March 2009 Archives

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NATURAL WONDER: One of the many large cave passages in the Whiterock area of Clearwater Cave. - Photo by Robbie Shone

KUCHING: Sarawak's giant Clearwater Cave in Gunung Mulu National Park has moved up the rankings to eighth longest in the world from 11th place and could also be the largest in the world by volume.

This latest discovery was made during the just completed 14th Anglo-Sarawak Caving Expedition to the park.

Based in the Melinau Gorge, the expedition was in the field between Jan 16 and March 12.

Tim Allen, from the United Kingdom, led the team of 18 which consisted of experienced Mulu cavers, young speleologists, a research scientist and an ecologist from the Sarawak Forestry Corporation (SFC).

The team was closely supported by the national park management and staff, as well as local organisers and labour, according to a press release yesterday.

The expedition focused most of its attention on the Whiterock area of the Clearwater Cave system.

(Source: The Borneo Post)

Continue reading Mulu's Clearwater Cave eighth longest in the world

itb.jpgDUBAI: Malaysia received three prestigious awards at the world's largest tourism fair, the International Tourismus-Boerse (ITB), in Berlin, Germany, recently.

According to Tourism Malaysia, the "Malaysia Truly Asia" advertising campaign won the gold award in the print advertising category at the Das Goldene Stadttor (The Golden City Gate) international film competition award ceremony at the ITB Cinema on March 12.

Malaysia's entry was among 94 entries accepted from all over the world for selection by a 40-member committee comprising representatives from the marketing, media, film and advertising industries as well as official institutions.

The ITB ran from from March 11 to 15.

(Source: New Sabah Times)

Continue reading Malaysia shines at Berlin tourism show

Sabah_SipadanIsland.jpgKOTA KINABALU: Sipadan is now officially eligible to be considered for nomination as a Unesco World Heritage site.

The nominee for the World's New Seven Wonders of Nature is famous for its abundance of turtles, schooling barracudas, white tip reef sharks, bumphead parrotfish and its teeming reef.

The island will be judged by a scientific panel alongside other world-renowned diving destinations, such as the Raja Ampat, Banda islands and Bunaken National Park in Indonesia, the Tubbatha and Apo Reefs in the Philippines and hundreds of other islands in the world.

A special panel headed by Sabah Tourism Board chairman Datuk Seri Tengku Zainal Adlin submitted an entry about a week ago.

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Kota Kinabalu: A total of RM520,000 was raised Tuesday at the Bornean Rhino Alliance's "Rhino Rescue Lunch" at the Shangri-la's Tanjung Aru Resort & Spa - surpassing the original target of RM500,000.

The single biggest pledge came from the State Culture, Tourism and Environment Minister when Datuk Masidi Manjun announced it would give RM100,000!

Another RM100,000 came from two US Non-government-Organisations namely Shared Earth Foundation represented by its President and CEO Caroline D Gabel who pledged RM50,000. The other being SOS Rhino US which also pledged RM50,000 through a distance phone call from its CEO Dr Nan Schaffer from Bali.

Singaporean Datuk Edward Ong of Sutera Harbour Resort Sdn Bhd made his presence felt for the tourism sector with a RM50,000 pledge.

Eight Wildlife Department Bird's Nest Concessionaires from Sabah's East Coast represented by Awang Hohd Sah B Arsad sprang a surprise with a combined pledge for RM50,000.

Another RM50,000 came from oil palm plantation group Wilmar International Limited represnted by its Group Head-CSR, Jeremy Goon.

The group which owns a large plantation that borders the Tabin Wildlife Reserve, has been helping out on anti-poaching activities since 2002 with some 20 honorary wildlife wardens of their own.

(Article is taken from DailyExpress)

Continue reading Sumatran rhinos conservation effort raises RM520,000

Sarawak as a food paradise

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KUCHING: The Sarawak Tourism Board (STB) will position the state as a food paradise in its coming promotional campaigns following the success of the Sarawak Laksa Escapade.

STB CEO Gracie Geikie said there is a lot of potential to promote other local dishes unique to Sarawak.

"Our next series is 'Kolo Mee', which will start either in August or September. To me, Sarawak is a food paradise but it is little known around the world," said Geikie.

