Container Themed Restaurant in Miri

Container City Miri has opened as a container-themed restaurant and is located at Yu Seng Road in Miri.

With a modern style and mutli-level loft-like seating areas, the Container City has become a hip new hang out spot in Miri, with stalls selling western and local meals, snacks and ice creams.  

They also hold open events like the Naruto Run, busking competitions and Local Sarawak Dressing Competitions for a more active and fun environment.

For more information, visit Container City Miri’s Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/containercitymyy/  or contact them at  011-3120 3352

Container City Miri finished and ready for business. Photo Credit: Container City Miri Facebook page.
Container City Miri finished and ready for business. Photo Credit: Container City Miri Facebook page.

Kuching International Bike Week

The second edition of the Kuching International Bike Week (KIBW) was held on October 13 to 15 and has brought 4000 bikers to Kuching, with its gathering held at CityOne Megamall.

There were participants from throughout Borneo and the rest of the world, such as the United States, Australia, New Zealand, United Kingdom, Singapore, India, Thailand and Indonesia.

One of the KIBW attractions was a bike stunt show dominated by international bike stuntman Aaron Twite, a motorcycle safety clinic, motorcycle and accessory displays as well as a city ride.

The KIBW aimed to promote Kuching’s unique heritage to the world while fostering bonds between bikers across the ASEAN region and beyond.

Participants at the bike displays at Kuching International Bike Week
Participants at the bike displays at Kuching International Bike Week

Kuntau Dayak showcased in Korea

The “Kuntau Dayak” martial art was showcased in South Korea during the 18th World Martial Arts Festival on September 26.

The Sarawak Dayak Martial Arts Association (SDMAA) participation in the festival among others, aimed to promote   Sarawak’s traditional Martial Art which is at present at risk of being forgotten.

The Association also took with them a contingent of Sarawak cultural dancers, who performed at the opening ceremony of the event.

30 countries participated in the festival.

Sarawak martial artists showcasing Kuntau Dayak in Korea. Photo Credit: Sarawak Dayak Martial Arts Association.
Sarawak martial artists showcasing Kuntau Dayak in Korea. Photo Credit: Sarawak Dayak Martial Arts Association.

Watch out for the What About Kuching launch

The ‘What About Kuching’ (WAK), a month-long city-wide event will be officially launched on…… October, beginning with the ‘Launch of Joy – Photographs & Haiku’ along the waterfront’s cobblestone pathway.

The Launch of Joy include  displays of cultural photos depicting  joy and  captioned with Haiku, a form of Japanese poetry which includes three lines with each line taking five or seven syllables.

The launch will be followed by the Waterfront Jazz Festival on September 29 to 30, and also the Asia-Link Sketchwalk on October 5-8 with an anticipated 250 international delegates participating.  

WAK aims to celebrate the arts, culture and lifestyle of Sarawak’s people and to give a chance for them to share their passions with the world.

Photograph of Bidayuh woman from Semban, displayed at the Kuching Waterefront area.
Photograph of Bidayuh woman from Semban, displayed at the Kuching Waterfront area.

Meet us at ITB Asia, Singapore

Sarawak Tourism Board will be at ITB Asia to be held at the Marina Bay Sands, Singapore on October 25 to 27.

Together with the Board are 12 Sarawak industry representatives including eight travel agents and three hoteliers.  The Sarawak Booth is located in Hall F, Booth Number C10.

ITB Asia is the leading travel trade show in the region and the largest hybrid show in Asia and is celebrating its 10th year anniversary this year.

 For more information: http://www.itb-asia.com/

Sarawak representatives taking appointments at the Sarawak Booth, in a previous ITB Asia.
Sarawak representatives taking appointments at the Sarawak Booth, in a previous ITB Asia.

 

Sarawak Product Experience in Sarawak

The Visitor’s Information Centres (VIC) of the Sarawak Tourism Board conducted six Sarawak Product Experience (SPE) trips throughout the State this year.

