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Taiwan Charter Flights To Reconnect Business Friendship

Taiwan Charter Flights To Reconnect Business Friendship

Taipei, Taiwan, Saturday: –  The charter flight initiatives  between Taiwan and Sarawak  was hoped to open up more opportunities for tourists and businessmen to be reconnected  giving them mutual benefits, Deputy Chief Minister and Minister for Tourism, Datuk Amar Abang Haji Johari Tun Openg said last night.

Speaking at an appreciation dinner for Taiwanese partners at a hotel here, he said the charter flight will be a bridge to facilitate more business, tourists’ arrivals and bonding among the people that have been separated for a long period of time.

“The people of Taiwan and Borneo shared their ancient ancestry but the large-scale Austronesian expansion that began around 5000–2500 BC where they migrated out from Taiwan and headed southeast to the rest of the Philippines and into the islands of the Celebes Sea, Borneo and Indonesia had separated us,” he added.

“It is time now to rekindle this ancestral lineage and I am pleased that our direction in the charter flight initiative  is in the right direction  to bring back and foster better relationship between Taiwanese and Sarawakians.” he enthused.

Expressing the hope for better connectivity between Taiwan and Sarawak, he assured that the Sarawak Tourism Board (STB) will continue its strategic direction and focus on building accessibility to facilitate exchange of the flow of tourists, visitors and the business community.

“I am pleased  that with this  direction and I hope  that the charter initiatives will continue to  move a step further  to be upgraded into schedule charter and eventually schedule flight in the near future,” he hoped.

“I would like to take this opportunity to encourage our partners in Taiwan to explore these potentials and to be mutually benefit from the initiatives,” he pointed out.

He thanked particularly the office of the Malaysian Friendship and Trade Centre under the leadership of Datuk Adeline Leong, who was also present and Tourism Malaysia office in Taipei for their continuous support in assisting the STB in the promotion of Sarawak in Taiwan.

He said that his Ministry and STB were committed in further expanding its tourism promotion in the region and particularly in Taiwan and he equally hoped that the local industry partners will be able to share the enthusiasm and to profit from the business ventures.

Datuk Amar Abang Johari later presented mementoes of appreciation to partners including to the General Manager of See Mark Travel Services, Mark Chen and the Managing Director of China Dragon Travel Services, Hsiao Kuo Kang.

Also present at the dinner were Datuk Amar Abang Johari’s wife, Datuk Amar Hajah Juma’ani Tuanku Haji Bujang, the Assistant Minister for Tourism, Datuk Lee Kim Shin, STB Chairman, Datuk Haji Abdul Wahab Aziz, the Permanent Secretary to the Ministry of Tourism, Arts and Culture, Datu Ik Pahon Joyik and also the Acting Chief Executive Officer of the Sarawak Tourism Board, Mary Wan Mering.

The Minister and his entourage left Taiwan for home later this afternoon after a successful four-day official visit.

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Picture shows Datuk Amar Abang Johari (right) presenting an appreciation memento to Hsiao of China Dragon Travel Services. Also seen are Datuk Abdul Wahab (centre) and Datuk Lee.

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SARAWAK TOURISM BOARD
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Sarawak Tourism Board Signs Mou With See Mark Travel Services Taipei

Sarawak Tourism Board Signs Mou With See Mark Travel Services Taipei

Taipei, Taiwan, Friday: –  Sarawak’s promotion in Taiwan was given a shot in the arm today with the signing of a memorandum of understanding (MOU) between Sarawak Tourism Board (STB) and Taipei based See Mark Travel Services at the Taipei International Travel Fair held at the Taiwan World Trade Centre here this morning.

The MOU will enable See Mark Travel Services to run its charter flights from Taipei to Kuching on January 28th and subsequently, during its Summer 2017 season, starting from June 2017 to August 2017 with a total of 19 flights with one flight in every five days.

The Chairman of the Board, Datuk Abdul Wahab Aziz signed the MOU while See Mark Travel Services was represented by Mr. Mark Chen, See Marks’ General Manager.

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.

After the signing ceremony, the exchange of MOU documents was witnessed by Deputy Chief Minister and Minister for Tourism, Datuk Amar Abang Haji Johari Tun Openg and his Assistant, Datuk Lee Kim Shin.

Later in the afternoon, Datuk Amar Abang Johari, who is leading a six-member delegation to Taiwan, held discussion with Taiwan’s Far Eastern Airways and Malindo Air on the possibilities of mounting direct schedule flights to Kuching.

“We are pleased that we are making inroad in the Taiwan markets with charter flights and we hope that we will be able to negotiate for more charters and schedule flights in the near future.” remarked Datuk Amar Abang Johari.

He added that it will be an initial start towards solving the challenge of connectivity in the State.

He expressed confidence that his Ministry will continue to work with local Taiwanese partners in Taipei and in other cities to further the State’s ambition to improve connectivity into the state.

Also present at the signing ceremony were the President of the Malaysian Friendship and Trade Center in Taipei, Datuk Adeline Leong and the Director of Tourism Malaysia Taipei office, Ahmad Faisal.

Meanwhile, the STB Booth at the ITF features four local Taiwanese travel agents and a consortium of six travel partners featuring Sarawak packages at this Taiwan’s premier travel fair.

They are the Lion Travel Services, China Dragon Travel Services, See Mark Travel Services, Tai Yuan Travel Services, the “Green Miracles” Consortium of six agents and Sarawak-based Regal Properties on Malaysia My Second Home programme.

