Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Hype Motorsports Hotel - Malaysia MotoGP Package

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Avillion Bukit Tinggi dibuka menjelang 2020

Pengarah Urusan Pembangunan Unik Tanglir Hospitality, Datuk Ang Hock Chai (kiri); Pengarah Urusan Tanglir Hospitality, Choo Yoke Cheong (dua dari kiri), Samsudin Hitam (dua dari kanan) dan Pengarah Urusan Kumpulan Hotel Avillion, See Ah Sing (kanan) bersalaman selepas pertukaran dokumen di Petaling Jaya, hari ini.

PETALING JAYA 20 Sept. - Avillion Hotel Group Sdn. Bhd. hari ini mencapai persefahaman dengan Tanglir Hospitality Sdn. Bhd. untuk membuka dan menguruskan resort baharu di Bukit Tinggi yang merupakan destinasi popular pelancong di negara ini.

Pengerusinya, Tan Sri Samsudin Hitam berkata, perjanjian itu menyaksikan Kumpulan Avillion Hotel menguruskan prapembukaan dan operasi Avillion Bukit Tinggi menjelang 2020.

“Avillion yakin tambahan aset hartanah ini berpotensi menarik pengunjung dalam dan luar negara. Lokasi Bukit Tinggi berdekatan dengan taman tema baharu yang akan dibuka dua tahun lagi.

“Kawasan ini dijangka menjadi destinasi tumpuan pelancong. Kumpulan Avillion Hotel teruja untuk menjadi sebahagian daripada perkembangan pelancongan di Bukit Tinggi,” katanya dalam satu kenyataan selepas majlis tersebut.
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Labuan City Charms The Chinese At CAEXPO In Nanning

Ministry of International Trade and Industry Y.B Dato' Seri Ong Ka Chuan (2nd from left) was flanked by (from left) Assistant Director Department of Tourism, Culture & Arts, Labuan Corporation Madam Zunaidah Hamzah, Deputy Director of Tourism Malaysia Guangzhou
Mr. Mohd Azwan Mohd Alwi, Vice Chairman of Members of Chinese People Political
Consultative Conference in Guangxi Mr. Liu Zheng Dong, Consul General of Malaysia
to Nanning and H.E. Bong Yik Jui.

NANNING, CHINA, 20 September 2017 – Labuan has been identified as one of the potential tourist attractions to woo more Chinese tourists to Malaysia and efforts are being made to promote the island to this market, especially as an island and beach holiday destination.

One of the efforts to promote Labuan is through the participation of Tourism Malaysia and Labuan Corporation in the China-ASEAN Expo (CAEXPO).

The Ministry of International Trade and Industry Y.B. Dato' Seri Ong Ka Chuan recently launched the Malaysia Pavilion – Labuan City of Charm on 11 September at CAEXPO in Nanning, 3.30 pm local time.

The occasion was also graced by the Vice Chairman of Members of Chinese People Political Consultative Conference in Guangxi Mr. Liu Zheng Dong, the Consul General of Malaysia to Nanning H.E. Bong Yik Jui, the Deputy Director of Tourism Malaysia Guangzhou Mr. Mohd Azwan Mohd Alwi, and Assistant Director Department of Tourism, Culture & Arts, Labuan Corporation Madam Zunaidah Hamzah.

During the launching, guests were given the opportunity to experience the best of Labuan and Malaysia. They were served samples of Malaysia’s Bird’s Nest dish and Teh Tarik, while being entertained with traditional music by performers brought in by Labuan Corporation. Guests were also treated to a live Teh Tarik demonstration by a chef from Rasa Sayang Qinzhou (Malaysia Restaurant). They were also given a briefing of Labuan’s famous tourist attractions such as its duty free shopping, fresh seafood, islands and beaches and historic sites.

