SINGAPORE – Sarawak Tourism Board and its travel trade representatives from the State will be at the ITB Asia which will be held on October 16 – 18, 2019 at Sands Expo and Convention Centre, Marina Bay Sands, Singapore.
The Sarawak pavilion is located at booth B05 and all partners who are interested to know more about the destination and its business opportunities offered are welcome to discuss with the Sarawak trade delegation.
The Sarawak delegation will consist of travel agencies, product owners and hoteliers including the CPH Travel, Sarawak Convention Bureau, Kuching Holidays Tour and Car Rental Sdn Bhd, Minda Nusantara Tours & Travel Agencies, Tropical Adventure Tours & Travel, One Wayang Tour Sdn Bhd, Greatown Travel & Tour, Innosar Holidays, Authentic Borneo Tours, Borneo Adventure and Marian Boutique Lodging House.
Organised by Messe Berlin (Singapore Pte Ltd) and supported by the Singapore Exhibition and Convention Bureau, the trade show is expected to welcome more than 11,000 delegates from 127 countries.
KAZAKHSTAN – “Why Limit Youself” by Sarawak Tourism Board (STB) won the (PATA) Gold Awards 2019 that was held on September 19 at the Congress Center, Nur-Sultan (Astana) , Kazakhstan in “Marketing Media – Travel Video” category.
The Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA) Gold Awards is an annual award given to tourism industry organizations or individuals that made outstanding contribution towards successful promotion on travel industry throughout Asia Pacific region.
The video is filled with mesmerizing sights of flora and fauna, exotic cuisines as well as stories from various tribes in Sarawak and its diverse cultures.
This year’s PATA Awards attracted 197 entries from 78 organisations as well as individuals worldwide competing in four principal categories: Marketing, Education and Training, Environment as well as Heritage and Culture.
Supported and sponsored by the Macao Government Tourism Office since 1995, the PATA Gold Awards Dinner is an integral part of the PATA Travel Mart, held from September 18 –20, at Kome Exhibition Center in Kazakhstan. This year’s award recognizes the achievements of 27 separate organisations and individuals. The presentation ceremony was attended by more than 800 industry executives.
A range of Sarawak-inspired batik collection, “Sarawak Ethos” was showcased at the final of the 16th edition of Piala Seri Endon (PSE) held in Kuala Lumpur recently.
The showcase featured the ‘Lembayung Collection’, a set of four beautifully designed evening wear which reflects various natural shades of blue to depict the sky, water and the atmosphere, symbolic of Sarawak’s vast primeval, rich ecological and environmental natural assets.
Contemporary collection, motifs of “Buah Bangkit”, “Pating Betulak” and “Buah Anyam” with a Pua Kumbu theme were also the centrepiece of attraction.
‘Sarawak Ethos’ was introduced by a local design-house, Batique Sdn Bhd in collaboration with Universiti Teknologi Mara (UiTM) fashion school.
PSE saw 46 entries and 12 finalists vying for attractive prizes in the Fashion, Soft Furnishing and Handicraft categories.
The competition aims to highlight new-batik making talents besides injecting creativity and excitement in the batik industry.
It also provides a platform for new fashion, fabric and product designers to test their abilities against some of the best talents in the batik industry.
The “Sarawak Ethos” collection is now available for purchased at Batique Sdn Bhd, No. 131A, Jalan SS17/1A,47500 Subang Jaya,Selangor, Malaysia , Tel : +603 5630 1267 or you may visit facebook page : BatiqueSdnBhd or Instagram: bybatique
The “new look” Sarawak Museum, the largest in Malaysia and second largest in Southeast Asia, will be opened to the public by the end of next year, the Minister for Tourism, Arts and Culture, Datuk Haji Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah said.
The project also includes the conservation of the historic Old Sarawak Museum building built in 1891, which is a landmark in its own right.
The world-class museum, with 6,000 square metres of interactive and engaging exhibition, has a well-curated selection of unique artefacts and specimens.
“It will be ready to take visitors on an interactive journey showcasing Sarawak’s history and life of the communities in the State,” said the Minister.
“The cavernous collection and storage space complement the State-of-the-Art research facilities that will keep the vast array of state-owned priceless museum collections safely preserved for future generations to enjoy” he said at the handing over of the site
Its dedicated spaces support the museum’s ambition towards becoming the leading research institute on the material culture of Borneo.
The new museum project was completed in May this year at a total cost of RM308 million and is equipped with digital facilities and incorporated with technologies to enhance visitors’ experience.
KUALA LUMPUR– The Sarawak State government is pushing Responsible Tourism as part of its responsibility to make tourism business sustainable and viable.
Chief Minister, Datuk Patinggi Abang Haji Johari Tun Openg said that “By understanding the nature of Sarawak’s tourism setting, product portfolio and its fragile eco-system, it is only fitting to practise Responsible Tourism to ensure that Sarawak is a better place for visitors to visit and local people benefiting for the business.”
The Chief Minister was speaking at the welcoming dinner for delegates of the World Tourism Conference at The Majestic Hotel, Kuala Lumpur on August 26.
“Responsible Tourism minimises negative economic, environmental and social impacts, while generating greater economic benefits for the local people and enhances the well-being of the host communities in improving working conditions and access to the industry” he added.
He said the State’s Tourism promotional campaign, the Visit Sarawak Campaign, is highlighting key themes of Culture, Adventure, Nature, Food, and Festival (CANFF) and is more focused on local people, aimed at generating better tourism business and ensuring that visitors having the best of what the State has to offer.
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,
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.
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.
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.
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.