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Sarawak Hornbill Tourism Awards 2015/2016

Hornbill Awards 2015 2016

The Sarawak Hornbill Tourism Awards 2015/2016 was held on 24th November 2017, at the Imperial Hotel in Kuching Sarawak. This is the states most prestigious tourism industry awards held every two years.

For this years 7th Sarawak Hornbill Tourism Awards, a total of 28 winners were selected after a tedious judging process. 6 Special Recognition category awards were given out to industry players this year. 

The Sarawak Hornbill Awards was introduced in 2003 to recognize individuals or organisations whose contribution towards the development of the tourism sector in Sarawak, Malaysia Borneo.

As I have been an active contributor to Sarawak over the years, I was invited as one of the finalists under the Best Tourism Article Online for Sarawak. Find out who won below. 

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One of the category winners being announced at the SHTA
Sarawak Hornbill Tourism Awards 2015/2016 Winners

This year saw some of the previous categories being removed and a special recognition category being awarded to some of the industry players. The winners for this year's Hornbill Awards are as follows; 

Category A: Outstanding Media Contribution To The Tourism Industry

Best Tourism Online Article Published on Sarawak

Winner: “Ba Kelalan Sarawak” by David Hogan Jr, Malaysia Asia

Best Tourism Printed Article Published on Sarawak

Winner: “Pesta Nukenen Bario” by Hoo Choon Ping (Sin Chew Daily, Selangor)

Best Tourism Photography

Winner: “Selangor Meets Sarawak: Semenggoh Wildlife Centre” by  Ramble and Wander 

Best Tourism Related Videos on Sarawak

Winner: No Winner

Category B: Outstanding Cottage Industry Contribution To The Tourism Industry 

Best Handicraft Product 

Winner: Senia Anak Jugi - Bemban Handbag

Best Handicraft Outlet

Winner: Ranee Gift Gallery

Category C: Outstanding Food Outlets

Best Restaurant

Winner: Steak House, Kuching

Best Café/Bistro

Winner: The Gold Mines Gastropub, Bintulu

Best Kopitiam

Winner: Yoyo Café, Bintulu

Best Hawker Center

Winner: Top Spot Foodcourt, Kuching

Category D: Outstanding Tourist Guide

Best Regional Specific Tourists Guide (RSTG)

Winner: Teddy Bunga Nangoi Anak Robert Dais

Best Park Guide

Winner: Jenny Malang

Category E: Outstanding Tourism Attraction And Events

Best Natural Attractions

Winner: Gunung Mulu National Park

Best Man-Made Attractions

Winner: Sarawak Cultural Village

Best Events & Festivals

Winner: Borneo International Kite Festival 

Category F: Outstanding Destination Management Company (DMC)

Best And Creative Tourism Package

Winner: Ecogreen Holidays Sdn. Bhd.

Most Outstanding DMC (Domestic)

Borneo Exploration Tours & Travel Sdn. Bhd.

Most Outstanding DMC (International)

*Under Special Recognition

Emerging DMC

*Under Special Recognition

Category G: Outstanding Hotel And Accommodation Provider

Best 5 Star Hotel/Resort

Winner: Mulu Marriott Resort and Spa

Best 4 Star Hotel/Resort

Winner: Grand Margherita Hotel Kuching 

Best 3 Star Hotel/Resort

Winner: New World Suites Bintulu

Best 2 Star and Below Hotel

Winner: Inn86 Bintulu

Best Homestay

Winner: Homestay Rh Benjaming Angki


International Destination Management Company - DMC Asia Market

See Mark Travel Services, Taipei

International Destination Management Company - DMC Australia Market

Flight Centre Group 

International Destination Management Company - DMC Europe Market

Audley Travel

Airline Operator

Air Asia Berhad

Most Outstanding DMC (International)

CPH Travel Agencies Sarawak

Emerging DMC

One Wayang Tours SDN.BHD.

2017 SHTA
The scene at the SHTA 2017, held at the Imperial Hotel in Kuching
2017 Sarawak Hornbill Tourism Awards
Panoramic view of the Sarawak Hornbill Awards in Kuching
The Sarawak Hornbill Tourism Awards was attended by the Assistant Minister of Tourism, Arts and Culture Datuk Lee Kim Shin; Datu Ik Pahon Joyik – permanent secretary to the Ministry of Tourism, Arts, Culture, Youth and Sports; and Sarawak Tourism Federation president Philip Yong. 

Guest of honor was no other than the chief minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Haji Abdul Rahman Zohari bin Tun Abang Haji Openg, who was also once the Sarawak Tourism Minister. 

In his opening speech, the chief minister talked about the new tourism products that were launched, and also mentioned that the tourism industry players need to start accepting the digital age and embrace it.

This was also in line with the Sarawak Pay, a cashless digital payment system, which was launched recently. 

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Posing with YBhg Datu Ik Pahon Joyik
Current Minister of Tourism, Arts, Culture, Youth and Sports Datuk Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah was not present as he was currently in Europe to negotiate the return of some Sarawak artefacts in the Netherlands and also in the British Museum.

The prestigious black-tie event came to a close at around 11.00 PM after the Chief Minister made his exit.

Winners of the Sarawak Hornbill Tourism Awards 2015/2016 were seen taking photos, posing with their trophies against the photo wall at the Imperial Hotel in Kuching. 

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The Hornbill Award for Best Tourism Online Article on Sarawak which I won
Me with my Best Tourism Online Award for Sarawak
As for me the writer, I was ecstatic that I had won the Best Tourism Online Article for Sarawak as I have been actively contributing to Sarawak over the last five to six years.

I would like to thank the Sarawak Ministry of Tourism, the Sarawak Tourism Board, friends and acquaintances I have met over the years of my travels to Sarawak.


You can read about my winning article titled Ba'Kelalan which was written 2016. I have also other articles on Sarawak if you would like to know more.

Thank you again to the Sarawak Hornbill Tourism Awards 2015/2016 and I hope to see, explore and write more about Sarawak in the future.

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