The Malaysia Pavilion featured a total of six organisations namely Tourism Malaysia, Labuan Corporation, two tour operators which were MyTrips Tours & Travel and Shang Pin Tour, and also Rasa Sayang Restaurant Qinzhou and Kuantan Qinzhou Bird Nest Sdn Bhd to promote Malaysia as a tourist destination to the Chinese market here.

Previous joint promotions done between Tourism Malaysia and China tour operators to promote Labuan had produced the Brunei-Labuan-Sabah package, which was a timely venture to promote twin-country destination in conjunction with the 50th anniversary of the establishment of ASEAN.

Between January and May 2017, a total of 905,326 Chinese tourists visited Malaysia, an increase of 7.8% compared to the same period last year.

Organized by the People’s Government of Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region and annually held in Nanning, the 14th CAEXPO was held at Nanning International Convention & Exhibition Center from 11 until 15 September 2017. 

The trade and commodity section was participated by Ministry of International Trade and Industry (MITI) and its agencies. To promote the country’s tourism industry, meanwhile, Tourism Malaysia and Labuan Corporation partnered to feature Labuan as the “City of Charm.”
-Tourism Malaysia.

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

RM60 million needed to operate Malaysia's largest marine park for first five years

WWF-Malaysia chief executive officer Datuk Dr Dionysius S.K. Sharma (3rd from right) and Sabah Parks director Dr Jamili Nais signed the MoU, witnessed by State Tourism, Culture and Environment Minister Datuk Seri Masidi Manjun. Pic by NSTP/MALAI ROSMAH TUAH

KOTA KINABALU: A total of RM60 million is needed to operate the Tun Mustapha Park (TMP), Malaysia’s largest marine park, for its first five years (2017-2021).

WWF-Malaysia, announcing this during a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signing with Sabah Parks today, will assist the latter in developing a financial plan which could cover income generation or fundraising strategies, as well as sustainable financing.

The 10-year agreement solidifies the existing cooperation between the non-governmental organisation (NGO) and the conservation-based government body in taking care of the 898,762-hectare TMP.

The TMP, gazetted last year, spans three districts (Kudat, Kota Marudu and Pitas).

WWF-Malaysia chief executive officer Datuk Dr Dionysius S.K. Sharma and Sabah Parks director Dr Jamili Nais signed the MoU, witnessed by State Tourism, Culture and Environment Minister Datuk Seri Masidi Manjun.

Dionysius said WWF-Malaysia is committed to co-funding the TMP management and operation office, the TMP regulations development, sustainable financing mechanism and conservation, led by the state government.

“TMP is a global symbol of how we can collectively commit to protecting the environment while local communities continue to live in a sustainable manner.

“People must understand that the gazetting measure is just the first step in a long journey.

“Right now, there are over 80,000 coastal and island folk living in the area. We don’t know how many there will be in the future but the goal is for them to have better life in a sustainable manner,” he said.

WWF-Malaysia Marine Programme’s People and Biodiversity manager Monique Sumampouw said that 85 per cent of locals surveyed indicated that the gazetting measure had a positive impact.

She said the MoU will focus on the protection and restoration of coral reefs, sea grass and mangroves as well as key species like sea turtles, dugong, sharks and commercially-valuable fish.

Meanwhile, Masidi said the gazetting of such parks require political will. Its impact, she said, may not be seen in the short term but will benefit the people in the future.

“I would like to give an example where a few days ago, a massive cleanup was conducted at the Kudat coastline, where many plastic bottles were collected. Surprisingly, some of the bottles came from other parts of the world, even as far as Saudi Arabia.

“So do not think that what we do in TMP only benefits only Kudat and Sabah; it affects people all over the world.

“We should not opt for shortcuts and short-term benefits but make decisions that allow people to prosper, generation after generation.

“I hope that leaders, wherever they are, will do more of what is right instead of what is popular. I hope what we did will encourage others to follow suit,” said the minister.

He also stressed on the importance of being realistic when it comes to gazetting more marine parks.

“I believe the shortest time frame for the next one (to be gazetted) is maybe ten years. I am saying this to keep expectations within limits. There is a lot of work to be done and there are various technicalities involved,” he said.

