Sarawak To Make A Presence in MATKA Nordic Fair 2020

FINLAND – To kick start the new year, Sarawak Tourism Board will be participating in the MATKA Nordic Fair, happening on January 16 to 19 at the Helsinki Exhibition and Convention Centre, Finland.

This year’s participation is under Tourism Malaysia Pavilion Stand No. 7n101 in Halls 6 and 7. During the exhibition week on January 15 and 16, MATKA is open only for travel trade professionals and will open for the general public starting January 17.

On January 16, three Sarawak’s products will be launched; the Sibu and the Central Region, the Trans-Borneo Cycling and the launching of Rainforest World Music Festival 2020 that will be happening on July 10 to 12, 2020. These launches are expected to create an impact in terms of branding and innovation of Sarawak to tie up with Visit Sarawak Campaign 2020.

There will also be a Tourism Malaysia The Hague and Sarawak Tourism Seminar 2020 on January 21, organised jointly by Sarawak Tourism and Tourism Malaysia at the Corendon Village Hotel, Amsterdam for a session with the Dutch tour operators and media on the updates and present Sarawak’s new products.

Photo shows Sarawak Tourism Board, Chief Executive Officer, Sharzede (centre) introducing Sarawak’s product to one of the attendees during MATKA 2019.
Photo shows Sarawak Tourism Board, Chief Executive Officer, Sharzede (centre) introducing Sarawak’s product to one of the attendees during MATKA 2019.

Congratulations, Winners of The Sarawak Tourism Hornbill Award

KUCHING – The Semenggoh Wildlife Centre near Kuching was voted and awarded Sarawak’s Outstanding Tourism Attractions at the 8th Sarawak Tourism Hornbill Award 2017/2018 which was held on December 7 at the Borneo Convention Centre Kuching (BCCK).

Winners of the nine categories and sub-categories of awards were announced and presented  to winners  during the function:

  • Outstanding Tourist Guides – Cornelia Peter Dien and Alvin Wayne Anggi
  • Outstanding Destination Management Company (DMC):
    • Best and Creative Incentive Itinerary: Amogha Tours & Travels Sdn Bhd, Kuching
    • Most Outstanding DMC (Domestic): CPH Travel Agencies (Sarawak) Sdn Bhd, Kuching
    • Emerging DMC (Sarawak): Ecogreen Holidays Sdn Bhd, Kuching
  • Outstanding Media Contribution to the Tourism Industry:
    • Best Tourism News Reporting on Sarawak: Chua Yew Yong and Chong Kho Lee
    • Best Tourism Feature Writing (Online) Media on Sarawak: Dinah Samuel
    • Best Tourism (Print) Articles: Tan Phek Leng
    • Best Tourism Photojournalism: Zulazhar Sheblee
    • Best Tourism Related Videos: Emily Yii
  • Outstanding Hotels & Accommodation Providers:
    • 5-star category: Mulu Marriot Resort & Spa
    • 4-star category: Grand Margherita Hotel, Kuching
    • 3-star category: New World Suites, Bintulu
    • 1-star and 2-star Orchid Rated and Innovative Accommodations: Inn 86, Bintulu
    • Homestay category: Homestay Bario Highland
  • Outstanding Shopping Mall – The Spring Shopping Mall, Kuching
  • Outstanding Cottage Industry Contribution to the Tourism Industry:
    • Handicraft Outlet: The Ranee Artisan Gallery, Kuching
    • Handicraft Product: Bangie Embol (Pua Kumbu).
  • Hornbill Special Award (Individual) – Philip Yong Khi Liang
Picture shows the Chief Minister of Sarawak, Datuk Patinggi Abang Haji Johari Tun Openg (centre) presenting the Hornbill Special Award to Philip Yong (right), witnessed by the Minister of Tourism, Arts and Culture Sarawak, Datuk Haji Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah.
Picture shows the Chief Minister of Sarawak, Datuk Patinggi Abang Haji Johari Tun Openg (centre) presenting the Hornbill Special Award to Philip Yong (right), witnessed by the Minister of Tourism, Arts and Culture Sarawak, Datuk Haji Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah.

An ‘Run’derful Evening Along the Streets of Cat City

KUCHING – Sarawak Tourism Board held its first ever EPIC Night Run on November 30 at Padang Merdeka, Kuching.

The event received 2,500 participations from amateurs to professional runners representing people from all walks of life, competing in two run categories, the 3km and 5km run along the main tourist attractions in Kuching.

Aimed to become a signature event owned by Sarawak Tourism Board, the run augurs well to spread awareness on the its EPIC culture.

‘EPIC’, a better and simpler acronym for Excellence, Professionalism, Integrity and Caring are the core values that STB is keen to share and will bring outside of the organisation, sharing it with the tourism fraternity and the public as whole.

Throughout the evening, as a trendy way to get the message across all participants, the its deeper meaning   was brought alive, observed and practice in the fun night run.

Other than the run, there were also music performances, lucky draws and best dress winner to wrap up the night.

