AirAsia Expanding Flights in and out of Sarawak

AirAsia is expanding its flights within and out of Sarawak with the launching a new Kuching-Tawau route on December 2, now making this the 13th destination flying from the capital city of Kuching.

Currently, one-way tickets from Kuching – Tawau are being promoted at RM79, in celebration of the new route. Flight schedule from Kuching (KCH) to Tawau (TWU) is as follows:

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The airlines is also set to fly the Kota Kinabalu – Sibu and Kota Kinabalu – Bintulu routes starting in January 2019.

The airline is currently flying from Kuching to Kuala Lumpur, Kota Kinabalu, Kota Bharu, Johor Bharu, Bintulu, Langkawi, Penang, Sibu, Tawau, Miri, Shenzhen, Pontianak and Singapore.

Sarawak Tourism Board – Recipient of Asia-Pacific Excellence Award in Dublin

The Sarawak Tourism Board is proud to receive the Asia-Pacific Excellence Award in the category of Film & Video, for the Rainforest World Music Festival 2018 video.

Chief Executive Officer, Sharzede Datu Haji Salleh Askor, will recieve the award during the Asia-Pacific Excellence Awards Ceremony on December 6th, 2018 at The Mansion House Dublin, Ireland.

Applications for the Excellence Awards are evaluated by a jury on the criteria of strategic approach, innovation & creativity, implementation, results and efficiency.

The board was also shortlisted as top three in the Travel & Tourism category.

The Asia-Pacific Excellence Awards have been created to honour the most outstanding achievements of communications professionals in their field, and to take a comprehensive look at communications achievements across the Asia Pacific region.

The promotional video for the Rainforest World Music Festival earned Sarawak Tourism Board the award for Film & Video
The promotional video for the Rainforest World Music Festival earned Sarawak Tourism Board the award for Film & Video

“Visit Sarawak Campaign” Short Video Competitions

The Sarawak Tourism Federation (STF), in collaboration with Sarawak Tourism Board (STB) is organizing an “Indie Video Competition” based on the theme “Sarawak, More to Discover.” 

The competition, with a submission of less than 60 seconds of short video clips of Sarawak, is open to all, especially Sarawakians, giving local amateur video-makers a chance to show the world that there is so much more to see, do, eat, and to experience in Sarawak.

Entries will close on December 7, with the winners being announced on December 10.

The panel of independent judges appointed by STF & STB, include professional videographers, influencers and other tourism related industry partners, will select the winning video based on criteria like creativity and originality, accuracy of information, effectiveness of reaching the target audience and overall quality of the video.

The grand winner of this contest will take home a grand cash  prize of RM 10,000.00 for the Indie video category  and RM1,500.00 for the  Instagram video.

For more information on guidelines and regulation, visit https://sarawaktourism.com/indie-video-competition/

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Royal Brunei Airlines Reinstates Kuching flight

The Royal Brunei Airlines (RB) will be reinstating its flight from Bandar Sri Begawan to Kuching on December 28, 2018.

RB Chief Executive Officer, Mr Karam Chand said “Kuching is one of the first destinations that RB flew to back in 1975 alongside Singapore, Kota Kinabalu and Hong Kong and we are very proud to be connecting this beautiful city to the rest of our network and providing the missing link to Brunei. We have significantly expanded our route network this year and the direct flights will allow the marketing of single and dual destinations packages in all the Cities we serve for the benefit of our tourism stakeholders in Brunei and Sarawak”.

We would like to take this opportunity to thank and welcome back RB to Kuching, said Sarawak Tourism Board’s Chief Executive Officer, Sharzede Datu Salleh Askor and adding that our industry partners have been looking forward to the reinstatement of the flight.

“It makes Kuching more accessible to our focus markets including Melbourne (Australia), Shanghai (China) London (United Kingdom) which augurs well for the marketing of the destination” she continued

RB will commence its first flight to Kuching on RB A320neo effective 28 December 2018 with twice weekly service and by 3 February 2019 the frequency will increase to four times weekly.

RB first flew to Kuching on 15 May 1975 with its last flight on 28 July 2011 when the route was suspended.

Guests will be able to purchase the tickets from www.flyroyalbrunei.com or nearest travel agencies from 29th October 2018.
Guests will be able to purchase the tickets from www.flyroyalbrunei.com or nearest travel agencies from 29th October 2018.

STB Receives Certificate of Excellence

Sarawak Tourism Board (STB) is the proud recipient of the Certificate of Excellence at the Malaysia Tourism Council Gold Awards 2018.

The Certificate was awarded for the great success of the Rainforest World Music Festival (RWMF) 2018. The next RWMF will take place on July 12-14, 2019.

