‘Sia Sitok Sarawak’ – Revitalising Sarawak Tourism Industry

KUCHING – Sarawak Tourism Board (STB) had officially launched the Intra-state Tourism Campaign, the ‘Sia Sitok Sarawak’ on August 17, 2020 at Imperial Hotel Kuching.

The campaign signifies the State’s effort to revitalise the Sarawak tourism sector, which is greatly affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Minister of Tourism, Arts and Culture Sarawak, Datuk Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah said that the campaign would not only benefit industry players, including tour and park guides and operators, but also Sarawak residents who wished to enjoy the various destinations offered by the State.

The campaign will also open up more employment opportunities for industry players in the tourism and hospitality sectors who had lost their jobs due to the prolonged Movement Control Order (MCO).

Among the packages offered include the Sarawak River Sunset Cruise, Irrawaddy Dolphin Cruise at Santubong, bird watching at Kubah National Park, ‘Fun Dive’ day trip at Satang Island, Evening Kuching Wetlands Tour, Bako National Park Tour, Tanjung Datu National Park Tour, golfing package at Eastwood Golf Club in Miri and many more.

For further information about the packages offered, visit https://sarawak.travel/explore-all and for bookings, log on to https://siasitoksarawak.rezgo.com/.

Also present at the launch were Ministry of Tourism, Arts and Culture Permanent Secretary, Hii Chang Kee, Sarawak Tourism Board CEO, Sharzede Datu Haji Salleh Askor, Sarawak Tourism Federation President, Audry Wan Ulok, STB Board of Directors and former STB Chairman, Datuk Abdul Wahab Aziz.

Photo shows The Minister of Tourism, Arts and Culture Sarawak, Datuk Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah (fourth left) and former STB Chairman, Datuk Abdul Wahab Aziz, joined by STF President, Audry Wan Ulok (fourth right), STB CEO, Sharzede Datu Haji Salleh Askor (fifth right) and others during the launch.  (Photo by Muhammad Rais Sanusi)
Photo shows The Minister of Tourism, Arts and Culture Sarawak, Datuk Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah (fourth left) and former STB Chairman, Datuk Abdul Wahab Aziz, joined by STF President, Audry Wan Ulok (fourth right), STB CEO, Sharzede Datu Haji Salleh Askor (fifth right) and others during the launch. (Photo by Muhammad Rais Sanusi)

Sarawak Launches First International Journal on Responsible Tourism

KUCHING – The Minister of Tourism, Arts and Culture Sarawak, Datuk Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah launched the Journal of Responsible Tourism Management (JRTM) on August 10, 2020. The journal aims to promote Sarawak and inform readers about how responsible tourism can be applied in local contexts. It is the first international journal in Tourism and Hospitality published in Sarawak and edited by Sarawakians.

JRTM consists of advance and cutting-edge knowledge about responsible tourism and hospitality based on the issues and cases in Sarawak, and any developing destinations locally or internationally. It serves as an avenue to converge the expertise of tourism and hospitality academicians, practitioners, government agencies and other stakeholders, which benefit readers and the communities by providing holistic views, robust findings and practical insights.

The Minister said that his ministry encouraged tourism and hospitality players or stakeholders to look at the journal as a reference to develop responsible tourism and become an exemplary collaboration between government, university, practitioners and the community to make a positive and long-lasting impact to the society.

The journal is published by the Faculty of Hospitality and Tourism Management from UCSI University and the Sarawak Research Society (SRS), supported by the Ministry of Tourism, Arts and Culture Sarawak and the Regional Centre of Expertise (RCE) Kuching.

The inaugural issue of JRTM will be published in January 2021 in both electronic and printed forms. It will be published twice a year and is now calling for paper submissions for its first issue. For more information, visit https://jrtm.org/

Photo shows the Minister of Tourism, Arts and Culture Sarawak, Datuk Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah (second left) holding the poster of JRTM calling for papers, accompanied by Assistant Minister of Tourism, Arts and Culture Sarawak, Datuk Sebastian Ting Chiew Yew (left), Mr Hii Chang Ke, Permanent Secretary of Ministry of Tourism, Arts and Culture Sarawak (second right) and JRTM Editor-in-Chief Dr Hiram Ting (right).  Photo source: Borneo Post Online.
Photo shows the Minister of Tourism, Arts and Culture Sarawak, Datuk Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah (second left) holding the poster of JRTM calling for papers, accompanied by Assistant Minister of Tourism, Arts and Culture Sarawak, Datuk Sebastian Ting Chiew Yew (left), Mr Hii Chang Ke, Permanent Secretary of Ministry of Tourism, Arts and Culture Sarawak (second right) and JRTM Editor-in-Chief Dr Hiram Ting (right). Photo source: Borneo Post Online.

