Registration for First Bario Trail Run

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The first Bario Trail Run will take place on September 15 and is open for registration on May 15.

Registration costs RM135.00 before 15 June and RM160.00 till it closes.

The Bario Trail Run is 21km in length through the wild Bario jungle and is a sports tourism event that hopes to encourage appreciation for Bario’s rich nature, to maintain the running trails and groom the local people to organize international events in Bario. 

With limited inbound and outbound flights, those who register for the Trail Run need to stay in Bario for a few days, so accommodation deals are being prepared for runners.

Bario Homestay provides four day three night accommodation with hotel transfer and meals for RM350.00. One of the Borneo Trail Run packages provides four day three nights, with full room and board, meals, registration fees and MASwings return tickets for RM650.00, with terms and conditions. 

For registration, contact Julien Rang at 01125081114/0198888732 or email to [email protected]

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Sarawak Tourism Roadshow B2B in Australia

The Sarawak Tourism Roadshow B2B (Business to Business) in Australia is set to take place on May 22 to 29 in three cities, namely Sydney on the 22nd, Melbourne on the 24th and Perth on the 29th

The programme will consist of a Buyers Meet Sellers Breakfast Session in the morning, to focus on the Product andSales Managers.

An evening Networking Session will place after working hours and will be open to all.

To further strengthen our presence in Australia, a Sarawak Product Update Seminar will be held followed by a B2B session for Sarawak industry partners to meet the Australian agents in all three cities.

Approximately 80 to 100 Australian agents will be invited to the B2B session at each venue with five local Sarawak agents participating in this roadshow.

This roadshow is a joint collaboration with Sabah Tourism with the support of MAS Sydney and RBA Melbourne.    

New Zealanders get to “Meet Malaysia” and visit Sarawak

Low-cost airline AirAsia has launched the “Meet Malaysia” campaign on April 24, which aims to attract couples from New Zealand to visit Malaysia, specifically in Sarawak.

Anyone who chooses to match with the destination “Ma Laysia” on the Tinder dating app, stands a chance to win tickets to the Borneo Jazz Festival or Rainforest World Music Festival.

AirAsia hopes that the campaign will be able to attract travellers intent on visiting similar destinations like Thailand, Indonesia and Vietnam.

AirAsia is the Sarawak Tourism Board’s official Airlines Partner for the Borneo Jazz Festival and Rainforest World Music Festival, which will take place on May 11 to 13 and July 13 to 15 respectively.

AirAsia operates seven flights per week from Auckland to Kuala Lumpur with connections to Kuching, Miri, Sibu and Bintulu.


“Make it Malaysia” Mega Familiarisation Adventure

Malaysia Airlines (MAS) UK organised the MAS Make it Malaysia Mega Familiarisation (FAM) Adventure to Sarawak, covering attractions in Kuching and Mulu with 15 tour agents and officials from the UK on April 24 to 29.

The FAM trip lasted for six days and covered the Mulu National Park and its show caves in Mulu and Fort Margherita, Sunset River Cruise, Semenggoh Wildlife and Nature Centre, AnnahRais Longhouse, and Bako National Park in Kuching.

A tourism networking session between local tour operators and the visiting tour agents was also held in Kuching to facilitate possible new business ventures in marketing Sarawak to the UK travel market.

“It is a real privilege to make this week-long visit to Sarawak along with more than a dozen of our top selling UK agents, most of whom had never been to the region before,” said Steven Bresh, Head of Leisure Sales, MAS UK & Europe.

The UK has been Sarawak’s largest long-haul visitor market for many years, with 33,399 arrivals from the UK in 2017, a 6.8% increase from the year before.

UK travel agents on the Sunset River Cruise in Kuching
UK travel agents on the Sunset River Cruise in Kuching

Gawai Carnival Redeems 2018

May 25-26

Gawai celebrations take every region by storm every year, and the annual Gawai Carnival Redeems at Kampung Apar Singai, Bau is no exception.

Gawai is a local native celebration to revel in the rice harvest season.

The Carnival features traditional food, arts, crafts and cultural performances and culture through a festivities and community sports.

For more information, kindly contact REDEEMS Secretariat Tel: 082- 450 450 or visit their facebook page at


Selangau Festival

May 26 – 27

Selangau Festival takes place at Selangau in Sibu, just 74km from Sibu town on the weekend.

It features an annual Rafting Challenge on the Batang Mukah river.

With competitors weaving along a winding river and lush greenery, the Rafting Challenge has become a real crowd puller in the area.

Other water sports at the event are kayaking and radio-controlled boat racing while the “Selangau Bazaaar” takes place on the sidelines.

For more information, call 084-336077 or 084-324694

Pesta Selangau 2017, retrieved from the official website of Majlis Daerah Luar Bandar Sibu:
Pesta Selangau 2017, retrieved from the official website of Majlis Daerah Luar Bandar Sibu:


Lawas Community Tourism Programme

A community programme themed “Solidarity as a catalyst for Community Welfare in Tourism” will be held in Lawas on April 27-29.

Lawas spans less than 4,000km2  , is 1,200 km from Kuching and roughly 200km from Kota Kinabalu, with buses from Sabah and Brunei.

The Tourism Programme features an expo on local products, workshops on cultural heritage and arts and other running events.

“The objective of the programme is to nurture unity, solidarity and integration among the local community while at the same time creating a platform for the people to promote their products and crafts,” according to Assistant Minister of Community Wellbeing Datuk Francis Harden Hollis.

Sunset over Kampung Punang Jetty in Lawas
Sunset over Kampung Punang Jetty in Lawas


Newest Family Member

The Orangutans of Semenggoh Wildlife Centre welcomed their newest family member, bringing the number of free-ranging orangutan up to 30.

The birth is believed to have happened on March 22, to 16 year old orangutan Sadamiah, who previously gave birth to a female orangutan Ruby five years ago.

The baby is yet to be named.

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Borneo Jazz 2018

The iconic Borneo Jazz festival in Miri is back and better than ever, with extended dates, a new venue and Zainal Abidin Mohamad as one of the performers.

The festival will now be held on 11 to 13 May, extending to three days instead of the usual two.

The new location has been announced, at Coco Cabana at the Marina Bay in Miri, a seaside location with an iconic seahorse lighthouse.

Having performed at the Borneo Jazz launch at Coco Cabana on March 21, internationally renowned artiste Zainal Abidin will be returning to Miri to perform during the festival.

Festival tickets are now available at

The Borneo Jazz is wholly owned by Sarawak Tourism Board and organised by No Black Tie Presents.00