KUCHING – The annual Sarawak Harvest and Folklore Festival will once again take place at the Sarawak Cultural Village on April 17 to 19, 2020.
Organised by the Sarawak Cultural Village and the Ministry of Tourism, Arts and Culture Sarawak, the festival is a prelude to Sarawak’s Gawai Dayak Festival which is celebrated every first day of June.
One of the highlights of the festival is the musical drama from the Bidayuh community entitled “Rajah Sebrah & The Golden Bamboo”. There will also be an ethnic beauty pageant, “Miss Cultural Harvest Festival 2020” and the Sape World Concert & Workshops, featuring Sarawak’s renowned Sape players.
This three-day event is an ideal place for individuals of different backgrounds meet, discuss and compare notes on traditional cultures through the exchange of ideas, portrayal of dances, music, arts and crafts.
BAU – The Chinese New Year – Chap Goh Meh Open House 2020 will be held on February 8, 2020 at Siniawan Bazaar, Bau, from 8 am to 2 pm.
The Open House will be held together with the annual Yuan Xiao Festival, which features the Ah – Nyong traditional Street Possession which still remained as of today and practised since the 1880’s.
Organised by Sarawak Tourism Federation and in collaboration with the Siniawan Community, the Ministry of Tourism, Arts and Culture Sarawak and the Sarawak Tourism Board, this event aims to gather visitors and locals alike to partake in the celebrations and tradition of Open Houses in Sarawak.
KUCHING – The First Phase of Visit Sarawak Campaign (VSC) had received a favourable increment in the number of visitor arrivals for the year 2019 in comparison to the year 2018.
It was announced by the Minister of Tourism, Arts and Culture and Minister of Youth and Sports Sarawak, Datuk Haji Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah during Sarawak Tourism Board’s Annual Gala Dinner on January 19, 2020 at the Borneo Convention Centre Kuching.
“An unaudited achievement of 5.22 percent increase in the number of arrivals had keep our hopes high and in fact our arrivals have indeed surpassed the UNWTO’s global growth predicted at 4% for 2019”, he said.
The Second Phase of VSC will focus more into digital promotion, which involves celebrities, influencers and key opinion leaders (KOLs) while maintaining the current conventional promotion.
“I laud the efforts of the Sarawak Tourism Federation and its umbrella bodies in working together with my Ministry and the Board and I hope that the collaboration and partnership will continue to bring the industry to a greater height’, he added.
KUCHING – On January 16, 2020, Sarawak Biodiversity Centre (SBC) organised a LitSara Traditional Wisdom Tour for Sarawak’s industry partners with the support of Sarawak Tourism Board (STB).
The LitSara Traditional Wisdom Tour is a one and a half hour tour where visitors will get a chance to discover enchanting fragrances from Sarawak’s indigenous herbs and plants, including their traditional knowledge, uses for food, medicine, health and many more.
The programme consists of a mindful walk through SBC’s Ethnobotanical Garden to get up close and personal to centuries old traditional knowledge from various communities in Sarawak. Visitors can also visit the SBC’s Gallery and indulge in a hands-on activity by making their own aromatherapy essential oil.
At the end of the tour, visitors will be able to experience a Traditional Steam Spa ‘Native Style’, infused with wild herbs and spices to soothe your tired feet and body. The tour finishes with a native story-telling and visitors will bring back their preferred “LitSara Gift Set”.
KUCHING – Sarawak’s iconic event, the Rainforest World Music Festival has once again managed to secure a position in the Transglobal World Music Chart (TWCM) Festival Awards 2019, emerging at No.8 in the “Global Top 10” category.
TWMC launched their Festival Awards for the first time in 2018 with a goal to inspire appreciation towards music from the different cultures of the world and as a tool to develop music scenario of people in many areas of life.
During the winning announcement, Transglobal World Music Chart co-founder and Festival Awards coordinator Araceli Tzigane Sánchez said that after the evaluation of the previous edition, at least one of the festivals that repeated this year has improved, following their assessment.
The 2019 RWMF closed with 23,650 festival goers, featuring 30 bands and over 200 performers at the Theatre Stage, Emerging Band Stage and also at the mini sessions.
This year’s Rainforest World Music Festival will be held from July 10 to 12, 2020, at Sarawak Cultural Village, Kuching, Sarawak.
For more information and updates on the festival, visit the official website at https://rwmf.net/.
SRI AMAN – The resort management of Aiman Batang Ai Resort & Retreat is glad to inform that they will continue to operate as usual despite their renovation process which will take place starting April 1, 2020.
However, the resort will be partially closed in stages for renovation with minimal interruption to in-house guests.
All pending room blockings will be honoured and the contract rate for 2020/2021 will be issued with new rates, terms and conditions according to the management of Aiman Batang Ai Resort & Retreat.
For more information and enquiries, visit the Aiman Batang Ai Resort & Retreat official website at https://www.aimanbatangai.com or contact Mr. Edward Minggat, the Resort Operation Manager at +6013-851 1224.
FINLAND – To kick start the new year, Sarawak Tourism Board will be participating in the MATKA Nordic Fair, happening on January 16 to 19 at the Helsinki Exhibition and Convention Centre, Finland.
This year’s participation is under Tourism Malaysia Pavilion Stand No. 7n101 in Halls 6 and 7. During the exhibition week on January 15 and 16, MATKA is open only for travel trade professionals and will open for the general public starting January 17.
On January 16, three Sarawak’s products will be launched; the Sibu and the Central Region, the Trans-Borneo Cycling and the launching of Rainforest World Music Festival 2020 that will be happening on July 10 to 12, 2020. These launches are expected to create an impact in terms of branding and innovation of Sarawak to tie up with Visit Sarawak Campaign 2020.
There will also be a Tourism Malaysia The Hague and Sarawak Tourism Seminar 2020 on January 21, organised jointly by Sarawak Tourism and Tourism Malaysia at the Corendon Village Hotel, Amsterdam for a session with the Dutch tour operators and media on the updates and present Sarawak’s new products.
KUCHING – The cruise ship Silver Spirit berthed on the morning of January 1, 2020 at the Senari Port, Kuching.
A total of 595 cruise passengers mainly from Australia and Europe were accorded with a Sarawak traditional cultural welcoming and garlanding, supported by Sarawak Tourism Board.
The passengers were offered shore excursions to some of the tourist attractions such as the Annah Rais Longhouse and Semenggoh Wildlife Centre, Sarawak River Cruise and also a trip to Sarawak Cultural Village, to experience the nature and the diverse culture of Sarawak.
The Silver Spirit is operated under the luxury cruise line Silver Sea, which operates to more than 900 destinations with 11 ultra-luxury cruises.
Sarawak is expected to receive a total of 15 cruise ships this year.