Busy February for Sarawak Tourism

Sarawak Tourism will have a February as its officers will attend the Flight Centre Travel Expo 2017 in Sydney and Melbourne as well the TTC Travel Mart in Jakarta and Surabaya.

Having recently attended the ASEAN Tourism Forum (ATF) in Singapore this January, Sarawak Tourism is showing a sustained interest in its closest and largest markets, namely Singapore, Indonesia and Australia.

The Flight Centre Travel Expo 2017 takes place on February 4 to 12 and is a consumer travel expo where tourism industry sellers meet with potential customers, where Sarawak Tourism can encourage travel and increase awareness of Sarawak as a tourist destination.

The TTC Travel Mart takes place on February 20 to 22, and is a B2B event where international tour industry sellers can meet with local buyers to discuss new business ventures.

Sarawak Tourism has many other travel fairs lined up for the year 2017.

Image shows Sarawak Tourism industry partners at ASEAN Tourism Forum, the first Travel Fair of 2017.
Image shows Sarawak Tourism industry partners at ASEAN Tourism Forum, the first Travel Fair of 2017.

3D Art Display at Borneo House Museum

The Borneo House Museum interactive 3D Art Display is now officially opened.

The museum showcases Sarawak’s nature, culture, heritage and food in a new and interactive way providing an experience.

The museum comprises four Zones; Sarawak’s Nature, Old Sarawak, Sarawak Today and Sarawak’s Iconic Food.   

All the murals, art pieces and displays are a combined effort of Sarawakian artists, some of whom have direct connections to the history they are recreating in the museum.

Plans are underway to extend the museum to include more extensive historical displays from the Brooke and World War Two eras.

For more information, contact borneohousemuseum@gmail.com

Image shows tourist at the interactive Borneo House Museum. Photo Credit: Henerita Saran
Image shows tourist at the interactive Borneo House Museum. Photo Credit: Henerita Saran

Chinese Relics Unearthed Near Kuching Waterfront

A construction crew discovered a treasure trove of relics during routine construction on the drainage system just outside of the Waterfront Police Station at Jalan Khoo Yeag.

The Chinese potteries are believed to be roughly 200 years old, and Sarawak Museum Department Deputy Director, Dr. Charles Leh Moi Ung has stated that they believe the items are from the Qing Dynasty era, though further examination is needed to determine that for sure.

The discovery has surprised local historians as the area was believed to be an untouched mangrove forest during that time, and are now looking into the possibility of early Chinese civilizations in that area of Kuching.

The pieces of potteries are currently being researched and kept at the Sarawak Museum.

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Kuching Heritage Race

A seven day state of mourning has been announced throughout Sarawak, and out of respect of the late Datuk Patinggi Tan Sri Datuk Amar Haji Adenan bin Satem, events such as the Monster Dash and the Kuching Heritage Race have been postponed to a later date.

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Miri Country Music Fest

February 25 fast approaches, as the Miri Country Music Festival (MCMF) returns for another epic installment.

Featuring international names like Shane Smith & The Saints and The Strange Pilgrim, as well as local country bands such as the Mountain Wind and Country Road, it’s a fiesta for the country music enthusiasts.

The MCMF has become part and parcel with Miri’s local communities, with entire families coming down and making a day of it for two days, enjoying the food, games and music.

This year’s MCMF will be taking place on February 25 and 26, at the ParkCity Everly Hotel, the same location of the 12th Borneo Jazz Festival on May 12 and 13.

Photo Credit: Place Borneo Sdn Bhd
Photo Credit: Place Borneo Sdn Bhd

Visit Sibu Year 2017

This year rings in the new Visit Sibu Year initiative which was launched in March 2016.

Sibu has many hidden attractions, the most popular of which is the food trail that begins at the large fresh market in the centre of town and weaves through backroads to the next delicacy, with the Sibu Street Art marking the way.

The Sibu Street Art peppered throughout the town, display the significant moments in Sibu’s history as well as significant foods and art within the town, depicting its cultural heritage.

The Borneo Cultural Festival in July as well as the sixth Sibu International Dance Festival in August, display the cultural and ethnic diversity that can be found in Sibu, while also encouraging the preservation of those cultures.

Sibu is less than an hour from some of the oldest longhouse communities in Sarawak, with various competitive races throughout the year including remote control boat racing, as well as the Sibu Bike Week which has brought big bikers from around the world to careen the streets of Sibu.

A unique mix of people, lifestyles and attractions, Sibu is definitely a must-visit in 2017.

Photo Credit: Wikipedia
Photo Credit: Wikipedia

Kuala Baram Wetlands to Be Turned Into Bird Sanctuary

The Kuala Baram Wetland will be turned into a bird conservation area where more than 132 species of migratory birds are known to frequent.

