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BCCK, ARC Creators, Sarawak Tourism Federation and Kuching Chef’s Association Sign MoU/MoA to Stimulate Sarawak’s Home-Grown Events

25 January 2022

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The Borneo Convention Centre Kuching (BCCK) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with ARC Creators and a Memorandum of Agreement (MoA) with the Sarawak Tourism Federation (STF) and the Kuching Chef’s Association (KCA) for upcoming joint events in the business events, tourism and culinary arena. 

The organisations were represented by CEO of BCCK Mr. Eric van Piggelen, CEO of ARC Creators Ms. Fiona Marcus Raja, President of STF Mdm. Audrey Wan Ulok, and the President of KCA Chef Abang Abdul Rahman during the official signing. 

Witnessing the event were Executive Director Tan Sri Dato Amar Wilson Baya Dandot, and Mr. Nasir bin Lariwoo as a representative for the Ministry of Tourism, Creative Industry and Performing Arts Sarawak 

BCCK and ARC Creators have signed an MoU to promote the growth of local business events, through investing in, organising and supporting homegrown events, starting with the two original upcoming events created in conjunction with this partnership; The Travel Mart Exchange (TTM Exchange) and Engage and Taste Borneo Conference (E.A.T. Borneo Conference).  

“We look forward towards forging new paths in business events with our industry partners, and to the bright future of Sarawak in the global business events scene,” said Mr. Eric Van Piggelen during his speech. 

“We believe in the fundamental tenet of - right people, right place, right time. Great things may happen when great individuals come together at the right time. We hope that we as a Business event strategist, could further foster such relationship to serve as a catalyst for change, collaborating with venues such as BCCK,” Fiona Marcus Raja said. 

BCCK’s MoA signing with ARC Creators and STF is an agreement for cooperation between the organisations in realising The Travel Mart Exchange (TTM Exchange) which is slated to happen in June 2022. TTM Exchange will be a marketing platform specially curated to facilitate the gathering of Sarawak’s inbound tourism & hospitality industry partners and players to meet with international and domestic buyers consisting of outbound tour agents, operators and wholesalers. 

The KCA, ARC Creators and BCCK’s Memorandum of Agreement was signed in cooperation of the E.A.T. Borneo Conference, created in-line with KCA’s mission of promoting and advancing the culinary culture and offering of Kuching and Sarawak as a whole. It is slated to take place in October this year.  

Also happening in June this year will be The Asia Pacific Tourism Expo & Conference (APTEC) which aims to bring together professionals from the international Tourism and Business Events Industry to congregate in BCCK’s halls, to collaborate, exchange ideas and inspire one another together. This is in line with BCCK’s ongoing drive to establish Sarawak and BCCK as the hub for business events in the region and will be a joint effort between BCCK and ARC Creators.