Masidi had earlier this month said that the government had identified Mantanani Island off Kota Belud and its surrounding areas as the next potential marine park.
-nst online.

Monday, September 18, 2017

Malaysia Receives Triple Honours At The PATA GOLD AWARDS 2017

Tourism Malaysia Chairman Dato’ Dr. Siew Ka Wei (3rd from left) and Tourism Malaysia Director General and PATA Malaysia Chapter Chairman Datuk Seri Mirza Mohammad Taiyab (2nd from left) receiving the 2017 PATA Gold Award Marketing Media – Travel Poster from PATA CEO Dr. Mario Hardy (far left) and Director of the Macao Government Tourism Office Maria Helena de Senna Fernandes.

MACAO, 15 September 2017 - Malaysia bagged three Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA) Gold Awards 2017 in the Marketing Media, Heritage and Culture, and Education and Training categories. The awards were presented at the 2017 PATA Gold Awards Lunch and Award Presentation at The Parisian Macao today.

Tourism Malaysia clinched the 2017 PATA Gold Award for Marketing Media – Travel Poster for its International Trade 2016 posters, which were released last year. The posters are targeted at holidaymakers of all ages around the world and aims to entice niche audience groups. The activities featured include diving, golfing, adventure, shopping, theme parks, nature, and dining. The posters also promote Malaysia as a year-round holiday destination.

The award was received by Tourism Malaysia Chairman Dato’ Dr. Siew Ka Wei. “We are proud and honoured to receive this award from PATA. It is a wonderful recognition of our innovative promotional effort” said Dato’ Dr Siew.
this image from LADA CEO.

The Langkawi Development Authority (LADA) won the 2017 PATA Gold Award for Heritage and Culture - Heritage for the Langkawi UNESCO Global Geopark. The award was received by LADA CEO Dato’ Haji Azizan Noordin.

“Winning the PATA Gold Award 2017 is a manifest of Langkawi Development Authority’s effort in ensuring a right balance between nature and tourism towards a more sustainable development in Langkawi. With cooperation and support from industry players and local communities, Langkawi is Southeast Asia’s first UNESCO Global Geopark – a truly world heritage.” said Dato’ Haji Azizan.

Another PATA Gold Award was won by The Frangipani Langkawi Resort and Spa for Education and Training for educating, transferring skills and knowledge, and creating awareness and training on sustainability.

Director of the Macao Government Tourism Office Maria Helena de Senna Fernandes said, “I extend our heartfelt congratulations to all the winners and our thanks to all who participated in this year’s Awards. The achievements of the tourism organisations and individuals illustrates the basic tenets of tourism development and the constant strive for excellence.”

PATA CEO Dr. Mario Hardy added, “On behalf of PATA, I would like to extend our warmest congratulations to all 2017 Grand Awards and Gold Award winners. There is no better time and place to celebrate their accomplishments, than during this International Year for Sustainable Tourism for Development and the 40th Anniversary of PATA Travel Mart, here in Macao.”

PATA Grand and Gold Awards ceremony, which is generously supported and sponsored by the Macao Government Tourism Office (MGTO) since 1995, is held during PATA Travel Mart. This year, the awards recognise the achievements of 28 separate organisations and individuals. A total of four Grand Awards and 27 Gold Awards were presented to various organisations, such as Accor Hotels Asia Pacific, Air China, Guam Visitors Bureau, Hong Kong Tourism Board, Korea Tourism Organization, Sofitel Legend Metropole Hanoi, and Tourism Authority of Thailand.

The PATA Grand Awards are presented to outstanding entries in four principal categories: Education and Training, Environment, Heritage and Culture, and Marketing, while the Gold Awards recognise exceptional achievement in seven broad categories: Corporate Social Responsibility, Education and Training, Environment, Heritage and Culture, Marketing Campaign, Marketing Media, and Travel Journalism.

