Those attending MATTA Fair Kuala Lumpur on March 16 to 18 at the Putra World Trade Centre (PWTC) get the special opportunity of Experiencing Sarawak without having to board a plane, through the digital technology of Virtual Reality (VR).
Amogha Tours and Travel will be having a Virtual Reality Tour Experience of Sarawak at the Sarawak Booth, promoting some of Sarawak’s most iconic nature and cultural locations.
Other travel and tour providers, as well as product owners, will be attending the MATTA Fair and selling their products and services at special prices with added value.
Among the trade providers are Kuching Holidays and Car Rental, offering a three-day ‘self-drive’ holiday with accommodations for just RM550 per pax as well as other tours.
Jaunt Asia will be providing various four-day and five-day culture and nature packages specifically for the Muslim traveller.
Sarawak Economic Development Corporation (SEDC) will be promoting package deals to their cultural and musical events such as the Miss Cultural Harvest Festival, Sarawak Ethnic Kitchen Culinary Challenge and Sape World Concert at the Sarawak Cultural Village with boarding at the Damai Beach Resort, Riverside Majestic Hotel and Grand Margherita Hotel.
Indah House Kuching, located off of Carpenter Street at Kuching’s epicentre, provides opportunities for visitors to learn how to prepare local delicacies just as the locals do.
Starting with a visit to the local farmers’ market, visitors will learn about Sarawak jungle produce and speak to the farmers, before selecting the ingredients for their cooking class to be prepared, cooked and eaten together.
The styles and cultures of the food include Sarawak Malay, Dayak and Chinese, with some vegan and vegetarian recipe options as well.
The class will take approximately three and a half hours, excluding eating time, and registration has a minimum requirement of two pax for RM180.
The World War II Memorial service for Sarawak Volunteer Mechanics and Drivers was held at Zu Tze Temple in Tabuan Laru on August 20.
The service was in recognition of the sacrifices of nearly 100 Sarawak volunteer drivers and mechanics who travelled to Kunming, China in support of China’s war against the Japanese invasion.
“Their heroic stories show the solidarity and compatriot connection between the Chinese at home and abroad. They made remarkable contributions to the victory of the Chinese people’s war against Japanese aggression and the world anti-fascist war.” expressed Fu Jijun, Chinese Consul-General in Kuching,
Fu also offered his tribute and gratitude to the volunteers and their families as well as assuring them that the Chinese government would never forget their sacrifice.
The WWII Memorial for Sarawak Volunteer Mechanics and Drivers was built last year with the assistance from the Board of Management of Zu Tze Temple and the Association of Sarawak Chinese Academic Research.
The Meritin Hotel, Kuching is open for business enjoying location at the epicentre of Padungan Street, one of Kuching’s oldest ‘food hubs’ naturally surrounded by local merchants and food shops, hawker stalls and cafes.
Just a short walking distance from Kuching Waterfront and other cultural and historical attractions, Meritin also offers the “bonus” of being surrounded on all fronts with Kuching’s chill nightlife..
The Meritin has 40 rooms and the Haza Café located on the ground floor of the hotel is the perfect place for business and social gathers, with a menu to die for.
Located at Belawai Beach in the Mukah Division, just two and a half hours from Sarikei, Iftitah Restaurant and Resort is now open offering seaside getaway chalets, cottages, and good food.
Located near to the Tanjung Manis Airport at the Sarawak Halal Hub center, the resort offers standard rooms in a ‘kampung’ setting with quaint chalets connected in a longhouse style living quarters with showstopers to include their unique triangular chalets that faces the ocean.
Equiped with a boardroom or banquet hall for 30 people, as well as beachside barbeque and picnic areas, the Iftitah Restaurant & Resort is a prime location for a family getaway or a team building excursion.
In light of the recent ASEAN International Film Festival & Awards 2017 (AIFFA2017), Sarawak Tourism Board has begun looking into promoting Sarawak through the film industry.
The Board’s Acting Chief Executive Officer, Mary Wan Mering expressed Sarawak Tourism’s desire in using entertainment in marketing to travellers, in addition to the Board’s traditional marketing strategies.
Earlier this year, the Board set up a Filming Support Unit to aid international film production houses in getting permits, ground support and location scouting.
With Chinese film Blue Tears airing in China later this month, as well as previous cooking shows such as Anthony Bourdain’s No Reservation and Australian cooking show Out Of The Blue, Sarawak plans on expanding its presence in television and film in the near future.
The 65-door award-winning longhouse and homesta, Rantau Kemiding, located in the Sibu division in central Sarawak will be expanding their guests’ itinerary to include a Kampung-Stay programme, making it the first of its kind in Sibu.
The difference between a homestay and a kampung stay is that the guests do their own cooking and conduct their own activities, but are free to join activities held within the longhouse as well.
The longhouse has already constructed a two-room chalet with air-conditioner and a few other facilities except a kitchen, which they plan on adding soon.
Last year alone, Rantau Kemiding received a total of 2,784 visitors, 109 of whom were foreign. The arrivals can be attributed to the attractive kampung lifestyle as well as the annual Rantau Kemiding Festival. Though most of the arrivals are day-trippers to the annual Rantau Kemiding Festival, the homestay owners hope to increase the number of overnight visitors through this kampung-stay.
The Rantau Kemiding Homestay is one of the five in Malaysia given the Asean Homestay Standard awards during the award presentation in Singapore this January, along with many other awards such as winning the ‘1 District, 1 Industry’ in Homestay Category in 2016, the Outstanding Hotel and Accommodation Provider (Homestay) Category in Sarawak Hornbill Tourism Awards in 2015 as well as the the Anugerah Desa Cemerlang for People’s innovation and Participation Category on both state and national level in 2006.
Four international conferences will be held throughout the state in April catering to a diverse array of professional fields.
Hosted for the academia and specialized industries, these conferences have received encouraging response.
The International Conference on Teaching and Learning Languages (ICTLL 2017) for academia and educators will take place on April 3-4 in Kuching, and the International Conference on Sustainable Soil Management (ICSSM 2017) in the agriculture and development industry will be hosted on April 4-7 in Bintulu.
In Sibu, the Orthopaedic Conference: AO Trauma Combined Basic Principles of Fracture Management for Surgeons and Operating Room Personnel is schedule on April 8-10 while the International Conference on Materials Technology and Energy (ICMTE 2017) takes place in Miri on April 20-21.
While these conferences further develop the understanding and strength of local professionals in their respective fields, it also contribute greatly to the local business events industry, creating awareness of Sarawak’s presence as a destination for international conferences.