Hornbill Makes A Presence In The Land Of The Merlion

SINGAPORE – Sarawak has firm plans to increase its footprint in the Lion City with the setting up of the Sarawak Trade and Tourism Office Singapore (STATOS).

STATOS is one of strategies undertaken by Sarawak State Government to explore the global market, hence to bring in more investments, promote trade and attract more tourists to Sarawak.

The office will serve as a one-stop centre for investment and businesses as well as tourism players in Singapore for those want to know more about Sarawak. It will also be the hub of communication between exporters and importers from Sarawak and Business communities in Singapore.

STATOS will facilitate Sarawak tourism through several ways such as creating complete database on Sarawak tourism products and activities by undertaking analysis on tourism trends and tourist preference as well as expenditure patterns in Singapore and globally.

STATOS was launched by Sarawak Chief Minister, Datuk Patinggi Abang Haji Johari Tun Openg on June 20, and is located at 80, Robinson Road, Singapore with its office hours from 9.00am to 6.00pm on Monday to Friday,

For further details, please contact [email protected]

Photo shows Sarawak Chief Minister, Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg officiating at the soft launching of STATOS office on June 20
Photo shows Sarawak Chief Minister, Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg officiating at the soft launching of STATOS office on June 20

Celebrating Kuching’s 31st Anniversary

KUCHING – More than three decade of achieving its’ city status, Kuching, the City of Unity, is unique with its vibrant and multicultural races that live together in  harmony.

With this year’s theme “Empowering Smart Community” sees the revolving of Kuching in olden days to a modern setting with changes throughout the 31 years, the celebration centers around culture, living heritage, food and festival.

The Council of the Kuching South and Kuching North City Halls are jointly hosting a month- long activities, including the Kuching Festival Food Fair (July 26 – August 16), Kuching Got Talent, Silat competition at Kampung Sourabaya Waterfront (August 3-4), Angling competition at Kampung Senari Jetty (August 17) and an ‘Uptown Cat Exhibition’ at the Cat Museum in DBKU Complex (August 17),

A badminton tournament at Datuk Seri Haji Wan Junaidi Hall in Kampung Goebilt (August 18), a Muaythai championship at the Amphitheatre (August 24), and the ‘BandarayaKU Walk’ across Kampung Bintangor Besar Bridge (August 31) will also be on the list of activities to be organised in and around the city during the celebration.

Kuching attained its City status on August 1, 1988.

For more information on activities, may log on to https://dbku.sarawak.gov.my and https://mbks.sarawak.gov.my

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Revealing The New Sarawak Ad Panel On Airasia’s Aircrafts

KUCHING – Five AirAsia aircrafts are now displaying the Visit Sarawak’ Campaign’s advertisement panels on its overhead luggage compartments featuring enticing destination’s visuals including delicacies, festivals, nature and landmarks.

The aircrafts fly to the various cities in the region including in Malaysia, Thailand, Indo – China, Indonesia, China, India, Brunei, and Singapore.  

This promotional initiative will give Sarawak greater brand visibility in the region targeting travellers. It serves to convey not only the promotional messages but a chance to showcase Sarawak iconic visuals and is one of the best platforms to boost destination visibility.

The revealing was officiated by Datuk Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah, Minister of Tourism, Arts, Culture, Youth and Sports Sarawak, witnessed by Datuk Haji Abdul Wahab Bin Aziz, Chairman of Sarawak Tourism Board, Sharzede Datu Haji Salleh Askor, STB’s Chief Executive Officer, Dato’ Aziz Bakar, Director of AirAsia and Syed Anuar bin Syed Ahmad, Managing director of Laduni Services at the Kuching International Airport here on August 13.

Photo shows Datuk Karim Rahman Hamzah giving a thumbs up at one of AirAsia overhead compartment advertisement panel witnessed by Sharzede Datu Haji Salleh Askor and Dato Aziz Bakar.
Photo shows Datuk Karim Rahman Hamzah giving a thumbs up at one of AirAsia overhead compartment advertisement panel witnessed by Sharzede Datu Haji Salleh Askor and Dato Aziz Bakar.

RWMF 2020 TO BE HELD ON JULY 10-12

KUCHING – Missing this year’s Rainforest World Music Festival? Not to worry as the 23rd edition of RWMF will be on July 10 to 12 next year.

As Sarawak’s headliner tourism attraction, the festival has proven itself to be more than just a music festival but a weekend fiesta celebrated by both locals and tourists.

A capacity crowd of 23,650 was clocked in on the final hour of the festival this year with the largest turn out to be on Saturday night.

The festival program, including the wellness activities, sape’ and percussion tutorials, cultural talks, crafts bazaar and the daily late evening Gathering of the Tribes and the drum circles, had received good ratings from audience.

