Sarawak in The Spotlight at The PATA Destination Marketing Forum 2021

A screen shot of STB Chairman YB Dennis Ngau giving his welcoming remarks for vPDMF 2021.
Kuching was chosen as the featured destination in the virtual Pasific Asia Travel Association (PATA) Destination Marketing Forum 2021, held on 25th – 26th November 2021, which gathered the top minds in destination marketing and management across Asia Pacific.

Themed ‘Experiences that Inspire’, about 700 delegates from 62 countries attended the two-day virtual event and had the opportunity to view virtual tours across Sarawak, as well as presentations and panel discussions on the latest topics in destination marketing and management.

Puan Sharzede Datu Haji Salleh Askor, Chief Executive Officer of Sarawak Tourism Board said, “We are heartened to be the featured destination for the Virtual PATA Destination Marketing Forum 2021. Blessed with breath-taking natural wonders, rich cultural heritage and hidden gems sprinkled throughout its vast lands, Sarawak is an unrivalled adventure into nature, history, and culture.”

“It was a privilege for us to share the uniqueness of our state with industry players from across Asia Pacific. Through virtual tours, we were also able to offer delegates an immersive experience to showcase Sarawak’s culture, adventure, nature, food, and festivals.”

Supported by the Ministry of Tourism, Arts & Culture Sarawak and the Sarawak Tourism Board (STB), the event builds upon the global movement towards purposeful travel, wherein visitors share a vision of doing more for themselves and others.

“The tourism industry will never be the same. Therefore, our efforts are to build and create a sustainable tourism with the global movement towards purposeful travel, for visitors to take ownership of their travel experiences so we can create a bigger impact for destinations and communities.”

“We believe education begins from home. Thus, we are continuously educating our stakeholders at all levels on sustainable tourism through engagement sessions and forums so they understand that responsible tourism will create a better future for people, planet and profit,” Sharzede added.

At the forum, delegates also had the opportunity to win attractive travel packages via photography contests and quizzes. This included the coveted Grand Prize of a 3-day 2-night trip to Miri valued at USD1,500.

STB will continue actively participate in B2B and B2C virtual events such as the PATA Destination Marketing Forum 2021 to bridge a gap and continuously update their tourism partners with Sarawak’s products and experiences.

The forum also featured a special presentation on the RWMF helmed by Datu Aloysius Dris, one of the pioneers of the festival and Robert Basiuk, who helped co-found the event. During the session, Datu Aloysius Dris said, “RWMF is an event that was timely when it was first introduced. We were thinking about creating a homegrown festival that is authentically Sarawakian in nature. Although we had little knowledge on running a festival, we were ambitious to share what we have with the world. With the first festival, we decided to zero in on the Sarawak Cultural Village, which was already an iconic tourist spot in Sarawak. Everyone involved put their heart into the festival, and we had good response from audiences.”

Robert Basiuk added that the festival came about after several discussions with a Canadian musicologist, Randy Raine-Reusch. “He told me that me that Sarawakian music fit into a new genre of music called world music. We then discussed the possibility of Sarawak having an annual music festival and to test the idea, a group of local musicians were formed to take Sarawak music to the world stage at the World Music Expo festival in Marseilles, France.”

For more information about Sarawak, log on to Sarawak Tourism Board’s website: https://sarawaktourism.com.

STB Announces Winners to “Sarawak: A Journey Awaits” Photography and Videography Competition

KUCHING, 10th December 2021 – Sarawak Tourism Board (STB) today announced the winners of its’ inaugural Photography and Videography competition in collaboration with Sarawak Photo-Art Society (SPAS) with the theme “Sarawak: A Journey Awaits”.

Hu Toh Kai was the overall champion for photography with his entry, “Dragon Dancing in Siniawan”. Hu’s snapshot of Chap Goh Meh being celebrated in Siniawan Old Town,which featured a vibrant red dragon juxtaposed against the bare wooden backdrop of Siniawan’s iconic shophouses, was also the first-place winner in the ‘Culture’ category.