The main objective of the trips are to research products and advise product owners on product development, positioning and marketing of the product experiences

Some of the products visited by the VIC team this year includes heritage trails in the highlands in Long Semadoh and Ba’kelalan, Iban animal tracking at Batang Ai, diving in Miri, Sarikei’s markets as the ‘fruit basket of Sarawak’, Maludam and Mukah.

Product management and corporate relations manager Maurice Balang said the team obtained insightful new knowledge through the SPE.

Sarawak Tourism intends to hold more SPE over the course of the rest of the year to connect more product owners to tour operators and other key travel partners.

Visitor’s Information Centres (VIC) team following an animal tracking tour in Batang Ai.
Visitor’s Information Centres (VIC) team following an animal tracking tour in Batang Ai.

Vietnam Learns From Sarawak National Parks

In a bid to glean knowledge from Sarawak’s ecotourism, conservation tourism and national park management, a delegation of Danang Department of Tourism, Vietnam visited Kuching from August 15 to 19. 

In addition to Bako National Park, the delegation visited Semenggoh Wildlife Centre and were briefed by the Sarawak Forestry Corporation.

They were awestruck by Sarawak’s use of wooden staircases instead of cement and how the parks provide job opportunities to locals in the form of maintenance, construction, transportation and guiding.

Among the delegation were the deputy director of Danang Tourism Truong Thi Hong Hanh, Planning and Development Division deputy managers Phan Minh Hai and Son Tra as well as Peninsula management board deputy director Nguyen Duc Vu.

Danang Tourism delegation trekking through Bako National Park.
Danang Tourism delegation trekking through Bako National Park.

Sarawak ‘Malaysia’s Favourite Destination’ at MATTA Fair

Sarawak was hailed as “Malaysia’s Favourite Destination” for this year’s Malaysian Association of Tour and Travel Agents (MATTA) Fair KL, which took place on the eight to 10 September at the Putra World Trade Centre (PWTC).

With 13 travel agents and hoteliers offering over 108 packages at the Sarawak Pavillion, as well as a cultural troupe decked in the traditional garb of Sarawak tribes, Sarawak stood out among the other local booths.

Sarawak Tourism had launched a #SarawakJe hashtag for the event for a daily Instagram photo competition at the Pavillion, as well as a lucky draw for those who purchased tours from travel agents.

One of the winners of the Instagram competition, receiving his reward.
One of the winners of the Instagram competition, receiving his reward.

Penan Handwoven Bags

Handwoven bags supplied by Penan designers and weavers will be used as the official conference bag for the National Teochew Conference on August 15 to be held at the Pullman Kuching.

The Penan motifs are woven in the state colours of red, yellow and black, and will be given to the estimated 1,200 delegates from across the country that are expected to attend, combined with special guests from China and Singapore.

These Penan-woven bags were also the official bags during the Kuching Heritage Race which took place February this year, and received great feedback from the race participants. 

These bags are produced by Sarawak’s last semi-nomadic Penan artisans, under the support and coordination of the Ten Ringgit Club, a non-profit organisation that assists these artisans to sell their woven crafts as a supplementary household income, and the proceeds go to an education fund to provide tuition and education aid for Penan children.

Photo shows penan woman weaving the bags for the conference.
Photo shows penan woman weaving the bags for the conference.

AirAsia in Kuching

AirAsia has launched the Kuching-Langkawi-Kuching direct flight on August 8, a four times weekly flying on every Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday.

This is AirAsia’s 11th destination out from Kuching, including the direct Kuching-Pontianak-Kuching route which was launched on June 5.

3.2 million guests flew AirAsia from Kuching last year.

The arrival of the Kuching-Langkawi flight being officially welcomed by water salute at the Kuching International Airport
The arrival of the Kuching-Langkawi flight being officially welcomed by water salute at the Kuching International Airport