Kiwis keen on Sarawak

New Zealand travel agents hosted to Sarawak this month as part of a Tourism Malaysia familiarisation trip were quick to learn why 5500 Kiwis chose to spend their holidays in Malaysia's biggest state last year. Situated on the south west coast of Borneo, Sarawak lives up to its tagline of 'Where adventure lives.' Regional marketing manager for Sarawak Tourism Board, Barbara Benjamin Atan says Sarawak's marketing campaign consists of three major thrusts - culture, nature and adventure - and the Kiwi groups' itinerary consisted of all three. They had culture in Kuching and at the Sarawak Cultural Village, nature at the Heart2Heart orang utan conservation programme and Bako National Park, and adventure both underground and high in the tree tops at Mulu.

Kiwi travel agents spent a day with orang utans at Matang Wildlife Centre and Seminggoh Rehabilitation Centre in Sarawak.

Pictured with their graduation certificates are, back row, from left, Sue Hamilton; Intrepid My Adventure Store; Sophie Caine; GO Holidays; Sabrina McLeod, Tourism Malaysia; Andrew Sullivan, Pack Ya Bags; Josee Amor, Your Travel; Carolyn Guthrie, Destinations PR.

Front row, Siali anak Aban, Matang Wildlife Centre; Geri Cornelius, Mondo Travel; Trish Freeman, TRAVELinc; Hafiz Hashim, Tourism Malaysia; Karen Young, Travel Managers / Frontier Travel; Joyce Ting, Matang Wildlife Centre; Joanne Hooper, Active Asia; Sue Barnaby, World Journeys and Abdul Syamil, Matang Wildlife Centre

Preparing food for the orang utans are, from left: Geri Cornelius, Mondo Travel; Sophie Caine, GO Holidays; Joanne Hooper, Active Asia; Sabrina McLeod, Tourism Malaysia; Sue Hamilton, Intrepid My Adventure Store and Trish Freeman, TRAVELinc
Geri Cornelius, Mondo Travel and Sue Hamilton, Intrepid My Adventure Store take instructions on how to prepare food parcels for the orang utan enrichment
The Kiwis muck and clean the orang utan cages during the Matang Wildlife Centre's Heart2Heart programme. From left, Carolyn Guthrie, Destinations PR; Hafiz Hashim, Tourism Malaysia; Josee Amor, Your Travel; Karen Young, Travel Managers / Frontier Travel; Andrew Sullivan, Pack Ya Bags and Sue Barnaby, World Journeys

Geri Cornelius, Mondo Travel; Sophie Caine, GO Holidays; Sabrina McLeod, Tourism Malaysia; Sue Hamilton, Intrepid My Adventure Store and Andrew Sullivan at Matang Wildlife Centre

Sue Barnaby, World Journeys; graduates from the Heart2Heart programme at Matang Wildlife Centre - with Siali anak Aban and Joyce Ting, Matang Wildlife Centre

Josee Amor, Your Travel; graduates from the Heart2Heart programme at Matang Wildlife Centre - with Siali anak Aban and Joyce Ting, Matang Wildlife Centre
A warm cultural welcome...Geri Cornelius, Mondo Travel (left) and Karen Young, Travel Managers / Frontier Travel (second from right) are all smiles on arrival at Sarawak International Airport 
Cheers! Josee Amor, Your Travel and Carolyn Guthrie, Destinations PR enjoy a welcome drink of the local rice wine at Riverside Majestic Hotel in Kuching Karen Young, Travel Managers / Frontier Travel and Joanne Hooper, Active Asia enjoy dinner hosted by Sarawak Tourism Board at Sarakraf Pavilion 
A river runs through it.... the view from the Executive Club Lounge at Hilton Hotel Kuching
Andrew Sullivan, Pack Ya Bags checks out the local delicacies at the Sunday Market, Kuching Carolyn Guthrie, Destinations PR; Sue Barnaby, World Journeys and Karen Young, Travel Managers / Frontier Travel at the Sunday Market, Kuching
That's some pussy cat - how about a high five? Sue Hamilton, Intrepid My Adventure Store From left, Carolyn Guthrie, Destinations PR; Karen Young, Travel Managers / Frontier Travel; Joanne Hooper, Active Asia; Josee Amor, Your Travel; Sophie Caine; GO Holidays; Sue Barnaby, World Journeys; Sabrina McLeod, Tourism Malaysia; Andrew Sullivan, Pack Ya Bags; Geri Cornelius, Mondo Travel (seated); Sue Hamilton, Intrepid My Adventure Store Plenty of cat statues in the city of cats - Kuching
Sophie Caine, GO Holidays gets a few pointers from Tomibulen, Sarawak Cultural Village on the art of dart blowing Sue Hamilton, Intrepid My Adventure Store takes instruction from Tomibulen, Sarawak Cultural Village while Hafiz Hashim, Tourism Malaysia looks on
Andrew Sullivan, Pack Ya Bags has a go at dart blowing under the tutelage of Tomibulen, Sarawak Cultural Village
Sue Barnaby, World Journeys and Andrew Sullivan, Pack Ya Bags  negotiate a traditional bamboo bridge at the Sarawak Cultural VillageC Carolyn Guthrie, Destinations PR, followed by Sue Hamilton, Intrepid My Adventure Store at Sarawak Cultural Village
Sabrina McLeod, Tourism Malaysia and Sue Hamilton, Intrepid My Adventure Store thrilled to see a pavlova surprise for dessert at Permai Rainforest Retreat
Sophie Caine, GO Holidays gets adventurous at Permai Rainforest Retreat and samples the odorous durian fruit It looks like durian tastes better than it smells
Stunning sunset above the South China Sea from Permai Rainforest Resort
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