Tuesday, November 07, 2017

Semenggoh Wildlife Centre receives royal visitor

KUCHING: Semenggoh Wildlife Centre at Jalan Puncak Borneo here received a royal visit from Britain’s Prince Charles, the Prince of Wales yesterday evening.

He was accompanied by Tourism, Arts, Culture, Youth and Sports Minister Datuk Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah. They arrived there at 4.36pm and their arrival was received by senior officers from the centre.

Upon arrival, Prince Charles was taken to the orangutan living area to enable him to have a closer look at these primates.

He then signed the guestbook, before being briefed by the management of the centre on its operation as well as visiting a gallery housing information on the animals at the centre.

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Rejuvenating Kiulu nature trekking

KIULU: THE Kiulu district has come up with what is believed to be the first dedicated trekking trails spanning 45km from Tamparuli, here, to the hilly Pekan Nabalu.

It offers the “Riverside Lung Washing Trekking Trails”, which live up to its reputation as a destination for adventure enthusiasts.

The term “lung washing” has a scientific explanation associated with the act of taking a break in nature.

Such an experience, away from city life distractions, is said to boost the immune system and help rejuvenate the body.

Kiulu assemblyman Datuk Joniston Bangkuai, who is the Sabah Tourism Board (STB) chairman, launched the trails at Kampung Lubok, here, recently.

He said the trails passed through several villages.

Trekkers were recommended to spend three to four days there. They could start their journey from either Pekan Nabalu or the Tamparuli town, which is about an hour’s drive from Kota Kinabalu. Guides will be assigned to help them and they can spend their nights in community-managed base camps or village homestays.

The routes were categorised from “easy” to “challenging” and trekkers could follow well-marked trails over undulating, small uphill sections.

“Trekkers would be able to explore the Borneo lowland forest, learn basic jungle survival skills from the natives, identify wild indigenous medicinal plants as well as edible plants, and they can experience the culture and hospitality of the local people and see unique species of flora and fauna in the Kiulu forest.

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Sabah Tourism and Malaysian Airlines Bhd ink deal to promote state among UK visitors

MALAYSIA Airlines Bhd and Sabah Tourism Board have inked an agreement to raise Sabah’s profile in the United Kingdom next year.

The agreement will involve a series of trade and consumer activities, as well as a campaign via the Malaysia Airlines UK/EU online portals, luxury tour operator Kuoni and other trade partners including key tour operator partners in the launch of the A350 route.

The agreement was signed by Sabah’s Tourism, Culture and Environment Minister Masidi Manjun and Malaysia Airlines UK, Ireland, Europe and North America regional manager Adrian Keating at the ongoing World Travel Market London at ExCel London.

“This partnership will help to create even greater opportunities to increase the growing number of tourists and business travellers from the UK and Ireland flying to Sabah,” Masidi said.

Sabah recorded a 7% increase of visitors or 35,901 from the UK, Ireland, Europe and North America last year.


Monday, November 06, 2017

Prince Charles reaches to touch hands with orangutan in Borneo rainforest

The Prince of Wales has come face to face with a true king of the jungle, as he reached to touch hands with a five-foot orangutan.

The Prince had travelled deep into the Borneo rainforest to see endangered orangutans in the wild.

The Prince looked on in awe as six of the great apes visited a feeding spot at the Semenggoh Wildlife Rehab centre, offering them a banana.

Wearing a cream suit and tie, he walked over to where two of the orangutans that had descended from a tree and held the fruit out.

The orangutan then reached out to the Prince, appearing to touch hands for a split second.

He then offered a banana to a second animal, who took it quickly.

The first orangutan, who was casually doing the splits between two trees, went back for second helpings from the delighted heir to the throne.


Sunday, November 05, 2017

AirAsia X Japan promotes travel to Cat City

KUCHING: Popular Japanese TV personalities and idols, Taishi Tamaki and Fukuyama Chikako visited Kuching from  Oct 20 to 23, 2017 as part of a travel awareness campaign of the Dangan Challenge series organised by AirAsia X Japan.

The capital city saw the Japanese pop stars when they dropped by on the Kuching leg of their Dangan Challenge Campaign, an effort of the Japanese AirAsia to promote travel to interesting destinations overseas such as Sarawak’s hidden gem – Kuching.

The campaign aims to promote Cat City as a travel destination for the Japanese by highlighting its four main attractions: nature, fauna, food and culture.

The 4 day/3 night visit of the TV sensations with over 180,000 followers over social media alone, saw the couple explore the charms of Kuching city, tasted extraordinary fare, experienced the warmth and hospitality of the Kuchingite community, and enjoyed a sunset cruise at mangrove swamps.

They visited Sarawak Cultural Village, the must-go destination for travellers, followed by gastronomic delights after interacting with orangutans at Semengoh Wildlife Centre.

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