Photo shows EPIC Night Run participants during the warming up session at Padang Merdeka Kuching.
Photo shows EPIC Night Run participants during the warming up session at Padang Merdeka Kuching.

ROYAL BRUNEI AIRLINES CELEBRATES INAUGURAL FLIGHT TO BINTULU

BINTULU – The launching of Royal Brunei Airlines inaugural flight from Bandar Seri Begawan to Bintulu was held on November 5, 2019 at the Bintulu Airport.

Hosted by the Malaysia Airport Holdings Berhad in partnership with Sarawak Tourism, Royal Brunei Airlines is the first international airline to fly to one of the cities in Sarawak and introduced it as their next destination city in conjunction with the RB Link initiative to connect the cities and towns within Borneo Island.

Other than making travelling within Borneo easier, the Bandar Seri Begawan-Bintulu route will also benefit both Bintulu and its neighbouring town with the best pricing and five-star services, as well as connecting international markets such as China, Japan, UK and Australia through Brunei.

“Sarawak tourism sees this as a strategic partnership with Royal Brunei in the promotion of Sarawak on the Visit Sarawak Campaign, we are partnering in a right direction”, said Sarawak Tourism Board, Chief Executive Officer, Sharzede Datu Hj Salleh Askor.

The flights to and from Bandar Seri Begawan and Bintulu will operate five times weekly on a brand new ATR 72-600 aircrafts by Malindo Air. The first flight arrived at Bintulu Airport at 2025 hrs and was welcomed with a water canon salute.

From left, STB Board member, Tuan Hj Mohamad Ibrahim Nordin, Senior Vice President Digital Marketing RBA, James Millet, Bintulu District Officer, Muhammad Dino Amid, Senior Manager, Route Development MAHB, Zainuddin Mohamed and Tuan Hj Zolkipli during the inaugural flight in Bintulu.
From left, STB Board member, Tuan Hj Mohamad Ibrahim Nordin, Senior Vice President Digital Marketing RBA, James Millet, Bintulu District Officer, Muhammad Dino Amid, Senior Manager, Route Development MAHB, Zainuddin Mohamed and Tuan Hj Zolkipli during the inaugural flight in Bintulu.

SARAWAK SPECIAL FEATURE ON NAT GEO TRAVELLER

LONDON – Sarawak Tourism Board is proud to be featured in the latest edition of National Geographic Traveller with its editorial “Sarawak, Into The Wild”

The launching of the pull out section was held on November 5 at the World Travel Market 2019 (WTM) in London.

The seven-page editorial features the journey of a travel writer from the United Kingdom into the depth of the Rainforest, home to the Bornean Kelabit community in Bario.  

It also features the Northern city of Miri, known for its pristine beaches and a gateway to numerous National Parks.

The Sarawak editorial features will be hosted on natgeotraveller.co.uk for three months with online promotion across their platform.

Photo shows Matt Midworth, Head of Special Projects, National Geographic Traveller (left) with STB’s Chief Executive Officer, Sharzede Datu Haji Salleh Askor proudly showing off the National Geographic Traveller’s Special Feature at the launch.
Photo shows Matt Midworth, Head of Special Projects, National Geographic Traveller (left) with STB’s Chief Executive Officer, Sharzede Datu Haji Salleh Askor proudly showing off the National Geographic Traveller’s Special Feature at the launch.


ROYAL BRUNEI AIRLINE CELEBRATES ITS INAUGURAL FLIGHT TO SIBU

SIBU – The inaugural flight from Bandar Seri Begawan to Sibu on November 14, now opens the central region of Sarawak to the world through another strategic hub in the region.

Connected under the Royal Brunei RB Link initiative, Sibu is now connected to STB’s focus markets including cities of Beijing and Shanghai in China, London in the United Kingdom and Melbourne and Brisbane in Australia.

“With the connectivity provided by Royal Brunei, Sibu can now look forward to be accessible to the world through another important hub, Bandar Seri Begawan. Not only it serves as a link for local business community to the outside world but also facilitating the growth of tourism into Sibu and the Central region”, said STB’s Chief Executive Officer, Sharzede Datu Hj Salleh Askor.

She added that the connection augurs well for central region as the abroad is currently pursuing an aggressive promotion campaign which we have recently launched in Europe and we are expecting tourist movement early next year.

Earlier, on November 5, Royal Brunei also celebrated its inaugural flight to Bintulu which receives positive feedbacks from the locals and are expecting movement of tourists.

Royal Brunei’s six times weekly flights to Sibu and the five times to Bintulu are operated by Malindo Air on its brand new ATR 72-600 aircrafts.

Picture shows the BI6885 flight receiving the “water cannon salute” upon touch down at the Sibu Airport.
Picture shows the BI6885 flight receiving the “water cannon salute” upon touch down at the Sibu Airport.

 

White Rajah Movie Will Promote Sarawak To the World

SINIAWAN – “RAJAH” a feature film on the White Rajah of Sarawak, Sir James Brooke, is an upcoming Hollywood feature film on the first White Rajah to be shown on the big screen throughout the world.

