Friday, March 24, 2017

AirAsia links up Shenzhen with Langkawi

(From left) Langkawi Development Authority's Haji Azizan Noordin; AirAsia's Aireen Omar; Ministry of Transport's Dato’ Sri Liow Tiong Lai and Seri Saripuddin Kasim
AirAsia will soon begin services from Shenzhen to Langkawi, which will mark its third international connectivity into the island after Singapore and Guangzhou.

This thrice-weekly service is scheduled to commence operations on July 16, 2017. Bookings for this new route will be made available soon.
With the number of passengers flown year-on-year into Langkawi having increased by 30 per cent from 2015 to 2016, Aireen Omar, CEO of AirAsia, is confident that the airline can further grow the market demand from Shenzhen for the Malaysian island with its marketing investment.

Langkawi was AirAsia’s first route to be operated in 2001 and AirAsia currently serves five routes from Langkawi with 106 weekly flights to two international destinations (Singapore and Guangzhou), and three domestic flights (Kuala Lumpur, Penang and Johor Bahru).

-TTG Asia.

Top Ten For SIC RACING TEAM Riders On Day One At Losail

Qatar, Doha – Thursday 23rd March

Circuit: Losail International Circuit
Circuit Length: 5.4 km
Bike #7 – Adam Norrodin
FP1: P10; 2’07.856 – 12 laps
FP2: P14; 2’08.860 –9 laps
Bike #71 – Ayumu Sasaki
FP1: P8; 2’07.810 – 12 laps
FP2: P18; 2’09.167 –11 laps
SIC Racing Team riders Adam Norrodin and Ayumu Sasaki made a solid start to their 2017 campaign today, concluding the first day of practice in 8th (Ayumu) and 10th (Adam) place overall.
Looking in good form Malaysian rider Adam Norrodin focussed his attentions on achieving consistent lap times around the 5.4km circuit. With renewed confidence the 18-year-old improved his pace throughout Free Practice one to finish the session just 0.875s off P1.
Ayumu Sasaki made an impressive start to his official Moto3 debut immediately launching himself into the top four in FP1. The 16-year-old rookie showed his confidence within the World Championship field, holding a top four position for the majority of the session, only just being pipped to 8th place in the final minutes.
Free practice two saw more challenging conditions for the Moto3 riders as an increase in wind speed proved testing for the lower cylinder category, with times increasing by a second.
#7 Adam Norrodin
“The conditions today were a little bit difficult. In FP1 there was not so much grip because of the sand on track; there were many crashes in the session but I managed to stay calm and find a good rhythm. I was not pushing to my limit but I was able to do some consistent times and finish in the top ten. Going into FP2 I wanted to do better. The grip had improved and I felt good straight away. I wanted to achieve another top ten finish, so I continued to push harder as the session went on, but then in the final minutes I made a mistake and had a small crash. I’m sorry to Nakarin for this as he was caught up in it. Overall we are not so far away so we are looking forward to seeing what we can do tomorrow.”
#71 Ayumu Sasaki
“There was quite a lot of sand on the track for the first practice so conditions weren’t so great, but this was the same for everyone. The lap times were slower than testing last week but I had a pretty good feeling on the bike still. We finished FP1 in eighth position which was good. In second practice we expected to be better but it was too windy so we couldn’t improve the lap time. In the last session I focussed more on riding in the group; I was able to pass some riders in the breaking so I am happy with the setting I have. No stress, just wait for tomorrow and push again.”

-SIC Racing Team.
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Bendsneyder and Antonelli make good start in Qatar

03/23/2017 - Losail International Circuit, Qatar
Despite the weather forecasts, rain did not make an appearance on Thursday at the Losail International Circuit for the start of the first Grand Prix of the year. The Moto3 riders undertook their first two Free Practice sessions of the season, in which Bo Bendsneyder led FP2 and finished in 7th place on the combined timesheet. Niccolo Antonelli placed 9th at the end of a positive evening for both riders.

In the first free practice session the wind –which reached gusts of up to 15km/h– made the riders’ work somewhat difficult. However, it was Bendsneyder who started strongest, leading the way from the first ten minutes and holding the position for half an hour. Although he set his best lap in the last seconds of the session, the Dutchman’s 2:07.432 put him seventh, two places ahead of his teammate Niccolo Antonelli. The Italian also clocked his best time -2: 07.816- on his last lap.

