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Polynesian Rhythm at RWMF

RWMF 2019 is proud to present two very similar cultures but very different acts from the most South-eastern point of Oceania, the Chilean island of Rapa Nui and the South-western Pacific nation of Aotearoa (the Maori name for New Zealand).

There is always a ripple of excitement going through the crowds when Polynesian bands from Oceania perform at any music festival around the world. Whether it is the exotic, beautifully sensual nature of the dancing, their folk music often integrated with poetry and dance or the mystery of the Polynesian people and cultures, their performances are surely meant to enthral and entice.

The independent artistic company, Ballet Folcloric de Chile, Bafoci was established in 1987 by its creator Professor Pedro Gajardo Escobar who was inspired to showcase the origins of different cultures that make up the Chilean people.

At RWMF 2019, the band will highlight the dance and music of the Rapa Nui of Easter Island. The mix of Polynesian origins with ancestral legends is dedicated to the gods, nature or warriors. The Rapa Nui has great musical abilities and the dances are vibrant and heart-stopping with undulating hips and expressive hand movements. Their spectacular costumes made from feathers, shells, tree bark and native elements of nature all contribute to the mystique and the harmony of the dancers and their artistry.

Similarly, WAI from New Zealand are inspired by their ancestors and the mythological Kupe, a legendary figure that features prominently in the oral history of the Maori. They create a minimalist but powerful acoustic performance. Singer/songwriter Mina and producer/musician Maaka Phat, the founders of the group intend to communicate and connect through their symbols and spiritual depths that are universal to humankind and create intense, personal and intimate relationships with their audience.

Their performance at RWMF will feature amazing vocal harmonies and an impressive stage presence filled with energy and soulful expression effortlessly linking the past and future of Maori heritage.

RWMF2019 BALLET FOLCLORIC DE CHILE BAFOCHI

BALLET FOLCLORIC DE CHILE BAFOCHI

RWMF2019 WAI

WAI

For further information on tickets, festival activities and logistics, please log on to https://rwmf.net/

The Rainforest World Music Festival takes place on July 12-14 at the Sarawak Cultural Village and is organised by the Sarawak Tourism Board, endorsed by Tourism Malaysia and is supported by the Ministry of Tourism, Arts and Culture, Youth Sports Sarawak.

For media enquiries, please contact:

Gustino Basuan,
Sarawak Tourism Board
Communications Manager
[email protected]

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Sarawak Minister of Tourism, Arts, Culture, Youth and Sports Unveils Visit Sarawak Campaign Logo

Sarawak Minister of Tourism, Arts, Culture, Youth and Sports Unveils Visit Sarawak Campaign Logo

Kuala Lumpur, Oct 16 ~ Sarawak Minister of Tourism, Arts, Culture, Youth and Sports, the Honourable Datuk Haji Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah today unveiled the Visit Sarawak Year logo as a precursor to its official launch in January 2019 at an industry event held in Kuala Lumpur today.

The Visit Sarawak logo will be the anchor emblem for the Visit Sarawak campaign.

Designed to connote fun, and friendliness, the multi-coloured logo spelling out “Sarawak” with the tagline, more to discover, represents the aspirations of the campaign.

Comprising seven colors, in curled script, the red and yellow colours represent the state flag while orange represents the strong spirit and vibrant energy of the different ethnic communities within Sarawak, which is quintessential to Sarawak’s diverse tourism proposition. Green is used to represent the verdant rainforests abundant with wildlife and blue is used to represent the calmness of the ocean along Sarawak’s long coastline.

The uniqueness of the logo is augmented by the hornbill, which replaces the letter “A,” representing Sarawak’s moniker, “Bumi Kenyalang,” or “Land of the Hornbills” that the State has been known for many years, which is also an important symbol of luck to the indigenous people of Sarawak.

Hamzah said that the Visit Sarawak campaign is envisioned to place Sarawak on the tourism map as one of the preferred tourism destinations in Southeast Asia.

“The tagline, “More to Discover” underscores Sarawak Tourism Board’s strategy to position the state as a plethora of culture, adventure, nature, food, and festivals (CANFF) that is not found anywhere else in the world, and ready to be discovered.”

“We will be looking at rolling out through the line campaigns in each of our target markets with the aim to increase visitor arrivals to Sarawak to 5.2 million by the end of 2019. Last year, we achieved 4.86 million tourist arrivals and we are well on our way to achieve our target of 5.25 million this year.”

He said that the State will target six international markets with domestic tourists at the fore.

Sarawak had recorded a total spending of RM8.59 billion from tourism in 2017, which accounted for 7.9% of its gross domestic product (GDP).

Domestic arrivals will be one of the key targets.

“We will target an increase of 12% in arrivals from the Malaysian market. We are confident that we will be able to achieve our target as Sarawak has a lot to offer Malaysians as we have everything at a fraction of the price, just a little more than an hour away from the West Malaysia.”

International arrivals to Sarawak clocked in at 2.6 million last year. Some of the key international markets for Visit Sarawak will be UK, Germany, the Benelux, China, Australia, ASEAN countries. ASEAN countries were a key source of visitors, which accounted for 48.98% or 2.38 million arrivals in 2017.

Askor said that the campaign will revolve around four strategic thrusts.

Askor said, “Digital will be a large part of our campaign. Besides creating content on digital platforms to reach out to our markets, we are also developing a mobile app which will anchor the discovery process for all our visitors.”

The event saw a performance by award-winning Sarawakian songstress, Dayang Nurfaizah, and Tuku Kame, an award-winning world music band who has conducted global tours.

