Monday, October 15, 2018

Travel Malaysia 2018 @ Singapore Expo ( 19 ~ 21 October 2018 )

Travel Malaysia 2018 is here again with various promotions and deals up for grabs!

1) Participate in our lucky draw contest and stand a chance to win attractive prizes

2) Redeem 1 night stay in First World Hotel Standard Room by
Resort World Genting from 1GP 
Redeem 1 night stay in First World Hotel deluxe Y5 Room by 
Resort World Genting from 5GP

3) Mascot meet & greet by Resort World Genting
19 Oct: 2pm, 3pm & 5pm
20 Oct: 2pm, 330pm & 5pm
21 Oct: 2pm, 3pm & 5pm

4) Catch Ben Lim & Wong Fu Yee live performance
19 Oct: 12pm & 515pm
20 Oct: 1130am, 345pm & 7pm
21 Oct: 1130am, 230pm & 7pm

5) Free Membership signup and get 3D2N stay at Genting & sure-win lucky dip

6) Daily Stage Games with attractive prizes to be won

Come on down to Singapore Expo Hall 5B.
Open daily from 19th - 21st October 2018
11am - 9pm
-Travel Malaysia Fair facebook.

Malaysia To Attract More Tourists From Azerbaijan

KUALA LUMPUR, 15 OCTOBER 2018 – Tourism Malaysia has announced a Malaysia-Azerbaijan cooperative tourism initiative, marking a strategic bilateral effort to woo more tourists from Azerbaijan and the Caucasus region to Malaysia. 
The initiative is between Azerbaijan Tourism Association (AZTA) and Malaysian Association of Tour and Travel Agents (MATTA), who both signed a Partnership Memorandum today at Malaysia Tourism Information Centre (MaTiC), Jalan Ampang, during the Malaysia-Azerbaijan Tourism Networking session.

The two parties were represented by Mr. Nahid Bagirov, Chairman of AZTA and Mr. Akil Yusof Deputy President for MATTA. The event was witnessed by Mr. Zulkafli Yahya, Senior Director of International Promotion Division for America, Europe and Oceania, Tourism Malaysia along with Datuk Nargiz Safarova, Tourism Ambassador for Russia & Central Asia.

The two-year cooperation (2019-2020) will see both parties working with local travel agents to develop special tour packages for both countries. It will also pave the way for discussions to establish possible flight connections.

Mr. Zulkafli Yahya said, “The cooperation between both tourism parties is timely and strategic as Azerbaijan is a growing market with great potential for us to tap into the leisure and high-end market segments. We look forward to seeing flight and tour packages developed for this market as we welcome more Azerbaijanis to Malaysia.”

In 2017, Malaysia recorded a total of 1,035 tourist arrivals from Azerbaijan, an increment of 12.1% in comparison to 2016. The growth trend continued this year with an increase of 18.8% in arrivals in the first four months, bringing the total of Azerbaijani tourist arrivals to Malaysia to 448 between January and April 2018. 

The arrival figures, though small, indicate a growing demand for Malaysia by the Azerbaijanis despite the absence of direct flight connections, limited tourism promotions and lack of a Tourism Malaysia representation in the country. 

Azerbaijan is currently served by Tourism Malaysia offices in Turkey and Moscow. The country’s neighbors include Georgia, Iran, Russia and Turkey, a region that is gaining more political stability and opening doors for more tourism activities.
-Tourism Malaysia.

Sunday, October 14, 2018

Malaysia among Asia’s most visited countries, says report

BANGKOK (The Nation/Asia News Network): South East Asian region receives the highest number of travellers with China topping the list, according to the World Tourism Organisation report.

Tourism has been one of the growing economic sectors across the world.  According to the report by World Tourism Organisation the international tourist arrivals have increased from 25 million globally in 1950 to 278 million in 1980, 674 million in 2000, and 1,235 million in 2016.

The Asia Pacific region accounts for 30 per cent of the world’s international tourism receipts.

The region has outperformed all other regions in terms of growth, with international tourist arrivals increasing an average 7% per year compared to the world average of 4%.

It attracted the highest number of tourists in the region with a record number of inflow of 59.27 million people in the year 2016. 

Great Wall of China draws highest number of visitors followed by Forbidden city, Ming dynasty palaces. Apart from the architectural feats China has many natural sites that attract international tourists.

Thailand attracted second highest number of tourists in the region with 32.58 million visitors in 2016.