The PATA Gold Awards recognise exceptional achievement in a variety of endeavours, acknowledging and rewarding the very best that the Asia Pacific’s travel industry has to offer. The winning projects set industry standards for excellence and innovation, serving as examples for others to follow.

Additionally, PATA Malaysia Chapter (PMC) will receive the Spirit of PATA Award 2017 for its initiatives and events undertaken in 2016. Despite tough competition this year due to the increased number of entries, PMC managed to clinch the award for the second consecutive year. The award will be received by PMC Chairman Datuk Seri Mirza Mohammad Taiyab during PATA Board Dinner and Chapter Awards Presentation on 16 September at Macao Tower.

PATA Travel Mart 2018 will be held in Langkawi, Malaysia. The event will be hosted by Tourism Malaysia and the Langkawi Development Authority from 12 to 14 September at the Mahsuri International Exhibition Centre (MIEC), the island’s largest convention venue.
-Tourism Malaysia.

Sunday, September 17, 2017

CIMB Classic 2017 @ TPC Kuala Lumpur ( 12 ~ 15 October 2017 )

The CIMB Classic, which is the only official PGA TOUR FedExCup event in Southeast Asia, returns to Kuala Lumpur this October. Co-sanctioned by the Asian Tour and Professional Golf Association of Malaysia, the 2017 tournament will be held at TPC Kuala Lumpur, the first TPC Network property in Southeast Asia and the only current TPC in Asia. The CIMB Classic will showcase 78 players including the CIMB Classic 2016 Champion, Justin Thomas and other international stars competing for the US$ 7 Million purse.
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2017 Formula 1 Petronas Malaysia Grand Prix ( 29 September ~ 1 October 2017 )

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The 2017 FORMULA 1 PETRONAS MALAYSIA GRAND PRIX returns for its penultimate edition in Sepang before Malaysia takes a break from hosting after 2018. The 19th edition of the race in Malaysia will be held from 29 September to 1 October 2017.

From the pits to the grid, catch world-class drivers revving their engines in an intense battle combining the best of man and machine. Coming right after the Singapore Grand Prix happening two weeks prior, the race offers a unique double F1 treat in Southeast Asia.

Be part of the excitement by catching a host of events leading up to the race. The family-oriented activities surrounding the F1 Malaysia Grand Prix provide a fun experience for all members of the family, making the race weekend a great time for a family outing. Fans of all ages can enjoy more than just a race with one-ticket access.

There are promotions aplenty, as well as access to all pre-event and post-event activities, attractive merchandise at discounted prices and much more. Make sure to also catch future F1 champions in action in the GP2 and GP3 support races.

18th Malaysia National Lion Dance Championship 2017 @ Resort World Genting ( 2 ~ 3 December 2017 )

WHERE WORLD CHAMPIONS ARE BORN! The Malaysia National Lion Dance Championship is a yearly affair where extraordinary lion dancers compete in a test of skills, endurance and concentration.

Now in its 18th year, the biggest and most established high-stilt lion dance championship will be hosted right in the heart of Resorts World Genting! 

Teams from all over the country are ready to bring their best to the floor, showcasing their skills and showmanship on stilts after a year’s worth of practice. As teams defy limits and display their skills and talents, spectators will be treated to superb performances and colourful displays of lion dance props. Who will be crowned the Malaysian champion? Don’t miss out as teams go all out to prove their prowess.
-AirAsia RedTix.

Friday, September 15, 2017

Penang Asia Pacific Masters Games 2018 ( 7 ~ 15 September 2018 )

The 1st Asia Pacific Masters Games (APMG) in Penang, Malaysia on 7-15 September 2018 is the first-ever masters multi-sport event in Asia.

An estimated 10,000 participants from the Asia Pacific region are expected to participate in nine days of sporting challenge and excitement. It is a fantastic opportunity for those who love sport - an event featuring 21 sports played in one of South East Asia’s top island destination.

