Express Air Now Connects UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Miri and Jogjakarta

Travel agents who are particularly interested in packaging UNESCO World Heritage Sites will be in for a good business potential with the launching of the inaugural Pontianak-Miri direct flight which was   launched on December 12.

The combination of the UNESCO’s World Heritage sites of Gunung Mulu in Miri Sarawak and the Borobudur in Jogjakarta, Indonesia will only be a few hours away for tourists to visit, thanks to Express Air Indonesia which provides connection with a stop in Pontianak, Indonesia.

The twice weekly Pontianak-Miri-Pontianak route will be on every Tuesdays and Saturdays with a flight duration of one and a half hours.

XpressAir inaugural Pontianak-Miri flight receiving water salute at Miri Airport.
XpressAir inaugural Pontianak-Miri flight receiving water salute at Miri Airport.

Christmas Time in Sarawak

Christmas events including parades and Christmas tree decoration contests will be held throughout Kuching, Miri and Sibu in the month of December.

The 8th ChristmasTree Decoration Contest at the Sibu Town Square will take place from November 27 to December 31 and the Christmas trees decoration throughout the month of December in Sibu. The winner will be announced during the New Year Countdown.

The Kuching Christmas Parade will be held on December 2 at the MBKS Jubilee Grounds, which has been an annual event since 2007 and attracted over 6000 attendees last year.

The 10th edition of Miri City Christmas Parade will take place on December 9, beginning at Miri City Fan and the main streets of Miri.

A combined effort of the Miri City Council and 15 churches from in and around Miri, the parade is expected to attract 45,000 people this year.


7th Sibu Bike Week

The seventh edition of the Sibu Bike Week will take place on December 8 to 10 at the Sibu Town Square.

The three day event features activities including motorcycle and car exhibitions, Big Bike competitions, Swan City Ride, car drift and stunt bike shows as well as exhibition booths for all manner of bike and car paraphernalia.

In addition there will be entertainment such as tattoo exhibitions and competition, skateboarding competition, dance and local band performances, a “Battle of the Bands” and a Miss Sibu Bike Week  contest.

The event aims to bring together big bike owners and enthusiasts as well as curious members of the community, to appreciate high powered motorcycles and the artistry behind them.

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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


Royal Brunei Airlines FAM trip

The Royal Brunei Airlines jointly with Sarawak Tourism Board recently organise a Familiarisation Trip (FAM trip) for Melbourne based tour agents to Miri and Gunung Mulu National Park from November 25 to 28.  

The FAM trip consisted of five travel agents from Melbourne, who flew in to Bandar Seri Begawan and stayed at the Pullman Miri Waterfront and Mulu Marriott Resort and Spa. 

The group visited the Gunung Mulu National Park where they went to the Lang, Deer, Wind and the Clearwater Caves, experiencing a canopy walk and visited the Penan settlement before proceeding to the Borneo Tropical Rainforest Resort and Entulang longhouse.


More International Flights

The inaugural flights for the Kuching-Shenzen direct route and the Pontianak-Miri direct route will be taking place in December.

The Pontianak-Miri flight will be launched on December 12 while the Kuching-Shenzen inaugural flight is on December 26.

This direct flight is expected to increase the number of visitor arrivals in 2018 from Indonesia and China, while at the same time generate income for local transportation, Food and Beverage and related industries.


Sarawak Tourism Industry Syndication

The Sarawak Tourism Industry Syndication ‘road tour’ began in Kuching on November 24, before moving on to Miri and Sibu on November 27 and 28 respectively.

The Syndication held annually is aimed  to touch base with local industry partners, renewing agreements and taking feedback as well as reviewing plans for 2018, with the aim of increasing visitor arrivals and tourism revenue into Sarawak.

The Sarawak Tourism Board renewed its marketing commitments from previous years while also taking suggestions on how to spearhead Sarawak’s tourism promotion to the world in the years to come.


Borneo Youth Sape Festival

The first Borneo Youth Sape Festival is taking place on December 2 from eight in the morning till midnight at Zoo Bee’s 1Malaysia Cultural Village in Sibu.

This Festival celebrates the iconic instrument of Sarawak and the island of Borneo, the Sape or the ‘Boat lute’, with musicians sharing their traditional and contemporary music centred around the instrument.

The Sape Festival features some of Sarawak’s largest names in Sape music including jerry kamit, Alena Murang, At Adau and many more.

Tickets are priced at RM48 for adults and RM15 for children.

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Taste of Borneo Carnival 2017

The ten-day Taste of Borneo Carnival takes place in Miri from November 24 to December 3 at the Boulevard Open Carpark.

This Carnival brings together multi-cultural food and drink throughout the island of Borneo.

In addition to food, there will be cultural dance performances and competitions such as the Environmental Clothing Contest, a Mr. Borneo Carnival 2017 and a traditional Chinese Cheongsam Costume contest, as well as a Mandarin singing concert and many other cultural performances.

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