The 23rd edition of the Baleh-Kapit Raft Safari will be held on April 6 – 8, where competitors get to challenge themselves and each other through meandering natural rivers on Bamboo rafts and paddle boats.
This year, the first leg will begin at Rumah Naga Sulok at Nanga Merating along the Bena river on April 7, while the second leg will begin at Rumah Bengau Andah at Lepoh Sut along the Baleh River to the Kapit Express Passenger Terminal.
The categories for this year include a Men’s Open, Men’s Closed, Freestyle, Women’s Closed and Paddle Boat with an additional prize to be won for the Best Decorated Raft.
‘Pesta Kapit’ will also be held at this time as a side event with powerboat races, traditional games, exhibitions and local handicraft booths.
Those attending MATTA Fair Kuala Lumpur on March 16 to 18 at the Putra World Trade Centre (PWTC) get the special opportunity of Experiencing Sarawak without having to board a plane, through the digital technology of Virtual Reality (VR).
Amogha Tours and Travel will be having a Virtual Reality Tour Experience of Sarawak at the Sarawak Booth, promoting some of Sarawak’s most iconic nature and cultural locations.
Other travel and tour providers, as well as product owners, will be attending the MATTA Fair and selling their products and services at special prices with added value.
Among the trade providers are Kuching Holidays and Car Rental, offering a three-day ‘self-drive’ holiday with accommodations for just RM550 per pax as well as other tours.
Jaunt Asia will be providing various four-day and five-day culture and nature packages specifically for the Muslim traveller.
Sarawak Economic Development Corporation (SEDC) will be promoting package deals to their cultural and musical events such as the Miss Cultural Harvest Festival, Sarawak Ethnic Kitchen Culinary Challenge and Sape World Concert at the Sarawak Cultural Village with boarding at the Damai Beach Resort, Riverside Majestic Hotel and Grand Margherita Hotel.
Sports will take centre-stage in Sarawak tourism for 2019 as the World Para Swimming Championships and the 21st Asia Masters Athletics Championships are set to be held in Kuching.
The World Para Swimming Championship will take place on July 29 to August 4 at the Pandelela Rinong Aquatic Centre, drawing an estimated attendance of 800 athletes and 400 officials from 80 countries.
The Asia Masters Athletics Championship to be held at the Sarawak Stadium from December 2 to 6 and is expected to draw 3,500 entries from around 30 countries.
These high profile events will set a precedent for international sports events in Sarawak, particularly para sports, as the sports and hospitality facilities are now focusing on increasing their accessibility.
The second edition of the Kuching Ultra Marathon is being held on March 3-4 this year with a new route and two additional categories.
The new route stretches from M Hotel in Kuching City to Petra Jaya and onwards to Damai Beach, crossing the Sarawak River using TunSalahuddin Bridge.
The categories for this year are 30km, 50km, 70km and 100km, all participants of every category receiving an event shirt and finishers medal with the addition of a finisher’s shirt for runners in the 50km and over categories.
A total of 142 runners participated in last year’s race, including some from Ireland, japan, Singapore, Philippines, Hong Kong and Brunei.
Indah House Kuching, located off of Carpenter Street at Kuching’s epicentre, provides opportunities for visitors to learn how to prepare local delicacies just as the locals do.
Starting with a visit to the local farmers’ market, visitors will learn about Sarawak jungle produce and speak to the farmers, before selecting the ingredients for their cooking class to be prepared, cooked and eaten together.
The styles and cultures of the food include Sarawak Malay, Dayak and Chinese, with some vegan and vegetarian recipe options as well.
The class will take approximately three and a half hours, excluding eating time, and registration has a minimum requirement of two pax for RM180.
The third edition of the Kuching Heritage Race will be held on January 27 with new routes, highlighting more of the city’s amazing heritage and culture.
The theme for this year event is “Culture Meets Nature,” and will include teams of two to six people ‘racing’ through Kuching to test their knowledge on the city’s history, spanning the different eras of Sarawak and Kuching’s development.
The first Kuching Heritage Race in 2016 had 42 teams and 156 participants from around the world, and raised RM20,000 to provide customized wheelchairs for handicapped children.