(L-R) Sharzede, Hii, and Liew with the competition’s Grand Prize winner Hu Toh Kai (2nd from left).
According to the head judge of the competition, artist and lecturer Sylvester Jussem, Hu’s winning photograph provided an interesting composition of subject placement, effective use of the surrounding and background, and projected the uniqueness of the subject, movement, colour quality in the midst of subtle lighting and the individuality of the photo.

“Within the entries, we saw a wide range of interpretations of the local scenes in Sarawak. From very different, private points of view, to points of view that revealed ideas that were too common – there was a lot of reflection of personal narratives,” he added.

For the Videography category, Paul Anis won RM10,000 for his winning entry on capturing life in idyllic but beautiful Bario through the eyes of a young man, while Chai Teck Hua came second place (RM8,000) and Fitzpatrick Ricky Guing, came third (RM6,000).

(L-R) Sharzede, Hii, and Liew with the 1st place winner for the videography category Paul Anis. (2nd from left).
In recognition of local young talents in photography and videography, the Special Student Awards for photography went to Jason Teo Jia Hong and Lee Le Yong for videography respectively. Both won RM2,000 in the student category.

Together with Sylvester, the judging panel comprised five hand-picked judges coming from diverse backgrounds, namely senior lecturer at the Faculty of Applied and Creative Arts, Universiti Malaysia Sarawak (UNIMAS) Dr Teo Miaw Lee; SPAS President Liew Ted Ghee; veteran filmmaker and musician Dr Kamil Salem; and STB Director of Communications Margaret Apau, who reviewed 1,652 photos and 45 videos entries featuring Sarawak’s Culture, Adventure, Nature, Food and Festival elements at its best.

Hii, Sharzede and Liew (centre) with all the winners of the Sarawak Tourism Board’s A Journey Awaits Photography Contest 2021
The list of winners in the STB’s Photography and Videography 2021 competition categories are as follows:

Grand Prize Winner
“Dragon Dancing in Siniawan” by Hu Toh Kai (RM5,000)

Culture Category Winners
1st place – Hu Toh Kai (RM3,000)
2nd place – Ling Leh Ping (RM2,000)
3rd place – Peter Lee Pui Weng (RM1,000)

Adventure Category Winners
1st place – Ling Leh Ping (RM3,000)
2nd place – Aaron Sim Jun Chiek (RM2,000)
3rd place – Wong Siong Hang (RM1,000)

Nature Category Winners
1st place – Isaac Liew (RM3,000)
2nd place – Hu Toh Kai (RM2,000)
3rd place – Wilson Chiam Tak Chee (RM1,000)

Food Category Winners
1st place – Tho Sai Wai (RM3,000)
2nd place – Hii Kin Hua (RM2,000)
3rd place – Edwin Ong Wee Kee (RM1,000)

Festival Category Winners
1st place – Peter Lee Pui Weng (RM3,000)
2nd place – John Lai Teck Kee (RM2,000)
3rd place – Tan Song Wei (RM1,000)

STB Chairman Dennis Ngau extended his heartiest congratulations to all the winners of STB’s “Sarawak: A Journey Awaits” Photography & Videography competition for their efforts, dedication and skills in documenting Sarawak.

“As the saying goes, a picture paints a thousand words, and this is especially true when it comes to a place as scenic and beautiful as Sarawak. Our picturesque landscape with unique flora and fauna, our multifaceted cultures, our adventures in motion, our gastronomy splendour and iconic festivals offers an array of content for photography and videography enthusiasts everywhere,” he added.

The competition was launched on 9th November 2021 and ended on 30th November 2021. All winning photographs will be updated to a digital exhibition at a later date.

TENUN Fashion Week 2021 Honours Asean Weaving Communities

KUCHING – Weavers are artisans who produce a visual feast of boisterous colours and fantastical shapes, creating fabrics put together by rhythmic movements of their hands and feet on their weaving looms.