The filming of ‘Rajah” has gone well for the past one month with shooting   taken in various places of attraction including the rustic town of Siniawan, Fairy and Wind Caves, Santubong, Sarawak Cultural Village and Borneo 744.

The movie is also being spiced up with fantasy and romance to make it more suitable for commercial viewing,

The film is based on Brooke’s life when he first arrived in Borneo in 1839 in search of adventure and fortune and later to be known as the ‘White Rajah” of Sarawak.

‘Rajah’ stars include famed Hollywood actor, Jonathan Rhys Meyers, Malaysian actors, Shaheizy Sam, Bront Palare, Datuk Rahim Razali and also Sarawak born actors Kahar Jini and Peter John Labang.

It is directed by Michael Haussman and produced by Rob Allyn.

Photo shows Hon Datuk Karim Rahman Hamzah, Minister of Tourism, Arts and Culture (Middle) sharing his views on the set of White Rajah at Siniawan together with Producer Rob Allyn (third from right), Sarawak Tourism Board’s Chief Executive Officer Sharzede Datu Hj Salleh Askor on his right, Brooke Heritage Trust, Jason Brooke(right) including Hon. Miro Simuh at  left with the Tourism’s Permanent Secretary, Mr Hii Chang Kee (second from left).
Photo shows Hon Datuk Karim Rahman Hamzah, Minister of Tourism, Arts and Culture (Middle) sharing his views on the set of White Rajah at Siniawan together with Producer Rob Allyn (third from right), Sarawak Tourism Board’s Chief Executive Officer Sharzede Datu Hj Salleh Askor on his right, Brooke Heritage Trust, Jason Brooke(right) including Hon. Miro Simuh at left with the Tourism’s Permanent Secretary, Mr Hii Chang Kee (second from left).

Sarawak Static Brand Ambassador: The Visitors Information Centre (VIC)

KUCHING – The launching of the newly refurbished Visitors Information Centre (VIC) Kuching was held on October 23, at Block B, Old Courthouse, Kuching.

With its official launch, VIC Kuching became the main tourists contact point to seek advice and to complete their information search about various places of interest in Sarawak.

VIC Kuching promotes various attractions through images, visuals and interpretation of destinations that depicts the diverse culture and heritage, including crafts displays.

It also showcased the various destination offering promotional collaterals including printed brochures, magazines, photos, posters as well as videos.

Besides being a boon to tourists, the VIC also carters for students of schools and colleges which have tourism programmes or courses to assist them in their knowledge quest.

Photo shows Hon. Datuk Karim Rahman Hamzah, Minister of Tourism, Arts and Culture (Middle), Sarawak Tourism Board Chairman Hon. Datuk Abdul Wahab Bin Aziz, Chief Executive Officer Sharzede Datu Haji Salleh Askor, Permanent Secretary to the  Ministry of Tourism, Arts and Culture,  Mr Hii Chang Kee and all invited guests during the unveil of new image Visitors’ Information Centre Kuching, Old Courts House.
Photo shows Hon. Datuk Karim Rahman Hamzah, Minister of Tourism, Arts and Culture (Middle), Sarawak Tourism Board Chairman Hon. Datuk Abdul Wahab Bin Aziz, Chief Executive Officer Sharzede Datu Haji Salleh Askor, Permanent Secretary to the Ministry of Tourism, Arts and Culture, Mr Hii Chang Kee and all invited guests during the unveil of new image Visitors’ Information Centre Kuching, Old Courts House.

New Look for Visitors’ Information Centre in Kuching

KUCHING – Sarawak Tourism Board will launch its new Visitors’ Information Centre (VIC) Kuching on October 23 at Block B, Old Courthouse Complex in Kuching.

The information centre provides visitors and tourists for easy access to information needed to enhance their travelling experiences in Sarawak.

The centre will also provide applications for online permits and accommodations for the National Parks.

There are three VICs each located at Kuching, Sibu and Miri.

Photo shows the newly “image” of Visitors’ Information Centre Kuching
Photo shows the newly “image” of Visitors’ Information Centre Kuching

Preserving Sarawak Malay’s Handicraft Heritage

Keringkam’  a handcrafted textiles of gold thread sewn by Malay women of Sarawak was officially introduce to the outside world at the  ASEAN Lifestyle Week  held at Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre recently. 

Keringkam is traditionally hand-crafted with fine embroidery work, using mostly gold and silver-colored course threads.

There are two versions of gold-thread woven handiworks, the longer version called  “Selendang Keringkam” (Shawl) and the shorter type  known as “Selayah Keringkam” (Veil). 

Widely adorned and worn   by Malay women in Sarawak during the early years, Keringkam is said to be popular among women from the aristocratic circle.

It is exquisitely heavily and could worth more than a few thousand ringgit, depending on embroidery motifs and designs. 

The art of Keringkam is a proud legacy and it is an important part of Sarawak’s Malay heritage.  

For more information on ‘Keringkam”, you may log on to https://sarawakhandicraft.com.my/

A picture shown colorful designs of ‘Keringkam”
A picture shown colorful designs of ‘Keringkam”