Kuching (population: 580,000), popularly known as the Cat City, is the capital of Sarawak, Malaysia's largest state. Covering 124,450 sq km it is almost equivalent in size to Greece.
A multicultural city, Kuching is establishing itself as a fresh meetings destination. The State Government has invested heavily in state of the art meetings infrastructure and also provides financial and in kind of support for international conventions.
Kuching, situated on the banks of the Sarawak River, entices visitors to enjoy a diverse range of colours and flavours with its rich culture and gastronomic wonders. The city's glorious colonial past was at its peak between 1841 and 1946 during the rule of the British Brooke dynasty of "White Rajahs". Sarawak became a British Crown colony before gaining independence through the formation of Malaysia n 1963.
Sarawak's population of 2.35 million is made up of 28 ethnic groups, each with their own distinct language, traditions and lifestyle. They make up a unique and vibrant social demography, often regarded as one of the state's most attractive features.
Cost of living in Sarawak in considerably low, yet the quality of its new Convention Centre, city hotels and supporting facilities and services are of international standard.
Kuching offers a wide variety of accommodation choices to suit the needs of every delegate, from 5-star hotel rooms costing approximately from €80 - €102 per night, 4-star from €70 - €90 and budget accommodation from €20 - €60.
A meal at most well appointed restaurants cost €15 and above per person while a simple meal can cost as little as €2.10.
Kuching is a modern stylish city. Banks, 24-hour ATMs, moneychangers and other services are found in the international airports and main urban centres. The currency exchange rate is approximately Ringgit Malaysia (RM) 4.95 to 1.00.
Sarawak and Malaysia in general are well known for the stable democratic government as well as the safe and peaceful coexistence of its multi-cultural society.