TENUN Fashion Week 2021 is dedicated completely to the handweaves of ASEAN, reimagines their continued relevance by exploring their use in today’s fashion whilst experiencing the artistry of the makers of these garments and celebrate their ways of life and means of livelihood.

This inaugural event, that was screened online on 15 to 17 October 2021, celebrates the handwoven textiles and weaving communities in Malaysia, Thailand, Indonesia, Laos, Vietnam, Cambodia and the Philippines.

Tenun Fashion Week 2021 was jointly organised by the Asean Handicraft Promotion and Development Association (AHPADA) and Tanoti, and supported by the Ministry of Tourism, Arts and Culture and Maybank Foundation through its Maybank Women Eco Weavers Programme.

The three-day event, hosted by Sarawak’s award-winning singer-songwriter and sape player Alena Murang, featured panel discussions on topics ‘Innovation in Woven Textiles’, ‘Patronage and the Woven Cloth’, on ‘The Woven Cloth – Less or More’, and fashion showcases by renowned designers with handwoven textiles and fabrics as the main element. At the closing of the event, Sarawak Tourism, Arts and Culture Minister Datuk Seri Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah applauded the organisers for presenting traditional handwoven textiles, especially the pua kumbu, keringkam and Sarawak songket on the world stage and for supporting rural communities through this project.

The poster for the TENUN Fashion Week 2021
Pic Credit: TENUN Fashion Week 2021 Website

A look at some of the handwoven-textile based garments featured in the fashion showcase.
Pic Credit: Borneo Post

Immerse yourself in the authentic longhouse experience

Leave the hustle and bustle of city life behind and experience living with the indigenous people of Sarawak. Replace hot hotel showers with cool and refreshing river dips. Forget artificial air-conditioners as you enjoy the cool and fresh air of the natural surroundings. Get connected to nature as you embark on an authentic longhouse experience in Sarawak.

Sarawak is truly a celebration of different cultures. Malaysia’s largest state is home to 27 ethnic groups speaking 45 different languages and dialects. Each group boasts their very own unique stories, beliefs, traditions and cultures.

Enjoy the culinary delights of the different cultures, dance to traditional music played by master musicians on unique Sarawakian instruments, listen to the stories, folklore and legends of the respective ethnic groups and discover the meanings of the tribal tattoos. No indigenous-living experience is more complete, authentic and fulfilling than spending a day with the local community at a longhouse — usually located approximately an hour’s drive away from the nearest city or town. Other longhouses may require boat rides that cut through forests.


Morning view outside Sarawak Cultural Village longhouse architectural model
Image source: Damian Pankowiec

What is a traditional longhouse experience?

Sarawak is a constantly evolving state and this has seen many of the longhouses being rebuilt with bricks and mortar. Despite this, there is still a number of longhouses located all across the state that has remained true to their roots. Many of these also provide lodging for guests to provide them with an authentic longhouse experience.

Bear in mind though that the experience provided aims to be as genuine as possible. As such some of these longhouses may not have access to direct electricity and may require generators to keep electrical appliances and devices running. It is therefore recommended to bring your own portable power sources for your needs. But fret not – you would probably not use your smart devices much as the longhouse communities have plenty of activities planned for you to partake in and enjoy.


A ruai is a long communal space in a traditional longhouse
Image source: Robas

A traditional longhouse is – as the name implies – a house that extends in length. It can accommodate up to thirty families. The house stands on stilts and a large area of the structure is made up of a long communal space called ruai. Upon arriving at a longhouse, you will be immediately greeted by the chief and the community with the traditional welcoming ngajat dance alongside tabuh music. Thereon, let the food and celebrations begin.


Drying of harvested black peppers outside the Iban longhouse
Image source: Dave G. Houser

Activities

A stay at the longhouse truly allows you to take a step back and smell the roses. You will find yourself enjoying the views and the morning sunlight as you lounge and relax at the ruai in the mornings. Watch the locals go about their daily activities as they harvest their crops. The surrounding land, functions like an extension of the longhouse. It is usually laden with crops, produce and farm animals. These lands are owned by the families of the community, but some families own bigger farming plots further from the longhouse of which will require longer travel.

