This year, the Borneo Jazz Festival will take place on May 12 and 13 in Miri City, and is being held, as always, at the ParkCity Everly Hotel.
The festival features a wide array of Jazz-subgenres with both international and home grown musicians taking the stage.
In 2017 we celebrate the 12th Borneo Jazz Festival and will introduce an expanded musical outreach programme, with classes on jazz percussions and keyboard for aspiring Jazz musicians and Jazz enthusiasts.
The Samarahan Bike Challenge 2017 will take place on March 19, at the Summer Mall at Jalan Datuk Mohd. Musa, Kota Samarahan about 25km from Kuching City Centre.
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 routes varying from four to eight kilometers.
This annual event is jointly organised by the Divisional Tourism Task Group (DTTG), the Samarahan District Office and the Sarawak Cycling Association.
The Sibu 2017 Tower Run will take place on March 11 with some 300 registered runners participating.
The contestants will be running an initial 5-kilometre route before racing up the staircase of the 28-story, 126m high Wisma Sanyan building, otherwise known as the Sibu Tower, which is the tallest building in Sarawak.
The Tower Run is one of the biggest sports attraction in Sibu, as it pushes the limit of endurance and speed of the runners, with many participants returning to beat their own records from previous years.
The Tower Run is jointly organised by DNA Sports and the Sibu Municipal Council.
The Kuching Heritage Trail, showcasing the State’s historical and cultural legacy of beautiful Chinese and Malay architecture and colonial buildings from the Brookes’ era, is a testimonial to Kuching’s rich heritage dating back to the 19th century.
At the oldest temples in Kuching along the waterfront, travellers can learn a little about the religion of the first Chinese settlers in the city whose religious beliefs are still practised to this day.
Here, history continues in the daily lives of the shop-owners, descended from the original tin craftsmen and traditional medicine vendors, and who continue to market their wares as they had generations ago.
The Museum caps the trail, with galleries displaying art and lifestyles of the local tribes, including life-sized replicas of traditional houses so travellers can truly experience what it felt like to live in the ‘olden days’ of Sarawak.
Sibu Sentral’s concept plans have been unveiled, revealing exciting designs based on Kuching Central Bus Terminal and Kuala Lumpur International Airport Terminal 2 (KLIA2).
The integrated hub is located on a 9.36-acre site at Tun Ahmad Zaidi Adruce Road, close to entertainment and public areas such as Farley and Sing Kong Commercial Centre, Kpg. Sentosa, Sibu General Hospital and Sibu Regional Wharf.
Sandwiched within the central region between Kuching and Miri, Sibu welcomes commuters from the rest of Sarawak as well as neighbouring countries such as Brunei and Kalimantan, Indonesia.
Sibu Sentral will include 200 units for residential apartments and a 171-roomed, 3-star hotel for those in transit, while the terminal area will also include a hypermarket, department stores, entertainment and food outlets.
Sarawak Tourism has won the Hospitality Sales & Marketing Association International (HSMAI) Silver Adrian Award for Travel Marketing Excellence in Public Relations for its internationally renowned Rainforest World Music Festival.
The HSMAI Adrian Awards Gala took place on February 21 at the New York Marriott Marquis, where Sarawak Tourism was announced as the winner in the category.
The 50th edition of the ASEAN International Film Festival & Awards (AIFFA) promotional campaign kicked off with a soft launch on February 16 and is set to continue until May with a brilliant repertoire of film-based activities.
This three-day biennial event will take place from May 4 – 6 2017 and will include an awards presentation ceremony lauding the best among ASEAN directors, directors of photography, main and supporting actors, writers and editors. In addition, there will be a presentation of the coveted ‘lifetime achievement and inspiration’ awards.
AIFFA however has more promotional events in store throughout March and April, including roadshows, business and networking events, conferences, free screenings, as well as youth-focussed film competitions and workshops.
April has become the month of the Frog for UNIMAS, as they will be holding six programmes for varying ages focusing on the awareness and conservation of Sarawak jungle frogs, from April 21 to 29, with the highlight event being the Sixth International Bornean Frog Race.
These programmes begin with the UNIMAS Frog Race Run on April and the Exhibition of the World’s Largest Collection of Amphibian Stamps on April 26 at the UNIMAS New Campus.
On April 27 there will be an Indo-Pacific Amphibian Symposium at UNIMAS’ DeTar Auditorium as well.
The Frog Races, beginning with the Junior Programme for primary school children secondary school children, take place on April 28 and 29 respectfully at Gunung Gading National Park, Lundu.
The Sixth International Bornean Frog Race takes place on April 29 at the Gunung Gading National Park and is open to 150 participants only.
For more information or to register for one of these programmes, visit http://internationalborneanfrograce.weebly.com/
The USCI Hotel, located opposite the Borneo Convention Centre Kuching (BCCK) at the Isthmus Commercial Hub, will soon be opened.
The Hotel has been a long awaited addition to the Isthmus Commercial Hub as the preferred hotel for conventions taking place at BCCK and will be having its first ‘hardhat walkthrough’ later this month with members of the tourism industry.
The Isthmus is an effort by the Sarawak Economic Development Corporation, creating a centralised area for conventions and business tourism, not too far from the city centre.
It is an ongoing development plan which is estimated to be completed by the year 2020.