The country has an easy visa policy that makes it easier for tourists to travel. 

Malaysia attracted 26.75 million tourists last year, although the average number of days of stay decreased.

Japan and India followed with 24.04 and 14.56 million tourists respectively. 
In India, it was a new high since foreign tourist arrival crossed ten million for the first time and pushed the country’s earnings to 27 billion dollars.

The numbers also helped the country go up 25 places in the Tourism competitive Index.

South Korea had the sixth highest number of tourists in the year 2016.
However the numbers plunged to a low owing to the boycott by Chinese tour groups after South Korea installed the Thaad system. 

Singapore and Vietnam followed with 12.91 million and 10.01 million tourists respectively.In 2017, Philippines’ tourist arrival went up by 11 per cent at 5.96 million. South Koreans remained the highest numbers of visitors to the country. 

It was followed by Cambodia, Laos and Sri Lanka. The lesser visited countries of the region remained Mongolia, Brunei and Bhutan.
–The Nation/Asia News Network/thestaronline.

Determined Leishman wins CIMB Classic in style

Marc Leishman of Australia poses with the trophy after winning the CIMB Classic golf tournament in Kuala Lumpur, October 14, 2018.. — Picture by Mukhriz Hazim

KUALA LUMPUR, Oct 14 — Marc Leishman won his first CIMB Classic with the highest margin of victory—five shots—and is planning to celebrate with a few beers.

Leishman, 34, started the day tied with American Gary Woodland and Indian, Shubankar Sharma at 19-under and had eight birdies to one bogey to finish at 7-under for the day and a four day total of 262 (68, 62, 67, 65). He matches two-time champion, Justin Thomas, 262 in 2015 which is the tournament record.

“Generally, I would have a few beers out of the trophy. That’s going to be difficult with this one,” Leishman told reporters at post-tournament interview room at TPC Kuala Lumpur, home of the CIMB Classic.

“We’ll sit that in the middle of the table tonight and have a few beers, some good food and just talk about it and just have a good night with friends really.

“I’ll also get the kids a present but I’m not sure at this point what it’ll be,” added Leishman who received his trophy from Regent of Pahang Tengku Abdullah Sultan Ahmad Shah on the 18thgreen.

Leishman, like many other golfers, is enjoying a late resurgence in golf. After winning his first Professional Golfers Association (PGA) Tour title in 2012 at the Travelers Championships he needed till 2017 to win his next two titles. He first won the prestigious Arnold Palmer Invitational in March then the BMW Championships in September.

He lost in a playoff at the British Open in 2015, his best finish in the majors.
Things weren’t always this rosy for Leishman. In 2015 Leishman’s wife, Audrey, nearly died from toxic-shock syndrome, a rare, life-threatening complication of certain bacterial infections.

Leishman, like any loving husband, immediately thought the worst not only for his wife but the future being a single man bringing up two small children.
“A lot of things happen for a reason and I feel like that was one of them. It was a very tough time but certainly made us stronger as people, made us appreciate the everyday things, our kids, friends and family,” said the Warrnambool, Victoria, Australia native.

“I won’t say it made golf less important, but it made me realize that golf’s not life or death.

“Yes, I want to win trophies and am lucky enough today to be leaving with one, which my kids will be very happy about, but if I wasn’t to walk away the winner today, that’s all right, too.

“As long as I give it my best shot, that’s what it’s all about.”

Always calm and collected despite the circumstances, Leishman navigated the newly renovated West Course with precision. Driving the ball deep when he could and attacking the pins at every opportunity. His second round 10-under par 62 was one shy of the course record 61.

His five shot win is the biggest margin of victory in the tournaments eight year history. However things could’ve been much worse as Leishman reveals.

“Tuesday I got here and I thought I was going to have to call Callaway and get them to leave some more golf balls in my locker, I was hitting my driver a bit sideways,” Leishman explained.

“Sorted that out and this is the result. I want to thank Callaway and all my other sponsors for giving me the tools I needed to win this week and I hope to come here next year to defend my title.”

Overnight leaders Sharma finished at 19-under, tied -- 10th place—after an Even par round 72 to finish at 269 (67, 64, 66, 72) while Gary Woodland finished with a 1-under 71 for a four day total of 20-under 268 (69, 61, 67, 71) finishing tied-5th.