If you do not mind mosquito bites – as well as a bit of dirt under your nails – you might enjoy keeping the locals company during their bumai business. Sipping cold coffee from plastic flasks in the afternoon during bumai breaks and enjoying the lush-green view and fresh forest air is a humbling and rewarding life experience.

Weaving rattan mats and baskets in the longhouse
Image source: Matyas Rehak

If you are more of an indoor person, you can choose to partake in a number of activities at the ruai. When not busy raising the young ones, the local women will carry out handicraft projects. These include weaving mats and baskets from rattan. On some occasions, you may get to observe an indigenous woman weaving ceremonial cloth on a large wood loom. You can also give it a try and see if this is a skill you can bring home with you.


Enjoying local delicacies sitting cross-legged on the rattan mat
Image source: Sarawak Travel

Eat like the locals

Breakfast is the most important meal of the day and the Sarawakians know this. Do not be surprised if you are served a meal as heavy as that of lunch and dinner for breakfast. If your refreshing morning cold bath of gathered water does not wake you, the bitter but aromatic freshly brewed coffee prepared by your host will perk you up after a good night’s sleep on a floor mattress.

In the evening, dinner is often served on the rattan mat spread out on the floor. The local delicacies are wide-ranging – from chicken cooked in bamboo, the Dayak’s tomato-like sour eggplant cooked with clear soup and dried fish, to fermented Chinese herring or kasam terubok, stir fried cangkuk manis and taro roots.

Priceless experiences and memories

A cosy family bedroom at the longhouse for guests of all ages
Image source: Sarawak Tourism Board

As you start preparing to leave for your home, take one last look around the longhouse. You will be amazed at how sturdy the structure is even after decades of withstanding the hot and humid climate of Sarawak and the tropical storms associated with the Borneo rainforests. You feel the cool rattan mats beneath your bare feet. You hear the morning roosters crowing from their coops. The children will gather in the ruai to observe with keen eyes as you gather your belongings, and to bid farewell.

You take one last Instagram photo with your host and the chief. You strap on your sandals at the bottom of the stairs and make your way back to the city with a gift of home-brewed rice wine gifted by your host, a warm heart filled with priceless memories and an amazing authentic experience.

Sia Sitok Sarawak Accomodation – Staycation Deals Not To Be Missed!

Experiencing Covid-19 cabin fever? Break free this October with “Sia Sitok Sarawak Accommodation” (SSSA), an intrastate staycation not to be missed!

Sarawak Tourism Board (STB) recently launched the newly extended version of the homegrown Sia Sitok brand as part of its’ additional measures to support the accommodation sector during the Covid-19 pandemic.

Running from 1st October – 30th November, SSSA is an extended campaign of the Sia Sitok Sarawak brand offering a 50% DISCOUNT on accommodation rates for hotels and resorts registered under MAH Sarawak Chapter’s platform at www.hotelsarawak.com.my to Sarawakians and residents.

Minister of Tourism, Arts and Culture (MTAC) YB Dato Sri Haji Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah, who officiated the event launch virtually said that MTAC and Sarawak Tourism Board are fully committed to find ways to incentivise and support the tourism industry. As such, the SSSA campaign will assist the accommodation sector to remain competitive during the pandemic.

“Sarawak is blessed with exciting wonders from culture, adventure, nature, food and festivals (or CANFF) which are uniquely Sarawak. We hope to attract our fellow Sarawakians to experience the hospitality of Sarawak through this great offer and become ambassadors of Sarawak by sharing their experience to their friends and family,” Abdul Karim said while emphasizing on the importance of adhering to the state’s SOP to ensure the safety of the public during the pandemic.

Sarawakians can choose from any of the 33 hotels and resorts under the SSSA campaign throughout Sarawak for their next staycation plan. Bookings can be made from now to 31st October 2021 at www.hotelsarawak.com.my and staying period will start from now to 30th November 2021.

