The Mulu Marriott Resort & Spa has become the first rainforest resort in Asia to be awarded the Best of Malaysia Top 5 – Best Resort Experience and Excellence Award by Expatriate Lifestyle.
The Resorts that receive this annual award are voted on by Expatriate Lifestyle readers who have experienced the various Resorts for themselves.
After recent renovations throughout the resort over the past few years to better the facilities of the chalets, this looks to be a very encouraging and deserved rebound for Mulu Marriott Resort & Spa, and this award will hopefully bounce it back to the forefront of local and international travel markets.
The resort boasts 101 rooms and is just minutes away from the Mulu National Park, which is Sarawak’s first UNESCO World Heritage Site with the world’s largest natural cave chamber (Sarawak Chamber), the world’s largest cave passage (Deer Cave), the world’s largest limestone cave system (Gunung Benarat) and the longest cave in Southeast Asia (Clearwater Cave).
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.
Sarawak will now be allowing Chinese tourists to pass through the Miri International Airport as well as the Immigration, Customs, Quarantine and Security (ICQS) facility in Sungai Tujuh border to Brunei using a Special Entry Pass, effective immediately.
Sarawak’s Deputy Chief Minister Amar Abang Johari Abang Openg has expressed his continued endorsement in the wake of an influx of Chinese tourists to the state and has announced that all ICQS facilities should be equipped with these Special Entry Passes for convenience.
The purpose of the passes is to ease the travel of tourists from China throughout the state, as currently Kuching is only entry point to Sarawak equipped with Visa-On-Arrival facilities.
These passes are mutually beneficial for Sarawak and Brunei as it coincides with Brunei’s current campaign to attract more tourists from China and tourists can now move easily between Miri and Brunei with little hassle.
Sarawak is expecting to see growing arrival and demands for chartered flights to and from China in the wake of these Special Entry Passes, eliminating the tediousness of pre-travel Visa applications.
Some 300 local and foreign riders from Japan, Singapore, Brunei, Thailand, Philippines and Kazakhstan will take part in the 2nd Sarawak Energy Siol International MTB Challenge (SIMBC) to be held at Bukit Siol from November 4 to 6, 2016.
To be organised by the Kuching North City Council, it offers a RM 78,000.00 worth of prizes for this off road cycling skills featuring the Downhill, Cross Country and Team Relay categories.
Saratok located about 310km away from Kuching will be a busy town as it will be having its major event, Saratok Regatta which will be taking place on December 3 to 4 this year. It was formerly known as Sungai Krian Water Festival which was last held in 2014.
The Saratok Regatta will have two races for Men’s and Women’s categories. For Men’s categories, it will be divided into 10, 15, 20, 25 and 30 ‘sakai’ (rowers) events and Women’s categories, it will have the 10, 15 and 20 ‘sakai’ events.
Aside from the races, the two-day event will include the ‘Battle of the Bands’, Saratok Regatta Beauty Queen, photography, sports (basketball, sepak takraw and football) matches, sales of local food and handicraft and many more.
“This will be a major event for the town, where we expect thousands of people of all races to converge at the town square” according the Datuk Abdul Wahab Aziz, Chairman of Sarawak Tourism Board.
Interested participants may obtain the registration forms for the regatta from the Saratok District Council Office with minimal charges of participation fees ranging between RM30.00 and RM200.00.
Imperial Riverbank Hotel, 3-star hotel located at the iconic Kuching Waterfront is now open for business
The latest addition to the Imperial Group of Hotels the 109 room “boutique” setting offers Standard King, Superior King and Deluxe Twin rooms equipped with essential facilities and amenities for discerning travellers.
Located at the bank of the picturesque Sarawak River, visitors can be easily accessible to the Waterfront, handicrafts outlets at the Main Bazaar or leisurely taking a sampan ride across the river to the Malay villages for “kek lapis” shopping.
Sarawak’s favourite delicacies like Laksa, Manok Pansuh, Kolo Mee and Kampua Mee are some of the dishes set to be featured at the upcoming 16th Macau Food Festival held at the Sai Van Lake Square from November 11th to 27th 2016.
The Sarawak delegation, to be led by Mr. Goh Ah Seng from the How Yu Kuching Chef Association, will take up 18 out of the 25 stalls allocated for Malaysia.
A Sarawak tourist information counter to provide information on Sarawak attractions will also be featured at the booth.
A Sarawak cultural troupe will feature ethnic and traditional presentation at the stage show to be presented at the main stage during the duration of the food festival.
“Due to the close proximity of Macau from Hong Kong, this is a perfect platform for us to showcase our attractions to the people of Macau, as they can take the direct flights from Hong Kong to Kuching by Hongkong Airlines.” said the Assistant Minister for Tourism, Datuk Lee Kim Shin.
Sarawak delegation comprising twelve industry partners has expressed satisfaction with the outcomes from the recent outing at ITB Asia 2016, indicating they are most definitely going to participate again next year.
Satisfied with the buyers’ quality met during the set appointment by organisers, they expressed satisfaction with the overall organisation and Sarawak brand prominence at the three day fair.
With a significant interest from eight industry members in which participated in the fair in 2015, this year additional four partners joined the Sarawak booth thus putting on the shelves for buyers a more diverse packages including the cycling and kayaking tours.
Sarawak also hosted a cocktail reception on Thursday, October 20 with the presence of the Assistant Minister of Tourism, Datuk Lee Kim Shin, who was present to extend support to the industry partners throughout the whole three day of the fair and at the same time joining the engagement sessions with Singaporean tourism partners.
For ITB Asia 2017 which will be from 25th to 27th October, interested industry members are encourage to prebook their participation with information may be obtainable from Gustino Basuan at email: email@example.com