The Malaysia Nature Society (MNS) has confirmed that the area is vital to migratory birds from the northern hemisphere, with sightings of the very rare Chinese Tern have been seen in the area.

The protected are spans roughly 600 hectares just outside of Miri City, and will be monitored by the Sarawak Forestry Department (SFD) and MNS for future scientific research and publications.

Over time, the SFD is planning on turning it into a location like the Bako National Park, where visitors can come and see the wildlife in its natural and protected habitat.

Sarawak Forestry Department Director Sapuan Ahmad signs the plaque as a symbolic gesture to launch Kuala Baram Wetland as a bird conservation area. MNS Miri chairman, Musa Musbah is at second left, front row. Photo credit: Borneo Post
Sarawak Forestry Department Director Sapuan Ahmad signs the plaque as a symbolic gesture to launch Kuala Baram Wetland as a bird conservation area. MNS Miri chairman, Musa Musbah is at second left, front row. Photo credit: Borneo Post

BEACON Project at Similajau National Park

The annual reef and beach cleaning activities conducted by the Biodiversity, Environment and Conservation (BEACON) Project has now entered into its third year at the Similajau National Park.

It aims to turn the Park, located just outside of Bintulu, into the “Green Lung of Bintulu”.

The Project’s secondary component in Conservation, Education and Public Awareness (CEPA), where groups or programmes such as the Friends of Nature programme brings people into the national park to participate in the cleaning.

The Project is organized by the MLNG Group of Companies, a subsidiary company of Petronas and the Sarawak Forestry Corporation.

To date some 120 students from 21 secondary schools and 21 chaperon-teachers had participated in the Friends of Nature programme.

Entering the third year, the BEACON Project has proven to be effective in improving the marine wildlife and reefs in the area.

The Assistant Minister for Environment and Assistant Minister for Workforce Development and Training Sarawak, Datu Haji Len Talif Salleh, attended this year’s BEACON reef cleaning in September.

Picture shows coral reefs and a diver in Bintulu
Picture shows coral reefs and a diver in Bintulu

MOU Signed To Facilitate Taiwan Charter

On November 4, 2016 the signing of a memorandum of understanding (MOU) between the Sarawak Tourism Board and Taipei based See Mark Travel Services at the Taipei International Travel Fair took place at the Taiwan World Trade Centre, enabling See mark Travel Services to run charter flights from Taipei to Kuching.

The flights begin on January 28th and subsequently on June to August 2017, totalling in 19 flights with one flight every five days.

The Chairman of the Board, Datuk Abdul Wahab Aziz signed the MOU and See Mark Travel Services was represented by See Mark’s General Manager, Mr. Mark Chen, while the ceremony was witnessed by the Permanent Secretary to the Ministry of Tourism, Arts and Culture, Datu Ik Pahon Joyik and Mr. Chen Chiang Yang, See Marks’ Sales Manager.

Sarawak Deputy Chief Minister and Minister for Tourism, Datuk Amar Abang Haji Johari Tun Openg, who witnessed the exchange of the MOU with his Assistant, Datuk Lee Kim Shin, led a six-member delegation to Taiwan and held discussions with Taiwan’s Far Eastern Airways and Malindo Air on the possibilities of mounting direct schedule flights to Kuching in the near future.

Picture shows Datuk Wahab seated second from left, flanked by Mr. Mark Chen on his left signing the MOU witnessed by Datu Ik seated at left and Mr. Chen (right). Also seen standing from left, Datuk Lee, Datuk Amar Abang Johari, Datuk Adeline and Ahmad Faisal.
Picture shows Datuk Wahab seated second from left, flanked by Mr. Mark Chen on his left signing the MOU witnessed by Datu Ik seated at left and Mr. Chen (right). Also seen standing from left, Datuk Lee, Datuk Amar Abang Johari, Datuk Adeline and Ahmad Faisal.

Urang Sarawak ‘Pameran Tentang Kita’ Gallery

The Urang Sarawak “Pameran Tentang Kita”, or the Sarawak People “Gallery about Us” is officially open for viewing at the Sarawak Art Museum just opposite the State Museum, making it the third gallery to open along the city centre.
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The Urang Sarawak gallery displays different historical traits of the Sarawak people spanning across different eras such as the Colonial era and the World War era, with the intent of educating the people on the political and cultural heritage of the different ethnicities within Sarawak.

With displays ranging from art to artifact, the gallery covers the different aspects of the sociocultural lifestyles of the Sarawak people, including religion, cosmology and cultural arts.

While the gallery was originally planned to be a temporary replacement for the main building gallery while the State Museum is under renovations, there are hopes that this gallery will remain as it is or relocate to a wing of the main museum, as it has garnered a lot of interest from locals and tourists for its informational and appreciative representation of the many races and tribes in Sarawak.

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