KUCHING: The 4th Sarawak Hornbill Tourism Award 2009/2010 saw more than 20 individuals and organisations recognised for their contributions in developing and transforming the state’s tourism industry.
In a grand and colourful gala night held at Borneo Convention Centre Kuching (BCCK) on Saturday, the coveted Minister’s Award for Creativity/Innovation went to Borneo Tropical Rainforest Resort managing director Law Ing Hua in the individual category.
In the organisation category, the award went to Miri City Council. Both winners received RM5,000, a certificate and a trophy each.
This award recognises the extraordinary personal and professional achievement and contribution by an individual or organisation to Sarawak’s tourism industry.
In the Outstanding Tour Operator category, the award went to Cat City Holidays Sdn Bhd.
Kraftangan Manik Seramik Long Tuma, Lawas bagged the Outstanding Contribution to the Tourism Industry — Handicraft and Souvenirs.
Damai Beach Resort won the Outstanding Contribution to the Tourism Industry (MICE), while Hilton Kuching took the Green and Responsible Tourism.
For Outstanding Food and Entertainment Outlets, Ristorante Beccari took the Fine Dining award, Islamic Nyonya Café (Local Cuisine), One O One Café (Café/Bistro/Kopi Tiam), Top Spot Food Court (Hawker/Stalls/Foodcourt) and Victoria Arms (Nightspot).
In the Media category, Damai Beach Resort bagged the Website award, New Straits Time journalist Nancy Nais (Articles), Utusan Sarawak photographer Muhamad Rais Sanusi (Pictures) and Borneo Talk (Publication).
The Malaysian Nature Society Kuching Branch took the Outstanding Contribution to the Tourism Industry — Private Sector/Association category.
In the Outstanding Tourist Guide category, Ku Fung Kiaw @ Kelly won the City Guide award while Alvin Celestine Danker took the Nature Guide award. In the Agencies category, Bintulu Task Group took the Tourism Task Group award.
For Outstanding Hotel and Accommodation Service Providers, Miri Marriott Resort and Spa won the Five and Four Star sub-category, New World Suites (Three Star), Singgahsana Lodge (Lodging House, Bed and Breakfast) and Santubong Homestay (Santubong).
The winners received between RM1,500 and RM2,000 each plus a certificate and trophy/plaque.
Housing and Tourism Minister Datuk Amar Abang Johari Tun Openg who represented the Chief Minister gave away the awards.
The bi-annual Sarawak Hornbill Tourism Award was introduced in 2003 to recognise and appreciate industry players for their unwavering support, unselfishness, sacrifice, dedication and commitment in developing and transforming the industry.
The Tourism Ministry, Sarawak Tourism Board and Sarawak Tourism Federation jointly organised the event.