A new addition this year was the Indigenous Stage which featured bands and groups showcasing unique tribal culture in an informal outdoor setting.

Also introduced this year were the DJ sets with three different world themes such as reggae, bangra and Russian Romps that entertained festival-goers at after-party DJ session.

In line with Sarawak Tourism Board’s initiative on responsible tourism, the Go Green campaign this year had included the discouraging of usage of plastic bottled water and having water dispensers at strategic locations at the festival venue, Spativate’s  eye-catching designs waste bins and Biji-Biji’s waste collection meant for composting and also the  tree planting  at the nearby Pantai Puteri, Santubong.

Twenty two years ago, the RWMF began with very small gathering of 300 people  and fast forward, it had gained worldwide recognition having won multiple awards including putting itself into the Top 8 of the Transglobal World Music Chart for Festival Award.

Photo shows official date for 23rd edition of Rainforest World Music Festival on July 10 -12, 2020.
Photo shows official date for 23rd edition of Rainforest World Music Festival on July 10 -12, 2020.

THE REVEAL OF #Urbins X RWMF 2019

Kuching: #UrBins X RWMF a pilot project by a local social enterprise, Spativate, is aimed to inspire members of the public on the importance of care of the environment. It was launched on June 29 at the Kuching Waterfront.

The green initiative gave different angle about “rubbish”, and how one can be environment friendly.

This initiative, supported by the Sarawak Tourism Board is to create and give meaningful functions to the bins with creativity and “soul” added to it to make it something practical and integral in our daily lives.

15 unique and attractive bins were revealed near the waterfront steamship building during the launch, with all designs bringing motives of cool, fun and educating.

Chief Executive Officer of the Sarawak Tourism Board, Sharzede Datu Haji Salleh Askor thanked Spativate for the initiative and hoped that other agencies and organizations would be able to emulate such green initiatives.

15 “#UrBins” will be placed at Rainforest World Music Festival’s venue at the Sarawak Cultural Village throughout the festival period and after the festival, the bins will be placed throughout the various tourist attractions in the city for local and visitors to view.

Sharzede Datu Haji Salleh Askor (Center) with Seph Haini, founder of Spativate (on her right) posing with 15 #UrBins and Urbinists
Sharzede Datu Haji Salleh Askor (Center) with Seph Haini, founder of Spativate (on her right) posing with 15 #UrBins and Urbinists

Rainforest In The City: July Month Of Celebration

Kuching: To kicks off July, the Rainforest in the City, first ever event of such nature to be held in Sarawak, will feature the “rainforest experience” to the city folks and visitors from July 2 to 11.

The event will highlight Culture, Adventure, Nature, Food and Festivals of Sarawak, augmented with music, lights and enhanced with display of technology.

Hosted by Ministry of Tourism, Arts, Culture, Youth and Sports in collaboration with Sarawak Tourism Board, it is aimed to enhance and hype the awareness and as a prelude to the Rainforest World Music Festival that will held on July 12 – 14.

RITC will light up the Kuching Amphitheater where immersive installations of light display of Forest Projection Mapping, LED Tree, “Tunnel of Life” and LED Light Balls are complemented by music shows.  

Entertainment and performances await audience with musical group like At Adau, Swaiv, Pinanak Sentah, Raban Kenyalang, Warisan Budaya Melayu Sarawak and more to fill the night of entertainment.

Entrance is free and is an open public event.

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Sarawak Set Up Trade And Tourism Office In Singapore

The Sarawak State Government has set up its Trade and Tourism Office in Singapore. It is located at 80, Robinson Road, Singapore’s Central Business District.

The setting up of the office in Singapore is to leverage on its strategic regional position as a global trade hub which serves as a gateway for Sarawak products to the world.

The office also provides a “one-stop center” for those who are keen to know about Sarawak’s product and tourism packages and also will be a promotion office for the destination.

The new office will have its soft opening on June 20 and will be officiated by Chief Minister of Sarawak, YAB Datuk Patinggi (DR) Abang Haji Abdul Rahman Zohari Bin Tun Datuk Abang Haji Openg.

For further information on the office opening hours and its set up, please contact the official email address at [email protected] .

Taxi Drivers as Ambassadors in Tourism

The Sarawak Tourism Board (STB) distributed corporate shirts with the Visit Sarawak Campaign logo on the front to some Taxi Associations in Kuching on May 29.

Sharzede Datu Hj Salleh Askor, CEO of STB said that with these shirts, she hopes that the taxi drivers will portray themselves as the ambassadors of Sarawak that they are, especially to first-time travellers to Sarawak, sharing their knowledge of Sarawak to facilitate those visitors’ experiences.

