Thursday, 15 August 2019

Malaysia Domestic Tourism Performance 2018


PUTRAJAYA, 15 AUGUST 2019: Tourism Malaysia today conducted a joint press conference with the Department of Statistics, Malaysia, to present the performance of domestic tourism for the year 2018.

Number of domestic tourists showed a double-digit growth of 10.9% in 2018, recording a total of 78.2 million domestic tourists as compared to 70.5 million domestic tourists in 2017.

Total expenditure by domestic tourists also registered a double-digit growth of 11.7%, recording a total of RM60.4 billion as compared to RM54.1 billion in 2017.

Average per capita expenditure rose by 0.7% to RM772 as compared to RM767 in 2017.

Expenditure for shopping activities recorded the highest percentage share of the total expenditure at 26.8%. This was followed by expenditure on fuel (15.4%), food and beverages (13.9%), expenditure for visited households (13.7%), accommodation (13.0%), transportation (8.4%), other activities (4.9%), and expenditure before the trip/packages/entrance fees/tickets (3.9%).

The average length of stay showed an increase of 3.8% to 2.44 nights in 2018 from 2.35 nights in 2017.

The state which received the highest number of domestic tourists was Pahang with 9.2 million arrivals. This was followed by Johor (7.8 million), Perak (7.6 million), Selangor (6.8 million) and Negeri Sembilan (6.1 million).

Domestic tourists preferred unpaid accommodation provided by relatives and friends as the main choice of accommodation. It recorded the highest percentage of 68.2%, followed by hotels (20.4%), apartments (4.4%), homestays/vacation homes (3.0%), chalets (2.3%) and rest houses (1.7%).

Minister of Tourism, Arts and Culture, YB Datuk Mohamaddin bin Ketapi says, “Domestic tourism continues to play an important role in enhancing the national economy, and the Ministry of Tourism, Arts and Culture will continue to work closely with Tourism Malaysia to support domestic tourism promotion.”

He says, “The encouraging growth of domestic tourism in 2018 inspires and motivates the ministry to make the Visit Malaysia 2020 campaign a success. It is a national mission to ensure Malaysia remains competitive in the global tourism industry.”

“We hope that all Malaysian citizens will embrace this mission and continue to support the Malaysian tourism industry,” he adds.

Also present at today’s joint press conference was YBhg. Dato' Sri Dr. Mohd Uzir Mahidin, Chief Statistician Malaysia, Department of Statistics Malaysia
Malaysia’s 2018 domestic tourism statistics is obtained from the Domestic Tourism Survey conducted in cooperation with the Department of Statistics, Malaysia.
-Tourism Malaysia.

2019 IWWF Waterski World Championships @ Putrajaya, Malaysia ( 13 ~ 18 August 2019 )

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http://iwwf.sport/waterskiworlds2019/

Ganjaran lebih RM150,000 menanti kaki pancing

Pantai Sepat terkenal dengan spesis pari bersaiz mega yang pasti menjadi buruan kaki pancing pada pertandingan memancing sempena Malaysia Surfcasting Tour: A Journey To Visit Malaysia 2020 yang akan berlangsung di pantai itu Ahad ini.

KUANTAN - Hadiah lumayan bernilai lebih RM150,000 bakal menjadi rebutan kaki pacing pada siri jelajah pertandingan memancing sempena Malaysia Surfcasting Tour: A Journey To Visit Malaysia 2020 yang akan berlangsung di Pantai Sepat di sini Ahad ini.

Pertandingan anjuran bersama Tourism Malaysia dan Wakjali Event Management itu salah satu usaha mempromosikan lokasi pelancongan menarik seluruh negara sempena Tahun Melawat Malaysia 2020.

Pada pertandingan itu, juara bakal membawa pulang hadiah wang tunai RM100,000, tempat kedua (RM13,000) dan pemenang tempat ketiga (RM5,000).

Bagi pemenang tempat keempat akan membawa pulang wang tunai RM1,500, tempat kelima (RM800), tempat keenam hingga ke-10 (RM400) manakala RM300 bagi pemenang tempat ke-11 hingga ke-100.