Wind was again present in FP2, although the Red Bull KTM Ajo riders managed to overcome it and and shone during the session. Bendsneyder was in the Top5 during the first half of the session, and took a step up with 13 minutes remaining with a time of 2:07.955 for the top spot. Antonelli was also among the fastest riders, after improving his times during the final stretch and setting a best lap of 2:08.476 for fourth. The Italian suffered light crash just before the action concluded.

Tomorrow sees a single 40-minute practice session at 7pm local time.

Results (Combined practice time FP1-FP2)
1. Philipp Oettl (KTM) 2:06.763
2. Joan Mir (Honda) 2:07.239 +0.258
3. Gabriel Rodrigo (KTM) 2:07.380 +0.399
4. Juanfran Guevara (KTM) 2:07.388 +0.407
5. Romano Fenati (Honda) 2:07.414 +0.433
7. Bo Bendsneyder (Red Bull KTM Ajo) 2:07.432 +0.451
9. Niccolo Antonelli (Red Bull KTM Ajo) 2:07.816 +0.835

-Red Bull KTM Ajo Motorsport.

Thursday, March 23, 2017

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Aussie praise for Penang

Tasty treats: Tourists enjoying the local food at the Gurney Drive food court.

GEORGE TOWN: Gurney Drive made it to the 13th spot on the list of ‘25 best streets for tourists to visit around the world before you die’, according to a popular Australian travel website.
The Australian website Traveller stated that the seafront promenade in Penang offered some of the best street food in all of Asia.
The website then cited the 100-over stalls at the Gurney Drive Hawker Centre that have been operating from the 70s.
A link was then attached to the website’s page dedicated to the state.
Traveller is said to provide the best travel advice and comprehensive destination guides for Austra-lian tourists.
Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng said the new recognition would boost the the state government’s effort to develop Penang’s potential as a world-class tourist destination.
“This recognition comes after Penang was named by CNN Travel as one of the 17 best places to visit in 2017,” he said in a press conference held at Komtar yesterday.
Other popular Asian destinations that made it on the Australian website’s list were Khao San Road in Bangkok and Hollywood Road in Hong Kong.

-thestar online.

SIC RACING TEAM Set For Season Opener In Qatar

Qatar – Wednesday 22nd March
Circuit: Losail International Circuit 
Circuit Length: 5.4 km
As the MotoGP paddock descend upon the Losail International Circuit for the first Grand Prix of the 2017 season, SIC Racing Team gear up for a strong start with riders Adam Norrodin and Ayumu Sasaki. 
Making his official Moto3 debut with the team, 2016 Red Bull Rookies Champion Ayumu Sasaki will be looking to make a solid first impression. Undeterred by his rookie status within the field, the 16-year-old Japanese rider is determined to battle hard and prove his ability within the Championship.
Beginning his second year with the team, Adam Norrodin is hungrier than ever to fight for the points and compete for the top spot. With his learning year behind him, the Malaysian rider is confident that he can use last years’ experience to his advantage this season. 
Johan Stigefelt – Team Manager
“The weather conditions prevented us from doing as many laps as we would have liked at this last test in Qatar but overall the time we’ve had went well. We feel prepared going into this first race weekend and I’m confident we can be competitive from the start. The riders and team are all working well together; We’ve tested a lot since our first outing in Malaysia and both Adam and Ayumu are feeling comfortable on the bikes now, so let’s see what happens on Thursday. I just hope the weather stays dry and not too windy as it has been forecasted to be! The goal for Adam and Ayumu is simple; push hard from the start.”
#7 Adam Norrodin
“We’ve done a lot of work during the pre-season testing and the outcome has been positive. The Qatar test was difficult with the weather but that was the same for everyone. It looks like there’s a big chance for more rain this week, so we’ll just have to wait and see what happens there. We have a good set-up and I feel happy with my bike. We’ve made good progress and I know we can continue like this. I like the Losail Circuit a lot and I feel that I have built my confidence even more over the last year, so it should be a good GP. I have my own target for this first race but I’m keeping it a secret for now! Of course I am going to give it everything I’ve got. I can’t wait to be on the grid ready to race!”
#71 Ayumu Sasaki
“I’m really excited for the first race of the season. I rode in Sepang last year for another team but I never got to finish the race. At that time I was nervous as it was my first experience riding in the Moto3 class but now we have been building since testing in Malaysia and I feel confident on my bike. We have a good base setting for Qatar and pretty good pace too. The bike setting we found in Jerez worked well here also in the test; we didn’t have many things to change, so I feel positive about the race weekend. My goal is always to win but to follow the front group and finish my first race in Moto3 is most important for this first Grand Prix.”
-SIC Racing Team.
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AirAsia X offering discounted fares on new Wuhan route

