AirAsia Pontianak – Kuching Route Launch and Promotion

The Air Asia inaugural Pontianak-Kuching direct flight was inaugurated on June 5.

The 45 minute flight departed from Supadio International Airport in Pontianak at 12.10pm (Indonesian time) and touched down in Kuching International Airport at 1.50pm to a rousing welcome from the traditional kompang group.

Also present at the landing were the Sarawak Tourism, Arts, Culture, Youth and Sports Minister Datuk Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah, the Assistant Minsiter of Tourism Datuk Lee Kim Shin, the Indonesian Consul-General in Kuching, Muhammad Abdullah, Chairman of Sarawak Tourism Board Datuk Haji Abdul Wahab Bin Aziz and Air Asia’s Chief Executive Officer Aireen Omar.

To celebrate the new route, AirAsia has launched promotional fares with tickets priced at RM89 one way until April 2, for the travel period of June 5 to September 30.

Image shows inaugural flight receiving water salute at Kuching International Airport.
Image shows inaugural flight receiving water salute at Kuching International Airport.

Northern Sarawak Journalists Association pays Sarawak Tourism Board a visit

The President of the Northern Sarawak Journalists Association (NSJA), Andy Jong and exco member Thng Joo Hua paid a visit to the Sarawak Tourism Board office in Kuching, on 9 June.

The role of journalism in the promotion of the State’s tourism industry through media coverage of lesser known locations in Sarawak was discussed.

They also discussed the possibility of future collaborations for the benefit of tourism destinations and local-run facilities in Sarawak, particularly Miri and the Northern Sarawak region.

From the left, Mary Wan Mering, Andy Jong and Thng Joo Hua in the Sarawak Tourism Board meeting room.
From the left, Mary Wan Mering, Andy Jong and Thng Joo Hua in the Sarawak Tourism Board meeting room.

Sibu Street Art Festival

Sibu is launching its debut week-long Sibu Street Art Festival on June 9 to 17.

The Festival is in support and celebration of all things around art and is spurred on by Sibu’s recent addition of culturally and historically significant street art murals that have added a little zest to the town’s walls.

As the murals depict different parts of Sibu’s life style, including food, old trades and a host of other attractions, it shows a personal part of Sibu’s communal identity as never seen before.

For more information on the Street Art Festival, visit the official Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/sibustreetart/

Mural of a caricature of the old Sibu buses.
Mural of a caricature of the old Sibu buses.
Mural of Kampua Mee
Mural of Kampua Mee
Mural of wrapped chickens and ducks as seen in the Sibu Marketplace.
Mural of wrapped chickens and ducks as seen in the Sibu Marketplace.

Pesta Babulang

Watch water buffaloes in action at the Pesta Babulang of the Bisaya community in Batu Danu, Limbang, takes off on June 9 to 11.

Organised by the Bisaya Association, this annual event drives tourists to the streets of Limbang as exciting water buffalo races begin, and also spiced with decorative water buffalo ‘float’ competitions, beauty pageants and traditional Bisaya food fiesta, an affair for the whole community!

To get to Limbang one has to take a 30 minute flight from Miri, or a short 15 minute drive from Tedungan if you are travelling from neighbouring Brunei Darulssalam.

For more information, contact Mr. Peter Sawal at 6018-2448-254 or email him at [email protected]. More information on the festival can also be found at http://wander2nowhere.com/2014/07/babulang-festival-and-buffalo-racing/

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Images of Pesta Babulang, retrieved from Sarawak Tourism website.
Images of Pesta Babulang, retrieved from Sarawak Tourism website.

Irau Aco, Lun Bawang Festival

On June 1 to 3, the 30th Irau Aco Lun Bawang festival will be held at the Dataran Bandar Lawas, the northern frontier town of Sarawak

The Festival showcases the Lun Bawang’s community’s colourful heritage, with cultural dance and music performances, traditional handicrafts and featuring authentic Lun Bawang cuisine.

For the past thirty years, the Festival celebrated the passing-down of the community’s age old traditions

 Lawas can be reached on a 45 minute flight from Miri.

For information on the festival details, visit Lun Bawang Association (LBA) Kuching Facebook page, https://www.facebook.com/lba.kuching

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Meritin Hotel, Kuching

The Meritin Hotel, Kuching is open for business enjoying  location at  the epicentre of Padungan Street, one of Kuching’s oldest ‘food hubs’ naturally  surrounded by local merchants and food shops, hawker stalls and cafes.

