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Christmas Treat For Sibu Methodist Children’s Home

Christmas Treat For Sibu Methodist Children’s Home

Sibu, Thursday – 30 children from the Sibu Methodist Children’s Home were treated to lunch by Sarawak Tourism Board (STB) at the Tanahmas Hotel recently. The children were aged four to 17 years old.

Activities for the afternoon included games and gifts presentation to the children.

“We are delighted to host this Christmas gathering and do our part in sharing the joy of Christmas with the children as part of the board’s ongoing corporate social responsibility (CSR) programme,” said Angelina Bateman, Director of Events and Corporate Relations.

Similar programmes are also conducted in Miri and Kuching,” she added.

That afternoon, Hii Chang Kee, Sibu Resident was invited to present certificates of appreciation to bands and individuals who participated at the busking programme carried out fortnightly at the grounds of the Sibu heritage Centre. This event was initiated in 2016 by Sarawak Tourism Board, supported by Sibu Heritage Centre with the objective of providing a venue for the locals to showcase their talent and to create activities at the weekends.

Since January until December, Sibu Martial Art, The Japs, Sarikei Buskers, Human Energy, Borneo Spectrum, D’vine, Astronaut, Camy, Elizabeth Bungan, Tribalcoustic, Trial Tone and Vessel Joey took part in the busking events.

To close the event for the year, Tribalcoustic and Borneo Spectrum provided the public with a splendid performance with Christmas songs among others.

Through this busking programme, local talented bands and individuals could promote themselves. The programme will still be continued in 2018 and it is open to all interested parties who can contact Visitors Information Center Sibu or email [email protected] for more details.

Children of Methodist Children’s Home Sibu during the gathering.

Certificate presentation by Hii Chang Kee (third from right) to Angelina Bateman, Director of Events and Corporate Relations.

 

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SARAWAK TOURISM BOARD
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Business Networking In Singapore Generates New Opportunities

Business Networking In Singapore Generates New Opportunities

Singapore, Wednesday –  11  Sarawak  travel partners took part in the business networking session  in Singapore yesterday  opening opportunities for more Singaporeans to travel to visit the State.

40 Singapore tour operators turned up for the session sharing business opportunities and to update Sarawak product experiences to be marketed to Singaporeans and also its expats communities.

‘Singapore has been one of our focus markets and favourite destination for students and family travel with a penchant of our diverse culture, nature and adventure,’ said the Sarawak Tourism Board’s Marketing Manager, Gustino Basuan.

Meanwhile the Managing Director of Sibu-based Greatown Travel, Ling How Kang, has expressed his satisfaction on the outcome of the business networking.

‘We discovered good business prospects with the interest showed by the Singapore agents on Sibu and Central Sarawak and we look forward to much better arrivals next year arising from the aggressive promotion that we had over the years in Singapore,’ he added.

However, we faced challenges post by non-availability of direct flights from Singapore and Sibu, he lamented.

The Sarawak industry partners today continued their promotion in the City State making their presence felt at the three-day ITB Asia held at the Marina Bay Sands.

Singapore’s visitors’ arrival to date stood at 25,922, an increase of 1.53% compared to the same period last year.

Singapore

Picture shows the networking session.

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ITB ASIA, Another Successful Outing For Sarawak Partners

ITB ASIA, Another Successful Outing For Sarawak Partners

Singapore, Thursday – Sarawak tourism team presently in Singapore for a destination promotion scored another business success today, the second day of the ITB Asia outing held at the Marina Bay Sands Exhibition centre here.

Business appointments set earlier by the fair organiser has made Sarawak travel partners on their feet for the past two days with back-to-back meetings with  their international partners who showed interest in emerging destinations like Sarawak.

Yvonne Saman of the Marian Boutique Lodging House, a first timer for the business outing was excited and expressed satisfaction with the buyers’ quality she met during the business meetings.

‘We received positive feedback from buyers from India, China, Sri Lanka and Indonesia about the destination and our latest property in Kuching has been a hit for these buyers, she said.

Ahsweein Narayanan of Amogha Tours Travel Sdn Bhd, Kuching, also a new kid on the block, is pushing religious packages featuring Hindu, Buddhist and Taoist temples tours in Kuching besides promoting medical and corporate tours for Sarawak.

Meanwhile, Hannah Choo, Director of Sales of CPH Travel has kind words for the fair which she has attended over the years and adding that that they will return to participate next year.

Sarawak Tourism Board’s booth was a hive of business activity today and hoping that the final day tomorrow will see good return for the 11 industry partners attending the fair.

The Sarawak travel industry were represented by seven travel agents and two hotels, a venue provider – Borneo Convention Centre Kuching and Sarawak Convention Bureau.

From January to August this year, the Singapore arrivals has increased by 1.53% with arrivals totalling 25,922 visitors.

ITB Asia Singapore

Picture shows the happy faces of the Sarawak team led by Benedict Jimbau, Director of Marketing (eighth from left).

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SARAWAK TOURISM BOARD
T: +6 082-423600  F: +6 082-416700
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Kuching Tourism Attraction – Irrawaddy Dolphin & Mangrove Swamp Cruise

Kuching Tourism Attraction – Irrawaddy Dolphin Mangrove Swamp Cruise

Written by: Jyotsna Ramani

Kuching is one of my fave cities in South East Asia. Maybe because I got a chance to spend a month there and volunteer at the MonkeeBar. Apart from that, I had the wonderful opportunity to revisit with Sarawak Tourism Board and that’s when I had one of the best tours in Kuching – Irrawaddy dolphin cruise.  This wonderful cruise takes you along swamps and fishing villages, plus if you are lucky, like we were – You get to see cute Irrawaddy dolphins as well.

What to Expect on the Irrawaddy Dolphin Cruise

 

Sarawak Kuching Dolphin

 

Read more on: https://www.wanderwithjo.com/kuching-tourism-attraction
Photo courtesy: https://www.wanderwithjo.com/

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Miri Hotels Made Strong Presence At Brunei Travel Fair

Miri Hotels Made Strong Presence At Brunei Travel Fair

Bandar Seri Begawan (Brunei), Sunday – Four Miri based hotels made strong presence at the Brunei Travel Fair held during the weekend which was at International Convention Centre in Berakas, near here.

The 14th edition of the annual fair in Brunei saw participation by the Pullman Miri Waterfront, Imperial Group of Hotels, Jinhold Hotel Serviced Apartment and the Mega Hotel at the Sarawak Tourism Booth.

The Sarawak’s booth at the Travel Fair is coordinated by the Sarawak Tourism Board and it   provides platform for industry members in selling holiday packages targeting at expatriates as well as Bruneians for their short   getaways and weekend shopping.

“It is also aimed at the coming school holiday where parents  make decisions to plan  for the coming year-end school break  besides creating student interest on the Sarawak’s tourism products, events and festivals”,  said Gustino Basuan, Marketing Manager (ASEAN).

This organiser, Sabre Travel Network (Brunei) Sdn Bhd expected to see more than 13,000 visitors to the fair this year.

Besides hotels,  airlines, travel agents, national tourist offices and other travel related suppliers were  given the opportunity to promote and showcase their travel related products and services to the Bruneians.

For the first six months, the Brunei visitors’ arrival into Sarawak reached 935,356 a surged of 49.7 percent as compared to 624,970 in 2016.

Brunei visitor at Sarawak Tourism Board's booth

Brunei visitor at Sarawak Tourism Board’s booth

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Communications Unit
SARAWAK TOURISM
T: +6 082-423600  F: +6 082-416700
E: [email protected]

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