Acara yang mendapat sokongan Tourism Pahang dan Majlis Perbandaran Kuantan (MPK) ini turut menyediakan hadiah cabutan bertuah termasuk sebuah televisyen LED 60 inci dan empat TV LED 32 inci, 40 hamper dan 10 barangan Igloo.

Bagi peserta yang membuat pendaftaran awal, 1,000 helai t-shirt akan disediakan untuk mereka.

Pengurus Wakjali Event Management, Md Zali Kasran berkata, pertandingan yang masuk siri keenam selepas Melaka, Kelantan, Selangor, Terengganu dan Perak itu akan bermula seawal jam 8.30 pagi dan dijangka selesai jam 12.30 tengahari.

Menurutnya, Pantai Sepat dipilih sebagai lokasi pertandingan memancing kali ini berikutan pantai yang panjang dan amat sesuai untuk aktiviti itu selain mempunyai kemudahan logistik khususnya homestay dan hotel.

“Pantai ini terkenal dengan pelbagai spesis ikan berkualiti tinggi seperti gerung belang, ebek, haruan tasik, ketuka, gelama, ikan yu, todak dan lain-lain.
“Kita jangkakan peserta pasti teruja untuk memburu spesis pari berikutan kawasan pantai sepanjang empat kilometer itu memang terkenal dengan ikan pari bersaiz mega”, katanya.

Md Zali berkata, semua spesis ikan dipertandingkan kecuali sesirat dan kerapu.

“Andai keadaan air pada hari pertandingan jernih, peserta dijangka memburu spesis todak yang dipercayai banyak menghuni dasar pantai berkenaan.

“Pada pertandingan kali ini, kawasan pantai sepanjang 3.5 kilometer dikhaskan untuk memancing bagi memberi keselesaan kepada peserta,’’ katanya.

Beliau berkata, bagi pemancing berminat untuk menyertainya, yuran penyertaan dikenakan RM100 untuk satu joran, bagaimanapun peserta hanya dibenarkan menggunakan dua joran.

“Kaunter pendaftaran akan dibuka 24 jam di lokasi pertandingan bermula jam 12 tengah hari Sabtu ini.

“Pihak penganjur menitikberatkan aspek kebersihan justeru kutipan sampah akan dilakukan sejurus pertandingan berakhir. Peserta juga diminta agar menjaga kebersihan kawasan pantai dengan membuang sampah di tong-tong yang disediakan”, katanya.

Menurutnya, selain memancing, beberapa acara sampingan turut diadakan seperti pertandingan mewarna (dua kategori), pertandingan beyblade dan memancing keli kanvas.

"Sebarang pertanyaan berhubung pertandingan ini boleh berhubung terus di talian 019-6203040, 012-2141401 dan 013- 3838655," katanya.
-Sinar Harian.

Monday, 12 August 2019

Kempen Visit Malaysia 2020 @ Bogor/Puncak/Jakarta ( 21 ~ 24 September 2019 )

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Malaysian Golf Players & Malaysia Tourism Players interested please contact Dato' Shahariman @ 019-986-5070.
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More tourists visiting Sabah

Mohamaddin said the tourism sector was on the right track.

KOTA KINABALU: Sabah was one of nine states and two federal territories that recorded an increase hotel guests in the first quarter of the year.

Tourism, Arts and Culture Minister Datuk Mohamaddin Ketapi said there was a 0.9% increase in guests staying in the state as compared with the first three months of 2018.

Sabah was one of five top states in terms of receiving hotel guests, along with Kuala Lumpur, Pahang, Johor and Penang.

Mohamaddin said overall, during the period, the number of hotel guests increased by 0.18%, to 18.33 million during the first three months of this year compared with 18.30 million in the same period last year.

He said the surge was the result of efforts by the government and agencies involved including the private sector in promoting tourism products nationwide.

He added that it was an indicator that the tourism sector was now on the right track and the hike was prompted by continuous promotion efforts abroad and the work of local (tourism) industry activists to promote the national tourism products.

