Pontianak – Kuching Wings Air Inaugural Flight

The Wings Air Pontianak-Kuching- Pontianak inaugural flight on January 24 has given better options to Indonesian visitors travelling into Kuching.

Flying twice daily leaving Pontianak at 9:45 am and 6:00 pm, the 45 minute flight time augurs well especially for those seeking medical treatment in Kuching giving them a day trip option.

Wings Air is a subsidiary of Lions Air which operates daily flight into Pontianak thus giving options to Indonesian to connect their flight to Kuching on same day.


Visit Miri Year 2018, “Discover Miri, Uniquely Borneo”

The Visit Miri Year 2018 (VMY2018) logo and tagline “Discover Miri, Uniquely Borneo” were unveiled at the Miri Marriot Resort and Spa on November 30th last year.

In addition to the tagline, Miri City Council announced their intention to utilise modern digital platform such as social media, search engine optimisation, mobile apps, online hotel platforms and online digital marketing to promote the VMY2018.

Following the unveiling of the VMY 2018 logo, the new version of Miri App v1.1.which features information on tourist attractions, eateries, accommodation, transportation and other useful visitors’ information was released. It can be downloaded at https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=cst.miriapp

Miri will see roughly 30 new events next year including the opening of the Miri Handicraft Centre, 40th anniversary celebration of Malaysia Dragon Temple Krokop 5, the International Conference on Sustainable Building Asia, Sarawak Native Festival, South East Asia Poet Convention and a pet expo.

The signature events of Miri will continue, with dates set for the Borneo Jazz Festival, Miri Country Music Fest, AfroLatin Conference, Miri Colours Rush Run, Miri International Marathon Run and Bazaar Gong Xi.


Sarawak Tourism Board Focus on Digital Marketing

Sarawak Tourism Board is prepared to be the first agency to bring the Tourism sector into the digital economy.

The Acting Chief Executive Officer of STB, Mary Wan Mering said starting this year, STB would beimplementing marketing strategies leveraging on Information Technology (IT) and the internet to the fullest.

The strategies are in line with the State Government’s new direction into the digital economy.

Working hand-in-hand with the Ministry of Tourism, Arts, Culture, Youth and Sports, STB plans to help local tourism partners moving their products and services online, particularly within rural longhouse homestay owners.

Sunset view of the Sarawak River in Kuching
Sunset view of the Sarawak River in Kuching

New Permanent Secretary of MTACYS

Hii Chang Keehas taken his new postas the new permanent secretary to the Ministry of Tourism, Arts, Culture, Youth and Sports (MTACYS) as of January 2018.

Previously serving as the Resident of Sibu Division, Hii promised to work closely with MTACYS Minister, Datuk Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah in every aspect, pointing out the upcoming Malaysia Games (Sukma) in Perak as one of the points of focus.

He joined the civil service in 1992 and has served as the Sibu Municipal Council Secretary before taking the Resident SibuDivision post.

Taking Hii’s place as the new Sibu Resident is Charles Siaw, a former Industry and Investment Promotion division head for the Ministry of Industrial and Entrepreneur Development.

Permanent Secretary Hii Chang Kee
Permanent Secretary Hii Chang Kee

400 Museum Artefacts to Be Returned To Sarawak

An excess of 400 Bornean ethnographic artefacts will be returned to Sarawak early next year from the museum in the Delft, Netherlands which will bolster Sarawak’s artefacts collection.

The symbolic hand-over took place recently between the Deputy Mayor of Delft, Ferrie Forster and the Director of Heritage Delft, Janelle Moerman to Minister of Tourism, Arts, Culture, Youth and Sports Datuk Abdul Karim Hamzah and Director of Sarawak Museum Department Ipoi Datan held at Prinsehof Museum.

Sarawak’s vision in becoming the ‘Global Centre of Bornean Heritage by 2030’ will be greatly aided by this return of heritage artefacts.

Once the artefacts have reached the shores of Sarawak, the Sarawak Museum will be holding an exhibition in the Textile Museum in Kuching to showcase the articles to the public, as the Sarawak State Museum Building is still under restoration and renovations.

Sarawak State Museum which will house the 400 artefacts after renovations.
Sarawak State Museum which will house the 400 artefacts after renovations.

Express Air Now Connects UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Miri and Jogjakarta

Travel agents who are particularly interested in packaging UNESCO World Heritage Sites will be in for a good business potential with the launching of the inaugural Pontianak-Miri direct flight which was   launched on December 12.

The combination of the UNESCO’s World Heritage sites of Gunung Mulu in Miri Sarawak and the Borobudur in Jogjakarta, Indonesia will only be a few hours away for tourists to visit, thanks to Express Air Indonesia which provides connection with a stop in Pontianak, Indonesia.

The twice weekly Pontianak-Miri-Pontianak route will be on every Tuesdays and Saturdays with a flight duration of one and a half hours.

XpressAir inaugural Pontianak-Miri flight receiving water salute at Miri Airport.
XpressAir inaugural Pontianak-Miri flight receiving water salute at Miri Airport.

Royal Brunei Airlines FAM trip

The Royal Brunei Airlines jointly with Sarawak Tourism Board recently organise a Familiarisation Trip (FAM trip) for Melbourne based tour agents to Miri and Gunung Mulu National Park from November 25 to 28.  

The FAM trip consisted of five travel agents from Melbourne, who flew in to Bandar Seri Begawan and stayed at the Pullman Miri Waterfront and Mulu Marriott Resort and Spa. 

The group visited the Gunung Mulu National Park where they went to the Lang, Deer, Wind and the Clearwater Caves, experiencing a canopy walk and visited the Penan settlement before proceeding to the Borneo Tropical Rainforest Resort and Entulang longhouse.


More International Flights

The inaugural flights for the Kuching-Shenzen direct route and the Pontianak-Miri direct route will be taking place in December.

The Pontianak-Miri flight will be launched on December 12 while the Kuching-Shenzen inaugural flight is on December 26.

This direct flight is expected to increase the number of visitor arrivals in 2018 from Indonesia and China, while at the same time generate income for local transportation, Food and Beverage and related industries.