Kuching To Host International Summit On Peace

Kuching is set to host a three-day International Summit on Peace from September 6 to 8 that will   bring together over 800 JCI representatives from international social and youth organisations

The joint effort between the Junior Chambers International (JCI) and Sarawak Government, the Summit will take place as a prelude to the International Day of Peace on September 21. 

It will provide a platform for young people from across the globe to join in dialogues and plans of sustainable solutions to achieve world peace.

The programme features training workshops, plenary discussions, keynote addresses by international leading speakers and tours showcasing Kuching’s cultural and religious diversity and harmony.

Detailed information on the programme and registration can be found at the event’s website at  www.peaceispossible.cc/summit.

Kuching City was chosen to be the host for this year’s Summit due to its reputation as a City of Unity, and JCI President, Dawn Hetzel said  that Kuching not only provides the perfect location but also demonstrates how a peaceful communities can co-exist.

“It will empower active citizens everywhere to begin analysing their own community needs and provide sustainable solutions that create the same united and peaceful culture.” she mentioned in an interview.

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Bidayuh Baruk Museum To Be Completed This Year

Visitors in Sarawak will be able to learn more about the Bidayuh community with the completion of a Bidayuh Museum   by the end of the year.

The museum, currently under construction is located at the circular “Baruk”  building at  Dayak Bidayuh National Association (DBNA) headquarters at Ong Tiang Swee  Road.

The Association has been amassing a collection of its cultural relics and archives relevant to the Bidayuh people and will be displayed.

The Baruk is conveniently located near the DBNA main office and has a restaurant, which serves authentic traditional Bidayuh cuisine.

Meanwhile, DBNA’s President, Datu Ik Pahon Joyik called for  more exhibits from fellow Bidayuhs including photographs, documents  and any relics of  historical relevance to further enhance the and  improve the museum collections.

The soft launch of the Baruk Museum took place on July 24.

Photo credit Dayak Bidayuh National Association (DBNA)
Photo credit Dayak Bidayuh National Association (DBNA)

AirAsia Pontianak – Kuching Route Launch and Promotion

The Air Asia inaugural Pontianak-Kuching direct flight was inaugurated on June 5.

The 45 minute flight departed from Supadio International Airport in Pontianak at 12.10pm (Indonesian time) and touched down in Kuching International Airport at 1.50pm to a rousing welcome from the traditional kompang group.

Also present at the landing were the Sarawak Tourism, Arts, Culture, Youth and Sports Minister Datuk Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah, the Assistant Minsiter of Tourism Datuk Lee Kim Shin, the Indonesian Consul-General in Kuching, Muhammad Abdullah, Chairman of Sarawak Tourism Board Datuk Haji Abdul Wahab Bin Aziz and Air Asia’s Chief Executive Officer Aireen Omar.

To celebrate the new route, AirAsia has launched promotional fares with tickets priced at RM89 one way until April 2, for the travel period of June 5 to September 30.

Image shows inaugural flight receiving water salute at Kuching International Airport.
Image shows inaugural flight receiving water salute at Kuching International Airport.

Northern Sarawak Journalists Association pays Sarawak Tourism Board a visit

The President of the Northern Sarawak Journalists Association (NSJA), Andy Jong and exco member Thng Joo Hua paid a visit to the Sarawak Tourism Board office in Kuching, on 9 June.

The role of journalism in the promotion of the State’s tourism industry through media coverage of lesser known locations in Sarawak was discussed.

They also discussed the possibility of future collaborations for the benefit of tourism destinations and local-run facilities in Sarawak, particularly Miri and the Northern Sarawak region.

From the left, Mary Wan Mering, Andy Jong and Thng Joo Hua in the Sarawak Tourism Board meeting room.
From the left, Mary Wan Mering, Andy Jong and Thng Joo Hua in the Sarawak Tourism Board meeting room.

Visitors’ arrival on the upswing

The visitors’ arrivals into the State was very  promising and  as of April, arrival has shown an increase of 17.26 percent as compared to the same month in 2016  said the Minister  of Tourism, Arts, Culture, Youth and Sports, Datuk Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah.

Making his maiden speech at the State legislative Assembly recently as the new Minister, expressed his confidence that Sarawak will be able to achieve the targeted five million tourist arrivals for the year and generating an estimated tourism receipts  of  RM8.9 billion to be channel to the State coffer.

The arrivals in 2016 saw a 3.19 percent rise as compared to 2015, and with the ever growing global tourism business, Datuk Karim expressed optimism that the target will be reached, as long as Sarawak continues its promotion momentum.