‘’The increase recorded was not only contributed by domestic but also foreign tourists, ’’ he said after paying a courtesy call on Sabah Chief Minister Datuk Seri Mohd Shafie Apdal at his office.

During the meeting, Mohamaddin and Mohd Shafie shared ideas on tourism promotion plans in Sabah and the rest of the country.

Mohamaddin said if measured from the hotel guests’ data, Sabah recorded 1.71 million tourists in the first quarter of this year compared with 1.68 million during the same period last year.

His ministry would identify new products which could be highlighted to help in an increase in tourists that did not focus on hotel service but the tourism sector as a whole.


On the drop in hotel guests in several states, he said that the figures were expected to go up in the second quarter.
-bernama.

Sunday, 11 August 2019

Lahad Datu Airport to be upgraded


LAHAD DATU, Aug 11 (Bernama) -- Tourists visiting Sabah's east coast will find it more comfortable as Lahad Datu Airport will soon be upgraded, says Tourism, Arts and Culture Minister Datuk Mohamaddin Ketapi.

He said a meeting had been held with Malaysia Airports Holding Berhad (MAHB) to discuss the development of the airport.

“During the discussion, we also identified new criteria for the airport to allow bigger aircraft to land.

“With the new tourism development plan in Lahad Datu being drafted, we want not only light aircraft, but Boeing-type aircraft also to land and bring tourists to the east coast of Sabah,” he said when met by reporters after performing Aidiladha prayers at Masjid Nurul Ulum, Kampung Segama here today.

Touching on the Lahad Datu Tourism Development Plan, Mohamaddin, who is also a member of Parliament for Silam, said the plan would be completed in a comprehensive manner involving three state constituencies, namely Lahad Datu, Kunak and Tungku.

In Silam, there are a lot of tourism products and the blueprint is important to hasten implementation,” he said.

Mohamaddin said the two new initiatives would enhance Lahad Datu's name and promise jobs and generate economic spin-offs in the East Coast of Sabah.


“In addition, we will also see increased employment opportunities of up to 30 per cent in the area,” he said.
-bernama.

The Races Of Malaysia : World Touring Car Cup And Endurance World Championship Closes The Year With


KUALA LUMPUR, 8 August 2019 – The month of December will witness the inaugural Races of Malaysia where two world championships – the FIA World Touring Car Cup (WTCR) presented by OSCARO season finale and the FIM Endurance World Championship (EWC) – will debut at Sepang International Circuit from December 14-15, promising a weekend of Motorsports Festival for fans.
 
The year-end event marks a new chapter in Sepang International Circuit’s effort to bring more world-class racing to the region. The event will be the first time that two world championships will be held back-to-back in one weekend at the circuit.
 
The event is backed by Tourism Malaysia and promoted by Eurosports Events – a leader in world-class event management.
 
The decision to host the WTCR and EWC events was based on popularity and voted by Malaysian fans through an online poll done by SIC last year.
 
The WTCR – a championship featuring production cars with modified brakes and aerodynamic additions, will have its super-finale in Malaysia which is set to finish under the brilliance of the newly-installed floodlights at Sepang International Circuit. It will be the maiden WTCR night race in the calendar.The race will feature three sprint races with 13 teams and 26 drivers on grid.
 
The EWC will see the inaugural 8 Hours of Sepang where the finest Asian teams aiming to qualify for the prestigious Suzuka 8 Hours the following year go head to head with EWC’s permanent teams who will be invited to the Sepang race. The 8 Hours of Sepang will be the second race on the 2019-2020 EWC calendar. It is slated to finish at sunset.
 
The two races — dubbed the Races of Malaysia — which will be held back-to-back in December, mark an exciting shift in the calendar at the Sepang International Circuit after the departure of the Formula One. The famed 5.543km track still holds the distinction as the prime tourist attraction every year during the MotoGP World Championship.
 