Picture shows from left, Tuan Haji Mohammad Ibrahim Nordin, Malaysian Association of Hotels Sarawak Chapter Chairman, Puan Sharzede Datu Haji Salleh Askor, Chief Executive Officer of STB,  Dayang Azizah bt. Abang Zaidan, Malaysian Association of Travel & Trade Agents (MATTA) Chairman, Ngui Ing Ing, STB Board of Director, and Maurice Balang, Senior Manager of Project Management and Corporate Relations of STB, proudly showing the plaque.
Picture shows from left, Tuan Haji Mohammad Ibrahim Nordin, Malaysian Association of Hotels Sarawak Chapter Chairman, Puan Sharzede Datu Haji Salleh Askor, Chief Executive Officer of STB, Dayang Azizah bt. Abang Zaidan, Malaysian Association of Travel & Trade Agents (MATTA) Chairman, Ngui Ing Ing, STB Board of Director, and Maurice Balang, Senior Manager of Product Management and Corporate Relations of STB, proudly showing the plaque.

Sarawak – More to Discover

The Sarawak Tourism Board is pleased to announce that the logo for the Visit Sarawak Campaign (VSC) has been officially launched in a series of campaigns held in Kuala Lumpur on October 16 and in Singapore on October 18.

Another launch will take place in London on November 6 and in Shenshen China in Mid December.

The campaign’s logo is vibrant yet simple, featuring notable designs  like the vine-like embellishment in the ‘S’, much like motives frequently used in the Orang Ulu crafts, the swirl in the ‘A’s as often seen in the Dayak ‘bunga terung’ design, as well as the hornbill in the centre of the logo, depicting Sarawak as ‘the Land of the Hornbill’. The various colours also hold various meaning, which can be read here.

The tagline ‘More to Discover’ expands on Sarawak’s existing brand for Culture, Adventure and Nature, Food and Festivals, encouraging visitors to go beyond what one usually expects from Sarawak; to venture off the beaten path and discover lesser known food and festivals, and to journey into Sarawak’s interior.

A promotional video is also available, resenting the journey visitors’ take when discovering Sarawak and the self-discovery that happens along the way. Watch the video here.

To find out more about what Sarawak has to offer, visit the landing page for the campaign here.

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Sarawak Representatives at ITB ASIA

Sarawak Tourism Board and six travel agencies, product owners and hoteliers from Sarawak will be meeting international sellers at booth number C05 at ITB Asia 2018, which is being held from 17 to 19 October at the Marina Bay Sands in Singapore.

The industry partners include the Borneo Convention Centre Kuching, Straits Central Travel & Tour Agencies, Kuching Holidays & Car Rental, Pullman Miri Waterfront & Pullman Kuching, Greatown Travel, and CPH Travel Agencies.

ITB Asia is Asia’s leading travel trade show, with 940 exhibitors, 951 buyers and over 11,000 delegates participating from over 110 countries across all segments of MICE, Corporate and Leisure travel.

Kuching Waterfront Jazz Festival

Jazz lovers and enthusiast had a grand time celebrating the second edition of the Kuching Waterfront Jazz Festival (KWJF) over the weekend of September 28 to 29.

As the first outdoor jazz festival overlooking the Sarawak River, the KWJF has received great reception for the two years, thanks to its entertaining local and international performers’ line up.

KWJF2018 featured jazz talents including Dayang Nurfaizah (Sarawak), Sang Voyage (Sarawak), Jolynn J Chin (Sarawak), Tuku Kame Jazz (Sarawak), Malaysia, Atilia Haron (Malaysia), Aisyah Aziz (Malaysia), Blues Gang (Malaysia), Alemay Fernandez (Singapore), Natalie Gillespie Band (Australia) and Carmen Souza Trio (Portugal).

The first KWJF in 2017 and recorded about 4, 000 festival-goers.

The Blues Gang performing on the KWJF stage. Photo credit: mikhauLLU
The Blues Gang performing on the KWJF stage. Photo credit: mikhauLLU

Launch of Ranee: Margaret of Sarawak

The museum exhibit named “Ranee: Margaret of Sarawak” was officially  launched  by the Minister of Tourism, Arts, Culture, Youth and Sports, Datuk Haji Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah on September 28 at the Old Court House in Kuching.

Curated by the Brooke Trust, the exhibit centres on the life, legend and legacy of Margaret de Windt, wife of the second Rajah Brooke, who became the queen of Sarawak at the age of 19.

This exhibition will be a permanent museum fixture in Kuching, providing insight into Ranee Margaret’s life through paintings, music, literature and craft.

As Ranee for nearly half a century, one of her greatest contributions to the state was her appreciation for skills such as songket weaving and keringkam embroidery, leading her to be a patron to such crafts, having her personal collection which can now be shared in this exhibit.  

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Fort Hose Closes for Restoration

Fort Hose in Marudi will be closed for two years as from November 5 for restoration works.

Fort Hose was named after Marudi’s most famous administrator, naturalist, ethnographer and pioneer photographer, Charles Hose and it  is just one of the 14 forts still standing from the era of the Brookes, with many more having been dismantled or destroyed.

Marudi is situated on the northern bank of the Baram river about 80 km from Miri city, and is a major trading  town supplying goods to  most of Sarawak’s northern interior.

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