 

Sarawak Tourism Board Welcomes New Chairman and Board of Directors

Sarawak Tourism Board (STB) welcomed its newly appointed Chairman, Telang Usan assemblyman YB Dennis Ngau and members of the Board at a Welcome Dinner on August 5, 2020 at the Imperial Hotel, Kuching.  

YB Ngau, who is well-versed in the hospitality and tourism industry, takes over from Datuk Abdul Wahab Aziz, who has been an exemplary leader.

The new appointed members of the Board are Datu Antonio Kahti Galis, the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Local Government and Housing Sarawak and Tuan Haji Mohamad Taufik Abdul Ghani, the Executive Chairman of Kiasan Engineering Sdn Bhd.

Their appointments is for a period of two (2) years, effective July 1, 2020.

For the complete list of STB Board members, visit https://sarawaktourism.com/about-sarawak-tourism-board/

Photo shows STB newly appointed Chairman, YB Encik Dennis Ngau (second left), Minister of Tourism, Arts and Culture Sarawak, Datuk Haji Abdul Rahman Hamzah (centre), Assistant Minister of Tourism, Arts and Culture Sarawak, Datuk Sebastian Ting Chiew Yew (left), Permanent Secretary of Ministry of Tourism, Arts and Culture Sarawak, Mr Hii Chang Ke (second right) and STB CEO, Sharzede Datu Haji Salleh Askor (right) during STB Welcoming Dinner for the new Chairman and Board of Directors.
Photo shows STB newly appointed Chairman, YB Encik Dennis Ngau (second left), Minister of Tourism, Arts and Culture Sarawak, Datuk Haji Abdul Rahman Hamzah (centre), Assistant Minister of Tourism, Arts and Culture Sarawak, Datuk Sebastian Ting Chiew Yew (left), Permanent Secretary of Ministry of Tourism, Arts and Culture Sarawak, Mr Hii Chang Ke (second right) and STB CEO, Sharzede Datu Haji Salleh Askor (right) during STB Welcoming Dinner for the new Chairman and Board of Directors.

Niah National Park Temporarily Closed for Repairs

MIRI – Niah National Park is officially closed to the public starting July 24, 2020 for ongoing repair works due to damages caused by a recent heavy downpour.

The heavy downpour on Thursday (July 23) had caused several trees to be uprooted and caused damages to its walkways as well as several other facilities in the park, including the main path to the Great Cave, one of the main caves in the National Park.

A statement posted by Sarawak Forestry Corporation (SFC) on its Facebook page stated that the Niah National Park will be closed until further notice and appreciates the public understanding on the matter.

For more information on the park closure, contact the park’s office at +6085-737450 or visit SFC’s Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/sarawakforestry.

Photo shows the damaged trail caused by fallen tree branches.  (Photo credit: Sarawak Forestry).
Photo shows the damaged trail caused by fallen tree branches.
(Photo credit: Sarawak Forestry).

Beccari Discovery Trail – Matang’s Latest Tourism Attraction

KUCHING – The Beccari Discovery Trail, launched on July 25, 2020 at the Sri Maha Mariamman Hindu Temple in Kampung Matang, is the latest attraction in the Matang area, especially for nature and history enthusiasts. It is also one of ‘Sia Sitok Sarawak’ Intra-State Tourism Campaign tour packages offered.

The launch coincides with the demise centenary anniversary of a renowned Italian botanist, Odoardo Beccari, who was famous for his passion in making scientific discoveries on plants and insects during the reign of Charles Brooke, Sarawak’s second White Rajah.

Beccari published over 150 scientific papers, working on palms in Matang which earned him the reputation of a world specialist. Today, the forests at Matang are recognised as one of the richest palm habitats in the world with nearly 100 species identified.

The 3.2km trail starts from the old cart track at Kampung Matang to the site of Beccari’s field house – Vallombrosa. The route featured twelve (12) information boards related to some of the plants and animals along the trail, as well as an abandoned tea plantation while Beccari helped to establish for Charles Brooke.

One of the boards highlight Beccari’s findings of the relationship between ants and plants which fascinated him. Another features the diversity of plants, reptiles, amphibians, insects, fungi and so on, found along the trail.

Meanwhile, the launching site of the trail, the Sri Maha Mariamman Hindu Temple marks the legacy of the forefathers of the Indian Hindu community in Sarawak over 100 years ago. Known as the Lost Temple of Matang, it was accidentally discovered by a hunter back in 1960s and was rebuilt later in 2007.

