Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Wings Air to make maiden flight to Miri on March 15

MIRI: The maiden flight of Indonesian low-cost airline, Wings Air, from Pontianak to Miri this Thursday has generated much excitement among tourism stakeholders here.

Malindo Air station manager Harris Salleh said the inaugural flight is expected to arrive at Miri Airport around 6.20pm, with a return flight to Pontianak scheduled around 6.50pm the same day.

He disclosed this at the Wings Air inaugural flight preparation meeting at Miri Airport yesterday, which was chaired by Assistant Minister of Sarawak Tourism, Arts and Culture Datuk Lee Kim Shin.

Harris said the aircraft will fly the Pontianak-Miri and the subsequent Miri-Pontianak route daily.

“This route will be served by ATR aircraft with the capacity of 72 passengers, and the price of the ticket starts from RM163.”

He added that tickets for the flight can be bought online via www.lionair.co.id or www.malindoair.com.

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Labuan International Sea Challenge features jetski, deep sea fishing tournament

LABUAN: The 22nd Labuan International Sea Challenge 2018 is expected to draw a huge crowd to the duty-free island with the newly-introduced international extreme sport game of P1 Jetski Championship, which is set be the Labuan’s exciting event of the year.

The deep sea fishing tournament known as Labuan Game Fishing Tournament offering total cash prize of RM60, 000 is another main event that is also set to attract the established local and foreign anglers to take part in the nine-day event from April 21.

Labuan Corporation deputy chief executive officer Mohd Zamri Mohd Esa said the annual event is expected to attract at least 30, 000 visitors to the island.

The annual event, which started in 1997, has given Labuan a positive image internationally due to the international participation, especially in the Rolex IGFA Labuan International Fishing Tournament.


Monday, March 12, 2018

Tourists get a taste of Brunei culture

A GROUP of tourists got a taste of the Brunei culture and traditional food when they visited the ‘Pink House’ owned by Haji Mohd Zahari bin Adis at Kampong Tamoi Ujong yesterday.

Deputy Permanent Secretary (Tourism) at the Ministry of Primary Resources and Tourism Wardi bin Haji Mohammad Ali welcomed them to the residence at Kampong Ayer.

The tourists, who arrived in Brunei on a cruise ship, had the opportunity to enjoy the specially made traditional food and also had an up close and personal look at the lifestyle of village dwellers.

Brunei’s water village is world famous and a must-visit spot for tourists.

The visitors agreed that the water village offers spectacular sceneries and lamented that their stay there was too brief.

“We are immensely impressed with your local culture and your friendliness, and I look forward to coming back,” said Helmuth from Germany.

The tourists were guests onboard Seven Seas Navigator, which brought in 530 passengers and 324 crew members.

The vessel docked at Muara Port yesterday and left the Sultanate the same day for Singapore.

Other groups from the ship visited other places of interest including the Royal Regalia Museum and the Malay Technology Museum in Kota Batu.

Based on statistics, the country received 25,000 to 30,000 tourists via cruise ships annually in recent years.

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Sarawak Cultural Village to kick off digital marketing

KUCHING: The Sarawak Cultural Village (SCV) has become the first Sarawak Economic Development Corporation (SEDC) subsidiary to embark on digital marketing as part of its rolling initiatives to remain as an iconic tourism attraction to both domestic and international markets.

The digital marketing concept will revolve around Sarawak’s cultural attractions, as well as on its traditional delicacies.

“We are proud that SCV has taken the initiative to start its digital marketing to promote itself locally and abroad. With digital marketing, anyone who wants to know more about Sarawak and SCV can do so through the click of a button,” SEDC chairman Tan Sri Datuk Amar Aziz Husain told reporters after officiating at the opening of SCV’s 28th staff anniversary celebration in Grand Margherita Hotel here on Saturday night.

Digital marketing, he pointed out, would be in line with the vision of Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg in developing the state’s digital economy.

According to Aziz, the perks of digital marketing include SCV being able to reach out to a wider population of potential tourists who have access to the Internet anywhere around the world.

“Right now, if we Google search the three letters – ‘S, C and V’ – we would be directed to the official website of Sarawak Cultural Village. With this, I hope that more tourists from outside the country would know about Sarawak and its various ethnic groups, as portrayed in the village,” he added.

Since opening its doors in 1990, SCV has recorded a total of 3,843,612 visitors while their performers have clocked in a total of 51,600 hours.


Trust in SabahParks, state govt convinces climbers MountKinabalu safe

KUNDASANG: Trust in the Sabah Parks and the state government’s priority and attention given to the safety of mountaineers were sufficient to convince four local avid cyclists that it was safe to conquer Mount Kinabalu following Thursday’s earthquake.

Rizin Kusop, 45, of Kota Kinabalu-based De Sulap Cycling Team said they had wanted to cancel their scheduled hike on Saturday, but when they learned that the mountain was safe to climb, they went ahead with their plan.

“Of course, naturally, we were quite worried whether there might be aftershocks during our climb. But we believed we could climb the mountain and we proved that we had safely reached the summit and returned,” he told Bernama when met after concluding his climb at Timpohon Gate, the starting point of the climb here yesterday.

Rizin, who has now conquered the mountain five times, was joined by team mates Juslee Dousin, 46, who has climbed the mountain four times, and first-timers Dilly Eduin, 45 and Lehenry Kaunsir, 46.

He said climbing Mount Kinabalu was part of the cycling team’s initiative to stay fit and be prepared to face any cycling race they would participate in. Dilly said he was impressed with the safety measures which Sabah Parks had put in place, especially with the presence of Mountain Search and Rescue (Mosar) personnel along the hiking route, which gave him the assurance that he was in safe hands.

German businessman Luethje Wilhelm, 30, who flew from Hong Kong with several friends on the night of the earthquake, had no idea of the incident, or of the suspension.

“We only found out about it (earthquake) later that night when we arrived in KK (Kota Kinabalu). But we still hoped to climb the mountain and we checked with our agents and they said Saturday (yesterday) was fine,” he said.

He and his compatriot friend, Markus Georg, 30 described their experience in scaling the mountain as fun and that the mountain guides were great in assisting them.