"During the Sarawak Laksa Escapade, tourists are also to visit tour attractions in the state but of course, the focus is on laksa. This is the first time Sarawak's tourism is promoted via food, previously, music was used," she said.

(Article is taken from BorneoPost Online)

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Sabah wants Ramsar site No 2

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insidepix1.jpgKOTA KINABALU: Barely five months after having its first Ramsar site, Sabah is lobbying for a second Ramsar site in the 24-ha Kota Kinabalu Wetland Centre.

The state government will support efforts to apply to the international Ramsar body soon.

State Tourism, Culture and Environment Minister Datuk Masidi Manjun said he would support the move to ensure the city had ample green lungs and also to provide more recreational activities to the urban population.

"The move will also cement Sabah's excellent track record in conservation," he said at the launch of World Wetlands Day here yesterday.

The proposal was mooted years ago along with the Lower Kinabatangan-Segama Wetlands, which has been recognised as a Ramsar site on Oct 28 last year.

(Article is taken from NewStraitTimes)

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Sabah to woo French tourists

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PARIS: Sabah is going all out to increase the number of tourists from France.

And, the Malaysian Embassy here has pledged to give its fullest support to help realise this endeavour.

Speaking to Malaysian journalists during a dinner reception for French major tour operators here recently, Tourism, Culture and Environment Minister Datuk Masidi Manjun said France was a potential market which has yet been fully tapped.

"Because air connection is the major factor, the Malaysia Airlines has also agreed to play its part to ensure more arrivals to Sabah," he said.

Masidi added that he met the Malaysian Ambassador Datuk S. Thanarajasingam and senior MAS and Tourism Malaysia officials based in Paris during a luncheon held at the embassy and their discussions yielded positive results.

"I have also offered to send our cultural dance group to perform at any roadshow to attract the French people to visit Sabah," he said.

According to Masidi, many French people who visited Malaysia would end up touring only Kuala Lumpur "but I am confident they would love to visit Sabah if MAS could provide easy flight connections to Sabah"

(Article is taken from NewSabahTimes)

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PLANS are afoot for Sipadan island, a nominee for the World's New 7 Wonders of Nature, to be listed as a world heritage site.

A special panel headed by Sabah Tourism Board chairman Datuk Seri Tengku Zainal Adlin has been tasked to prepare a working paper for the purpose.

The paper will be submitted to Unesco, the organisation responsible for according world heritage status, as soon as possible.

The idea was raised by state Tourism, Culture and Environment Minister Datuk Masidi Manjun at a meeting with Malaysia's permanent delegate to Unesco Datuk Kenneth J. Luis at the Malaysian embassy here yesterday.

(Article is taken from NewStraitsTimes)

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Have you ever yearned to run barefoot on a sun-kissed beach, dive into emerald-green water, trek through mist-shrouded mountains or trudge through mysterious primordial jungles?

If the answer is yes, Malaysia is the land for you. This place is home to the unique proboscis monkey and, of course, the wonderful orang-utan. Towering over it all is Mount Kinabalu, at 13,435ft the highest mountain between the Himalayas and New Guinea and the focal point of Kinabalu Park.

It was the Malaysian High Commissioner, His Excellency Datuk Abd Aziz Mohammed, who invited me to visit his exotic country. 'You can even climb Kinabalu,' he suggested.

'It's not quite as high as Everest but it is awesome in its own right and a magnet for the adventurous.'

(Article is taken from The Daily Mail)

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beach.jpgコタキナバルの街からボートで約20分のところにトゥンク・アブドゥル・ラーマン海洋公園があります。この公園内には5つの島が点在し、それぞれ異なる顔を持っています。

シュノーケリングやダイビングはもちろん、各種マリンスポーツを楽しめ、またジャングルトレッキングも気軽にできます。島によってはミズオオトカゲやイノシシに出会えるかもしれません。

海に入れば、色とりどりの魚たちが目の前を優雅に泳ぎます。疲れたら白い砂浜で一休み。南国の太陽の下で日光浴も最高です(※日差しが強いので日焼けのしすぎには注意です)。

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