Sunday, January 21, 2007

Sarawak's Tourism Attractions to get Wider Exposure

KUCHING: Sarawak’s tourism industry will gain wider international exposure as more foreign television stations air their productions on the state’s unique culture and colourful lifestyles of its various ethnic groups, Sarawak Tourism Board’s marketing executive Catherine Lau said.

Also to be featured in their adventure series are the state’s world heritage site - Mulu National Park - and other eco-tourism attractions in the tropical forest settings.

Taiwan-based Sanlih E-Television (SET TV) is the latest foreign TV station now on a filming stint in the Land of the Hornbills.

The station’s six-member film crew is expected to produce at least three episodes for its “The King of Adventure” programme during their 11-day trip in Sarawak , said its director Cheng Au-Lin.

Shortly after their arrival on Saturday, the crew started the first shooting at the popular Cat Museum.

They will also feature the city’s many native handicraft shops, a traditional Bidayuh longhouse in Padawan near here and the Lemanak Iban longhouse in Sri Aman Division.

They will then travel by land to central Sarawak.

Their assignments there includes the shootings at the Sibu native day market, a fishing village and a sago processing factory in Mukah.

In Miri, the gateway to the northern region, the TV crew will film the caves of the Niah National Park.

It was in the park’s Great Cave where the oldest modern human remains in South-east Asia (40,000 years ago) were discovered in 1958.

The caves are also known for the harvest of the pricely bird’s nests.

SET TV is expected to air its series on Sarawak in March.

Sarawak Tourism Board’s marketing executive Catherine Lau said that another film crew from Gala TV8 Taiwan would arrive here on March 26 to shoot for its “World’s No 1” programme - a Chinese version of Discovery.

The trip is jointly arranged by the board and Tourism Malaysia Taipei office.

“This film crew will focus on the not-so-exposed attractions in the central and northern regions,” added Lau.

Source : STAR
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