Just a short walking distance from Kuching Waterfront and other cultural and historical attractions, Meritin also offers the “bonus” of being surrounded on all fronts with Kuching’s chill nightlife..

The Meritin has 40 rooms and the Haza Café located on the ground floor of the hotel is the perfect place for business and social gathers, with a menu to die for.

For updates on room rates, please log on at https://www.facebook.com/meritinhotelkuching/ or contact their front desk at 6082-550 800.

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Images retrieved from Meritin Hotel’s official Facebook page.
Images retrieved from Meritin Hotel’s official Facebook page.

Iftitah Restaurant & Resort, Belawai

Located at Belawai Beach in the Mukah Division, just two and a half hours from Sarikei, Iftitah Restaurant and Resort is now open offering  seaside getaway chalets, cottages, and good food.

Located near to the Tanjung Manis Airport at the  Sarawak Halal Hub center, the resort  offers standard rooms in a ‘kampung’ setting  with quaint chalets connected in a longhouse style living quarters  with  showstopers to include their unique triangular chalets that faces the ocean.

Equiped with a boardroom or banquet hall for 30 people, as well as beachside barbeque and picnic areas, the Iftitah Restaurant & Resort is a prime location for a family getaway or a team building excursion.

For more information on the rooms and rates, visit http://iftitahrnr.blogspot.my and for frequent updates visit their facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/groups/783669301682024/ or contact Mr. Ibnee Bin Ekni directly at 013-839-0202.

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Photographs of the accommodations and facilities at Iftitah Restaurant & Resort. Retrieved from Iftitah Restaurant & Resort’s Blogspot and Facebook page.
Photographs of the accommodations and facilities at Iftitah Restaurant & Resort. Retrieved from Iftitah Restaurant & Resort’s Blogspot and Facebook page.

Culture Club Kuching and the Rainforest World Music Festival

Culture Club Kuching has joined to be partners of the Rainforest World Music Festival when they become a Diamond Sponsor for the 20th edition of the festival

The Club contributed RM50, 000.00   besides providing the official venue for the Festival’s preview shows at the Culture Club Kuching bar at Jalan Green Hill.

“We are delighted to be able to partner with Sarawak Tourism for the Rainforest World Music Festival, as this is in line with our aspirations of  moving into the modern era and bringing with us  our tradition,” said Dato’ Sri Ho Kim Hee, the Club’s Director.

In providing an official venue for nightly cultural and ethnic performances, the Culture Club Kuching has found success among local and international audiences alike.

The festival will be held at the Sarawak Cultural Village on July 14 to 16.

Picture shows Dato Sri Ho (centre) presenting the mock cheque to the representative of the Sarawak Tourism Board, organisers of the Rainforest World Music Festival.
Picture shows Dato Sri Ho (centre) presenting the mock cheque to the representative of the Sarawak Tourism Board, organisers of the Rainforest World Music Festival.

Visitors’ arrival on the upswing

The visitors’ arrivals into the State was very  promising and  as of April, arrival has shown an increase of 17.26 percent as compared to the same month in 2016  said the Minister  of Tourism, Arts, Culture, Youth and Sports, Datuk Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah.

Making his maiden speech at the State legislative Assembly recently as the new Minister, expressed his confidence that Sarawak will be able to achieve the targeted five million tourist arrivals for the year and generating an estimated tourism receipts  of  RM8.9 billion to be channel to the State coffer.

The arrivals in 2016 saw a 3.19 percent rise as compared to 2015, and with the ever growing global tourism business, Datuk Karim expressed optimism that the target will be reached, as long as Sarawak continues its promotion momentum.

Image of the State Legislative Assembly Building in Kuching. Image retrieved from Wikipedia.
Image of the State Legislative Assembly Building in Kuching. Image retrieved from Wikipedia.

Motocross of Borneo 2017, Anyone?

The Motocross of Borneo 2017 will be taking place at the Miri Motocross Track on May 20 to 21 in Sirikin, Bau, about 40 Kilometres from the State Capital

The race will be divided into three main categories, theMX1, MX2 and MX Veteran while the support races will include a Scramble Open and Cubcross Open.

The Motocross of Borneo is held every year to promote Sarawak as a sports destination, promote motocross within Sarawak, while providing an opportunity to scout new talent in the motocross sports.

It also promotes safe and healthy motocross competitions by providing professional locations on international standards.

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