Sarawak in the Malaysia Roadshow and New Products Seminar

Sarawak Tourism Board (STB) collaborated with Tourism Malaysia in the recent Malaysia Roadshow and New Products Seminar in the cities of Perth, Sydney and Melbourne from 8 to 10 April 2019.

The Board highlighted the Visit Sarawak Campaign with its theme of Culture, Adventure, Nature, Food and Festivals with focus of its new products of the Old Kuching City Heritage Trail and Sibu and the Central Region.

Also being showcased was Sarawak’s renowned music festivals, Rainforest World Music Festival which will be held from 12 to 14 July 2019 and the Borneo Jazz Festival from 19 to 21 July 2019.

STB is intensifying its marketing collaboration with Tourism Malaysia as well as trade partners in the long haul market of Europe, UK, Australia and the Nordic Region, to achieve the targeted visitor arrivals of 5 million for 2019.

Pauline Lim, Assistant Marketing Manager (Long Haul), Sarawak Tourism Board conducted the business session at the Tourism Malaysia Roadshow and New Products Seminar in Perth.
Pauline Lim, Assistant Marketing Manager (Long Haul), Sarawak Tourism Board conducted the business session at the Tourism Malaysia Roadshow and New Products Seminar in Perth.

3 Festivals, 1 Destination in the month of July

Sarawak becomes a festival frenzy in the month of July, and with that comes a promotional packages offering “3 Festival, 1 Destination”, bringing together three of Sarawak’s famous yearly festivals.

From July 5 to 12, the Rainforest Fringe Festival (RFF) will be held throughout the city of Kuching, featuring arts, crafts, film, photography, food and culture, and is the precursor to the Rainforest World Music Festival.

The Rainforest World Music Festival (RWMF) takes place from July 12 to 15, and is the region’s largest World Music event, bringing over 20,000 festival goers a year. It features activities for children, cultural and musical sessions, food and crafts bazaars, wellness workshops and stunning performances.

The following weekend on July 19 to 21, the  Borneo Jazz Festival which is the longest running jazz event in the region, enters its 14th year in sun-soaked coastal city of Miri, on the Northern side of Sarawak. It features Jazz music, with its many subgenres from afro jazz to the blues.

For more information on the packages, visit here…

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Reef Balls for Miri-Sibuti Coral Reef National Park

The Sarawak Forestry Corporation (SFC) has completed its deployment of 1,750 reef balls into the Miri-Sibuti Coral Reefs National Park, deploying the final batch of 600 on 26 March.

The reef ball deployment is part of an Eco-Marine Project implemented by SFC, in collaboration with PETRONAS, the National Oil and Gas Company, in an effort to protect and restore the natural reefs and marine life in the area from illegal trawling activities, while  at the same time creating a new diving site which can become an eco-tourism attraction.

Over time, the reef will continue to grow which will lead to more eco-tourism related job opportunities for the locals, including boat rentals, diving and snorkelling equipment training and rental, and tour operations.

While actively focusing on keeping the waters clear of illegal trawlers, SFC also hopes to increase the population of marine species within the area which will provide a consistent source of income for traditional fishermen living beyond of the national park, along the shorelines of the Miri-Sibuti.

In this way, these fishermen can support themselves and their families without resorting to illegal fishing practices due to low numbers of fish, and local communities can also benefit by lower prices for the marine produce supplied by these fishermen.

The Miri-Sibuti Marine National Park is one of Sarawak’s largest marine parks, home to many species such as sea turtles, whale sharks and coral reefs. The area is known as the ‘Sea Turtle Highway’, this National Park contributes to Malaysia’s conformance to the International Convention on Biological Diversity requirements for marine protected areas.

Image extracted from the recent video documenting the diving expedition to measure the progress of the BEACON project’s first batch of reef balls, deployed in 2015.
Image extracted from the recent video documenting the diving expedition to measure the progress of the BEACON project’s first batch of reef balls, deployed in 2015.

Kuching Heritage Week launched

The Kuching Heritage Week was launched over the weekend, aimed to introduce to visitors the historical and cultural sites within the Kuching City.

The heritage area, located around the city, is mainly centred around the Satok and Gambier Road and the stretch from the Main Bazaar to Padungan, areas considered to be the “old Kuching”.

Recent upgrades were made to the facilities in and around the area, including the completion of the new “floating mosque” or officially known as the Masjd Bandaraya, and tourist facilities upgrading to include the introduction of an electric bus to service the route passing through the major historical areas.

Also in the plan for future upgrading are the areas from the Brooke Dockyard reaching up to  the Kuching Waterfront and the Malay  villages around the area, including Kampung Masjid and Kampung Bintangor.

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Sarawak to Pursue Connectivity despite Setbacks

Assistant Minister for Tourism, Datuk Lee Kim Shin assured that Sarawak will continue to pursue connectivity to international airport hubs despite recent flight cancellations in the state, at the ROUTES Asia 2019 event in Cebu, Philippines.

“It is not easy to convince airlines especially foreign carriers to Sarawak as there are equally attractive destinations that they can look at”, he said.

We are trying our very best and the ROUTES Asia 2019 sessions here has been a touch point to meet up with airline companies in the regions and we want to convince them that connectivity into Sarawak can be a viable business, he added on March 12, the Sarawak team met up with four more airline operators.

Acknowledging that connectivity must be propelled by sufficient number of travellers, tourists and holiday makers, Datuk Lee said it must also be complemented by business travels and as such conducive business environment and attractive destination’s tourism products were sought for by airlines operators he explained.