As an initiative to boost the sports tourism industry in Malaysia, and in line with the promotion of Visit Malaysia 2020, Tourism Malaysia has taken the reins to collaborate with SIC to have two of the most exciting races at the Sepang International Circuit (SIC) as part of the VMY 2020 that was recently launched.
 
Last year, between the months of October and November, Malaysia recorded an influx of tourists from Singapore and Indonesia, which amounted to 2,239,373 visitors. The Malaysian MotoGP was held in early November. It was expected that 30% of the visitors attended the race and extended their stay in Malaysia for a holiday in conjunction with the MotoGP. And with the double header being in December, it is just fitting for the tourists to stay on for their holiday season in Malaysia.
 
Minister of Tourism, Arts and Culture Malaysia, Datuk Mohamadin Ketapi said the Races of Malaysia, EWC and WTCR is a great addition to the Visit Malaysia 2020 calendar of events to strengthen Malaysia’s profile as a sports tourism destination.
 
“I strongly believe that sporting events like the Races of Malaysia should remain as one of the main drivers in the Malaysian tourism industry. Major sporting events like these have a degree of trickle-down effect that will benefit not only the tourism industry but also the general economy in Malaysia,” he said.
 
“Malaysia has been well known as a hub for motorsports in the region for so long, and the Sepang International Circuit is one of the most demanding tracks in the world. I have no doubt that the FIM Endurance World Championships and the FIA World Touring Car Cup will turn out to be a success.”
 
Speaking at the launch, Sepang International Circuit Chief Executive Officer Dato’ Razlan Razali said he was thrilled to have two more major international events at the circuit.
 
“As we all aware, Sepang International Circuit is celebrating its 20th anniversary this year,” said Dato’ Razlan. “For 20 years, we have strived to bring many world-class events to appease motorsports fans not only from Malaysia but also from the region.
 
“For the WTCR and EWC events at Sepang, we are grateful and delighted to join forces with Tourism Malaysia as they kick off their Visit Malaysia 2020 campaign. The support we get from Tourism Malaysia goes a long way in ensuring that Malaysia stands out as the main destination for motorsports tourism in the region.”
 
The event does not just focus on bringing tourist attendance to Malaysia, but also a platform to develop Malaysian talents into world premier racing. SIC today unveiled the Malaysian talents that will be taking place as wild card drivers at the Races of Malaysia. Mitchell Cheah who recently won 2nd overall in TCR Germany in Austria and twice Honda Rookie Challenge Award winner will be taking his seat in the SIC WTCR team alongside Hafizh Syahrin Abdullah who took up a new challenge to race in touring car outside of his MotoGP experience. Another driver, Douglas Khoo from Viper Niza Racing who has been competing in TCR Asia and Asian Le Mans since 2016 will be grabbing the third wildcard spot for WTCR.
 
“It’s a great opportunity for motorheads – four wheels and two wheels enthusiasts – to come for this event and get the best of both world.” added Dato’ Razlan.
 
“As a new event on our calendar, we are putting a modest expectation on the fans turnout in December. We are expecting some 30,000 fans – from Malaysia and around the region – to converge in Sepang during the weekend.”
 
The excitement begins on December 11 with a Downtown City Parade in Bukit Bintang. Then the track actvities begins from Thursday with EWC race on December 14 and the WTCR race on Sunday 15 December. Fans can also expect a 3 day jam packed event with exciting activities off track. SIC will be hosting the finale of the e-WTCR with Race Room, an after race concert with local well known acts, over 40 booths to explore all at the Motorsports Festival Area and all day long fan engagement activities with the teams.
 
Fans can catch all the actions with just one race ticket for two world championships and a total of four races throughout the weekend. Tickets for the Main Grandstand are available at RM275 each, while Paddock Pass with access to the Main Grandstand is at RM450 each. For those who would like to watch, dine and network, catch all the excitement at the VIP Club. A two-day VIP Club pass is at RM3,710 each while the Sunday only pass at RM2,968. A two-day child VIP Club pass is available at RM1,855.
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https://www.sepangcircuit.com/ticketing/wtcr-ewc/wtcr-ewc

Happy 47th Anniversary Tourism Malaysia!

