Wednesday, October 01, 2014

Free shuttle bus service for Asia Music Festival

MIRI: Eastwood Valley Golf and Country Club, the venue of the Asia Music Festival, will offer a free shuttle bus service on Friday and Saturday.

The service is available for festival-goers or just to reach the golf club and hotel located at Jalan Miri by-pass.

Eastwood Valley marketing director Rebecca Wong said the shuttle bus will leave Eastwood Valley every hour from 5pm until 9pm.

This bus will drop drop off and pick up passengers at Boulevard Shopping Complex (entrance next to KFC), Imperial Shopping Mall (hotel lobby entrance) and Bintang Mega Mall (main entrance near Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf).

The first bus will leave Eastwood Valley at 5pm and reach Boulevard Shopping Complex around 5.15pm, Imperial Shopping Mall around 5.30pm and Bintang Mega Mall around 5.45pm.

The shuttle bus will then return to Eastwood Valley and continue its service at 6pm, 7pm, 8pm and 9pm before returning to Eastwood Valley around 10pm.

It aims to provide easy access to festival-goers and ease traffic congestion.

The Sarawak Tourism Board (STB) is promoting ‘greening the festival’ and encouraging festival-goers to use the free shuttle service to reduce their carbon footprint.

“Festival-goers are encouraged to help and put into practise the greening effort as their small but worthy contribution to save the environment,” said STB chief executive officer Datuk Rashid Khan.

At the inaugural event last year, the festival drew over 3,000 people over two days.

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Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Tourism board launches diving package launched to showcase Sarawak as potential diving heaven

MIRI Tourism Malaysia has launched the Sarawak Adventure Dive Package that will end in December next year to tap the unexplored potential of the diving industry in the state.

Tourism Malaysia Domestic Marketing Division Director Datuk Musa Yusof said there are six packages being offered at a price of RM748 per person to RM2,400 per person for four days and three nights diving adventure in Kuching and Miri.

“Sarawak has more than 40 dive sites that suit such activities,”he said at the launching of the dive package here today.

Musa said for example Kuching City had Pulau Satang Besar, Pulau Satang Kecil and Pulau Sempadi that can be explored by profesional divers.

He said for Miri City divers can experience natural underwater beauty at Miri Coast and Luconia Shoals.

“Sarawak is blessed by another interesting feature that is a World War II Japanese shipwreck as a historical site for technical diving,”he said.


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MASwings halts Kuching-BSB route effective Oct 26

KUCHING: The community carrier of Malaysia Airlines (MAS), MASwings, will suspend its four-time weekly services between here and Bandar Seri Begawan in Brunei via Mulu effective Oct 26 this year.

In a press statement yesterday, the commuter airline said the decision was part of its network rationalisation focused on expanding its domestic routes, which remained its core market.

Its chief executive officer Capt Ritzerwan Rashid remarked: “MASwings continuously reviews its network strategy to meet market needs, as well as to support economic growth in Sabah and Sarawak.

“We are committed to being our guests’ first choice to get across the vast states of Sabah and Sarawak. Hence, being able to put these resources to where the market demands them is important.”

With regard to the suspension of the Kuching-Bandar Seri Begawan route, MASwings would notify all affected guests via emails, SMS alerts and calls.


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Borneo kite festival brings windfall, flying colours

BINTULU: The five-day 10th Borneo International Kite Festival 2014 has ended with a thundering success for the organisers, and local traders, said Bintulu Resident Muhamad Yakup Kari.

“I think we are getting back the returns from this festival in terms of vibrant business activities for the past five days,” he said during the appreciation dinner for kite flyers at Kemena Plaza Hotel on Sunday night.

He said it was a noteworthy windfall for all coffee shops and restaurants here, which should have generated lucrative income during the five-day extravaganza.

Yakup, who is the co-chairman for the festival, pointed out that the most important and meaningful thing was to see the smiling faces of all participants, foreigners included.

“Please do come back next year and the organiser will assist you in order to ensure you will stay longer here,” he said.

He also hoped all participants will give their feedback on the festival, to ensure smooth sailing with improvements made to the next edition of the kite festival.

Meanwhile, a kite flyers representative Ron Des Pojado of USA said it was a “wonderful five days experience” participating in the festival.

“We all fly with heart and the passion that we all shared in this kite flying event, besides making new friends and strengthening friendship among kite flyers,” he said.


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Monday, September 29, 2014

Borneo International Kite Festival sends entry No. 4 into Book of Records

BINTULU: Another feat entered the Malaysia Book of Records (MBR) during the last day of the 10th Borneo International Kite Festival 2014 at the Bintulu Old Airport site yesterday for the ‘Longest arch kite’.

The new record was announced and certified by MBR officer Nurul Huda Zakaria in a ceremony witnessed by Assistant Minister of Tourism Datuk Talib Zulpilip and Bintulu Resident Muhamad Yakup Kari.

“This is the fourth record achieved in this kite flying festival,” said Datu Mohidin Ishak, the co-organising chairman and Bintulu Development Authority (BDA) general manager.

The first record was achieved in 2008 for the most number of kites flying, totalling 1,655, simultaneously in a span of 20 minutes. The second record was for the most number of train-kites flying simultaneously in a single location in 20 minutes in 2010.

The third entry into the MBR was for the most number of kites flying simultaneously in 20 minutes, when 2,250 kites were flown in the ‘let’s fly together’ event during the Sarawak Gudi Festival 2013.

Yesterday, a total of 2,500 diamond kites were flown, forming the longest arch kite tunnel of 500 metres along the old airport site.

Thousands of people were present to witness the beautiful and record-breaking event during the last day of the festival.

“I am pleased to note that this year’s festival is much better than the previous edition and I want to thank all parties involved in organising the event.


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