Another Accolade for Sarawak Tourism Board

KUCHING – Sarawak Tourism Board received another recognition for its effort to enhance tourism through the internationally renowned Rainforest World Music Festival (RWMF)

The Malaysia Iconic Event Award 2019 was presented to STB’s CEO, Puan Sharzede Datu Haji Salleh Askor at a ceremony held at the Malaysia Business Events Awards (MBEA) Night on October 23 at the Malaysia International Trade and Exhibition Centre (MITEC), Kuala Lumpur.

Organized by the Malaysian Association of Convention and Exhibition Organisers (MACEOS), this award gave recognition to the best business events organised by   the Business Events fraternity in honouring their excellence and professional services.

“Proven to be more than just a music festival, the Rainforest World Music Festival provides the opportunity for everyone to listen to music from all over the world and learn about the different and unique instruments,” said Sharzede.

With sustainability as key consideration during this year’s festival, green initiatives were incorporated including the emphasis on biodegradable tableware and discouraging the usage of bottled water.

Sarawak Tourism Board CEO, Sharzede (third left) receiving the award during the Malaysia Business Event Award Night 2019.
Sarawak Tourism Board CEO, Sharzede (third left) receiving the award during the Malaysia Business Event Award Night 2019.

Samarahan Food Festival

NOVEMBER 1 – 11

KOTA SAMARAHAN – The Samarahan Food Festival will be held from November 1 to 11, and will be held at the Summer Shopping Mall in Kota Samarahan.

Organised by the Kota Samarahan Municipal Council (MPKS), the festival is back with more exciting traditional cuisines reflecting the various ethnic groups in Sarawak as well as from our neighbouring countries including Indonesia and Thailand.

Besides featuring food, the festival will also showcase various performances by local singers, dancers and cultural troupes, with games, beauty pageants and cooking contests.

For more information and updates, visit the Summer Shopping Mall Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/summershoppingmall/.

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Borneo Highland Padawan Nature Challenge

OCTOBER 20

KUCHING – The Borneo Highland Padawan Nature Challenge will be held on October 20, 2019 at Borneo Highland Resort, Padawan near the city.

This challenge is particularly for nature lovers, thrill seekers and adventurous individuals, who seek not only to enjoy the beauty of Padawan’s mountain range but also be able to enjoy amazing sceneries towards the Kalimantan, Indonesia’s viewpoint.

Organized by Padawan Municipal Council, this challenge is targeting 300 participants both locally and internationally to compete in the various categories including the 6 km Aman Bridge Fun Run, 10 km Simangas Waterfall Run, 16 km Bung Penrissen Hill Challenge and the 22 km Kalimantan Viewpoint Trail Road.

Details and participation in the Borneo Highland Padawan Nature Challenge can be found at https://gritevent.com/padawan/.

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Bintangor Citrus Festival 2019

OCTOBER 19 – 27

SIBUThe Bintangor Citrus Festival 2019 will be held from October 19 to 27, in Sibu and will showcase various fruit produce that the district has to offer.

Activities including cooking competition with citrus as its main ingredient, cultural performances, traditional and modern sports competition, beauty pageants, strongmen competition, boat races, poster drawing competition and fishing will also be held.

For more information, contact the Meradong District Office at 6084-693 245.

Photo shows the racing boat prepared for the festival
Photo shows the racing boat prepared for the festival

New Look for Visitors’ Information Centre in Kuching

KUCHING – Sarawak Tourism Board will launch its new Visitors’ Information Centre (VIC) Kuching on October 23 at Block B, Old Courthouse Complex in Kuching.

The information centre provides visitors and tourists for easy access to information needed to enhance their travelling experiences in Sarawak.

The centre will also provide applications for online permits and accommodations for the National Parks.

There are three VICs each located at Kuching, Sibu and Miri.

Photo shows the newly “image” of Visitors’ Information Centre Kuching
Photo shows the newly “image” of Visitors’ Information Centre Kuching

STB Pioneers Joint Waste Management Programme with Hotels

KUCHING – Sarawak Tourism Board launched its pioneer Waste Management Programme with local hotels on October 9 as part of the Board’s initiative in pursuing its Responsible Tourism initiatives.

The programme, launched by the Minister of Tourism, Arts and Culture Sarawak, YB Datuk Haji Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah, is a long term joint collaboration project with WormingUp Sdn Bhd, a local NGO, aimed to raise awareness on proper food waste management and reduce its disposal at landfill sites.