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.

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SARAWAK TOURISM BOARD
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ABG JO In Taiwan To Source For Charter Flight Opportunities

ABG JO In Taiwan To Source For Charter Flight Opportunities

TAIPEI, Wednesday   Deputy Chief Minister and Minister for Tourism, Datuk Amar Abang Haji Johari Tun Openg  arrived at Taoyuan International Airport here this afternoon with the hope to open up Sarawak skies to enable more Charter flight from Taiwan into the State.

While here, he will be witnessing the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding between Sarawak Tourism Board and the See Mark Travel Services (SMTS) on Friday morning to  enable SMTS to launch its charter services between Taipei and Kuching early next year.

In the afternoon, Datuk Amar Abang Johari, who is accompanied by his Assistant, Datuk Lee Kim Shin, will host a working luncheon with a local Taiwanese airline companies to discuss on charter proposals.

He will also have an opportunity to host dinner for more than 20 Taiwanese partner agents on Friday evening before leaving back to Kuching the next day.

 

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SARAWAK TOURISM BOARD
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Rainforest World Music Festival Presented At World Music Festival @ Taiwan

Rainforest World Music Festival Presented At World Music Festival @ Taiwan

KUCHING, Wednesday – Rainforest World Music Festival (RWMF) was featured at the recent 2016 World Music [email protected] which was held for three days from October 21-23, 2016 at Dajia Riverside Park, Taipei.

Angelina Bateman, Director of Events Corporate Relations and the Project Director of RWMF was invited to present a paper on ‘The Practical Details of Presenting a Music Festival’ that gave an insight on the organization and running of Rainforest World Music Festival.

Two other international speakers presenting the similar   paper were Eunha Kim of Asia Culture Centre (Korea) and Franki Raden, prominent Indonesian composer, ethnomusicologist, cultural critic and festival organizer.

The presentations was aimed to exchange and share the knowledge of highly-experienced international curators and musicians in the management and organization of festivals.

Besides lectures, there were showcase by musicians from Taiwan, USA, Portugal, Japan and China.

There was also a Global Bazaar featuring music, arts/crafts and food.

“Arising from this event, there will be a Committee of Asian World Music Forum to be set-up to share ideas and bands exchange for the various similar festival within the region,” said Angelina.

This was Taiwan’s inaugural festival and it was a great opportunity for us to share our experience in organizing the Rainforest World Music Festival, she continued.

The Festival was a supported by the Ministry of Culture’s Bureau of Audiovisual and Music Industry Development, Taiwan

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Photo shows Angelina Bateman doing her presentation at 2016 World Music Festival @ Taiwan.

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Rainforest World Music Festival A Shining Example On World Stage

Rainforest World Music Festival A Shining Example On World Stage

RAINFOREST WORLD MUSIC FESTIVAL A SHINING EXAMPLE ON WORLD STAGE

Kuching, Tuesday – Sarawak Tourism Board’s Rainforest World Music Festival (RWMF) took centre stage at the Asian MICE Forum (AMF) in Taipei earlier this September, where the event was presented in the forum as a leading international music event in Asia.

The RWMF was presented by Ms. Mary Wan Mering, acting Chief Executive Officer of the Board, in a panel discussion entitled “Gamification in Destination Marketing”.

The panel discussed the pertinence of using game dynamics in events and shared insights on how their events became ‘world-famous’.

‘Gamification’ has become the keyword in event planning as of late, as traditional one-way events are being abandoned by event-goers who consider two-way or interactive events such as the RWMF far superior.

“In a sense, we were years before our time, as we’ve been placing interactivity and inclusion as the core of the RWMF since 1998”. Mary Wan highlighted during her presentation to the crowd of 700 industry members.

The gamification of events has become the new tactic of event organisers to create a deeper connection and a fonder memory in participants, instilling in them a sense of ownership over the event.

“By involving the crowds in workshops and tutorials, they are not just attending an event, they are becoming a part of that event, and in doing so that event becomes a part of their identity. They will always return.” Mary Wan explained.

The impact of an interactive event goes further than just customer satisfaction, as it has also aided the RWMF in its main objective, which is cultural art and music appreciation, conservation and revival.

The RWMF has been voted as one of the top 25 World Music Festivals by Songlines Magazine for six years in a row and has achieved various international events and public relations awards over the past 19 years.

Other events which shared the panel were Yanshui Beehive Fireworks Festival in Tainan, Taiwan, listed as the third largest folk celebration in the world; the regionally famous Sapporo Snow Festival in Japan; and the attractive Chartres Festival of Light in France.

“Our home-grown event sat on par with events in Taiwan, Japan and France. We came come a long way from humble beginnings. We are overjoyed to see the RWMF getting the recognition it deserves.” Mary Wan stressed.

The AMF is an established international platform for Meetings, Incentives, Conference and Exhibitions (MICE) experts to discuss their industry challenges and solutions, with over 6000 attendees to date over the past 10 years.

Organised by the Taiwan External Trade Development Council (TAITRA) and commissioned by the Bureau of Foreign Trade, Ministry of Economic Affairs.

Photo shows Mary Wan Mering with other presenters at Asian MICE Forum.

Photo shows Mary Wan Mering with other presenters at Asian MICE Forum.

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Communications Unit
SARAWAK TOURISM BOARD
T: +6 082-423600  F: +6 082-416700
E: [email protected]
Date: 20 September 2016

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