After a long wait, a year-long Visit Sarawak Year 2013 would be launched on Sept 16, 2013 in Kuching to coincide with the state’s 50th Merdeka Anniversary celebration of Sarawak and Sabah joining Malaya to form Malaysia. According to the state Tourism Minister, VSY2013 will be a big and significant year for the ministry, and one that will benefit the tourism industry in many ways.
Culture, Adventure and Nature (CAN) continues to be the main tourism attraction to Sarawak. Visitors to National Parks, Wildlife Centre and Nature Reserves indicated a positive growth. As of June 2012, the National Parks recorded 206,186 visitors of which 26% are foreigners. The latest tourism figures for Sarawak are yet to be published.
|Semenggoh Wildlife Centre|
The Sarawak Tourism Board continues to print promotional collateral in line with the re-imaging of "Where Adventure Lives" these collateral's are distributed worldwide through the various consumer and trade exhibitions, Tourism Malaysia’s Offices and Malaysia Airline’s offices world-wide. The collateral are also being translated in Korean, Japanese & Mandarin for each individual country too.
|Homestay is Sarawak|
For homestays in Sarawak, a total of 28 villages comprising of 418 operators throughout the State have been registered under the home stay program which will be highlighted to the tourist for Visit Sarawak Year 2013. You can also get more information on this from the visitor center in Kuching or from the main websites of the tourism boards.
Sarawak Convention Bureau
Sarawak Convention Bureau, which has completed its re-branding of Sarawak as a destination "Where Business and Adventure Meet" has identified a number of proactive objectives for 2013. It will place greater emphasis on trading partnerships and representation to achieve its goals. The convention centre which is located in the Kuching district will also see many international events happening this and next year.
|Brook Dockyard along the Sarawak River|