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

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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