“There was some wait on the 11th hole and I was in between clubs so I was trying to hit a soft rescue and that was probably one of the worst swings ofhe day and that ended up in the water,” said Sharma who carded three bogeys in-a-row from the 11th till the 13th holes.

“I think it killed the momentum for me. A par there would have gone a long way and I probably could have made more birdies after that,” added Sharma who par’ed every hole coming into the clubhouse.

Two-time champion Justin Thomas, the World No 4 had a superb 8-under round but could only finish at 20-under (66, 69, 69, 64) for tied-5th.

Leishman takes home a USD1,260,000 (RM(RM5,234,527) winner's cheque and 500 FedEx Cup points.

Friday, October 12, 2018

Hype Motorsports Hotel Kuala Lumpur - Grand Open Day ( 13 October 2018 )

Join us at Hype Motorsports Hotel KL for your future wedding venue, events and any function that u think of.... come and see what our hotel can provide....!
-Hype Motorsports Hotel Kuala Lumpur facebook.

Boat service from Kuah in Langkawi ignites Tuba Island tourism

The addition of boat services from Langkawi’s Kuah Town is igniting the tourism trade on Tuba Island, which could provide additional revenue to the island’s 5,000 odd inhabitants.

Tuba Island is only 20 minutes from Kuah jetty, the main gateway into Langkawi for tourists arriving on ferries.

Efforts to promote the island to tourists, seen as a way to extend the duration of stay of international visitors to Langkawi, have thus far included homestays. 

Tuba Island is also home to the Dayang Bunting Marble Geoforest Park, with limestone formations and other unique geological features.

However, the lack of accessibility from Langkawi has posed a challenge to promoting tourism on Tuba Island, said Mohammad Rosly Md Selamat, Community Tuba Enterprise promoter.

With scheduled boat departures from Kuah, Rosly is now working with the fishing and homestay community on the island to identify new business opportunities in tourism which could help supplement their income.

In addition, the Community Tuba Enterprise is working with Langkawi Business Association to set up a website to help create greater awareness of the island as well as to sell Tuba produce and handicrafts.

Langkawi Business Association president, Anthony Wong, shared that the association is setting up an area on Pulau Tengah to help fishermen on Tuba Island market their fresh seafood to tourists on the main island.

More Tuba Island tours are also in the works. Alexander Isaac, CEO, Tropical Charters, said the company would commence new tours involving cruising around Tuba Island, lunch prepared by locals, and island exploration in early 2019.
-TTG Asia.

Thursday, October 11, 2018

Tourism Malaysia Carnival Day @ MOTAC Hall, Putrajaya ( 25 & 26 October 2018 )

Tourism Malaysia wish to invite everyone to visit the first Tourism Malaysia Carnival to grab special discounts and holiday packages in Malaysia. 

The theme for this carnival is It’s all HERE!” with exhibitors (hotel, tourist attraction, theme park operators and travel agent) taking part to promote and sell packages at attractive rates for a limited time only.

Check out the two days special rates and packages offered by our partners below: 

Adventuria - The Rift
Angry Bird Activity Park Johor Bahru
Berjaya Hills Resort
Berjaya Waterfront Hotel Johor Bahru
Bukit Merah LakeTown Resort
Dash Box Hotel Cyberjaya
Desaru Coast Malaysia 
Honeyzone Travel & Tours Sdn Bhd
Kidzania Kuala Lumpur
Legoland Malaysia
Lexis Hotels & Resorts
Marina Putrajaya
Novotel Taiping
Ombak Villa Langkawi
One World Group Holdings - Ripley's Adventureland, Genting, Wet World, The Top Penang and Jungle Gym 
Palace Vacation Club
PICC – Convention and Exhibition Putrajaya
Pulse Grande Hotel
RED By Sirocco
Sentoria Themeparks & Resorts (Bukit Gambang)
Sheraton Petaling Jaya Hotel
Sunway Lagoon 
Sunway Lost World Water Park 
Sutera Harbour Resort
The Habitat Penang Hill

Visitors to the fair will have a chance to participate in lucky draws, free health screenings and learn about tourist destinations and attractions in Malaysia. 

Entry is free and open to all especially those working, studying and/or residing in Putrajaya, Cyberjaya and surrounding area. 

Don’t miss this opportunity to grab these special two days offer for a great holiday in Malaysia!
-Tourism Malaysia.

Chinese Wedding Package @ Hype Motorsports Hotel Kuala Lumpur

-Hype Motorsports Hotel Kuala Lumpur facebook.

