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Theme: Responsible Tourism and Peace

Responsible Tourism refers to an approach to tourism that aims to maximize the positive economic, social, and environmental impacts of travel while minimizing the negative consequences. It involves making ethical and sustainable choices as a traveller, tour operator, or destination manager to ensure that tourism contributes to the well-being of local communities, preserves cultural heritage, and protects the natural environment. Responsible Tourism emphasizes responsible behavior by tourists, fair economic distribution, and the promotion of environmentally friendly practices within the tourism industry. This approach encourages travellers to be conscious of their impact on destinations and make choices that support local economies, cultures, and ecosystems. As for Responsible Tourism and Peace, it is an initiative where multicultural and interfaith tolerance and understanding, laying the foundation for more peaceful societies is fostered. Moreover, this year, SYT2024 Theme will be focusing on the below 5 categories:

Cultural Preservation

Encouraging tourism that respects and preserves the cultural heritage of destinations fosters understanding and appreciation among tourists / visitors. This also focuses on promoting cultural acceptance to promote peaceful society.

Environmental Conservation

Sustainable tourism practices, such as minimizing carbon footprint, protecting natural habitats, contributing to environmental peace.

Community Empowerment

Responsible tourism initiatives that prioritize local community involvement, fair economic distribution, and social equity can contribute to peacebuilding.

Education and Awareness

Responsible tourism initiatives often include educational components that raise awareness about local cultures, histories, and environmental issues to spread environmental peace through tourism.

Local Economic Sustainability

Encourage tourism that supports local, help to promote local businesses and also contribute to the local economy. Through this effort, we will be able to contribute back to the community and create social harmony.

Note: These categories are just some of the examples. Participants are encouraged to find out more and explore to more categories


Competition Category




Secondary School Students

A. Lower secondary [13 - 15 years old (Year 7 - 9)]

B. Higher Secondary [16 - 17 years old (Year 10 - 11)]

Open to Secondary School Students from Sarawak / Studies in Sarawak



Tertiary Students

A. Foundation/A-Level & Tertiary Level

[18 - 25 years old]
Open to all Tertiary Students from Sarawak and EATOF Member Provinces (International)

Students under 18 years old are compulsory to acquire permission from the supervisor (parent, teacher or guardian) to participate in  SYT 2024.



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The winning contestants will receive the following: 

Important note: 

  1. Apart from cash prizes, there will be other forms of non-monetary prizes.

  2. Prizes will be given to the winners after the Award Giving Ceremony. Arrangements will be made between the organizer and the winners.



  • All productions must be related to the theme of SYT2024, namely “Responsible Tourism and Peace”.

  • Participants can choose any categories related to the themes of SYT2024.

  • Participants who wish to participate in the competition are required to complete and submit their registration form together with their production directly in the form by 30th June 2024.

  • Damaged, incomplete, inappropriate (such as controversial content) or illegible productions will not be accepted.

  • Evaluation of all the productions will be done online in July 2024 by the national & international judges, participants and the public.

  • The award-giving ceremony using a hybrid format will be held on 10th August 2024, Saturday where the winners will be announced. Participants are required to join the ceremony online and the platform details will be given to the participants in advance. The ceremony will also be livestreamed on Facebook.

  • The Organizer may at its sole and absolute discretion extend SYT2024 period at any time.

  • The Organizer also reserves the right to modify the event mechanisms, withdraw or cancel the event at any time at its sole and absolute direction.



All completed registration forms along with the productions (either poster in PDF or image file like JPEG and PNG, or One-Minute TikTok Video in MP4 or link to the contestant TikTok account) have to be submitted to respective form directly by 5PM on 30th June 2024.

Poster Submission Guideline
  • The content must be related to the theme of SYT 2024.

  • Poster must only be hand drawn/e-poster with the size of A4 (210mm x 297 mm) / A3 (297 mm x 420 mm). Both landscape and portrait are acceptable.

    Acceptable tools of drawing / painting include pencil, crayon, sketch. pastel. watercolour, and poster color.

  • The content must be written in English (except for specific terms).

  • Poster must clearly show the selected theme (Responsible Tourism and Peace).

  • Poster should deliver a meaningful message (using images and words) in accordance with its theme.

  • The production in PDF or image file (JPEG or PNG). The content will be reviewed before sending for evaluation.

1-Minute TikTok Video Guidelines
  • The content must be related to the theme of SYT 2024.

  • Video must not exceed 1 minute. Narration must be in English; BM or Mandarin is allowed if subtitles in English are provided.

  • Video must clearly show the selected theme (Responsible Tourism and Peace). The descriptions of the theme are provided on our website.

  • Video should deliver a meaningful message (using images and words) in accordance with its theme.

  • The production in MP4 in good quality (at least 1080 x 1920 px, both horizontal and vertical orientation is accepted). Participants may also send the link to the video in their TikTok account, and make sure it is visible to public.

  • The content will be reviewed before sending for evaluation.

Submission Guideline


  • Every participant must provide valid information on the registration form. Incomplete form will not be considered.

  • Every submission must be done by individual. If the production is done in group, make sure to fill in your groupmates’ name.

  • All submitted productions must be the original works of the participants, and no part or component thereof is copied from any other works.

  • By submitting a production to SYT2024, each participants confirms that he / she is the legal and / or beneficial owner or otherwise has the intellectual property rights to submit such production; and therefore, warrant that he / she has obtained rights in incorporating copyright materials i.e. music, soundtrack, audio, images and video clips in his / her production. Each production and any part thereof shall not at any time infringe or violate any laws or the rights of third party.

  • Submitted productions must not have been submitted to or participated in any other competition or events before.

  • Submitted productions must not contain or reference any names or products of any company or any third-party trademarks, logos, or recognizable figures without formal consent.

  • Submitted productions must NOT contain any information identifying students, teachers or schools who have created or submitted them.

  • Inappropriate productions that are lewd, obscene, sexually explicit, pornographic, disparaging, defamatory, libelous, illegal, offensive, or otherwise contain controversial content or objectionable material should not be submitted. The Organizer reserves the right to remove or demand the participant to remove / revise such content at any time at Organizer’s sole discretion.

  • By submitting the productions, the participants have granted the Organizer exclusive rights to use them for promotional purpose whenever appropriate and necessary.

  • All costs and any expenses in connection with the productions shall be fully borne by the participants.

  • All productions will be judged mainly based on (A) Relevance to the Theme; (B) Originality and Creativity; and (C) Delivery of Message. Although poster-designing and video-making skills are important, they are secondary. All productions will be reviewed in July 2024. Judges’ decision is final, conclusive and binding. No further appeal, enquiry and / or correspondence will be entertained.

  • Every participants will receive an e-Certificate of Participation. Certificate of Recognition will be given to winners only.

  • Participants are invited to attend the award-giving ceremony physically on 10th August 2024, but they also can join the ceremony online.

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