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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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Selangor’s country delights

Tour beam Rashid Hisham putting a finishing touches on a scarecrow in a padi margin in TanjongKarang, Selangor.Tour beam Rashid Hisham putting a finishing touches on a scarecrow in a padi margin in Tanjong
Karang, Selangor.

A homestay programme offers encampment living, tolerable agro-tourism and a whole lot of merriment.

STANDING in knee-high weed underneath a blazing afternoon sun, Rashid Hisham takes a step behind to consult his handiwork on a figure.

“This doesn’t demeanour utterly right. She needs something to make her demeanour some-more ayu (demure),� he says, defeat out a white headscarf from a bag of garments and throwing it over a scarecrow’s coconut head.

“Ah, we need a lady to tie this on her. I’m not really good during it,� a 53-year-old confesses with a grin.

If there is one thing to learn from this man, it is that scarecrows are meant to keep a birds away, though they should not shock people.

We are in a padi margin in an halcyon encampment tucked divided in Tanjong Karang, Selangor, where a United Federation of Travel Agents’ Association (UFTAA) association        delegates have collected to try their hands during harvesting rice with normal hand-held harvesting tools.

Rashid, a debate beam with Agrotourism Sungai Sireh, says he feels positively during home in a rice fields. Padi planting and harvesting is his specialty, and he mostly brings visitors to a area.

As it is padi-harvesting season, a representatives are shown a process of hand-threshing after their padi margin expedition, that concerned violence sheaves of rice stalks opposite a tough aspect to apart a grains from a stalks.

On this post-congress familiarisation outing hosted by Tourism Selangor, they are given a pile-up march on a community’s enlightenment and farming lifestyle – a hide rise into what visitors to a Agrotourism Homestay Sungai Sireh can design to knowledge during their stay.

Despite it being their initial time, a few of a representatives infer rather skilful during ketupat-weaving as well.

The United Federation of Travel Agents’ Association (UFTAA) association delegateswere taught how to wobble ketupat during a Agrotourism Homestay Sungai Sireh.— ROUWEN LIN/The StarThe United Federation of Travel Agents’ Association (UFTAA) association delegates
were taught how to wobble ketupat during a Agrotourism Homestay Sungai Sireh.
— ROUWEN LIN/The Star

The common rice plant, common as it is here, is a newness to many of them and they are utterly gay to reap a fruits of their labour. Placing a few stalks of rice delicately into her bag, Nevin Ozkan from Northern Cyprus says she intends to move them home to her grandchildren.

“I would like to uncover them these rice stalks as it is zero they have seen before. Back in Cyprus, we don’t have padi fields like we do here,� she says.

Ahmed Nor Osman from Somalia describes a rice harvesting knowledge as “very nice, really interesting.�

Wiping a persperate from his brow, he says, “But we didn’t design it to be so prohibited here; it is customarily like in Somalia.�

All for one

Launched in Apr 1995, a homestay programme is a community-based agrotourism project. The categorical operation site is located in Sungai Sireh, though there are several other beside villages involved.

Sixty homes have taken on a purpose of horde family to visitors, and a series is flourishing by a day. Full house is offering (there are opposite packages available) and visitors can join in a daily activities of a encampment for a generation of their stay.

Global Environment Centre (GEC) comparison biodiversity officer, Nagarajan Rengasamy, explains that GEC is collaborating with a homestay folks to assistance rise eco-tourism and agro-tourism products and programmes.

“We also advise on how to make use of resources in a tolerable way,� he says.

Depending on a time of year, visitors can attend in opposite encampment activities, including fishing, kayaking or fruit picking.

“We infrequently move a visitors to a padi fields to locate eels with their unclothed hands. These eels den in a soothing mud, make a hole in it, and afterwards live in it. Some tourists are a bit distressed about regulating their hands, so we give them a fishing rod,� relates Nagarajan.

And throwing a eel is customarily half a fun; a cooking and eating after that creates adult a other half!

“The villagers will uncover them how to make soup with eel. They trust it is a healthful tonic, really profitable for one’s health,� he says.

Most evenings finish with merry-making, finish with dance and strain accompanied by normal low-pitched instruments.

