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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.