Image of the State Legislative Assembly Building in Kuching. Image retrieved from Wikipedia.
Image of the State Legislative Assembly Building in Kuching. Image retrieved from Wikipedia.

12th edition of Borneo Jazz Festival Kicks Off Without a Hitch

The 12th Borneo Jazz Festival kicked off without a hitch on May 12 to 13 at ParkCity Everly Hotel in Miri.

The Festival itself saw crowds of local and international audiences enjoying the Jazz music and the Borneo ambiance.

Preceding the Festival itself were two preview shows on May 9 and 10, as well as a beach clean-up at Luak Esplanade beach on the morning of May 11.

The Festival’s outreach programme for local musicians on Jazz techniques was also a huge success.

Image shows Laila Biali at Borneo Jazz 2017
Image shows Laila Biali at Borneo Jazz 2017

Tourism Industry Welcomes New Minister

The newly appointed Minister of Tourism, Datuk Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah, will now take the lead on Sarawak’s tourism in addition to his other State’s Ministerial portfolios.

Now the Minister of Tourism, Arts, Culture, Youth and Sports, Abdul Karim stated that “while he foresees a lot of challenges ahead, he will use his position to ‘bring good things to Sarawak’ through tourism”.

Chief Minister, Datuk Amar Abang Johari Tun Openg announced the cabinet reshuffle on May 6, which include Datuk Abdul Karim’s new position as Minister of Tourism, Arts and Culture, a post previously held by him.

Image shows Datuk Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah. Photo credit: Ministry of Housing, Sarawak.
Image shows Datuk Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah. Photo credit: Ministry of Housing, Sarawak.

Borneo International Yachting Challenge is Back

The Borneo International Yachting Challenge (BIYC) is setting sail after a two year absence this July 8 to 15 in Miri.

The challenge will begin with the Miri Harbour Race before proceeding to Labuan and Kota Kinabalu in Sabah, with over 30 yachts from various countries.

The BIYC was passed over last year due to the 18th Malaysia Games (Sukma), as Miri was hosting the sailing events.

Image shows the 5th Borneo International Yachting Challenge 2008. Photo credit: Mohd Izraai Abd Aziz, Flickr.
Image shows the 5th Borneo International Yachting Challenge 2008. Photo credit: Mohd Izraai Abd Aziz, Flickr.

Mulu Marriott Resort & Spa is the Traveller’s Choice

Mulu Marriott Resort & Spa once again is listed as a TripAdvisor’s 2017 Travellers’ Choice Award.

Mulu Marriott Resort & Spa also received a Certificate of Excellence from TripAdvisor in 2016, an award given to properties that consistently achieve outstanding traveller reviews on TripAdvisor.

This year, less than one per cent of all accommodations listed in TripAdvisor have received the Traveller’s Choice Awards, based on millions of reviews and opinions from travellers across the globe.

For more information, visit www.tripadvisor.co.uk/Hotel_Review-g1483707-d454983-Reviews-Mulu_Marriott_Resort_Spa-Gunung_Mulu_National_Park_Sarawak.html

Image shows aerial view of Mulu Marriott Resort & Spa.
Image shows aerial view of Mulu Marriott Resort & Spa.

Sarawak Shows Potential in Sports Tourism

Sarawak has proven that it has the potential to be the location for large scale sports tournaments, both local and international.

The response from sports fans in Sarawak was incredible during the 18th Sukma Games on July 23 to 31 last year, which took place throughout the different cities in Sarawak, as well as the Malaysia Open at Perpaduan Stadium, Petra Jaya, on April 4 to 9, to the point where it impressed legendary badminton players such as Datuk Lee Chong Wei and China’s Lin Dan.

The stadium during the Malaysia Open was filled to 85 per cent capacity, surprising Chong Wei, who expressed optimism for the future of badminton events in Sarawak. “The huge crowd augurs well for Sarawak badminton. I hope that more international badminton tournaments can be held in Sarawak,” he added.

“For the first time, I received lots of cheers and applause from spectators outside China,” Lin Dan stated in an interview, as he too was caught by surprise by the great reception the tournament received.

Image shows Datuk Lee Chong Wei with his fans after a match during the Malaysia Open at the Perpaduan Stadium, Petra Jaya. Photo credit: Nadim Bokhari, Bernama.
Image shows Datuk Lee Chong Wei with his fans after a match during the Malaysia Open at the Perpaduan Stadium, Petra Jaya. Photo credit: Nadim Bokhari, Bernama.