The Asia Pacific Masters Games is a global festival of sport for participants of eligible ages and all capabilities. There is no qualifying or selection process involved.

You just need to be of a certain age in your chosen sport. On average, the minimum age required to participate is 30 years old.

The APMG 2018 features 21 sports. Athletes compete in their own age group and category - competitive, recreational or social. So the event is for everyone - regardless if you are a serious competitor or joining for fun.

Just like the Olympics, there are opening and closing ceremonies, and medals are awarded for the podium finishers in all events.

True to its tagline “Beyond the Games”, APMG 2018 is more than just a sporting event. It will be an avenue to foster friendship, goodwill and a chance to propel the growth of masters sports, especially in the Asian region.

Between play, there’s the chance to soak up the vibe of Penang, voted No. 2 in CNN’s list of Must-Visit Travel Destinations in the World 2017. Dubbed the “Pearl of the Orient”, Penang has a little something for everybody. The sandy beaches and nature attractions, modern shopping complexes, the old world charm of its UNESCO world heritage site and culinary delights of one of Asia’s best street food destination.

Malaysian agents craft special luxury deals for Asians

Tan: more room upgrades

As hotels and tour operators in Malaysia rack up higher tourist receipts thanks to the competitive ringgit, they are rolling out upscale offerings targeted at Asian visitors.

Industry players note that Asian visitors are more willing to splurge, even upgrading their hotel rooms and purchasing more luxurious experiences.

Sand & Sandals Resort & Spa, located on Desaru Beach, has seen an uptick in guests choosing larger and more plush room categories, said its director of sales, Owen Tan.

“Our guests are also spending more in restaurants and on spa treatments,” noted Tan. “We are now offering spa and water-sports packages to attract more visitors.”

The resort’s key markets are in Asia, including Singapore, China and Hong Kong.

Also identifying this trend, inbound tour operator Synergy Tours – which previously specialised in the European market – has developed packages specifically for Asian travellers that include shopping stops and upscale hotels.

“Asians prefer the city life and are more willing to spend on shopping, such as buying products unique to the destination,” said Kan Pooi Yew, business development manager of Synergy Tours. “Shopping is in high demand for this market.”

She added: “We’re not offering budget tours for the Asian market since everyone else is doing the same.”

Instead, it is targeting Chinese business travellers with packages that include value-adds like transportation, guided tours and translation.

Conversely, the European market prefers to spend less while on a longer trip in Malaysia.

“Even though their currency is much higher than the ringgit, Europeans are not willing to spend much,” said Kan. “We frequently receive requests for more budget-friendly options.”

However, longhaul markets stretch their vacation time longer, with Europeans touring Malaysia for one to two weeks with Synergy Tours or even staying up to a month in resorts on Langkawi, according to MK Hotels & Resorts’ group assistant director of sales, Mohd Ariff Mokhtar.

These markets often prefer value-for-money offers or completely relaxation without any extra activities or experiences, said Kan and Ariff respectively.
-TTG Asia.

Thursday, September 14, 2017

Felda Residence Hot Springs janjikan kedamaian alam

Jika mahu mencari ruang privasi untuk merehatkan diri daripada kesibukan kerja atau masa santai bersama ahli keluarga, Felda Residence Hot Spring (FRHS), Sungkai, Perak wajib dimasukkan ke dalam senarai pilihan percutian anda.

Dengan perjalanan yang mengambil masa kira-kira satu jam 30 minit dari ibu kota, pengunjung yang menginap di situ bukan sahaja dapat menikmati percutian yang cukup menenangkan malah ia juga merangkumi percutian berkonsepkan kesihatan.

Menurut Ketua Pegawai Eksekutif Felda Tra­vel Sdn. Bhd. (Felda Travel), Nora Azmin Radzuan, kebanyakan pengunjung menggemari lokasi percutian itu kerana hanya dalam satu tempat yang sama, mereka dapat melakukan pelbagai aktiviti.