PETALING JAYA: AirAsia X is offering 8,888 cheap seats to Wuhan in celebration of their inaugural flight to the Chinese city.
Fares as low as RM188 are available for one-way trips, while its Premium Flatbed seats are going for as low as RM688, also one-way.
Passengers on the inaugural flight on Wednesday received a special send-off from AirAsia X's management at KLIA2 and were treated to special goodies and unique in-flight activities.
Its CEO Benyamin Ismail said China is a key market for both AirAsia and AirAsia X and this new connection would strengthen the airline's presence in China.
"We are happy to connect Wuhan directly to Kuala Lumpur after Kota Kinabalu, Bangkok and Phuket, operated by our short-haul affiliates AirAsia and AirAsia Thailand," he said.
He added that besides its many tourist attractions, Wuhan's strategic position in central China allowed it to be a hub for many industries.
AirAsia and AirAsia X combined offer 35 weekly flights to Wuhan, making the group the largest foreign carrier into China in terms of passenger load.

-thestar online.

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Tourism remains a global driving force for jobs, economy: WTTC

Growth in the travel and tourism industry outpaced the global economy for the sixth consecutive year in 2016, according to WTTC.

The industry grew 3.3 per cent, generating US$7.6 trillion worldwide, or 10.2 per cent of global GDP (taking into account direct, indirect and induced impacts). The sector also supported a total of 292 million jobs in 2016, one in 10 of all jobs in the world.

Additionally, money spent by foreign visitors accounted for 6.6 per cent of total world exports, and almost 30 per cent of total world services exports.

South-east Asia saw the highest growth (8.3 per cent), driven by the expanding Chinese outbound market and the region's own growing markets.

In second place was South Asia (7.9 per cent), followed by North-east Asia (4.6 per cent), Oceania (4.4 per cent), the Caribbean (3.2 per cent), North America (3.1 per cent), the Middle East (2.7 per cent), Sub-Saharan Africa (2.4 per cent) and Europe (1.6 per cent).

Latin America (0.2 per cent) was the slowest growing region, which WTTC attributed to the Brazilian economy, which “dragged down the whole region”.

In 2017, WTTC expects the industry to generate US$7.9 trillion, a 3.8 per cent growth. This is slower than previously forecasted “as a result of a downgrade to the global economy and a dampening of consumer spending”.

Over the next decade, the sector is forecast to grow at an average of 3.9 per cent per year. By 2027 it will generate more than 11 per cent of the world’s GDP and employ a total of 380 million people. One quarter of all jobs created in the next decade will be supported by travel and tourism, according to WTTC projections.

However, David Scowsill, president & CEO, WTTC, reminded: “The future prospects for travel and tourism are good, but the sector continues to face challenges. The impact of terrorism and the rise of populism pose a severe risk to the ability of people to travel efficiently and securely.

“The sector needs urgently to address the impact of growth on destinations and its own contribution to climate change if it is to be sustainable in the long term.”

-TTG Asia.

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Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Tourism Ministry agreeable to Rajinikanth as Malacca's tourism ambassador

KUALA LUMPUR: The Tourism and Culture Ministry will consider making Tamil movie superstar Rajinikanth as Malacca's next tourism ambassador.
"We can contact him to be our tourism ambassador," Minister Datuk Seri Mohamed Nazri Abdul Aziz told MP Sim Tong Hin (DAP-Kota Melaka) during his winding up speech in the Dewan Rakyat.
Sim said Shah Rukh Khan failed to bring in Indian tourists when he was tourism ambassador to Malacca.
"What is your opinion if we appoint Rajinikanth, who starred in Kabali,  as tourism ambassador?
"He is very famous and Shah Rukh Khan is not very effective," said Sim.
Rajinikanth starred in the hit Tamil movie Kabali which was largely shot in Malaysia.
Shah Rukh Khan was appointed tourism ambassador for Malacca in 2008, and was also awarded a 'Datukship' from the state government.
In 2011, he shot several scenes for his film Don 2 (the sequel to Don, released in 2006) in Malacca.

