 at the centre, located roughly 20km from the capital city of Kuching.

“Orangutan do respond to their names but we have yet to decide on the name. They are 90 per cent similar to humans, so they know when we call them by their names,” the centre’s manager Chong Jiew Han mentioned.

Chong added that the baby’s gender has not been determined, as the protective mother has kept out of sight and reach these past few weeks, therefore those who wish to suggest a name are asked to opt for a gender neutral name, possibly depicting a patriotic theme as the baby orangutan was born on Malaysia Day.

The suggested names can be sent to the Sarawak Forestry website (www.sarawakforestry.com) until the closing date on Nov 20, when the name will be decided by a selected panel and later announced during the Centre’s annual dinner on November 25.

Photo credit  Borneo Post
Photo credit Borneo Post

Pesta Benak 2016

Pesta Benak, or the Benak Festival, takes place in Sri Aman just a two and a half hour’s drive from Kuching city on October 14-16.

This festival takes the opportunity of the tidal bore phenomenon of the Batang Lupar River, where large waves are formed due to the funnelling of a flood tide from the ocean through the river’s narrow inlet.

This phenomenon attracts tidal bore surfers from around the world to surf the turbulent waters of the Batang Lupar.

Aside from surfing, there are speedboat and longboat races, stage shows, cultural exhibitions and food stalls along the river, and at the end of the day the Kings of the Water or Raja Air will be named from the winners of the different competitions.


Sarawak Business Session at ITB Asia 2016

15 representatives of the travel agents and hoteliers from Sarawak will be making their presence at this year’s ITB Asia to be held at the Marina Bay Sands, Singapore on October 19 to 21.

ITB Asia is the largest B2B event in the region and has become the premier meeting place for the travel trade industry and also the forum for establishing high-quality customer contacts and conducting travel businesses.

The Sarawak Travel Agents will be actively taking part in the exhibitions, workshops and seminars, in an effort towards creating positive exposure and awareness in the international sphere on the relevance of Sarawak’s tourism products and destinations.

At ITB Asia, international exhibitors from all sectors within the travel businesses and Asia Pacific’s leading travel companies and emerging small and medium-sized enterprises will meet with top international buyers from the MICE, Leisure and Corporate Travel markets.

The event is open to registered trade partners from 10:00am to 6:00pm daily. Sarawak booth is located Hall F, booth number C15.

 For more information: http://www.itb-asia.com/


Kuching to host the Asia Pacific Ecotourism Conference (APECo) 2016

Kuching will host the Asia Pacific Ecotourism Conference (APeco) on October 21 to 23at the Riverside Majestic Hotel, Kuching.

Under the theme “Creating Opportunities in Ecotourism”, the conference aim to promote ecotourism standards in the tourism industry  and creating awareness while  giving    opportunity to educate, share and exchange ideas and knowledge about ecotourism. 

With an assembly of 20 panellists ranging from destination founders to travel journalists, the conference will be covering specific topics of interest from Community to success stories in the ecotourism industry with special focus to the Asia Pacific region.

Organised by the Malaysia Association of Tour Agents (MATTA), it hope to  create a conducive dialogue to further development in the ecotourism industry while  acknowledging tourism as valid national investment as it creates a way for preservation and development to merge as one sustainable change to improve the livelihoods of communities.

For more information: http://apeco.org.my/