Wednesday, October 10, 2018

Visit Melaka Year 2019

Melaka is historically significant with place in history as the birthplace of Malaysia began. In the 16th century, Melaka enjoyed a reputation as the foremost maritime trading centre in the region. Merchants came from as far as Arabia, China, India and Europe to conduct trade in silk, spices, gold and porcelain.

Today, Melaka has a lot more to offer based on the 13 sub-sectors tourism product, namely History, Culture, Recreation, Sports, Shopping, Convention, Health, Education, Agro, “Makan-Makan”, Melaka My Second Home, Youth Tourism and Eco Tourism. With its chosen slogan “Visit Historic Melaka Means Visit Malaysia” and “Melaka World Heritage City UNEXCO”, Melaka has so much to offer and has become the melting pot of all the races (Malays, Chinese, India, Portuguese, Peranakan, Chitty and others).

As Melaka is blessed with various cultures, the Visit Melaka Year 2019 (VMY 2019) campaign seeks to showcase and celebrate Melaka's bountiful and diverse cultures and festivities as a tourist attraction. The promotion of various local festivities and cultural element will be further boost as tourism offerings in VMY 2019 campaign.

VMY 2019 is set to make historical Melaka the top-of-the-mind tourist destination, encouraging tourists to stay longer in order to enjoy the festival offerings as well as it historical and man-made attractions. Themed "A Gateway to Historic Malaysia", the year-long calendar is packed with festivities of every genre; for instance cultural festivals, shopping extravaganza, international acclaimed events, eco-tourism events, arts, music showcases, food promotion and other themed events.

From historical heritage sites to its cultural richness, Melaka has been recognized by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNECSO) as the Historic Cities of Malaysia, together with Georgetown, on 7th July 2008. This reflects the succession of historical and cultural influences arising from its roots as a trading port linking East and West.

VMY 2019 campaign also leverages on smart partnerships that nurtures stakeholder engagement, support and participation. The symbiosis enables Melaka's tourism efforts to be competitive and to remain one of the prime contributors to the socio-economic development of the nation's second smallest state, making it part of a state's mission. It is envisaged that government agencies, the private sector, non-government agencies and industry players will come together and make the VMY 2019 campaign a success.

The official logo of Visit Melaka Year 2019 is a colourful portrayal of typical traditional Melaka wooden house adorned with colourful Nyonya tiles staircase.
2019 is a crucial period for our state's tourism – they are the lead up to the much-anticipated Visit Malaysia 2020. We expect to welcome about 20 million tourists to Melaka with tourist receipts reaching RM24 Billion.

The initiative not only aims to rally all industry players towards this common goal, but is a call to welcome tourists from all over the world to experience Malaysia’s warm hospitality and diverse tourist attractions.

Melaka is a food heaven! On top of being an ideal destination filled with wonders of ancient buildings and colonial structures, Melaka is also a land of gastronomical delight. Tantalize your taste buds with all these mouthwatering selections of food; spicy, sweet, tangy and sour local specialties all over the streets of Melaka.

In addition, new attractions are also being launched to provide tourists more choices of attractions such as Encore Melaka, a world-class, immersive theatre performance boasts innovative and stunning video projection mapping and multi-stage hydraulic sets, as well as advanced lighting and acoustic techniques. It is Asia’s largest theatre that seats more than 2,000 people on a one-of-a-kind 360-degree rotating audience platform.
-Tourism Melaka.

Langkawi poised to become cruise destination for Europeans

photo: Tourism Malaysia

KUALA LUMPUR: Langkawi may soon see an influx of European tourists as the paradise island is being positioned to become a cruise destination for the European market.

One of Europe’s oldest tour operator, TUI Group, has opened its first office in South-East Asia here and is working with Tourism Malaysia to promote Langkawi as a cruise hub.

TUI is working on flying in more than 7,000 tourists into Langkawi from London, Birmingham and Manchester for a cruise in Asean waters aboard Marella and Mein Schiff cruise ships.

Tourism, Arts and Culture Min­ister Datuk Mohamaddin Ketapi, in his speech read by Tourism Mal­aysia deputy director-general of promotions Datuk Seri Abdul Khani Daud at a press conference, said TUI’s clients would be a valuable contribution to the ministry’s objective to achieve 30 million tourists and 100 billion receipts by 2020.

