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.
The Visit Miri Year 2018 (VMY2018) logo and tagline “Discover Miri, Uniquely Borneo” were unveiled at the Miri Marriot Resort and Spa on November 30th last year.
In addition to the tagline, Miri City Council announced their intention to utilise modern digital platform such as social media, search engine optimisation, mobile apps, online hotel platforms and online digital marketing to promote the VMY2018.
Following the unveiling of the VMY 2018 logo, the new version of Miri App v1.1.which features information on tourist attractions, eateries, accommodation, transportation and other useful visitors’ information was released. It can be downloaded at https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=cst.miriapp
Miri will see roughly 30 new events next year including the opening of the Miri Handicraft Centre, 40th anniversary celebration of Malaysia Dragon Temple Krokop 5, the International Conference on Sustainable Building Asia, Sarawak Native Festival, South East Asia Poet Convention and a pet expo.
The signature events of Miri will continue, with dates set for the Borneo Jazz Festival, Miri Country Music Fest, AfroLatin Conference, Miri Colours Rush Run, Miri International Marathon Run and Bazaar Gong Xi.