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

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.