Congratulations, Winners of The Sarawak Tourism Hornbill Award

KUCHING – The Semenggoh Wildlife Centre near Kuching was voted and awarded Sarawak’s Outstanding Tourism Attractions at the 8th Sarawak Tourism Hornbill Award 2017/2018 which was held on December 7 at the Borneo Convention Centre Kuching (BCCK).

Winners of the nine categories and sub-categories of awards were announced and presented  to winners  during the function:

  • Outstanding Tourist Guides – Cornelia Peter Dien and Alvin Wayne Anggi
  • Outstanding Destination Management Company (DMC):
    • Best and Creative Incentive Itinerary: Amogha Tours & Travels Sdn Bhd, Kuching
    • Most Outstanding DMC (Domestic): CPH Travel Agencies (Sarawak) Sdn Bhd, Kuching
    • Emerging DMC (Sarawak): Ecogreen Holidays Sdn Bhd, Kuching
  • Outstanding Media Contribution to the Tourism Industry:
    • Best Tourism News Reporting on Sarawak: Chua Yew Yong and Chong Kho Lee
    • Best Tourism Feature Writing (Online) Media on Sarawak: Dinah Samuel
    • Best Tourism (Print) Articles: Tan Phek Leng
    • Best Tourism Photojournalism: Zulazhar Sheblee
    • Best Tourism Related Videos: Emily Yii
  • Outstanding Hotels & Accommodation Providers:
    • 5-star category: Mulu Marriot Resort & Spa
    • 4-star category: Grand Margherita Hotel, Kuching
    • 3-star category: New World Suites, Bintulu
    • 1-star and 2-star Orchid Rated and Innovative Accommodations: Inn 86, Bintulu
    • Homestay category: Homestay Bario Highland
  • Outstanding Shopping Mall – The Spring Shopping Mall, Kuching
  • Outstanding Cottage Industry Contribution to the Tourism Industry:
    • Handicraft Outlet: The Ranee Artisan Gallery, Kuching
    • Handicraft Product: Bangie Embol (Pua Kumbu).
  • Hornbill Special Award (Individual) – Philip Yong Khi Liang
Picture shows the Chief Minister of Sarawak, Datuk Patinggi Abang Haji Johari Tun Openg (centre) presenting the Hornbill Special Award to Philip Yong (right), witnessed by the Minister of Tourism, Arts and Culture Sarawak, Datuk Haji Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah.
Picture shows the Chief Minister of Sarawak, Datuk Patinggi Abang Haji Johari Tun Openg (centre) presenting the Hornbill Special Award to Philip Yong (right), witnessed by the Minister of Tourism, Arts and Culture Sarawak, Datuk Haji Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah.

Kuching Food Guide for Singaporeans

SINGAPORE – EAT.CHIAK.MAKAN, a dedicated Kuching food trail guide for Singaporean, was officially launched on December 3.

As a promotion initiative undertaken by the Sarawak Trade and Tourism Office Singapore (STATOS), the guide features various Sarawak favourite delicacies as well as over 70 local eateries ranging from restaurants to coffee shops in Kuching.

“EAT.CHIAK.MAKAN is devoted  to  foodies from across Singapore as we recognise that we cannot separate Singaporeans from their love of food and  we hope to entice them with Sarawak’s wealth of mouth-watering delicacies,” said STATOS Chairman, Tan Sri Mohamad Morshidi Haji Abdul Ghani at the launch of the event.

The food trail is available for download at STATOS website at statos.com.sg and the booklet is available at STATOS Office in Singapore.

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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.