STB Office Closure Due to The Covid-19 Outbreak

The Management and staff of Sarawak Tourism Board wishes all Muslims, partners, readers and well-wishers a Blessed Ramadan.

Please be informed that our main office will be closed from March 18 to May 12, to adhere to the Malaysian Government’s official instruction on the closure of Government institutions during the COVID-19 outbreak in the country.

It is our utmost concern, especially towards our staffs, tourists and visitors alike, to keep safe and help to contain the spread of the deadly virus.

For further information, please contact us via email at [email protected] or visit our website at www.sarawaktourism.com.
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Support for Our Unsung Heroes!

KUCHING – The Ministry of Welfare, Community Wellbeing, Women, Family and Childhood Development had distributed a total of 177,893 packs of food to the front-liners from 16 agencies from divisional to district levels across Sarawak from March 24 to April 2, 2020.

“Yesterday (April 2), I have approved requests for additional packs from PDRM (Royal Malaysia Police) and PGA (General Operations Force) as additional staff had to be deployed to further beef up on the enforcement of MCO (Movement Control Order)”, said the Minister of Welfare, Community Wellbeing, Women, Family and Childhood Development, Dato Sri Fatimah Abdullah.

Apart from food, the Sarawak Government has also provided “Rest Rooms” at the Astana Wing Riverside Majestic to the medical staff who are front-liners at the Sarawak General Hospital (SGH). It was made possible with the collaboration by Chong Estate Realty in fulfilling its corporate social responsibility (CSR).

“As of yesterday (April 2), 50 rooms were used by 120 doctors, nurses, assistant medical officers and drivers”, she added.

On behalf of the state government, Dato Sri Fatimah Abdullah recorded her sincere thanks to all front-liners.

“We salute you for your committed services and sacrifices to combat and contain Covid-19.”

Photo of Dato Sri Fatimah Abdullah, the Minister of Welfare, Community Wellbeing, Women, Family and Childhood Development. (Photo by The Borneo Post)
Photo of Dato Sri Fatimah Abdullah, the Minister of Welfare, Community Wellbeing, Women, Family and Childhood Development. (Photo by The Borneo Post)

When There Is Love, There Is A Hope

KUCHING – Several hotels and buildings in Sarawak have lighted up their buildings with heart shaped designs to share the message of love for all amid the COVID-19 outbreak.

It is also part of their corporate social responsibility (CSR) to show support for front-liners who are battling daily and for many that are affected by the outbreak – physically, mentally and emotionally.

“We believe that during this difficult time; it is important to be there for one another. Carrying on with whatever aspects of work that we can with a heart,” said Sarawak Tourism Board (STB) Chief Executive Officer, Sharzede Datu Haji Salleh Askor.

She said other organisations have also stepped-up to contribute and provide assistance.

“It is wonderful to see how these organisations have come together with such act of kindness, taking responsibility for the comfort and well-being of our hardworking front-liners, who have put their own lives on the line, for the public good,” she added, sending her thoughts, love and prayers to all front-liners to be safe and strong.

Photo shows a lighted heart shaped designed by Pullman Kuching.
Photo shows a lighted heart shaped designed by Pullman Kuching.

Sarawak All in One Go!

KUCHING – Sarawak is taking the next step to pursue digital tourism and with the launch of the Sarawak Travel App and Portal, the state’s vision in digitalising the tourism industry is still on track.

The launch ceremony took place at the Imperial Hotel Kuching on February 19, 2020, attended by various government and corporate agencies, as well as the media.

“The digitalisation of the tourism industry aspires to allow seamless travel experience for both domestic and international tourists to Sarawak, which would fit into the State’s Visit Sarawak Campaign”, said the Minister of Tourism, Arts and Culture Sarawak, Datuk Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah.

“It will also showcase Sarawak’s diverse culture, adventure, nature, food and festivals in mobile application and web portal, presenting them through virtual and augmented reality capabilities. The app can act as a virtual guide for tourists, which includes getting information about the destinations, bookings, transactions and reviews about the places they have visited,” he added.

The Sarawak Travel App and Web Portal is a strategic partnership and collaborative effort by the Ministry of Tourism, Arts and Culture Sarawak, the Sarawak Multimedia Authority (SMA), and University Malaysia Sarawak, which aims to digitalise major components of Sarawak tourism industry.

The app is now available for download in the mobile apps store.

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Congratulation Semenggoh Wildlife Centre!

MIRI – The Semenggoh Wildlife Centre, Kuching has been awarded the World Excellence Tourism Awards 2020, under the Sustainable Tourism Programme category.

It was announced by the Chief Minister of Sarawak, Datuk Patinggi (Dr) Abang Haji Abdul Rahman Zohari Abang Openg during the launch of the Love Hornbills Day, held on February 15, 2020 at the Piasau Nature Reserve, Miri.

“This means that the world recognises us, the state and the government of Sarawak, for our responsibility and concern in nature conservation. This is not just at a Malaysian level, but the whole world. I am very proud and honoured that this award has indicated Sarawak’s success in our orangutan conservation efforts,” he said.

The award will be presented to Sarawak Forestry Corporation in Germany, this March, as a recognition of and to reward those who have contributed to elevating the country’s tourism industry.

Photo shows the Chief Minister of Sarawak, Datuk Patinggi (Dr) Abang Haji Abdul Rahman Zohari Abang Openg giving his speech during the Love Hornbills Day 2020. (Photo by UKAS)
Photo shows the Chief Minister of Sarawak, Datuk Patinggi (Dr) Abang Haji Abdul Rahman Zohari Abang Openg giving his speech during the Love Hornbills Day 2020. (Photo by UKAS)

Bringing Home Sarawak’s 40,000 Years of Ancient Civilization

BINTULU – By the end of February, Sarawak hopes to bring back the skeletal remains and ancient relics dug up in Niah Cave, dated over 40,000 years ago, which are kept currently at the University of Florida in the United States.

