5th International Marine Conservation Congress (IMCC5)

22-29th June

The 5th International Marine Conservation Congress (IMCC5) will be held at the Waterfront Hotel in Kuching from June 22 to 29 this year.

This event will bring together over 700 marine conservation professionals and students from many walks of life including scientists, practitioners, teachers, policy makers and journalists in the field.

The Congress aims to bring attendees together to develop new and powerful tools to further marine conservation science and policy.

For more information or to register for the event, visit https://conbio.org/mini-sites/imcc5/


Pandelela Rinong Aquatic Centre

The Sarawak Aquatic Centre in Petra Jaya has been renamed Pandelela Rinong Aquatic Centre and was officiated by Sarawak Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg on May 8.

The Aquatic Centre served as the location for the Malaysia Games (SUKMA) in 2016 and was renamed in honour of the Malaysian diver Pandelela, a Sarawakian, who won silver and bronze medals in the 2016 and 2012 Olympics.

In early December last year, the Sarawak’s Minister of Tourism, Arts, Culture, Youth and Sports, Datuk Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah led a delegation from the State and Malaysia Paralympic Council (MPC) to Mexico to observe the staging of the World Para Swimming Championship 2017 in preparation.

The State of Sarawak won the bid to host the World Para Swimming Championship 2019 in the year 2016, and will be hosting the event in this Aquatic Centre next year.

Last year, the Ministry of Tourism, Arts and Culture was merged with the Ministry of Youth and Sports under the Datuk Karim, leading to new approaches towards sports tourism, including increasing international sports events held in Sarawak attracting spectators and athletes.


80 contingents at ‘Nitih Daun’ Gawai Procession

Approximately 80 contingents from different Dayak associations from throughout Borneo   and representing those from Sabah, Kalimantan and Brunei will be joining Sarawak’s various Dayak associations during the ‘Nitih Daun’ procession during the Gawai Dayak celebration to be held in Kuching on June 22.

This year’s festival will be hosted by the Iban community and is expected to draw 3,200 participants.

The‘Nitih Daun’ was last held was in the 1980s, and this year many Sarawakians, it will be their first time attending or participating in it.

The Gawai celebrations this year will begin with cultural performances and pre-concert events on June 21 to be held at the Kuching Waterfront, followed by the procession starting from Tun Jugah building towards the Waterfront on June 22.

In conjunction with State-wide Gawai celebrations on June 23, the Gawai Bazaar 2018 programme will also be held in Miri, Bintulu, Sibu and Kuching.


MATTA lauds removal of GST for benefit of local tourism

The domestic air fare between the Peninsula, Sabah and Sarawak will be more affordable  with the doing away of the Good and Services Tax (GST) and will augur well for domestic tourism, said the president of the Malaysian Association of Tour and Travel Agents (MATTA)Datuk Tan Kok Lian, during an interview recently.

Thus he lauded the federal Government’s decision to have the GST abolish effective June 1.

“The 0% GST is bound to promote spending by both locals and tourists, especially in terms of shopping as well as food and beverage, thus potentially increasing the price appeal of Malaysia as a travel destination,” Datuk Tan explained.

Domestic travelling is a huge part of Sarawak’s tourism industry, as Sarawak received 2,217,366 domestic visitors last year alone, which translates to a 45.7 percent of Sarawak’s total arrivals.

Trekking To Two Villages above the Clouds

The Bungo Range between Sarawak and Kalimantan Indonesia offers an epic trekking trail that is easy to reach from the capital city of Kuching, yet adventurous enough to test the fitness in you. Crossing precariously built bamboo bridges and hiking up steep gradients is surely compensated by the rich cultural experiences, the beauty of the landscape and natural phenomena that awaits you…

MBKS Ramadan Bazaar 2018

17 May – 14 June
image010The annual Kuching South City Council (MBKS) Ramadan Bazaar will be taking place at the car park of Stutong Commercial and Stutong Community Market from May 17 to June 14.

A total of 163 stalls will be set up to sell halal food and drinks, both traditional Malay and modern food as well.

This Bazaar will be the ninth edition taking place and has proven to be a useful tool in bringing communities closer together, as the bazaar is held in a predominantly non-Muslim area and attracts the local residents.