-thestar online.

Weather Hampers Final Day Of Testing At Losail - SIC Racing Team

Qatar – Sunday 19th March
Circuit: Losail International Circuit 
Circuit Length: 5.4 km

Bike #7 Adam Norrodin – P22nd (Best time):2”07.894 (Total laps):10
Bike #71 Ayumu Sasaki – P7th (Best time):2”07.140 (Total laps):15
SIC Racing Team riders Adam Norrodin and Ayumu Sasaki concluded the final day of pre-season testing 22nd and 7th overall. 
The arrival of high winds at the Losail Circuit today saw the majority of the Moto3 field opt to sit out of the first session, deeming conditions too risky for the smaller cylinder category.
Taking a chance in second practice, Adam Norrodin and Ayumu Sasaki used a limited window of opportunity to gather important information on the set-up of their Honda NSF250RW machines, finishing the session 15th and 16th respectively. 
Despite wind speeds increasing for the final Moto3 session of the day, an eager Ayumu Sasaki attempted one last run on board his #71 machine, posting his fastest lap and ending the day in second place, before rapidly deteriorating conditions brought out the red flag. 
#7 Adam Norrodin
“Today was very difficult with the strong winds; it was really hard to feel anything. It’s difficult to say much more on this last day as we didn’t have a lot of track time. Nevertheless I’m happy with the set-up we have now. We’ve done all the jobs we wanted to do here and we’ve gathered a lot of useful information. We may not have been able to push for the lap times as much as we would have liked but I feel comfortable and confident with my bike and this is the most important thing. We will be back on track on Thursday for the first Grand Prix practice of the year and I feel positive that after this test, we can start the season strong.” 
#71 Ayumu Sasaki
“The conditions today were very difficult! We couldn’t ride in the first session and then in the second it didn’t improve either but we didn’t want to waste more track time, so we tried to go out in the heavy winds. With the weather, the times were slower. There was no point to push at this point and risk a crash, so we just put in used tyres and focussed on gathering feedback on our set-up. In third practice we put in new tyres and immediately I could push a lot harder and make a good lap time. Unfortunately we were only on track for around ten minutes and then the weather got so bad the red flag had to come out to end the session. Although we have not had as much time on track as we would have like at this test, we have worked well and done a good job. I’m confident about the set-up we have going into this first race weekend here.”
-SIC Racing Team.
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Monday, March 20, 2017

It's all systems go for a bigger Lima show

The Royal Malaysian Air Force's Sukhoi Su-30MKM landing on the runway of the Langkawi International Airport after the aerial display rehearsal for Lima 2017. ROYCE TAN / The Star

LANGKAWI: All systems are in place for the 14th edition of the Langkawi International Maritime and Aerospace Exhibition (Lima 2017), said Defence Minister Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Tun Hussein.

He said this year's event will be bigger with exhibitors taking up 119,209 sq m of space, roughly 15,000 sq m more than Lima 2015.
He also noted that there are more assets on display this year, including Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) and Autonomous Underwater Vehicles (AUVs).
He said Lima 2017 will also see the participation of over 500 youths from across the country, who are invited by Youth and Sports Ministry and the Defence Ministry.
They are from National Service Volunteer Brigade, Universiti Pertahanan Nasional Malaysia, Universiti Teknologi Mara in Perlis, the Malaysian Youth Parliament, iM4U, the Gabungan Pelajar Melayu Semenanjung, the Malaysian Youth Council and the Reserve Officer Training Unit.
Hishammuddin said he and Transport Minister Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai have made a conscious effort for Lima to be inclusive.
"Transport and defence are, I believe, the way forward in establishing Lima.
"I'm looking forward to the next few days and I have to congratulate everyone.
"I believe this is something we celebrate every two years, where in a world full of hate, challenges, death, war and famine, all are coming together to celebrate," he told reporters at a reception for the media on board the navy's KD Jebat Monday.
Liow said there is more commercial participation in this year's event, where out of 555 exhibitors from 36 countries, 240 are from the private and commercial sectors.
"This is an achievement," he said.
Liow said Lima 2017 will also see important transport-related events, among them, a summit on green environment and the Asia Pacific Maritime Safety Forum.
Over 180,000 trade and public visitors from all over the world are expected to visit the exhibition, which will be held here until March 25.

