Tuesday, October 3

Sarawak Hornbill Tourism Awards website launched


LEVERAGING ON IT: Abang Johari launches the website. Looking on are Assistant Minister of Tourism Datuk Talib Zulpilip and STF president Audry Wan Ullok. — Photo by Chimon Upon

KUCHING: The Tourism Ministry and Sarawak Tourism Federation (STF) jointly launched the Sarawak Hornbill Tourism Awards (SHTA) 2011/2012 website yesterday.

Tourism Minister Datuk Amar Abang Johari Tun Openg said the website will enable tourism industry players to submit their entries for the various awards online.

“The nomination period for Sarawak Hornbill Tourism Awards 2011/2012 will be from June 1 to July 31 and presentation will be on Oct 26 at the Borneo Convention Centre Kuching (BCCK) where the chief minister is expected to be the guest-of-honour,” he said at the launch.

He said the awards’ main objectives are to appreciate the efforts and contributions made by individuals and organisations towards the development of the state’s tourism industry.

“There are nine major categories for SHTA 2011/2012, namely Outstanding Hotel and Accommodation Providers, Outstanding Destination Management Company, Outstanding Tour Guides, Outstanding Food Outlets, Outstanding Cottage Industry Contribution to the Tourism Industry, Outstanding Transport Contribution to the Tourism Industry, Outstanding Media Contribution to the Tourism Industry, Outstanding Tourism Attraction and Venue Provider while the most grand one will be the Hornbill’s Special Award.

“The prizes for the winners are trophies and certificates plus trips to selected destinations within the Asia Pacific region to be covered by us,” he said.

Information, online nominations and submissions can be done at www.sarawakhornbilltourismawards.com.

The website also provides the public with the opportunity to comment on the nominees.

The Facebook page Sarawak Hornbill Tourism Awards 2011/2012 is also available for easy access to information on SHTA.