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.
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.
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.
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.
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.