Photo shows the entrance of the Sri Maha Mariamman Hindu Temple, the launching site of the Beccari Heritage Trail.
Photo shows the entrance of the Sri Maha Mariamman Hindu Temple, the launching site of the Beccari Heritage Trail.

Shoutout To All Sarawak Residents – This Is for You!

This is your chance to discover some amazing getaways within Sarawak at really affordable prices with The “Sia Sitok Sarawak” Intra-State Tourism Campaign happening from July 15 until October 14, 2020.

‘Sia sitok’ which means ‘here and there’ in Sarawak dialect, offers over 30 tour packages in destinations such as Kuching, Sibu, Mukah, Bintulu, Miri and Mulu at a 50% discount! Be it land or sea, residents will be able to experience these packages from as low as RM25.

We have tours ranging from walking along the streets of Kuching with sunset river cruise to exploring Sarawak’s wide range of nature such as the Silabur Cave, Bako National Park and the UNESCO World Heritage Site, Mulu National Park. The campaign also comprises of tours such as birdwatching, fishing trip, golfing, fun diving, historical and city tours, kayaking and many more. If you’ve never seen a real-life dolphin, check out our Santubong Irrawaddy Dolphin Cruise and Satang Island Irrawaddy Dolphin Watching packages.

Meanwhile, a mystery gift will await front liners when they book any of the packages to show our appreciation to them during this pandemic time, for their dedication and sacrifices such as hospital workers, foreign doctors and nurses who took part in the COVID-19 relief effort. It will also provide a much-needed break for them to travel and discover the beauty of Sarawak.

Residents can book now and travel later. The travelling period starts on August 1 to November 15, 2020 with terms and condition apply. For more information, visit https://sarawak.travel/explore-all.

What are you waiting for? Book now at https://siasitoksarawak.rezgo.com/

Photo shows few of the tour packages of Sia Sitok Sarawak for selection.
Photo shows few of the tour packages of Sia Sitok Sarawak for selection.


 

 

Sarawak Listed as A Priority for Federal Tourism Development

KUCHING – The Minister of Tourism, Arts and Culture, Datuk Seri Hjh. Nancy Shukri had announced that Sarawak is listed in the ministry’s priority list for tourism development.

She said a committee led by the Ministry of Tourism, Arts and Culture Secretary General, Datuk Dr Noor Zari Hamat had visited several ongoing tourism projects around Kuching city, that had the potential to be developed as tourism spots.

“Among the places were the Heritage Walk project by Bintangor Village to Esplanade Kuching, National Archives of Malaysia project and a handicraft project  which is designed to develop craft products of Sarawak”, she said during her speech at a dinner with the state tourism, arts and culture industry players.

Meanwhile, the Ministry of Tourism, Arts and Culture Sarawak Datuk Haji Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah said the Sarawak government is continuing the Visit Sarawak Campaign, focusing on promoting the five key themes; culture, adventure, nature, food and festivals (CANFF).

“Besides continuing with the Visit Sarawak Campaign, a new post COVID-19 Campaign with the tagline ‘Rediscover Yourself in Sarawak’ has been organised to reach out to the domestic market, intrastate and interstate travel, whilst embracing the new norm,” he added.

Photo shows the Minister of Tourism, Arts and Culture, Datuk Seri Nancy Shukri (third right) receiving a souvenir from the Minister of Tourism, Arts and Culture Sarawak, Datuk Haji Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah (third left). (Photo taken by Mohd Alif Noni. Photo source: New Sarawak Tribune).
Photo shows the Minister of Tourism, Arts and Culture, Datuk Seri Nancy Shukri (third right) receiving a souvenir from the Minister of Tourism, Arts and Culture Sarawak, Datuk Haji Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah (third left). (Photo taken by Mohd Alif Noni. Photo source: New Sarawak Tribune).

Sarawak Tourism Recovery Kicks Off with Domestic Travel

MIRI – In an effort to restart tourism efforts in Sarawak, the Ministry of Tourism, Arts and Culture Sarawak will continue to promote the Visit Sarawak Campaign (VSC) with its new post COVID-19 campaign tagline ‘Rediscover Yourself in Sarawak’.

The Assistant Minister of Tourism, Arts and Culture Sarawak, Datuk Sebastian Ting mentioned that the campaign aims to reach out to domestic tourists and encourage intrastate and interstate travel among locals. He said this during the handing over of the Regional Specific Tourist Guide (RSTG) licenses to 19 new tourist guides on June 8, 2020 in Miri.