-Tourism Malaysia.

Sarawak boasts world-class museum


KUCHING, Aug 9 (Bernama) -- The new Sarawak Museum Complex, the largest in Malaysia and second largest in Southeast Asia, was handed over today to the Public Works Department (JKR) and the Sarawak Museums Department.

PPES Works (Sarawak) Sdn Bhd, which undertook the design-and-build project, handed over the complex in a ceremony witnessed by Sarawak Minister of Tourism, Arts, Culture, Youth and Sports Datuk Seri Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah.

The world-class museum, designed and completed with 21st-century facilities and amenities, has a new 6,000-square-metre interactive and engaging exhibition and will open its doors to the public by the end of next year.

A well-curated selection of unique artifacts and specimens will be part of the various exhibits there, ready to take visitors on an interactive journey as they showcase Sarawak’s history and the life of the communities in the state.

The unique 30,000-square-metre building is also Green Building Index (GBI)-certified and is set to stand as an eye-catching icon that will excite and set the tone for both local and international visitors.

According to Abdul Karim, the project was completed in May this year at a total cost of RM308 million.

He said the Sarawak government had approved another RM15 million to equip the museum with digital facilities.

“Although we have not opened this museum to the public after this handover, we hope to speed up things to fill up this building (with artifacts and collections) to have it officially launched by the middle or end of next year,” he said.

This new museum is expected to serve as a centre of learning to welcome international scholars to collaborate with local curators in documenting the material knowledge of the rich past of Borneo, its cultures, people and nature.

This is in line with establishing Sarawak as a new global focal point for work in the exciting field of anthropology.
-bernama.

Thursday, 8 August 2019

Sungai Lombong, Tanjung Kepah poised to be Perak's latest tourism destinations


LUMUT, Aug 7 (Bernama) -- The state government has plans to develop Sungai Lombong and Tanjung Kepah in Lekir as the latest eco-tourism and aquaculture tourism destinations in Perak.

State Tourism, Arts and Culture Committee chairman Tan Kar Hing said as a preliminary step, the government was working on a major plan to ensure the tourism sites could be developed successfully.

“We don't need a lot of funds but maybe a minimum budget to develop the infrastructure. Now we are identifying the problem, the status of the land whether it involves the Department of Irrigation and Drainage, the District and Land Office or the Marine Department.

"We will discuss the master plan for more specific developments, the kind of tourism here as well as efforts to get allocations from the state government and the relevant ministry," he said at a press conference after a visit to the location today.

He said the project also received cooperation from the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Universiti Teknologi Petronas (UTP) in Seri Iskandar.

"What would be built is the coastal area and we will develop within a range of about four kilometres involving infrastructure and facilities in stages.

"We want a more holistic development as this area has the potential to become the latest eco-tourism and aquaculture attractions," he said.

In addition, Tan said the two areas, which are close to each other, were strategic for development as tourist spots because they are near the Hutan Melintang-Teluk Intan segment of the West Coast Expressway (WCE).

He said being near the WCE would allow locals to generate their economy, especially when both locations attract tourists.
-bernama.

Tuesday, 6 August 2019

Travel fair a boost for Visit Johor 2020

Tan (second from right) presenting a token of appreciation to Solehuddin during Johor MATTA Travel Fair in Johor Baru.

JOHOR BARU: The Visit Johor 2020 programme is set to receive a major boost as it will be the main focus at the upcoming Malaysian Association of Tour and Travel Agents (MATTA) Travel Fair next month.

MATTA president Datuk Tan Kok Liang said they would be doing more promotions and marketing to introduce the various attractions the state has to offer to local travellers during the three-day fair at Putra World Trade Centre (PWTC) in Kuala Lumpur from Sept 6 to 8.

“We will do the promotions in a big way and through social media. We want to invite Johor tourism industry players to work with us and create more interesting packages, ” he said after witnessing the opening ceremony of Johor MATTA Travel Fair.

Also present was Tourism Malaysia southern region director Solehuddin Ahmad who represented state tourism, women development, family and community committee chairman Liow Cai Tung.