“FRHS terdiri daripada 64 bilik hotel pelbagai jenis serta 18 villa persendirian. Di dalam villa persendirian itu pula, turut disediakan jakuzzi yang boleh mengeluarkan buih serta mampu mengawal suhu panas dan sejuk.

“Selain itu, kebanyakkan air yang disalurkan ke seluruh FHRS terutamanya bagi kegunaan kolam mandian atau jakuzzi itu datangnya daripada sumber mata air asli yang terdapat di sekeliling kawasan tersebut,” katanya kepada pemberita baru-baru ini.

Air panas semulajadi
Di FRHS, pengunjung bukan sahaja dapat menikmati kesegaran alam secara semulajadi malah detik berjalan di atas titian kayu pelantar berukuran 200 meter pasti akan meninggalkan memori yang tersendiri apabila asap-asap hangat dari mata air panas menyapa tubuh.

Seorang kakitangan berpengalaman di situ, Said Saad berkata, pondok ‘Natural Sauna’ yang berada di tengah-tengah laluan itu memberikan peluang kepada pengunjung menikmati rasa sauna sebenar.

“Kawasan ini memiliki hampir 200 punca mata air panas dan dengan izin Allah dipercayai, sumber air panas di sini mempunyai unsur-unsur penyembuhan untuk beberapa jenis penyakit seperti masalah kulit, tekanan, lenguh-lenguh badan dan otot.

“Pernah ada seorang lelaki yang menghidap strok datang ke sini suatu masa dahulu. Pada mulanya, anggota badannya tidak berasa apa-apa namun setelah berendam dalam tempoh yang agak lama, dia mengeluarkan peluh dan darahnya mula mengalir lancar,” katanya.

Dia yang mula berkhidmat sejak pembukaannya pada 2003 berkata, kaedah mandi atau berendam di kolam mata air panas memang boleh memberi rasa kelegaan tetapi dengan syarat, tidak melebihi 30 minit dalam satu masa.

Penulis juga diberitahu bahawa air panas di situ mempunyai kandungan sulfur atau belerang dan apabila ia mengalir keluar dari rekahan batu granit, sulfur akan mendap menjadi alga dan alga itu boleh dijadikan skrub untuk mencerah dan melembutkan kulit muka.

Aktiviti riadah
Tidak jauh dari situ, terdapat kolam bersuhu di antara 30 hingga 100 darjah celcius dan pengunjung boleh mencuba aktiviti merebus telur hanya dengan menggunakan air panas tersebut.

Telur yang dimasukkan ke dalam kolam itu akan dibiarkan beberapa ketika dan uniknya, telur yang dimasak akan tidak hanyir kerana kolesterol yang terdapat dalam telur itu disingkirkan secara semula jadi.

Selain mencuba aktiviti itu, pengunjung berpeluang menyaksikan panorama indah bukit-bukau yang menghijau serta perkampungan orang asli yang menarik, pengunjung boleh menikmatinya dengan cara berjalan kaki, menunggang basikal atau All Terrain Vehicle (ATV).

Jika memilih untuk menunggang ATV, pengunjung akan dibawa melalui kawasan off-road, perkampungan orang asli, pinggiran sungai serta air terjun yang cukup menenangkan.

Penginapan yang berbaloi
Dengan keluasan 6.5 hektar, Felda Residence Hot Spring nyata memberikan pengalaman unik kepada pengunjungnya serta menjanjikan suasana yang bebas dari keadaan hiruk-pikuk dan berkecamuk.

Lokasinya yang jauh dari kota dan dikelilingi alam semulajadi yang sangat mengujakan, ia bukan saja menawarkan keseronokan menghabiskan masa di kolam air panas malah turut menjanjikan ketenangan yang serba mendamaikan.

Oleh itu, orang ramai yang berminat untuk merasai air panas semula jadi di Felda Residence Hot Springs boleh menghubungi talian 05-4388801/ 8803 atau layari laman web untuk maklumat lanjut.
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