For more information, please visit www.sarawaktourism.com


Sia Sitok Sarawak Accommodation” (SSSA), an intrastate staycation not to be missed! Bookings can be made from now to 31st October 2021 at www.hotelsarawak.com.my and staying period will start from now to 30th November 2021.

Juh, Jom ke Sarawak!

To mark the reopening of interstate travel into Sarawak, let’s start planning for that much deserved getaway year-end with the new “Jom Ke Sarawak” (JKS) interstate campaign by Sarawak Tourism Board (STB), in collaboration with Sarawak Tourism Federation (STF), Association of Sarawak Inbound Agencies (ASIA) and Shopee Malaysia.

This campaign offers 16 exhilarating tour packages to Sarawak’s southern, central and northern region- exclusively on Shopee Malaysia starting as low as RM176 for a three-day, two-night stay.

The Kuching tour packages offer travellers a feel of Sarawak’s diversity, whether it’s a visit to our award-winning living museum like our Sarawak Cultural Village, or a chance to get acquainted with orang utans at Semenggoh Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre. Meanwhile, travellers to Sibu will discover the many hidden wonders of Sarawak’s countryside in the central region, namely in Bintangor, Sarikei, Dalat and Mukah.

For nature and adventure lovers, the Miri tour packages will let you explore Sarawak’s iconic Gunung Mulu National Park, recognised as a UNESCO World Heritage Site and Niah National Park, plus the opportunity to make your way to enjoy the serenity of the Bario Highlands. We invite travellers to take advantage of the return flights into Mulu via MASwings, whether you’re coming in from Kota Kinabalu, Miri, or Kuching.

STB Chief Executive Officer, Sharzede Datu Haji Salleh Askor believes that JKS campaign comes as a golden opportunity for travellers to rediscover Sarawak at its full potential at a discounted price.

“After what could be described as a tough year, it is finally the right time to reset, refresh and rejuvenate this year end. Sarawak has a lot to offer, varying from adventure to leisure, recreation, gastronomy, heritage, and culture making it the right choice for your next vacation plan,” Sharzede said.

Bookings can be made from October 15th until December 5th, 2021 through Shopee Malaysia’s platform and the travel period starts from October 15th until December 15th, 2021. To find out more about the campaign, please visit https://shopee.com.my/m/sarawak-tourism.



The Jom Ke Sarawak campaign offers 16 exhilarating tour packages to Sarawak- exclusively on Shopee Malaysia starting as low as RM176 for a three-day, two-night stay.

The 9th International Bornean Frog Race 2021

Sarawak holds the greatest number of national parks and nature reserves. It is undeniably an ideal destination for wildlife enthusiasts, birdwatchers and nature photographers. However, there is an urgent need for conservation projects to protect the richly diverse ecosystem.

Among the conservation efforts to raise awareness and research on the amphibians of Borneo is the annual International Bornean Frog Race. This year, the 9th International Bornean Frog Race 2021 will be held virtually with monthly webinars and virtual photographic competition that will run for 90 days from 1st September 2021 – 29 November 2021 with the objective to highlight Borneo’s biodiversity and the region’s threatened amphibians.

Approximately 190 amphibian species are recorded in Borneo and 140 species are endemic to the island, including the Matang Narrow-mouthed frog, the second smallest frog in the world and also Bornean Horned Frog, Wallace’s Flying Frog and White-eared Tree Frog. It is not too late for nature lovers or photography enthusiasts to participate in the 90-day virtual photographic competition race. It is also a great opportunity for you to unwind and reconnect with nature.

For more information on the 9th International Bornean Frog Race 2021, please visit www.internationalborneanfrograce.com

Bornean Horned Frog
Photo by Tan Song Wei

Wallace’s Flying Frog
Photo by Tan Song Wei

White-eared Tree Frog
Photo by Tan Song Wei

‘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.