Johor MATTA Travel Fair is expected to attract 13, 000 visitors with a turnover sale of RM10mil.
-thestar online.

Luring more tourists from China with a taste of delightful Malaysian food


BEIJING, Aug 4 (Bernama) -- Promoting an array of Malaysian food in China is among the efforts taken to attract more tourists from the world’s most populous nation to visit Malaysia.

Director of Tourism Malaysia in China, Zalizam Zakaria said the uniqueness and wide variety of Malaysian food was one of the key attractions for tourists from China.

“It’s proven that the Chinese, especially from Beijing, love Malaysian food. This is based on a survey done by us. Besides the interesting tourist spots in Malaysia, the uniqueness of Malaysian food with a myriad of flavours is a major draw for them,” he told Bernama, here, today.

Going on here now is the Malaysia Food Campaign with satay, laksa peranakan, nasi minyak and durian goreng among the more than 30 delights served throughout the one-week campaign.

This campaign which ends next Thursday is part of the efforts by Hyatt Regency Beijing in collaboration with Tourism Malaysia and the Malaysian Chamber of Commerce and Industry in China (Maycham), to enliven the Visit Malaysian Year 2020 (VMY2020) promotional campaign.

“Clearly, Malaysian food has its own attraction. Hence, to get the real taste of Malaysian food, we have brought in two chefs from Kuala Lumpur for people here to enjoy the authentic taste of the dishes served,” said Zalizam.

Hopefully, this effort could help achieve the target of drawing at least three million tourists from China to Malaysia each year, he added.

VMY2020 targets 30 million international tourist arrivals by focusing on eco-tourism, arts and culture.
-bernama.

Monday, 5 August 2019

Royal Belum on UNESCO shortlist because of its rich biodiversity


GERIK, Aug 3 (Bernama) -- The Royal Belum State Park is on the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) world heritage site shortlist because it is a treasure trove of highly valued flora and fauna, as well as tropical rainforest ecology.

Mohamed Shah Redza Hussein, general manager of the Perak State Parks Corporation, said the body was preparing a dossier for the park's UNESCO candidacy, in cooperation with the state government.

In his speech at the Global Tiger Day 2019 celebration in Gerik today, Mohamed Shah Redza said Gerik represents the entry point to natural wonders, particularly the Royal Belum tropical rainforest that is older than the Amazon and Congo rainforests, with Belum also possessing a variety of wildlife particularly the Malayan tiger that is on the verge of extinction. 

According to Mohamed Shah Redza, Gerik is a focal point for research and tiger conservation for scientists from all over the world, adding that the much-anticipated UNESCO recognition would improve ecotourism in the area.

There are currently five areas in Malaysia which are on the UNESCO World Heritage List and they comprise Lenggong Valley in Perak, Mulu National Park in Sarawak, Kinabalu Park in Sabah, and the respective historical cities of Melaka and George Town.
-bernama.

Friday, 2 August 2019

Tourism DG: Success of Visit Malaysia 2020 doesn't depend on logo, but on how much Malaysians care



PETALING JAYA: Tourism Malaysia has urged Malaysians to help promote the country wherever they are, and in whatever form they can.

Its director-general, Datuk Musa Yusof, said the success of Visit Malaysia 2020 will not be determined by how the campaign logo looks, nor does it solely depend on the promotional campaigns done by Tourism Malaysia.

“The biggest deliverers of the success of the campaign lies with all of you, all of us, who considers Malaysia our home.

“So, please join me and Tourism Malaysia in ensuring that this campaign will be a huge success.

“Let us show the world and the people of the world how amazing this beautiful country of ours is.

“Let us welcome our visitors and allow them to experience the kind of hospitality we are known for, ” said Musa on an Instagram post on Thursday (Aug 1), following the controversy surrounding the Visit Malaysia 2020 (VM2020) logo which was recently launched.

The VM2020 logo received brickbats over its slogan, which reads: “Visit Truly Asia Malaysia 2020”.