The five taxi associations involved in the distribution of corporate shirt – Persatuan Teksi Bumiputera Bahagian Kuching, Gabungan Pemilik Teksi Kuching Bhd, Kuching Division Taxi Association, Persatuan Teksi Bumi Kenyalang and the Sarawak Taxi Owner’s Association.

Mr Zainal Ossin from Persatuan Teksi Bumiputera Bahagian Kuching represented his association in receiving the shirts, and he said he is very delighted and proud to wear corporate shirt that STB has given, and that he will ensure his colleague to wear it proudly as part of their job to promote Sarawak and also interesting places around Kuching.

The Board plans on distributing around 900 of these corporate shirts to taxi associations in Kuching, Miri and Sibu.

Bring Your Own Bottle to the Rainforest World Music Festival

This Rainforest World Music Festival, festival goers are encouraged to bring their own bottles, as the festival has prepared 20 water stations and have stopped selling single-use bottles in the venue.

This decision came after over 60,000 single-use water bottles were collected at last year’s festival, inspiring the Sarawak Tourism Board (STB) to take steps to reduce this waste generated.

“This will possibly make the biggest impact at RWMF this year as it will greatly reduce the amount of single-use plastics at the festival,” said the CEO of STB, Sharzede Datu HJ Salleh Askor at the press conference announcing the RWMF’s many green initiatives this year, which include recycling, upcycling, composting and shuttle buses to reduce carbon emissions.

This year heralds the 22nd edition of the festival, taking place from July 12-14 at the Sarawak Cultural Village in Kuching.

For more information, visit the website at rwmf.net.

Image shows Minister of Tourism, Arts, Culture, Youth and Sport Datuk Haji Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah (centre) next to one of the decorated recycle bins that will be at the RWMF. Second on his right, Assistant Minister of Tourism, Arts and Culture YB Lee Kim Shin is holding the limited RWMF collapsible cup. Also in the photo (from left) Board of Director for STB Tuan Haji Mohammad Ibrahim Nordin, CEO of STB Sharzede Datu Hj Salleh Askor, Principle Assistant Secretary Yusfida Binti Khalid
Image shows Minister of Tourism, Arts, Culture, Youth and Sport Datuk Haji Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah (centre) next to one of the decorated recycle bins that will be at the RWMF. Second on his right, Assistant Minister of Tourism, Arts and Culture YB Lee Kim Shin is holding the limited RWMF collapsible cup. Also in the photo (from left) Board of Director for STB Tuan Haji Mohammad Ibrahim Nordin, CEO of STB Sharzede Datu Hj Salleh Askor, Principle Assistant Secretary Yusfida Binti Khalid

 

Rainforest Fringe Festival launches 2019 programme

The Rainforest Fringe Festival wrapped up its first press conference on May 14th at the Old Courthouse, launching its new programme in July 5 to 11.

The programme includes events like the ‘Asas Melayu’, which will feature the intricate beauty of Sarawak Keringkam and Songket, which is the Malay tradition of textiles stitched or woven with gold thread, in a fashion show with designs by acclaimed designers like Datuk Seri Bernard Chandran and Sarawak’s own Datuk Tom Abang Saufi, as well as Tanoti House of Kuching.

Also featured will be the Indigenous Film Festival Kuching, showcasing the indigenous culture of Sarawak, along with events like the tattoo exhibition ‘INK Kuching’, and the Song to the Earth which displays the dying art of Kayan song-poetry known as Parap.

The CEO of Sarawak Tourism Board, Sharzede Datu Hj Salleh Askor said that “We are proud to showcase that Sarawak can be a hub of music tourism, unique cultural and arts experiences, and world-class festivals that are the best in the region. Rainforest Fringe Festival will showcase music, arts, crafts, photography, food and culture, both local and foreign, throughout Kuching City.

Sharzede added that the RFF is aiming to become a major cultural event in the region for expanding Sarawak’s repertoire as a music tourism destination, bringing attention to the state’s potential not only as festival location but as a destination that sees cultural preservation as one of its priorities.

The RFF is a prelude to the Rainforest World Music Festival on July 12-14 and Borneo Jazz Festival on July 19-21

For more information on the Rainforest Fringe Festival, log on to their website here.

Image shows the Minister of Tourism, Arts, Culture, Youth and Sports Datuk Haji Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah (second from left). Assistant Minister of Tourism, Arts and Culture, Datuk Lee Kim Shin (left), Sharzede Datu Hj Salleh Askor (second from right) and Jo Sidek (right)
Image shows the Minister of Tourism, Arts, Culture, Youth and Sports Datuk Haji Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah (second from left). Assistant Minister of Tourism, Arts and Culture, Datuk Lee Kim Shin (left), Sharzede Datu Hj Salleh Askor (second from right) and Jo Sidek (right)