The programme received participation from six local hotel partners mainly Hilton Hotel, Riverside Majestic, Merdeka Palace, Grand Dormani Rajah Court Hotel, Kuching Park and UCSI Hotel.

This ongoing campaign is expected to be expanded to cover the whole of Sarawak region within the next three years aimed to include restaurants, shopping malls and schools.

Photo shows six hotel partners participating in the pledge signing ceremony, witnessed by the Minister of Tourism, Arts and Culture, YB Datuk Haji Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah standing third from left.
Photo shows six hotel partners participating in the pledge signing ceremony, witnessed by the Minister of Tourism, Arts and Culture, YB Datuk Haji Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah standing third from left.

See You At WTM London

LONDON – Meet us at the World Travel Market (WTM) in London on November 4 to 6 at the Excel, London, United Kingdom.

We are located at the Malaysia Pavilion booth No.AS600, and partners who want to know more about Sarawak are warmly welcome to discuss with us and with our local Sarawak representatives.

Joining us at the Malaysia Pavilion are Amogha Tours and Travel Sdn Bhd, One Wayang Tours Sdn Bhd, Greatown Travel Sdn Bhd, CPH Travel Agencies, Ecogreen Holidays, Grand Margherita Hotel and Riverside Majestic Hotel (Puteri Wing and Astana Wing).

We will also be launching new products including the Trans-Borneo Cycling, Sibu and Central Region and our special National Geographic Traveller’s Sarawak Special Feature on November 5.

Other than our product launching, join us to witness our special solo performances by Sarawak traditional nose flute (Selingut) and Sape musician.

Photo shows the Malaysia pavilion 2018
Photo shows the Malaysia pavilion 2018

SINIAWAN COUNTRY MUSIC FESTIVAL 2019

OCTOBER 4 – 5

KUCHING – The 4th edition of Siniawan Country Music Festival will be held on October 4 – 5 at Siniawan Old Town, Bau, near Kuching

This year’s theme “Take me home to Siniawan Country Music Festival 2019” will witness the gathering of country music lovers from all over Malaysia in a  cowboy style setting.

There will be eleven country musical groups performing in the two-day event, representing  Sabah, Kuala Lumpur, Melaka, Pulau Pinang, Indonesia, Singapore as well as Miri, Betong and Kuching.

For more information, visit Siniawan Country Music Festival 2019 Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/scmfest19/.

Photo shows one of the performances at Siniawan Country Music Festival last year.
Photo shows one of the performances at Siniawan Country Music Festival last year.

EXCITEMENT AWAITS SARAWAK AT ITB ASIA

SINGAPORE – Sarawak Tourism Board and its travel trade representatives from the State will be at the ITB Asia which will be held on October 16 – 18, 2019 at Sands Expo and Convention Centre, Marina Bay Sands, Singapore.

The Sarawak pavilion is located at booth B05 and all partners who are interested to know more about the destination and its business opportunities offered are welcome to discuss with the Sarawak trade delegation.

The Sarawak delegation will consist of travel agencies, product owners and hoteliers including the CPH Travel, Sarawak Convention Bureau, Kuching Holidays Tour and Car Rental Sdn Bhd, Minda Nusantara Tours & Travel Agencies, Tropical Adventure Tours & Travel, One Wayang Tour Sdn Bhd, Greatown Travel & Tour, Innosar Holidays, Authentic Borneo Tours, Borneo Adventure and Marian Boutique Lodging House.   

Organised by Messe Berlin (Singapore Pte Ltd) and supported by the Singapore Exhibition and Convention Bureau, the trade show is expected to welcome more than 11,000 delegates from 127 countries.

Photo shows exhibitors and buyers at ITB Asia
Photo shows exhibitors and buyers at ITB Asia

Spartan Race Sarawak

October 19 – 20

KUCHING – The world’s number one obstacle racing brand, the Spartan Race, will make its first debut in Borneo on October 19 to October 20.

Organized by the Kuching Fitness Association together with MUSE Group as co-organizer, the race introduced obstacle racing at various levels including the Sprint (5km), Beast (21km), Ultra (42km) and Hurricane Heat (12 hours) categories, where beginners and professional racers will be looking forward to test themselves physically and mentally.

It is also the first time the Hurricane Heat 12 Hours category is introduced in Malaysia where participants are challenged in a non-stop 12 hours race.

Details and participation in Spartan Race Sarawak can be found at www.spartanrace.my.

Picture shows one of the participant in Spartan Race
Picture shows one of the participant in Spartan Race