by Alex Palmer | January 09, 2020

On the lush island of Borneo, Malaysia's largest state provides groups a range of exotic experiences. The many cultural attractions and high-tech event spaces in the capital city of Kuching give way to the local crafts of central Sibu and the eco-friendly activities of the natural parks and preserves.

Last year saw the opening of the CIDB Convention Centre Sarawak, a striking venue that hovers over a pond and features tribal motifs on its floor-to-ceiling windows. Designed to blend into its lush surroundings, the location allows for natural cooling, and the open-wall interior takes advantage of natural light and wind. The venue's main hall accommodates up to 800 people, and there are five meeting rooms whose capacities range from 10 to 100. An on-site bistro serves up to 120 people, buffet-style. The convention center is part of the 60acre CIDB Sarawak complex that includes sports facilities, restaurants and accommodations.

The first "smart building" in Sarawak, the Hikmah Exchange is expected to open this year with a new convention center; stay tuned for details on meeting rooms and banquet space. The venue will include shops, restaurants and galleries, as well as more than 1,000 parking spaces for visiting groups.

Read more about what's new in this destination, along with full venue details, activity itineraries and more on Northstar Meetings Group's Sarawak Destination Guide.