It was announced by the Minister of Tourism, Arts and Culture Sarawak, Datuk Haji Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah at the Conference on Asian Linguistic Anthropology (CALA) 2020, held on February 5 to 8, this year.

“It’s exciting, especially for the Ministry of Tourism, Arts and Culture Sarawak and I’m interested in it. We have a lot to offer in this industry and we have a huge museum, the second largest in Southeast Asia that will be launched in Kuching later this year,” he said.

For many years since Sarawak’s historical heritage has been kept far away from its origin, Sarawak is hoping that with the good deed of University of Florida, they would be able to bring it back, as there are more appropriate universities and museums available in the State now.

“There will also be a signing ceremony for the restoration of Sarawak’s historical heritage by the end of February and there will also be an international conference organized by museums that is more specific to caves and achievements in Southeast Asia by the end of 2020,” he added.

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RWMF Bagged Its Position in TWCM Festival Award 2019

KUCHING – Sarawak’s iconic event, the Rainforest World Music Festival has once again managed to secure a position in the Transglobal World Music Chart (TWCM) Festival Awards 2019, emerging at No.8 in the “Global Top 10” category.

TWMC launched their Festival Awards for the first time in 2018 with a goal to inspire appreciation towards music from the different cultures of the world and as a tool to develop music scenario of people in many areas of life.

During the winning announcement, Transglobal World Music Chart co-founder and Festival Awards coordinator Araceli Tzigane Sánchez said that after the evaluation of the previous edition, at least one of the festivals that repeated this year has improved, following their assessment.

The 2019 RWMF closed with 23,650 festival goers, featuring 30 bands and over 200 performers at the Theatre Stage, Emerging Band Stage and also at the mini sessions.

This year’s Rainforest World Music Festival will be held from July 10 to 12, 2020, at Sarawak Cultural Village, Kuching, Sarawak.

For more information and updates on the festival, visit the official website at https://rwmf.net/.

Picture shows the finale of Rainforest World Music Festival 2019
Picture shows the finale of Rainforest World Music Festival 2019

Aiman Batang Ai Resort & Retreat Resumed Its Operation

SRI AMAN – The resort management of Aiman Batang Ai Resort & Retreat is glad to inform that they will continue to operate as usual despite their renovation process which will take place starting April 1, 2020.

However, the resort will be partially closed in stages for renovation with minimal interruption to in-house guests.

All pending room blockings will be honoured and the contract rate for 2020/2021 will be issued with new rates, terms and conditions according to the management of Aiman Batang Ai Resort & Retreat.

For more information and enquiries, visit the Aiman Batang Ai Resort & Retreat official website at https://www.aimanbatangai.com or contact Mr. Edward Minggat, the Resort Operation Manager at +6013-851 1224.

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New Year Stop At Sarawak For Silver Spirit

KUCHING – The cruise ship Silver Spirit berthed on the morning of January 1, 2020 at the Senari Port, Kuching.

A total of 595 cruise passengers mainly from Australia and Europe were accorded with a Sarawak traditional cultural welcoming and garlanding, supported by Sarawak Tourism Board.

The passengers were offered shore excursions to some of the tourist attractions such as the Annah Rais Longhouse and Semenggoh Wildlife Centre, Sarawak River Cruise and also a trip to Sarawak Cultural Village, to experience the nature and the diverse culture of Sarawak.

The Silver Spirit is operated under the luxury cruise line Silver Sea, which operates to more than 900 destinations with 11 ultra-luxury cruises.

Sarawak is expected to receive a total of 15 cruise ships this year.

Photo shows one of the passengers accorded with a Sarawak traditional cultural welcoming and garlanding, sponsored by the Sarawak Tourism Board.
Photo shows one of the passengers accorded with a Sarawak traditional cultural welcoming and garlanding, sponsored by the Sarawak Tourism Board.

Signing of MOU To Pave Way for Better Connectivity

Sarawak Tourism Board (STB) signed the Memoranda of Understanding (MOU) with ATS Global Travel and Charter Sdn Bhd and the Hainan Airlines Holding Company Limited on December 30, paving way for better connectivity to the State.

The Chairman of STB, Datuk Haji Abdul Wahab Aziz signed on behalf of the Board with Mr. Mohd Sharom Mabul who signed for ATS Global Travel and Charter and Mr. Yang Lei who signed the document representing the Hainan Airlines.

The signing ceremony was witnessed by the Honorable Minister for Tourism, Arts, and Culture, Datuk Haji Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah and the Permanent Secretary to the Ministry, Mr. Hii Chang Kee.

The MOU specified proposal by ATS Global Travel and Charter to make Kuching as an alternative regional Umrah hub while Hainan Airlines had proposed to launch its direct Haikou-Kuching- Haikou flight in 2020.

Photo shows YB Datuk Haji Abdul Wahab, STB Chairman (centre) standing beside YB Datuk Haji Karim Rahman Hamzah, Minister of Tourism, Arts and Culture Sarawak (ninth left) and STB CEO, Sharzede Datu Haji Salleh Askor (seventh left) with Mr Mohd Sharom Mabol (third left) representing ATS Global and Mr Yang Lei (sixth right) representing Hainan Airlines.
Photo shows YB Datuk Haji Abdul Wahab, STB Chairman (centre) standing beside YB Datuk Haji Karim Rahman Hamzah, Minister of Tourism, Arts and Culture Sarawak (ninth left) and STB CEO, Sharzede Datu Haji Salleh Askor (seventh left) with Mr Mohd Sharom Mabol (third left) representing ATS Global and Mr Yang Lei (sixth right) representing Hainan Airlines.