For more information, contact the Kuching South City Council at 082-354200 or email them at [email protected]

Borneo Jazz Festival Kicks Off Final Week Countdown with a Roadshow

The Borneo Jazz Festival kicked off its final week countdown with the “Roadshow to Borneo Jazz” at the No Black Tie in Kuala Lumpur on April 30th.

Coinciding with International Jazz Day, the Roadshow to Borneo Jazz featured a string of Jazz players that are set to perform in the festival in Miri, namely the Michael Veerapen Quartet andDasha Logan, NewSound, and this year’s finale artist, Nadir.

The Borneo Jazz Festival, celebrating its 13thedition will be held for three days from May 11 at the Coco Cabana at Marina Bay in Miri.

This year’s Borneo Jazz brings together renowned artistes from Poland, Italy, Switzerland, Belgium and Japan, with acclaimed Asian performers Gaoyang Li, Jeremy Monteiro, Michael Veerapen and Datuk Zainal Abidin as well as workshops, jam sessions, panel discussions and more!

Single-day presale tickets are being sold at RM124.00, RM154.00 and RM84 for day one, two and three respectively, while students and senior citizen tickets are priced at RM64.00, RM84.00 and RM54.00 for the same.

Two-day passes for the May 11 and 12 are being sold for RM254.00 on presale and RM124 for students and seniors. Three-day passes are sold at RM334.00 on presale and RM164.00 for students and seniors.

Tickets can be purchased at https://jazzborneo.com/programme/tickets-info/

The Festival is organised by No Black Tie Presents and is wholly owned by the Sarawak Tourism Board.

UK travel agents on the Sunset River Cruise in Kuching
UK travel agents on the Sunset River Cruise in Kuching

Registration for First Bario Trail Run

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The first Bario Trail Run will take place on September 15 and is open for registration on May 15.

Registration costs RM135.00 before 15 June and RM160.00 till it closes.

The Bario Trail Run is 21km in length through the wild Bario jungle and is a sports tourism event that hopes to encourage appreciation for Bario’s rich nature, to maintain the running trails and groom the local people to organize international events in Bario. 

With limited inbound and outbound flights, those who register for the Trail Run need to stay in Bario for a few days, so accommodation deals are being prepared for runners.

Bario Homestay provides four day three night accommodation with hotel transfer and meals for RM350.00. One of the Borneo Trail Run packages provides four day three nights, with full room and board, meals, registration fees and MASwings return tickets for RM650.00, with terms and conditions. 

For registration, contact Julien Rang at 01125081114/0198888732 or email to [email protected]

For more information and updates, visit http://www.facebook.com/bariorealitytourism

Sarawak Tourism Roadshow B2B in Australia

The Sarawak Tourism Roadshow B2B (Business to Business) in Australia is set to take place on May 22 to 29 in three cities, namely Sydney on the 22nd, Melbourne on the 24th and Perth on the 29th

The programme will consist of a Buyers Meet Sellers Breakfast Session in the morning, to focus on the Product andSales Managers.

An evening Networking Session will place after working hours and will be open to all.

To further strengthen our presence in Australia, a Sarawak Product Update Seminar will be held followed by a B2B session for Sarawak industry partners to meet the Australian agents in all three cities.

Approximately 80 to 100 Australian agents will be invited to the B2B session at each venue with five local Sarawak agents participating in this roadshow.

This roadshow is a joint collaboration with Sabah Tourism with the support of MAS Sydney and RBA Melbourne.    

New Zealanders get to “Meet Malaysia” and visit Sarawak

Low-cost airline AirAsia has launched the “Meet Malaysia” campaign on April 24, which aims to attract couples from New Zealand to visit Malaysia, specifically in Sarawak.

Anyone who chooses to match with the destination “Ma Laysia” on the Tinder dating app, stands a chance to win tickets to the Borneo Jazz Festival or Rainforest World Music Festival.

AirAsia hopes that the campaign will be able to attract travellers intent on visiting similar destinations like Thailand, Indonesia and Vietnam.

AirAsia is the Sarawak Tourism Board’s official Airlines Partner for the Borneo Jazz Festival and Rainforest World Music Festival, which will take place on May 11 to 13 and July 13 to 15 respectively.

AirAsia operates seven flights per week from Auckland to Kuala Lumpur with connections to Kuching, Miri, Sibu and Bintulu.