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.

Implementation of Tourism Tax 2019 at Sarawak National Parks

Effective 1 February 2019, Tourism Tax will be imposed on foreign tourists staying at park accommodation. It shall be the duty of the tourist to pay the Tax at a rate of Ringgit Malaysia Ten only (RM 10.00) per room per night (Tourism Tax (Rate of Tax) Order 2017 – P.U. (A) 241).

All overnight tourists are also required to present their physical passports at the Registration Counter of each park.

For more information visit Sarawak Forestry Website.

Bako National Park

Sarawak at the Flight Centre Travel Expo

Sarawak Tourism Board will be at the Flight Centre Travel Expo, having booths at the Sydney and Melbourne consumer shows on from February 2-3 and 9-10, respectfully.

In Sydney, the Sarawak Booth will be located at Stand No.2 at the Sydney Showground, from 9:00am to 4:00pm., and Stand No.77 at the Melbourne Convention & Exhibition Centre in Melbourne, from 10:00am to 5:00pm.

Flight Centre Australia organises their consumer travel Expo in several cities of Australia annually. STB will only participate in Sydney and Melbourne consumer shows with its own booth.

Sarawak attending Flight Centre Travel Expo 2018
Sarawak attending Flight Centre Travel Expo 2018

AirAsia now flies KK-Sibu

AirAsia’s Kota Kinabalu – Sibu daily flight was officiated at the Sibu Airport on the evening of January 29th.

This flight takes up the route previously serviced by MasWing, reassuring business communities, locals and tourists that their flight between Sibu and the capital of Sabah remains.

Visitors from Kota Kinabalu can now take the 1 hour 20 minute flight to Sibu, which offers a unique experience to visitors, such as cruises along the Rajang River, which is the longest river in Malaysia, as well as the rich and authentic cultures of the local communities.

The flight was received by the Minister of Tourism, Arts, Culture, Youth and Sport, Datuk Haji Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah.


Haikou – Kuching Charter Flight Welcomed at Kuching International Airport

The Haikou – Kuching chartered flight arrived at Kuching International Airport early January 17th

The schedule chartered flight is a result of the joint collaboration between Innosar Holiday Sdn. Bhd., United Cat (M) Sdn. Bhd. and Malindo Airways.

The route flies twice weekly between the southern China city and Kuching, the schedule depicted below.

haikou flight

In conjunction with the inaugural flight a five day 4 nights media familiarization will also be organised jointly with the Sarawak Tourism Board.

This schedule chartered flight is supported by the Ministry of Tourism, Arts, Culture, Youth and Sports and the Sarawak Tourism Board.

Assistant Minister of Tourism, Datuk Lee Kim Shin, garlanding disembarking passengers with Sarawak-themed bead necklaces.
Assistant Minister of Tourism, Datuk Lee Kim Shin, garlanding disembarking passengers with Sarawak-themed bead necklaces.

Sarawak Feast in Hong Kong

Coined as “A Sarawak Adventure in Hong Kong”, the event took place at the Asia Society in Hong Kong (ASHK) on January 12 and 13 to a great reception by the Hong Kong public, especially the cooking demonstrations.

The cooking demonstrations included dishes such as Sarawak laksa, which was coined as “breakfast of the gods” by the late Anthony Bourdain, ayam pansuh or chicken cooked in bamboo, terung asam soup made from a vegetable only found in Borneo scientifically known as Solanum Lasiocarpun Dunal.

Other food demonstrations where visitors could watch the preparation of the food included the ‘linut’ a Melanau dish made from fresh sago flour, ‘tumpik’ a Melanau pan-baked sago and coconut pancake, ‘serunding halia’ or floss made from finely sliced and fried ginger with Malaysian anchovies and ‘senape’ a Kelabit dish of glutinous rice cooked in an ‘isip’ leaf.

Tuak, a traditional rice wine made by the Iban women, was also brought out on the regular for some tasting, while a glutinous rice pounding demonstration took place with a traditional large mortar and pestle, just as they are used to this day in the longhouses of Sarawak

The “Sarawak Adventure in Hong Kong” also featured art, music, nature and culture of the state in the form of demonstrations and performances.

The display and selling of crafts from groups like the Penan Women Project also took place, with woven, beaded and carved designs of the indigenous Sarawak people attracting lots of attention from passers-by.

There were cultural dance workshops featuring dances like the ‘ngajat’ and ‘alu alu’ which is a bamboo dance of the Melanaus, blow pipe demonstrations and Orang Ulu ‘sape’ or Boat Lute workshops, a ‘gasing’ or Malay top-spinning demonstration, and a live demonstration of traditional Bornean tattooing.

There were also video screenings of Sarawak’s many attractions and talks led by Sarawak tourism industry players, on the various wonders that can be found in Sarawak’s nature and festivals, as well as displays of art and photography.


Sarawak Branding in Kuala Lumpur Hotspots

Sarawak Tourism Board will be implementing a large scale LED advertising campaign in some of Kuala Lumpur’s most frequented spots.

Promotional videos depicting Sarawak’s unique attractions in Culture, Adventure, Nature, Food and Festivals, can be seen Elite LED Screen overlooking the busy streets as well as the indoor LED screen at Pavilion Mall.

LED screens in Bukit Bintang Pavilion Mall in Kuala Lumpur, Bukit Bintang Junction, KLIA 4 and KLIA2.


Visit Sarawak Campaign Theme Song

The “Sarawak, More to Discover” theme song is a local Sarawak production, through and through and was launched on New Year’s Day during the momentous New Year Countdown at Kuching Waterfront.

The theme song is sung by Sarawak-born international artiste, Dayang Nurfaizah, her strong voice translating the welcoming nature and warmth of Sarawakians. 

The song itself has a feel-good tune, with catchy and ‘sing-able’ lyrics which allow Sarawakians and visitors alike to sing along with it, while the music composition celebrates  Sarawak’s musical heritage by combining the sape’ with Bidayuh, Iban and Malay music elements.

The song is composed by Bryan Chia with lyrics written by Steffany Raymond Landong and Farouk Kamil with Sape played by Howard Deri Anak Neilson Ilan and produced locally  by the AOK Records in Kuching.

Fireworks over the Square Tower at Kuching Waterfront,  during the New Year Countdown and Visit Sarawak Campaign Launch.
Fireworks over the Square Tower at Kuching Waterfront, during the New Year Countdown and Visit Sarawak Campaign Launch.

“Visit Sarawak Campaign” Logo Launch in Shenzhen

Sarawak Tourism Board (STB) will be holding a ‘Visit Sarawak Campaign’ logo launch in will Shenzhen on December 19 at the JW Marriott Shenzhen, China.

The launching ceremony will be attended by Assistant Minister of Tourism, Arts and Culture, Datuk Lee Kim Shin, representatives of the Consul General of Malaysia in Guangzhou, Beh Ching Chye and the Director of Tourism Malaysia Guangzhou, Sharon Ho.

During the launch, the campaigns’ colourful logo, tagline of “More to Discover” as well as the campaign promotional video will be presented and shared.

This will be the fourth launch held by STB, the previous launches taking place in Kuala Lumpur, Singapore and London.

Launch of the Visit Sarawak Campaign logo in London
Launch of the Visit Sarawak Campaign logo in London