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Mice Asia Net : July 2008
malaysia borneo Story by Johanna Mc Kinnon Borneo is dense in naTural attractions and team-building opportunities. S eparated from Peninsular Malaysia by the South China Sea, Borneo is a country which is a final frontier destination where delegates can be immersed in dense tropical rainforest and culture that is unique to Asia. The island of Borneo has three distinct regions that offer a range of attractions for the business events market. Southwest Sarawak is home to the state capital Kuching which offers 15 international class hotels with a total of 2821 rooms. It will have 600 additional four and five-star rooms by 2009. As well as having a host of facilities, activities and attractions, this metropolis is capable of facilitating all kinds of conventions and meetings as well as being a destination for team-building and incentive programmes. Just out of the city of Kuching there is a myriad of resorts and hotels that will leave you feeling relaxed and revived after conferencing including the Hilton Batang Ai Longhouse Resort and the Borneo Highlands Resort which are secluded retreats. Kuching will be home to the new Sarawak Convention and Exhibition Centre which has been under construction since 2006 and is due to be completed at the end of 2008. The centre will include space for 1500 for a plenary, a 2000-person banquet hall, as well as 14 breakout rooms. The centre will be part of a new marina, shopping mall, and the 39-storey Kuching Tower which will be part offices and part luxury hotel. Further east to central Sarawak, Sibu is home to four international- class hotels which offer a total of 703 rooms as well as conferencing facilities. Sibu is the main port of the Rejang River and has many attractions for corporate groups including the Borneo Cultural Festival as well as river safaris and trekking tours. 48 miceAsia.net the final frontier Mt KinaBalu, saBah the nearest resort to Shangri-La’s Rasa Ria 5-Star Resort is located on the edge of the South China Sea, set in 400 acres of tropical vegetation. Meetings reach new plateaus with a choice of indoor and outdoor venues, while enjoyment is ensured with a magnificent 18-hole championship golf course, rejuvenating spa treatments and the 64-acre nature reserve with orang utans. Well-appointed sea- view guestrooms complement manifold activities including pool, beach and jungle endeavours, complemented by incredible culinary experiences offered by the resort’s restaurants. www.shangri-la.com.