Winner of “Indie Video competition”

The Indie Video Competition with the theme “Sarawak: More to Discover”, announced their winners recently with Nazmi Nasse Ruddin taking home the grand prize of RM10,000.

First and second runners-up were Chong Ee Vei and Jeremy Emang Jecky, winning RM5,000 and RM3,000, respectively.

Consolation prize winners were Mohammed Alfiani Zizam Adeng and his team, Mohamad Faizuan Mat and his team, and Chai Teck Hua with a prize of RM500 each.

The competition was organised by Sarawak Tourism Federation (STF) in collaboration with Sarawak Tourism Board (STB), and winning entries will be used in digital promotion of Sarawak as a tourism destination.

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Sarawak participating in ITB Berlin

Sarawak Tourism Board and their travel trade partners will be participating in ITB Berlin from March 6 to 10 at the Messe Berlin.

The Sarawak delegation includes Borneo Adventure Tours & Travel, One Wayang Tour Sdn. Bhd., Ranee Boutique Suites and the Marian Boutique Lodging House.

This year, the Sarawak Booth will be located at the Tourism Malaysia Pavilion, number 26, in front of the Hall 25/26 entrance.

Minister of Tourism, Arts, Culture, Youth and Sport YB Datuk Haji Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah will also be attending ITB Berlin to launch the “Sarawak: More to Discover – Sibu and Central Region”, introducing central Sarawak as a tour destination in Europe.

Malaysia is an Official Partner Country with ITB Berlin 2019.

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Sarawak’s First Floating Mosque

Sarawak’s first floating mosque at the Kuching Waterfront will be officially opened 1st March, 2019.

The floating mosque can be viewed from the Darul Hana Bridge, adding to the waterfront’s interesting cultural skyline.

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Limited Edition Sarawak Stamp at MATTA FAIR

A set of limited edition ‘Visit Sarawak campaign’ commemorative stamps will be available at the Sarawak Booth at MATTA Fair Kuala Lumpur from March 15 to 17, at the Putra World Trade Centre.

Only 400 copies of these commemorative stamps will be given to Sarawak package buyers or those participate in activities at the Sarawak Booth, number 5058 – 5063 & 5068 – 5073 (Hall 5).

Among activities at the booth are a Photo Booth Instagram Contest, puzzle games and Rubik’s cube game.

The Sarawak Tourism Board encourages stamp collectors to come to purchase a package or participate in games at the booth to add these iconic Sarawak stamps to their collection.

Aside from games, the Sarawak booth at MATTA will also feature a virtual reality display, musical performances by local Sarawakian band Meruked, food sampling and tuak tasting, as well as ‘Show & Tell’, featuring sago worms, local fruit and pepper plants.

16 Sarawak delegates will be attending the Fair, namely Amogha Tours & Travel, Borneo Happy Farm, Borneo Highlands Hornbill Golf & Jungle Club Berhad, Brighton Travel & Tour, CPH Travel Agencies, Great Leap Tours, Greatown Travel Sdn. Bhd., Hotel Grand Continental Kuching, Inter-Continental Travel Centre, Kuching Holidays & Car Rental, Mega Hotel, Miri, Sunshine Joytour Borneo, Tanahmas Hotel Sibu, Tourism & Hospitality Group, SEDC Sarawak, Tropical Adventure Tours & Travel, and Tune Hotel Waterfront Kuching.

Samarahan Bike Challenge

March 30-31

The 6th edition of the Samarahan Bike Challenge 2019 takes place on March 30-31.

This Bike Challenge is one of the biggest bicycle racing events  in Sarawak, with  categories such as the Elite or ‘The Road Warrior’, Veteran or ‘All Star’, Sarawak Close, Ladies and Juniors, and  routs  varying from four to eight kilometers.

The event consists of five main categories open for both amateur and professional cyclists and is held annually with participation from Sarawak, Peninsular Malaysia, Indonesia, Ireland and South Africa.

Image shows Samarahan Bike Challenge 2016 starting line in front of Summer Mall. Photo Credit: Borneo Post.
Image shows Samarahan Bike Challenge 2016 starting line in front of Summer Mall. Photo Credit: Borneo Post.


Other Events

Sarikei Fishing Safari (March 30)

Danu Lake Festival (April 5-7)

Baleh-Kapit Raft Safari (April 5-7)


 

Miri Marathon 2019

March 17

Miri Marathon will take place on March 17 with routes of 42, 21 and 10km distances.

The marathon is held every year with the objective of fostering a healthy lifestyle and a passion for running among the communities of Miri, young and old alike.

The Miri Marathon has been successfully held since 2017, and grows every year.

For contact or information, please visit http://mmamarathon.com/

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Sarawak wraps up at the Flight Centre Travel Expo

The Sarawak Tourism Board wrapped up at the Flight Centre Travel Expo, where they attended the expo in Sydney and Melbourne on February 2-3 and 9-10.

The Board was able to promote Sarawak directly to the Australian consumers, who were eager to hear more about the responsible tourism and experiential tourism attractions within Sarawak.

The expo was a success in raising awareness on the authenticity and vastness of Sarawak’s attractions, particularly in Culture, Adventure, Nature, Food and Festivals as well.

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Sarawak Tourism Business Networking Sessions

The Sarawak Tourism Board will be having a networking session roadshow in Singapore, Johor, Kuala Lumpur and Penang from February 25 to 28.

The sessions in Singapore on February 25 will be held at the Carlton Hotel from 2:00pm to 5:00pm, while the Johor Bahru session will be held the next day at the Amari Hotel from 9:30am to 1:00pm.

On February 27, the Kuala Lumpur session will take place at the Pullman Hotel (City Centre) from 9:30am to 1:00pm, and the Penang session on the February 28 takes place at the Wembley Hotel from 9:30am to 1:00pm.

This networking session will be held to network with travel agents in the area and open new business ventures with those interested in partnering with the board to promote Sarawak as a tourism destination.

Sarawak Arts Council Open Day at the old DUN

The Sarawak Arts Council (Majlis Seni Sarawak or MSS) will be actively holding workshops on traditional dance choreography of the different ethnic groups in Sarawak.

Courses on traditional music, vocals and dance, as well as training for aspiring art tutors and teachers, will also be organised.

MSS’s vision is to build a community that is appreciative of the arts through MSS’s positive, productive, creative and evaluative efforts, and they begin these efforts after February 17.

MSS recently held its Open Day on February 11 to 17 at the old Dewan Undangan Negeri (DUN) Complex, with stalls selling tradition arts and crafts as well as food.

There were dance and music performances throughout the event, with children’s competitions and an open counter to register for future workshops.

For more information on their programmes, please contact Easter Melebeh: +60126090477.

Showcasing the orang ulu traditional attire.
Showcasing the orang ulu traditional attire.

Implementation of Tourism Tax 2019 at Sarawak National Parks

Effective 1 February 2019, Tourism Tax will be imposed on foreign tourists staying at park accommodation. It shall be the duty of the tourist to pay the Tax at a rate of Ringgit Malaysia Ten only (RM 10.00) per room per night (Tourism Tax (Rate of Tax) Order 2017 – P.U. (A) 241).

All overnight tourists are also required to present their physical passports at the Registration Counter of each park.

For more information visit Sarawak Forestry Website.

Bako National Park