“We want to make sure the island is always at the top of the minds of tourists from all over the world, so sustainability and ecotourism are very important,” he said.

He added that overtourism was worrying as they did not want Langkawi to suffer the same fate as Cebu Island in the Philippines, which was shut down for six months in April due to extensive environmental damage.

An increasing number of popular tourist islands around the world have suffered the same fate as mass tourism burdens the islands with unsustainable development, pollution and environmental destruction.

Thailand’s famous Maya Bay, famously known as The Beach, is the most recent to be closed indefinitely to allow the island to recover from damage caused by millions of tourists.

Last March, the Perak government declared Pulau Sembilan off limits as overcrowding was threatening the conservation of the luminescent blue planktons found on the coastline.
-thestar online.

Monday, October 8, 2018

TUI Group To Open First Southeast Asia Office In Malaysia

image: MOTAC facebook

KUALA LUMPUR, 8 OCTOBER 2018: TUI Group, one of the world’s leading tour operators, will soon begin operations here in Malaysia, their first Southeast Asian office.

YB Datuk Mohamaddin bin Ketapi, Minister of Tourism, Arts & Culture Malaysia, represented by Dato’ Sri Abdul Khani Daud, Deputy Director General (Promotion), Tourism Malaysia presented the tour operating license to TUI Group at the Malaysia Tourism Centre (MaTiC) today.

TUI Group was represented by its Member of the Group Executive Committee and Group Director Corporate & External Affairs, Mr. Thomas Ellerbeck and also Head of Public Policy at TUI Group Corporate & External Affairs, Mr. Frank Puttmann. Also present was Dato’ Sri Abdul Khani Daud, Deputy Director General (Promotion), Tourism Malaysia.

On behalf of the Minister, Dato’ Sri Abdul Khani Daud said, “The Malaysian tourism sector is delighted to work closely with TUI Group. The Ministry of Tourism, Arts and Culture is confident that TUI Group will succeed with their operations and will contribute to the increase of tourist arrivals to Malaysia and vice-versa.”

The license allows TUI Group to operate inbound, outbound and ticketing activities in Malaysia as TUI International Holiday (Malaysia) Sdn. Bhd. (BRN No.: 1275784-T) at B-26-6, SOHO Suites@KLCC, No. 20, Jalan Perak, Kuala Lumpur.

One of its upcoming initiatives is the Fly & Cruise package to Malaysia which will be implemented this winter. More than 7,000 tourists are expected to fly in to Langkawi from London, Birmingham and Manchester for a 7 days-6 nights cruise in ASEAN waters. Langkawi will be the homeport for the two ships Marella and MeinSchiff over this campaign period. This initiative is expected to put Langkawi in the spotlight as a cruise hub, and Malaysia as an ideal holiday and cruise destination for the Europe market.

The Europe market is expected to be further invigorated with Tourism Malaysia signed up as Preferred Destination Partner of the European Travel Agents’ and Tour Operators’ Association in 2018 and as Official Partner Country for ITB 2019.
TUI Group, operating mostly in Europe, has nearly 20 million customers with 300 hotels, 16 cruise ships and more than 150 aircrafts under its belt.

Malaysia’s relationship with TUI Group goes back over 45 years with the presence of Tourism Malaysia offices in Frankfurt, Germany, and other parts of Europe. In fact, in 2016 and 2017, TUI was awarded as The Best Tour Operator in Europe by the Ministry of Tourism, Arts and Culture Malaysia.
-Tourism Malaysia.

Podium for Oliveira at Thai GP

10/07/2018 - Chang International Circuit, Thailand

The flyaway rounds of the Moto2 World Championship started off with a podium for Red Bull KTM Ajo rider Miguel Oliveira. In the Thai GP, the Portuguese crossed the finish line in third place, followed by teammate Brad Binder in fourth. Both maintain their second and third positions in the overall standings, as well as Red Bull KTM Ajo continuing to lead the team standings with a 25-point advantage.

The 24-lap contest was very demanding, both physically for the riders and technically for their bikes. Taking off from the second and third rows, respectively, Oliveira and Binder made good starts, gaining two positions each on the first lap. Both escaped with Pecco Bagnaia in the front group, with the Portuguese leading the way until the twelfth lap.

From that moment on, the Red Bull KTM Ajo riders rode together in second and third position until 3 laps remained. The duo would then concede another spot to a rival rider, eventually placing third and fourth.