ROUTES Asia, the region’s leading meetings of airlines and airport executives started on March 10 and ended on March 12th.

Datuk Lee (right) presenting the Gunung Mulu National Park coffee table book to Min Yao, Director of International Planning of China Express Airlines. Seen from left is STB’s Chief Executive officer, Sharzede Datu Haji Salleh Askor and China Express’s International Business Manager, Meng Ling.
Datuk Lee (right) presenting the Gunung Mulu National Park coffee table book to Min Yao, Director of International Planning of China Express Airlines. Seen from left is STB’s Chief Executive officer, Sharzede Datu Haji Salleh Askor and China Express’s International Business Manager, Meng Ling.

First Asia Pacific Orchid Conference in Malaysia

The 13th Asia Pacific Orchid Conference (APOC13) will be held for the first time in Malaysia, and will take place at the BCCK in Kuching on July 24 to 28.

APO13 draws participants from over 14 countries, with orchid shows and conferences that cater to both avid orchid growers, and casual admirers of the beautiful flowers.

An array of interactive programs have been lined up for the APOC13 which include conference, various orchid competitions, exhibition, horticulture, agriculture, and food bazaars, APOC quiz, children drawing / colouring competition, musical bands, orchid run and many more.

The Orchid Show will take place from 24 to 28 July, with display competitions, exhibition booths and workshops where amateurs can learn about the dedicated care that goes into orchid cultivation from professionals.

The conference takes place from July 25 to 26, and registration is still open to the public.

APOC’s objective is to achieve an international cooperation for trend in development and conservation of orchids in the Asia Pacific Region. For more information on APOC13 programmes, visit their website here…

The Dendrobium Laila, named after the beloved late Puan Sri Laila Taib, wife of Sarawak former Chief Minister, Pehin Sri Abdul Taib Mahmud, in tribute to her in memory of her love for orchids.
The Dendrobium Laila, named after the beloved late Puan Sri Laila Taib, wife of Sarawak former Chief Minister, Pehin Sri Abdul Taib Mahmud, in tribute to her in memory of her love for orchids.

 


 

Sarawak’s First Floating Mosque

Sarawak’s first floating mosque at the Kuching Waterfront will be officially opened 1st March, 2019.

The floating mosque can be viewed from the Darul Hana Bridge, adding to the waterfront’s interesting cultural skyline.

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Limited Edition Sarawak Stamp at MATTA FAIR

A set of limited edition ‘Visit Sarawak campaign’ commemorative stamps will be available at the Sarawak Booth at MATTA Fair Kuala Lumpur from March 15 to 17, at the Putra World Trade Centre.

Only 400 copies of these commemorative stamps will be given to Sarawak package buyers or those participate in activities at the Sarawak Booth, number 5058 – 5063 & 5068 – 5073 (Hall 5).

Among activities at the booth are a Photo Booth Instagram Contest, puzzle games and Rubik’s cube game.

The Sarawak Tourism Board encourages stamp collectors to come to purchase a package or participate in games at the booth to add these iconic Sarawak stamps to their collection.

Aside from games, the Sarawak booth at MATTA will also feature a virtual reality display, musical performances by local Sarawakian band Meruked, food sampling and tuak tasting, as well as ‘Show & Tell’, featuring sago worms, local fruit and pepper plants.

16 Sarawak delegates will be attending the Fair, namely Amogha Tours & Travel, Borneo Happy Farm, Borneo Highlands Hornbill Golf & Jungle Club Berhad, Brighton Travel & Tour, CPH Travel Agencies, Great Leap Tours, Greatown Travel Sdn. Bhd., Hotel Grand Continental Kuching, Inter-Continental Travel Centre, Kuching Holidays & Car Rental, Mega Hotel, Miri, Sunshine Joytour Borneo, Tanahmas Hotel Sibu, Tourism & Hospitality Group, SEDC Sarawak, Tropical Adventure Tours & Travel, and Tune Hotel Waterfront Kuching.

Sarawak Tourism Business Networking Sessions

The Sarawak Tourism Board will be having a networking session roadshow in Singapore, Johor, Kuala Lumpur and Penang from February 25 to 28.

The sessions in Singapore on February 25 will be held at the Carlton Hotel from 2:00pm to 5:00pm, while the Johor Bahru session will be held the next day at the Amari Hotel from 9:30am to 1:00pm.

On February 27, the Kuala Lumpur session will take place at the Pullman Hotel (City Centre) from 9:30am to 1:00pm, and the Penang session on the February 28 takes place at the Wembley Hotel from 9:30am to 1:00pm.

This networking session will be held to network with travel agents in the area and open new business ventures with those interested in partnering with the board to promote Sarawak as a tourism destination.

Sarawak Arts Council Open Day at the old DUN

The Sarawak Arts Council (Majlis Seni Sarawak or MSS) will be actively holding workshops on traditional dance choreography of the different ethnic groups in Sarawak.

Courses on traditional music, vocals and dance, as well as training for aspiring art tutors and teachers, will also be organised.

MSS’s vision is to build a community that is appreciative of the arts through MSS’s positive, productive, creative and evaluative efforts, and they begin these efforts after February 17.

MSS recently held its Open Day on February 11 to 17 at the old Dewan Undangan Negeri (DUN) Complex, with stalls selling tradition arts and crafts as well as food.

There were dance and music performances throughout the event, with children’s competitions and an open counter to register for future workshops.

For more information on their programmes, please contact Easter Melebeh: +60126090477.

Showcasing the orang ulu traditional attire.
Showcasing the orang ulu traditional attire.