Past and present

According to Nagarajan, some 8.000 visitors participated in a homestay programme final year. Of these, around 2,000 are foreigners, mostly from South Korea, Japan and European countries.

“The irrigation complement in a padi fields are from a days of a Japanese function in a 1940s,� he shares. “So a Japanese in sold have a special seductiveness in entrance to revisit a villages as we are still regulating a same record that they introduced here.�

For visitors who have a means to lapse frequently, a homestay programme offers a tiny inducement out in a fields: an event to guard your crops.

A tiny site in a padi fields has been set aside only for visitors to work on.

“They plant a padi and afterwards can lapse as mostly as they like to check on a swell of a plants,� says Nagarajan.

“Four to 5 months later, it is prepared to be harvested. Some people indeed come behind to collect a rice they planted!�

One of a largest remaining constant areas of peatland in a Peninsula is permitted from these villages. Most of a peat engulf forests in a nation have been logged or degraded, and this peat engulf forest, covering an area of 70,000ha, has been identified as a charge site.

Nagarajan describes a North Selangor peat engulf timberland as “really large – it is a distance of Singapore!�

And lest we consider that encampment vital in a encampment is slight and maybe dull, Nagarajan discloses that surprises are aplenty: customarily final September, around 500 Asian Openbill Storks descended on a padi fields, where they sojourn until today.

These roving birds, customarily found in Sri Lanka, India and Thailand, are not ordinarily seen here.

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Maldives Hotel & Trade Exhibition 2011

The most expected Maldives Hotel and Trade Exhibition is here again. The MHTE hold annually in nation is a Maldives’ largest muster featuring a far-reaching operation of trade products and services from opposite trade companies drawn from tourism attention both locally and internationally. Maldives Hotel and Trade Exhibition (MHTE) is a central Exhibition of Maldives National Chamber of Commerce and Industry .

The story of this eventuality goes approach behind to 7 years ago when it was started to give a common height for a tourism zone and other internal and general vaunt their products and services. Within a 7 years a eventuality has come of age and it now draws participants from distant and far-reaching in South East Asian countries such as Singapore, India, Sri Lanka, Pakistan, Thailand, Indonesia and Malaysia.

This year’s muster eventuality will once again, see a joining of over fifty companies interacting with dual to 3 thousand trade professionals drawn from all sectors of a trade industry.

For some-more information, greatfully visit: http://www.mhte.com.mv

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Life Sdn Bhd 7: Refugees

October 23, 2011 during 2:00 pm

How does it feel like to not be means to see your family or friends ever again? To be evicted from your possess nation even yet no crime was committed? This is what it means to be a refugee. As tangible by a United Nations Convention Relating to a Status of Refugees (UNCHR) of 1951, a interloper is tangible as a chairman who ‘owing to a probable fear of being persecuted for reasons of race, religion, nationality, membership of a sold amicable group, or domestic opinion, is outward a nation of his nationality, and is incompetent to or, overdue to such fear, is reluctant to relief himself of a insurance of that country‘. Some refugees live a normal and gentle life in their new homes, others do not transport so well. One common thing that all refugees share is their adore for their possess country.

Life Sdn Bhd 7: Refugees

In partnership with UNCHR, The Actors Studio presents Life Sdn Bhd 7: REFUGEES, a seventh Life Sdn Bhd array that has been receiving good response from a public. This array will underline 7 bold group and women from Myanmar, Somalia and Sri Lanka, who will share their honest and constrained stories of their lives as refugees in Malaysia. Though they might have mislaid everything, these refugees, like a other many refugees seeking preserve in Malaysia, uncover an implausible bravery and stability to sojourn indifferent and certain in their will to survive.

Joining a refugees on theatre is Deborah Henry, who is a interloper rights advocate, and Susheela Balasundaram of UNCHR, together with singer-songwriters Ariff Akhir and Ian Chow. The Life Sdn Bhd 7: REFUGEES array will be hold from 26th compartment 29th Oct during 8.30 pm AND 30th Oct during 3.00 pm. Tickets are labelled during RM 33 for adults and RM 23 for students and TAS label holders. Viewers attending a preview night on 26th Oct will be charged a prosaic rate of RM 23 per entry. For some-more information, call The Actors Studio during 03 2142 2009 / 2143 2009 or record on to a website here.

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