After the Thai GP, Oliveira is second in the overall standings -28 points behind the leader with 100 still in play. 74 points off the Portuguese is Brad Binder, who remains in third place.

The next round of the Moto2 World Championship will take place in two weeks' time at Twin Ring Motegi, Japan.
-Red Bull KTM Ajo Motorsport.

Sunday, October 7, 2018

The Dark Party @ Life Centre, Kuala Lumpur ( 2 November 2018 )

Calling all revellers, thrill seekers, music lovers, and party goers out there, The Dark Party is set to claim the title of KL’s Scariest Halloween Party featuring the first ever top DJs pairing to spin music back to back with special guest appearance by Asia’s Got Talent Winner 2017, THE SACRED RIANA.

This year marked the first edition of The Dark Party in Kuala Lumpur with an expected crowd of thousands to descend KL Live at Life Centre on 2 November, 730pm for party of the year. Unlike any other ordinary Halloween party with haunted house scene, revellers can instead opt to groove and dance the night away with a never seen before DJ pairing set where music masters spinning tunes back to back from dusk till dawn with aerialist, flow and circus arts performance and be thrilled by the ‘scary’ guest.
-AirAsia RedTix.

Malaysia Airlines and Jet Airways Expand Codeshare Agreement

KLIA, 4 October 2018: Malaysia Airlines and Jet Airways announced its codeshare agreement expansion, offering guests a wider network of destinations covering new routes with departures from Mumbai and Hyderabad to cities in India as well as Southeast Asia destinations including Hong Kong, Bangkok and Singapore, effective 24 September 2018.

The list of codeshare services on Malaysia Airlines and Jet Airways as follows:
Malaysia Airlines codeshare on Jet Airways services:
  • Hyderabad – Bangalore
  • Mumbai – Ahmedabad
  • Mumbai – Aurangabad
  • Mumbai – Bangalore
  • Mumbai – Chennai
  • Mumbai – Delhi
  • Mumbai – Goa
  • Mumbai – Hyderabad
  • Mumbai – Jaipur
  • Mumbai – Kochi
  • Mumbai – Kolkata
Jet Airways codeshare on Malaysia Airlines services:
  • Kuala Lumpur – Bangkok
  • Kuala Lumpur – Hong Kong
  • Kuala Lumpur – Singapore
This agreement is an extension from existing codeshare with Malaysia Airlines on Malaysia Airlines routes from Kuala Lumpur to Mumbai, Bangalore, Hyderabad, Delhi, and Chennai.

Malaysia Airlines’ Chief Revenue Officer, Ignatius Ong said, “We are delighted to announce the codeshare expansion with Jet Airways to broaden our global reach into India, the third largest market in the aviation industry. Together with Jet Airways, we will be offering seamless connectivity to fast growing cities in India including Aurangabad , Dabolim (Goa), Ahmedabad, Kochi and Kolkata.

“This codeshare agreement serves as an important element towards Malaysia Airlines’ proposition of being the preferred way to fly to, from and around Malaysia,” added Ignatius.

Guests can plan their travels and book directly with Malaysia Airlines today. For bookings customers may log on to, MHmobile (Malaysia Airlines’ App) or reach out to any of Malaysia Airlines’ appointed travel agents.
-Malaysia Airlines.

Saturday, October 6, 2018

Sabah wants Mount Kinabalu and its environs listed as Unesco Global Geopark by 2020


KOTA KINABALU: Sabah has set its sights on obtaining Unesco Global Geopark status for Mount Kinabalu and its surrounding districts by 2020.

State Deputy Chief Minister Christina Liew said Sabah Parks was working to get the area recognised as a national geopark site as the first step towards being declared a Unesco Global Geopark Site.

Dubbed "Aspiring Kinabalu Geopark," the proposed area covers the entire Kinabalu Park as well as the whole or parts of the Ranau, Kota Belud and Kota Marudu districts.

Kinabalu Park, which is already recognised as a Unesco World Heritage Site, covers an area of 75,370ha.

"After all, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (Unesco) is encouraging nations to protect and preserve their cultural and natural heritage which have outstanding universal value of biodiversity," Liew, who is also State Tourism, Culture and Tourism Minister, said after a meeting with Sabah Parks officials, Sabah Department of Minerals and Geosciences Malaysia, Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia and Universiti Malaysia Sabah here.

Liew said the proposed Kinabalu Unesco Global Geopark was a new tourism concept and her ministry would prepare a cabinet paper for consideration and approval.