Musa said he has been with Tourism Malaysia close to three decades and was not surprised when netizens offered their thoughts, opinions and even criticisms, “both constructive and the not so friendly ones.”

“To those who expressed constructive criticism, thank you. To those who were not too happy with the outcome, I also thank you all, the fact that you came out to voice your unhappiness means one thing – you all care.

“And that’s what we at Tourism Malaysia are hoping for, ” he wrote.
Musa said that it is pivotal for everyone to continue to help the millions of fellow Malaysians who depend and rely on the tourism ecosystem to provide for their families.

“Let us, most important of all, show our love and pride for this blessed land called Malaysia, ” he added.

Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad launched the VM2020 logo last month and set a target of 30 million international tourist arrivals next year.

He said the Visit Malaysia 2020 campaign is an opportunity to attract record numbers of visitors and make the country a destination of choice for leisure and business tourists.
-thestar online.
http://www.malaysia.travel

Malindo Air puts business class back in demand


KUALA LUMPUR, Aug 2 (Bernama) -- Malindo Air has introduced new business class fare grouping by providing the options of Business Class Flexi and Business Class Promo.

It said in a statement that Business Class Flexi maintains the full-fledged fare features while Business Class Promo is ideal for travellers who want to fly Business Class on a budget.

“Both of the business class fare groups offer checked baggage allowance, up to two pieces of hand-carry luggage at a maximum of 10kg in weight, in-flight meals or snacks, complimentary seat selection, Malindo Miles points and spacious full leather seats with a personal in-flight entertainment screen for a relaxing journey,” it said.

The airline said the Business Class Flexi comes with 40kg baggage allowance, three times Malindo Miles points on every ringgit spent and the privilege of lounge access at airports with such facilities available, while Business Class Promo offers 30kg baggage allowance and 1.5 times Malindo Miles points.

Chief executive officer Chandran Rama Muthy said with this adjustment, the airline has made its business class accessible to cost-conscious travellers.

“In order to keep our products relevant, we have been looking into various product enhancements to cater to the demands of our passengers and travel trade partners. We want to remain customer-centric and make it a better flying experience every time our passengers fly with us,” he added.

Enhancements have also been made to the checked baggage allowance of Economy Flexi/Shuttle (for flights operated by ATR aircraft) and Economy Value (for flights operated by jet aircraft).

Economy Flexi/Shuttle has been increased to 30kg which is an increase of 10kg from before, whereas Economy Value has increased by 5kg, making it 20kg now, with these changes applicable only to Malindo Air operated flights.

Malindo Air is a Malaysian airline with main hubs at the Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA) and the convenient KL downtown city airport Subang Skypark in Selangor.

The fleet itself has grown exponentially to 13 ATR72-600 and 29 Boeing 737 as of July 2019.
-bernama.

Royal Museum at Istana Lama Seri Menanti to be reopened beginning tomorrow


KUALA PILAH, Aug 1 (Bernama) -- The Royal Museum at Istana Lama Seri Menanti, near here, will be reopened to members of the public (visitors) beginning tomorrow.

Menteri Besar Datuk Seri Aminuddin Harun however said the museum was not fully opened and only the surrounding areas were to be opened.

"The museum will only be fully opened beginning Sept 1 after the contents for the exhibition hall and gallery are fully arranged and updated within the period specified. The reopening had been arranged after the conservation project and upgrading of the museum, which began on Nov 25 2016, was completed on March 23.

“The project costing RM4.5 million was funded through an allocation from the Ministry of Tourism, Arts and Culture,” he told reporters after the handing over of the project project by contractor NTQT Sdn Bhd and supervised by the Negeri Sembilan Public Works Department (JKR), here today.

Also present were the Secretary-General of the Ministry of Tourism, Arts and Culture, Datuk Isham Ishak; Negeri Sembilan JKR Director Datuk Abdul Karim Mohd Tahir and Director of the Negeri Sembilan Museum Board Shamsudin Ahmad.

The Seri Menanti Istana Lama Royal Museum, which was made of wood, has 99 pillars and no iron nails were used in its construction.