-thestar online.

RCL steps up port investment, this time in Penang

Swettenham Piar Cruise Terminal

Penang Port will collaborate with Royal Caribbean Cruises (RCL) in a joint venture to upgrade and improve Swettenham Pier Cruise Terminal in Georgetown, Penang, to accommodate berthing of larger cruise ships at its facilities. The 60/40 joint venture will be jointly managed by both parties, with the majority stake held by Penang Port.

This is the second time in weeks that RCL has announced its involvement in an ASEAN port. At the recent Seatrade, it reportedly sealed a partnership with the Philippine Department of Tourism in the Aklan province to build a purpose-built cruise ship terminal in the Western Visayas' Caticlan or Boracay. Details of the collaboration are still sketchy.
When contacted, Adam Goldstein, president and COO of RCC: “We have conversations with ports and countries all the time around the world about infrastructure development. It is premature for us to say anything about our commercial development plans for the Philippines.”

In Penang, however, a statement issued by RCC said plans include extending the existing berths to 688m from its current length of 400m. This will enable the terminal to berth two mega cruise liners carrying over 4,900 passengers each at any one time, in line with the industry requirement as Penang comes of age as a “choice port of call” for international cruise operators.

In addition, the redevelopment will include spaces for tour buses to ease the flow of traffic in the areas around the Swettenham terminal. The US$35 million project will further focus on improving accessibility for the aged and physically challenged throughout the terminal from ship to shore.

“This planned development has received unyielding support from both state and federal government and associated government agencies including tourism bodies, and will be a focal part of Malaysian Tourism EPP6 plan to create a Straits and Borneo Cruise Riviera,” it said.

The ability to handle more and larger cruise vessels in Swettenham Pier will entrench Penang as a major cruise destination in the region, it added.

RCL is scheduled to make 38 calls in Penang in 2017.

This isn’t the first time RCL is investing in ASEAN cruise ports. In 1995, it invested in upgrading Vietnam’s Chan May Port in order to accommodate larger ships like its Voyager and Quantum Class ships, according to a spokesman.

In a recent interview with TTG Asia, Goldstein said the more the China and Australia markets expand, the more there will be new ports, ships and itineraries in those regions, and the greater the need is to develop cruising in South-east Asia to redeploy the ships there in the winter months. 

Infrastructure development is going to be one of the most significant undertakings in the region over the coming years, he said. “We are planning to invest in the region in commercial development without question. It’s part of what we do,” said Goldstein.

-TTG Asia.

Sunday, March 19, 2017

Shell Malaysia Motorcycle Grand Prix 2017 @ Sepang Circuit, Malaysia ( 27 ~ 29 October 2017 )

October will be another Month of Motorsports in Malaysia this 2017! The Shell Malaysia Motorcycle Grand Prix 2017 returns on 27 to 29 October 2017, again as the penultimate race in the MotoGP calendar, 4 weeks after the Malaysia F1 Grand Prix. With the event selling out in recent years and crowd numbers breaking records year after year, the Malaysia MotoGP looks set to be another hit this 2017.

Race weekend will be bigger and better with more exciting action and activities to attract fans this year. Nevertheless, the key attraction remains the riders. Fans will once again be able to cheer on our Malaysian riders.

Hafizh Syahrin Abdullah returns with the Petronas Raceline Malaysia team in Moto2, while Khairul Idham Pawi also moves up to Moto2 with Idemitsu Honda Team Asia.

In Moto3, SIC Racing Team’s Adam Norrodin is seeking greater success in his second season, together with new teammate Ayumu Sasaki, who will certainly be aiming to be one of the year’s top rookies.

The Malaysia MotoGP will also see action from some of Asia’s top young riders in the Idemitsu Asia Talent Cup. This year, Malaysia is represented by 3 riders – Muhammad Haziq Mohamad Hamdan, Syarul Yusloe Suhaimi and Azroy Hakeem Anuar.
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