She said a Kinabalu Unesco Global Geopark Site would put Sabah on the world map and boost tourism growth as well as bring socio-economic benefits to local communities involved in the Kinabalu Geopark Initiative.

"This can be achieved through creating jobs and participating in tourism-related entrepreneurial activities," she said.

Langkawi was the first to be accorded Unesco Global Geopark status in Malaysia in 2007.
-thestar online.

Friday, October 5, 2018

Room for more luxury in Kuala Lumpur

W Hotel Kuala Lumpur

Three new luxury properties have opened in Kuala Lumpur to add 441 rooms in recent months, but surplus in the luxury tier is not a concern for tourism stakeholders.

The new properties, Banyan Tree Kuala Lumpur, Four Seasons Hotel Kuala Lumpur and W Kuala Lumpur join existing international luxury brands such as The St Regis Kuala Lumpur, Mandarin Oriental Kuala Lumpur, The Ritz-Carlton Kuala Lumpur, Grand Hyatt Kuala Lumpur and InterContinental Kuala Lumpur.

InterContinental Kuala Lumpur area director of sales & marketing, Peter Turner-Smith, said: “There may be some short-term pressure on occupancy and rates with the increased availability, but in the long term these new hotels will help to stimulate demand for the city as well as raise the hospitality standards.”

Likewise, Aariana Hospitality International president & CEO, Reginald Pereira, said: “The additional inventory enhances the image of the destination and (shows) investors are confident of the destination.

“This is long overdue. We need these international brands to attract more high-yield tourists to the city.”

Moreover, the new openings are in tandem with developments in Kuala Lumpur’s overall luxury scene.

Arokia Das, director, Luxury Tours Malaysia, said new high-end brands serve to complement the new product developments the city has seen in recent years.

“It is now possible to hire a Ferrari car or a stretch limousine for clients, which we could not do four years back. (These developments have made it) so much easier to sell the city to the luxury segment.”

Manfred Kurz, managing director at Diethelm Travel Malaysia, further pointed out that the new inventory could ease the bottlenecks the city experiences when hosting big conventions or exhibitions.

Tom Roelens, general manager, Four Seasons Hotel Kuala Lumpur, agreed: “When there are large conferences and events, Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre is always in need of additional supply of rooms and hotels of different tiers.”
-TTG Asia.

STB, Tourism Malaysia join hands to promote Singapore, Johor nature parks

The Singapore Tourism Board (STB) and Tourism Malaysia have launched Passport 2 Nature, a campaign to jointly promote Singapore’s Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve and Malaysia’s Pulau Kukup Johor National Park.

This is the first such initiative by STB and Tourism Malaysia under the Joint Ministerial Committee for Iskandar Malaysia’s Tourism Working Group. It is supported by Iskandar Regional Development Authority (IRDA), Singapore’s National Parks Board (NParks) and Johor National Parks Corporation (JNPC).

From October 1 to December 31, 2018, visitors can receive a Passport 2 Nature at the parks’ entrance counters, and collect stamps through completing a series of questions. After filling the passport with stamps, they can present it to staff at either park and redeem a souvenir created for the campaign (while stocks last).

“Singapore is located along the East Asian-Australasian Flyway. This means we serve as a stop-over in the journey taken by migratory birds that come from as far away as Siberia. We welcome the opportunity to work with our wetland counterparts in other countries that are also part of the flyway, such as Pulau Kukup Johor National Park, to build up our knowledge of the
migratory patterns and requirements of these amazing birds. This will enable us to better formulate conservation strategies for our wetlands to ensure the long-term survival of these birds,” said Adrian Loo, group director, conservation of NParks.

Pulau Kukup Johor National Park, a Ramsar Site, is one of five national parks in Johor under JNPC, a state agency. The park underwent upgrading works by IRDA between 2015 and 2017. Also in line with plans for the park to become a leading ecotourism site in Johor, nearby Kampung Permas Besar has been named a “Kawan Iskandar Malaysia” (Friend of Iskandar Malaysia) village focusing on developing community-based ecotourism.

Passport 2 Nature follows an MoU signed between NParks and the JNPC on February 21, 2018 to establish Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve and Pulau Kukup Johor National Park as Sister Sites under the East Asian-Australasian Flyway. The MoU enhes collaboration in joint research on migratory shorebirds found in both sites.
-TTG Asia.