Riverside Majestic Hotel Astana Wing now opens for booking

The Riverside Majestic Hotel Astana Wing is now ready to accept booking and currently offering room promotion as part of its opening campaign.

With 272 guest rooms, this new wing has three fully equipped function rooms ideal for events and seminars catering up to 240 persons, 24-hour concierge and a daily cocktail for Penthouse guests at the Penthouse Check-in lounge. 

Their Superior Rooms with a city view costing RM180.00 per night while the river view is at RM200.00 and valid until March 31.

For more details, please visit their website at http://astana.riversidemajestic.com

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Visitors’ Information Centre Kuching schedule update

The Visitors’ Information Centre (VIC) Kuching will be opened from 9:00am to 3:00 pm on the weekends and public holidays effective February 1.

Located that its new premise at the Tourism Complex (Old Court House) the center provides information on Sarawak and entertain visitors’ enquiries.

This is an effort to standardise the opening hours among all VICs based on trends and needs of visitors.

The VIC in Miri follows this schedule while the Sibu office hopes to adopt the times once their staff has increased. 

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First Cruise of 2018 Berths in Kuching

The Cruise Ship ‘Star Legend’ of Windstar Cruise was the first cruise ship to dock in Kuching this year, at Sim Kheng Hong Port on January 8 at 8.45am.

194 passengers, predominantly from Europe and the United States, disembarked from the Cruise to visit Bako National Park, Sarawak Cultural Village and experience a tour around the Cat City.                                                                  

This is the maiden voyage by Windstar Cruises, and is the first cruise of nine scheduled to berth at Sarawak’s harbours.

Disembarking passengers from Star Legend cruise receive warm reception at Kuching port.
Disembarking passengers from Star Legend cruise receive warm reception at Kuching port.

Sibu Christmas Tree Decoration Competition

The 8th edition of Sibu’s Christmas Tree Decoration Contest is in full swing, turning the Sibu Town Square into a Christmas wonderland.

Some of the trees are made from ribbons, some are made with recycled road maps, while others are made to look like Santa-shaped trees.

Throughout the Sibu Town Square, smaller decorations are set up like angel figurines, candy canes and smaller trees.

The winner of the competition will be announced during the New Year Ceremony on December 31.

Sibu Christmas Tree Decoration Contest at Sibu Town Square
Sibu Christmas Tree Decoration Contest at Sibu Town Square.

Christmas Parades March On

The annual Christmas Parades in Kuching and Miri marched on with more participants than ever, despite heavy rain in Miri.

The Kuching Christmas Parade took place on December 2, and had 14,000 participants including costumed street performers, marching at 7pm with 16 heavily decorated Christmas floats in accompaniment.

The 10th edition of the Miri Christmas Parade’s took place on December 10 and drew approximately 45,000 participants despite the heavy rain throughout the night.

Source: theborneopost.com
Source: theborneopost.com

Borneo Jazz Has anew “home”

The 13th Borneo Jazz find its new “home” at the Pullman Miri Waterfront hotel. It will be held on May 11 to 12 next year.

Borneo Jazz is an annual two-day international jazz festival that takes place in the seaside city of Miri, featuring a vast repertoire of Jazz genres.

The event also holds youth programmes and outreach programmes to help local aspiring musicians.

For more information, visit the Borneo Jazz website at https://jazzborneo.com/

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Roxy Hotel

The Roxy Hotel is officially open, located 10 minutes from the Kuching International Airport and 15 minutes from downtown Kuching.

The Roxy is a spacious hotel streaming in natural light as the vast expanse of windows gives an airy feel to guests, particularly the Chinese and Western restaurant’s dining area, offering incredibly views of the Kuching Skyline.

There are a total of 58 rooms, with each floor accessible only with electronic key-card for guest safety.

For more information, visit https://roxyhotelkuching.com.my/

Image retrieved from RoxyHotelKuching.com.my
Image retrieved from RoxyHotelKuching.com.my

Darul Hana Pedestrian Bridge Launch

The inauguration of the Darul Hana Pedestrian Bridge at Kuching Waterfront took place on November 11 with great fanfare and celebration.

Officiating the launch was the Yang di-Pertua Negeri Tun Pehin Sri Haji Abdul Taib Mahmud and Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg.

“I hope this iconic bridge will become a new attraction for tourists to visit Sarawak especially Kuching,” Abang Johari said, mentioning that the bridge’s unique design is unlike any other in Southeast Asia.

The pedestrian bridge, also known as the ‘Golden S Bridge’, symbolizes the unity of Sarawak as it connects both sides of the Sarawak River, meeting in front of the State Legislative Assembly Building.

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Kuching’s Visitor Information Counter Moves

The Visitor Information Counter (VIC) in Kuching is relocating on November 1 to the Sarawak Tourism Complex, also known as the Old Court House, near the Kuching Waterfront.

The new office will be closer to the tourist haunts, making it easier for visitors to find the VIC and seek information, while also being scenically located in a heritage building.  

The Sarawak Tourism Complex’s main building was built in 1871 and used to be the seat of government for Sarawak, with the original belian (ironwood) roofs, colonial Clock Tower and Charles Brooke Memorial.

Aerial view of Sarawak Tourist Complex, or Old Court House, in front of the Kuching Waterfront.
Aerial view of Sarawak Tourist Complex, or Old Court House, in front of the Kuching Waterfront.

ITB Asia

The Board wrapped up ITB Asia campaign in Singapore on October 27 with three days full of business opportunities and trade appointments for the Sarawak team.

The Sarawak booth was represented by eight travel agents, two hotels and one venue provider, who managed to attend 336 formal appointments for the contingent combined over the course of the three-day event.

The appointments strengthened old business dealings as well as ushered in new partnerships between Sarawak agents and their Singaporean counterparts.

 ITB Asia is an extension of ITB Berlin, the World’s Leading Travel Trade Show and the primary travel trade event for the Asia Pacific region, creating connections between trade partners in Asia and Europe through business sessions and knowledge sharing.

Sarawak team at ITB Asia
Sarawak team at ITB Asia