Visitors from China and Singapore increase in 2018

The numbers are out, and the first five months of 2018 have shown an uptick of 20.2% arrivals from China and 15.8% from Singapore.

The Minister of Tourism, Arts, Culture, Youth and Sports, Datuk Abdul Karim Rahman, attributed this increase on the Kuching-Shenzen direct route that began in December 2017.

19,641 visitors arrived from China and 17,856 from Singapore, with overall visitor arrivals at this period totalling at 1.75 million.

The Ministry is targeting 4.5mil visitor arrivals and expecting RM8.05bil in tourism receipts this year, and will continue to ensure sustained growth to the tourism industry as they embark on the Visit Sarawak Campaign that will be launched at the end of the year.

Alta Moda Sarawak Redefining Borneo’s Fashion

The inaugural Alta Moda Sarawak 2018 is set to redefine Sarawak as the next Fashion Capital of Borneo, featuring an array of Sarawak Fashion designers showcasing their designs on rich and vibrant cultures of the State

To be held from 25 to 27 October at the State Legislative Assembly, it will be opened from 6.00pm to 11.00 pm featuring promising and established designers from Borneo and the rest if Malaysa.

“Alta Moda Sarawak is a brand platform for Sarawak designers to come together to showcase their talents and creations in the fields of arts, culture and crafts,” said its Chairperson Datin Esther Mujan Balan told a press conference here yesterday.

The event is expected to provide insight into the domestic and international opportunities in the fashion industry in Sarawak, through diversified programmes and activities that have been planned with the participation and support from local fashionistas, fashion interest groups, celebrities, VVIPs, associate partners and the media.

Around 1,500 guests are expected to be attending the programmes, which will be officiated at by Minister of by Tourism, Arts, Culture, Youth and Sports, Datuk Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah.

Among the designers were Paris-based Aaron Von Jolly and Dato Raymond Jolly of the internationally acclaimed Von Jolly Couture, Paul Carling, Wan Bynun, Anna Sue, Ben Nazry, Gavroche by Arzmy Hargreaves, Keith Sim, Noraini Salleh as well as fashion students from Universiti Malaysia Sarawak and Limkokwing University of Creative Technology.

See more: https://www.facebook.com/ALTAMODASARAWAK2018/

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Sarawak Tourism Board Moving Office

We are pleased to announce that effective Wednesday, 1st August 2018, the Sarawak Tourism Board will be moving to Level 4, Plaza Aurora, Jalan McDougall, 93400 Kuching, Sarawak.

The Board’s email and web addresses remain unchanged, while the telephone and fax numbers are as follows:

Tel: +6 082 – 423600   Fax: +6 082-416700

The new premise is located behind Merdeka Palace Hotel & Suites and offers more comfortable meeting rooms, better parking facilities and bigger and better working space for our ever growing staffs.

Plaza Aurora
Plaza Aurora

‘What about Kuching’ Revving Up

This year’s ‘What About Kuching’ (WAK) is revving to start from September 29 to October 28.

This month-long event is entering its second year with a participation of 55 groups and has lined up 75 events for the period.

WAK encourages creative social communities in Kuching to come together and showcase their best in art, music, crafts, ingenuity and culture, in an innovative way to attracts and be a part of the celebration.

This year’s WAK is supported by the Ministry of Tourism, Arts, Culture, Youth and Sports.

More information visit their website here: https://aboutkuching.com/

Image shows one of WAK2017, a photograph gallery along the Kuching Waterfront, here displaying a Bidayuh woman from Semban. 
Image shows one of WAK2017, a photograph gallery along the Kuching Waterfront, here displaying a Bidayuh woman from Semban.

 

Sarawak Tourism attending Travel Industry Exhibition in Sydney

Australian trade partners will have a chance to meet up with officers and representatives of the local Sarawak agents at the Travel Industry Exhibition at the Dockside Cockle Bay Wharf at Darling Harbour in Sydney from August 21 to 22 this year.

The exhibition is Australia’s leading event dedicated to the Mobile, MICE and Luxury sectors in the tourism industry, providing key buyers with the suppliers, knowledge and connections from the highest quality suppliers to develop successful travel programmes.

There will be seminars from industry leaders and networking events to connect exhibitors and buyers at the Exhibition.


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Miri’s Seaside Attractions

Miri is a gateway city with many attractions in the nature of culture, night life and nature. More so than anything, it has amazing seaside attractions.

Tusan Beach is one of the most well-known beaches in Miri, located about 30 minutes from the city. It is popular for its horse-shaped cliff and its bioluminescent phytoplankton, also known as the ‘Blue Tears’ that cause the waves and seas edge to glow blue.

Tanjong Lobang Beach, also known as Brighton Beach, is just 5 minutes from downtown Miri and has a food bazaar nearby where visitors can eat seafood and watch the sunset.

Bungai Beach is 45 minutes from Miri city and provides a relatively private getaway spot for people to relax and swim in the clear waters. Surrounded by pristine nature, it’s located near Kampung Bungai and Kampung Peliau, local fisherman villages which sell food and have homestay options for travellers.

Next to the seahorse lighthouse is the Coco Cabana which sells amazing food at its café, seaside swings and benches to watch the sunset on, with the scenic seahorse lighthouse looming overhead.

The Luak Bay Esplanade is about 10 minutes from downtown Miri and has amazing white sand beaches, making it a popular spot for barbecues and picnics.

Bungai Beach
Bungai Beach

Borneo Jazz Wraps Up

The Borneo Jazz wrapped up on Sunday May 13 with Malaysia’s big stars taking the stage, much to the delight of the audience.

The festival’s star-studded Malaysian headliners such as Zainal Abidin, Dasha Logan, Michael Veerapen and Zee Avi won the hearts of many throughout the three day event.

They shared the stage with international artistes like Q Sound, Grzegorz Karnas Formula, Roby Lakatos and many more.

The event was covered by over 50 local and international media, some of whom proceeded on journalist programmes to other locations in Sarawak, to better promote it as a tourism destination.

Zainal Abidin performing at the Borneo Jazz Festival
Zainal Abidin performing at the Borneo Jazz Festival

Borneo Samariang Water Park Launch

The 30-acre Borneo Samariang Water Park half an hour from the city centre is expected to open its doors by the end of March.

Some of the promoted attractions for children are slides, a leisure pool, the ‘Aqua Play’ and a man-made ‘Mount Mulu Clearwater River.’

There will rafts, canopy slides, a wave pool, skydrop ride, galaxy slide, garden terrace and also a mangrove island at the Salak Beach section.

The highest slide measures at 80 metres from the ground, roughly six storeys high.

The park is estimated to accommodate between 2,000 to 3,000 visitors and is expected to draw crowds, both local and international, once their gates officially open to the public.

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Images of park/of the layout plan

Bung Bratak Heritage Centre Soft Launch

The Bung Bratak Heritage Centre will be having a soft launch today, on April 1 and will be open to the public in May.

The launch is cause for celebration, especially from the surrounding 36 Bidayuh villages in the Bau and Lundu districts.

The traditional roundhouse or ‘baruk’ shaped centre is surrounded by virgin jungles with two waterfalls nearby.

Once the heritage centre is open to the public, it will be a worthwhile tourist attraction, with historical and cultural exhibits on the movements and traditions of ancient Bidayuh communities.

Located off the 6th mile Bau-Lundu Road, via Kampung Tembawang Sauh in Bau, approximately an hour from the city centre.

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Photo credit : bombasticborneo.com
00 Photo credit : bombasticborneo.com

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

Astana Wing