 


About Sarawak

A kaleidoscope of culture, adventure, nature, food and festivals: is the best description for Sarawak. Sarawak comprises 27 ethnic tribes with their own unique traditions, lifestyles, music and food, while sharing their warm hospitality. Malaysia’s largest state, Sarawak, endowed with some of the oldest rainforests on Earth. Its vast landscape spans over 120,000 sq kms, with towering mountains and cool highlands, jagged limestone formations and mysterious cave systems, winding rivers and quiet beaches; where adventures are waiting to happen. Festivals are hosted throughout the year celebrate the eclectic blend of modern and traditional culture, food, music and religious practices that can be found nowhere else. In Sarawak, there is always ‘More to Discover’.

 

About Sarawak Tourism Board

Sarawak Tourism Board is the key promoter for Sarawak. STB is a winner of the Asia Pacific Excellence Awards 2016 by Asia-Pacific Association of Communications Directors (APACD) and has received the ASEAN PR Excellence Award 2015 Gold Award. The Rainforest World Music Festival is a five-time Top 25 Best International Festivals recognised by Songlines world music magazine (2011 – 2015).

For media enquiries, please contact:

Susan Tan,
Vantage Communications,
[email protected],
+6019-5731688

Gustino Basuan,
Sarawak Tourism Board,
[email protected],

+6019-879 2223

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Sarawak Minister of Tourism, Arts, Culture, Youth and Sports Unveils Visit Sarawak Campaign Logo

Sarawak Minister of Tourism, Arts, Culture, Youth and Sports Unveils Visit Sarawak Campaign Logo

Kuala Lumpur, Oct 16 ~ Sarawak Minister of Tourism, Arts, Culture, Youth and Sports, the Honourable Datuk Haji Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah today unveiled the Visit Sarawak Year logo as a precursor to its official launch in January 2019 at an industry event held in Kuala Lumpur today.

The Visit Sarawak logo will be the anchor emblem for the Visit Sarawak campaign.

Designed to connote fun, and friendliness, the multi-coloured logo spelling out “Sarawak” with the tagline, more to discover, represents the aspirations of the campaign.

Comprising seven colors, in curled script, the red and yellow colours represent the state flag while orange represents the strong spirit and vibrant energy of the different ethnic communities within Sarawak, which is quintessential to Sarawak’s diverse tourism proposition. Green is used to represent the verdant rainforests abundant with wildlife and blue is used to represent the calmness of the ocean along Sarawak’s long coastline.

The uniqueness of the logo is augmented by the hornbill, which replaces the letter “A,” representing Sarawak’s moniker, “Bumi Kenyalang,” or “Land of the Hornbills” that the State has been known for many years, which is also an important symbol of luck to the indigenous people of Sarawak.

Hamzah said that the Visit Sarawak campaign is envisioned to place Sarawak on the tourism map as one of the preferred tourism destinations in Southeast Asia.

“The tagline, “More to Discover” underscores Sarawak Tourism Board’s strategy to position the state as a plethora of culture, adventure, nature, food, and festivals (CANFF) that is not found anywhere else in the world, and ready to be discovered.”

“We will be looking at rolling out through the line campaigns in each of our target markets with the aim to increase visitor arrivals to Sarawak to 5.2 million by the end of 2019. Last year, we achieved 4.86 million tourist arrivals and we are well on our way to achieve our target of 5.25 million this year.”

He said that the State will target six international markets with domestic tourists at the fore.

Sarawak had recorded a total spending of RM8.59 billion from tourism in 2017, which accounted for 7.9% of its gross domestic product (GDP).

Domestic arrivals will be one of the key targets.

“We will target an increase of 12% in arrivals from the Malaysian market. We are confident that we will be able to achieve our target as Sarawak has a lot to offer Malaysians as we have everything at a fraction of the price, just a little more than an hour away from the West Malaysia.”

International arrivals to Sarawak clocked in at 2.6 million last year. Some of the key international markets for Visit Sarawak will be UK, Germany, the Benelux, China, Australia, ASEAN countries. ASEAN countries were a key source of visitors, which accounted for 48.98% or 2.38 million arrivals in 2017.

Askor said that the campaign will revolve around four strategic thrusts.

Askor said, “Digital will be a large part of our campaign. Besides creating content on digital platforms to reach out to our markets, we are also developing a mobile app which will anchor the discovery process for all our visitors.”

The event saw a performance by award-winning Sarawakian songstress, Dayang Nurfaizah, and Tuku Kame, an award-winning world music band who has conducted global tours.

 

 

 


 

About Sarawak

A kaleidoscope of culture, adventure, nature, food and festivals: is the best description for Sarawak. Sarawak comprises 27 ethnic tribes with their own unique traditions, lifestyles, music and food, while sharing their warm hospitality. Malaysia’s largest state, Sarawak, endowed with some of the oldest rainforests on Earth. Its vast landscape spans over 120,000 sq kms, with towering mountains and cool highlands, jagged limestone formations and mysterious cave systems, winding rivers and quiet beaches; where adventures are waiting to happen. Festivals are hosted throughout the year celebrate the eclectic blend of modern and traditional culture, food, music and religious practices that can be found nowhere else. In Sarawak, there is always ‘More to Discover’.

 

About Sarawak Tourism Board

Sarawak Tourism Board is the key promoter for Sarawak. STB is a winner of the Asia Pacific Excellence Awards 2016 by Asia-Pacific Association of Communications Directors (APACD) and has received the ASEAN PR Excellence Award 2015 Gold Award. The Rainforest World Music Festival is a five-time Top 25 Best International Festivals recognised by Songlines world music magazine (2011 – 2015).

 

For media enquiries, please contact:

Susan Tan,
Vantage Communications,
[email protected],
+6019-5731688

Gustino Basuan,
Sarawak Tourism Board,
[email protected],

+6019-879 2223

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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.

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Picture shows the networking session.

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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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SARAWAK TOURISM
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