Built in 1902, the palace was completed in 1908.

The four-storey high Royal Istana Lama Seri Menanti palace had been created by two Malay carpenters named Kahar and Taib.
-bernama.

Monday, 29 July 2019

Tak sangka menang RM70,000

Yahaya (empat dari kanan) bergambar bersama pemenang tempat pertama hingga ketiga Tourism Malaysia Surfcasting Tour A Journey To Visit Malaysia 2020 di Marina Island semalam.

LUMUT - Seorang pekerja kilang tidak menyangka minat memancing membawa tuah apabila dinobatkan juara dalam Tourism Malaysia Surfcasting Tour A Journey To Visit Malaysia 2020 yang berlangsung di Marina Island di sini semalam.

Hanizan Rahidin, 43, dari Parit Buntar, Perak tidak menyangka ikan bawal pinang seberat 2.70 kilogram yang mengena umpannya membolehkan dia membawa pulang hadiah utama berupa wang tunai RM70,000.

Bagi Hanizan, kemenangannya itu memang tidak disangka-sangka kerana dia menyertai pertandingan memancing berkenaan sekadar untuk bersuka-ria dan meluangkan masa hujung minggu bersama rakan-rakan lain.

“Saya tak tahu nak cakap macam mana perasaan saya, sampai sekarang saya masih terkejut, menggeletar kerana memenangi wang tunai RM70,000.

“Saya anggap ini rezeki kami sekeluarga dan saya akan gunakannya sebaik mungkin,” katanya kepada Sinar Harian selepas pertandingan berkenaan di Marina Island semalam.

Sementara itu, Ahli Dewan Undangan Negeri (ADUN) Pasir Panjang, Yahaya Mat Nor yang turut hadir pada program berkenaan menyifatkan penganjuran Tourism Malaysia Surfcasting Tour A Journey To Visit Malaysia 2020 di Marina Island merupakan langkah bijak memandangkan ia membantu mempromosikan Lumut sebagai kawasan pelancongan secara tidak langsung.

“Sambutan juga sangat menggalakkan kerana menerusi penganjuran pertandingan peringkat kebangsaan ini ia disertai oleh peserta daripada pelbagai negeri. Ia turut membantu penduduk setempat menambah pendapatan dengan berniaga.

“Saya berharap Tourism Malaysia dapat menganjurkan lagi pertandingan seumpama ini di daerah Manjung pada masa akan datang untuk sama-sama membantu menjadikan daerah ini sebagai destinasi pelancongan,” katanya.

Bagi Naib Presiden Kelab Rekreasi Tourism Malaysia, Mohd Amirul Rizal Abdul Halim, pemilihan Marina Island sebagai salah satu daripada 10 lokasi pertandingan memancing di dalam negara ini adalah berdasarkan potensi yang terdapat di sini.

“Kami memilih lokasi yang berpotensi untuk dimajukan sebagai lokasi pelancongan domestik misalnya Marina Island.

“Ini kerana lokasi seperti ini tidak ramai yang tahu tentang kewujudannya sedangkan lokasinya sangat menarik dan mempunyai pelbagai kemudahan untuk pengunjung,” katanya.

Seramai 1,582 peserta dalam pelbagai negeri mengambil bahagian dalam Tourism Malaysia Surfcasting Tour A Journey To Visit Malaysia 2020 di Marina Island yang menawarkan hadiah keseluruhan bernilai lebih RM130,000 kepada kaki pancing yang menyertainya.

Acara yang bermula jam 8.30 pagi sehingga jam 2 petang turut memberi tuah kepada seorang nelayan dari Pulau Pangkor, Aswad Ali yang meraih tempat kedua dan membawa pulang wang tunai RM12,000.


Tempat ketiga pula dimenangi oleh anggota polis, Mohd Hafiz Othman 36, yang turut berkongsi cabaran beliau untuk menyertai pertandingan terbabit apabila motosikal dinaikinya pancit ketika dalam perjalanan ke Lumut dari Alor Setar, Kedah.
-Sinar Harian.