“We are shifting our focus to domestic tourism and will continue with the ‘Visit Sarawak Campaign’ with the focus of strengthening the ‘Sarawak More to Discover’ brand, at the same time promoting five key themes of Sarawak’s unique experience in terms of Culture, Adventure, Nature, Food and Festivals (CANFF),” he said.

He pointed out that the COVID-19 outbreak had seriously affected tourism industry players, especially tourist guides. With the reopening of domestic tourism, tourist guides will have new responsibilities to make sure tourists abide with the health and safety protocols during their visits.

He was confident that the new licensed tourist guides would boost the tourism industry in Sarawak and considered the possibility of organising similar RSTG courses in Kuching, Sibu and Bintulu as well.

Photo shows Assistant Minister of Tourism, Arts and Culture Sarawak, Datuk Sebastian Ting (seated centre), the Ministry’s Permanent Secretary, Mr Hii Chang Kee (Second left), Ministry of Tourism, Arts and Culture, Sarawak Director, Mr Suriya Charles Buas (second right), STB CEO, Sharzede Datu Haji Salleh Askor (extreme left) and the 19 new licensed tour guides in Miri. (Photo courtesy of New Sarawak Tribune).
Photo shows Assistant Minister of Tourism, Arts and Culture Sarawak, Datuk Sebastian Ting (seated centre), the Ministry’s Permanent Secretary, Mr Hii Chang Kee (Second left), Ministry of Tourism, Arts and Culture, Sarawak Director, Mr Suriya Charles Buas (second right), STB CEO, Sharzede Datu Haji Salleh Askor (extreme left) and the 19 new licensed tour guides in Miri. (Photo courtesy of New Sarawak Tribune).

Sarawak Tourism Board Launches The “Rediscover Yourself In Sarawak” Video

KUCHING –Sarawak Tourism Board’s new video entitled “Rediscover Yourself In Sarawak” was launched by the Minister of Tourism, Arts and Culture Sarawak, Datuk Haji Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah at the Borneo Convention Centre Kuching, on June 22, 2020, following the reopening of the Sarawak tourism sector.

The video aimed to inspire travellers to rediscover themselves in Sarawak and at the same time help to boost the State’s tourism sector. It is also targeted at the domestic market for intra-state and inter-state travel, by embracing the new norm of travelling. 

The video showcased a delightful glimpse of the serenity, tranquillity and beauty of Sarawak, surrounded by a 140 million-year-old rainforest. This would encourage travellers residing in or visiting Sarawak to explore places they have never been to before. 

The video will be available for viewing on the Sarawak Tourism Board’s website at https://sarawaktourism.com/ from June 23, 2020. 

We welcome you back to Sarawak! 

#RediscoverSarawak
#MoreSarawak

Incentives Launching For Sarawak Tourism Revival

KUCHING – The Minister of Tourism, Arts & Culture Sarawak, Datuk Haji Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah recently announced two new incentives; the Visitors Incentive Package (VIP) and the Sarawak Tourism Online Ecosystem Fund, for travel agents and tour operators in Sarawak to restart the tourism sector.

For the VIP package, Sarawak Travel Agencies will be receiving subsidies for tour packages sold for a minimum of 4 pax at any one time, excluding children below 2 years old. The categories are as follows:

  1. 3D/ 2N package – the agent will receive RM30 per person for the first four tourists and an additional RM20 for each subsequent tourist. 
  2. 4D/ 3N package – the agent will receive RM40 per person for the first four tourists and an additional RM25 for each subsequent tourist.
  3. 5D/ 4N package – the agent will receive RM50 per person for the first four tourists and an additional RM30 for each subsequent tourist.

Meanwhile, the second initiative – Sarawak Tourism Online Ecosystem Fund is a catalytic programme to expand Sarawak Tourism’s Digital footprint and Share of Voice (SOV) in collaboration with industry partners. For this incentive, Sarawak Tourism Board will allocate funding of up to RM5000 per tour operator for website development and maintenance, content production and digital advertising which focusses on Sarawak Tourism. 

All Sarawak tour operators are invited to apply for the incentives which will be made available from 1st July 2020 to 31st December 2020. To find out more, contact Sarawak Tourism Board at +6 082 410 944 or visit sarawaktourism.com.

Photo shows the Minister of Tourism, Arts and Culture Sarawak, Datuk Haji Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah (fourth left) seen with other guests at the launch of the ‘Sarawak Reopens For Tourism’ package at the Borneo Convention Centre Kuching. (Photo by BERNAMA)
Photo shows the Minister of Tourism, Arts and Culture Sarawak, Datuk Haji Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah (fourth left) seen with other guests at the launch of the ‘Sarawak Reopens For Tourism’ package at the Borneo Convention Centre Kuching. (Photo by BERNAMA)