Saturday, April 25, 2015

European Tourists Main Bulk Of International Visitors To Pulau Tioman

Juara Beach, Tioman. photo: http://www.101bestbeaches.com/malaysia
ROMPIN, April 24 (Bernama) -- Pulau Tioman, an island of the famed legend of two dragons appears to have charmed European tourists as they made up more than half of the foreign visitors here last year.

In 2014, more than 57 per cent or 18,886 foreign tourists out of the 33,090 foreigners who came to the island were visitors from Europe with a large number of them from Germany.

Tioman Development Authority (TDA) general manager Datuk Hashim Mat Tahir told Bernama the rest comprised Germans (5,734), French (4,730), British (4,384), Indians (3,886), Chinese (3,519), Australians (2,764), Americans (2,458), Dutch (2,362), Swedes (1,680) and Iranians (1,573).

Overall, the island received 268,784 visitors last year, a 16 per cent increase from 232,102 in 2013 while in 2012, there were 214,482 tourist arrivals, he said.

However, domestic visitors and those from ASEAN made up 82 per of the overall total in 2014.

Hashim said the number of tourists to the island could be further increased if there were alternative modes of transportation to Pulau Tioman apart from the ferry service from Tanjung Gemok, here or Mersing in Johor.

"About 95.5 per cent of the visitors use the ferry while 4.5 per cent came by air. However the ferry service is disrupted during the monsoon season from November to January," he said.

He said many were however not aware that Pulai Tioman which is located in the South China Sea has its own airport in Kampung Tekek with a 992-metre runway.

"There was a regular air service to Pulau Tioman operated by Berjaya Air using a De Havilland Dash 7 aircraft with a capacity for 48 passengers but it was discontinued due to the high cost of maintenance and the production of aircraft has stopped.

"For the time being, the charter air service provided by Systematic Aviation Services (SAS) from Subang or Senai, is rather costly as it is based on request," he said.

Therefore, to ensure tourist arrivals all year round, the late Rompin MP, Tan Sri Dr Jamaluddin Jarjis had proposed extending the island's airport runway, he said.

Hashim said Jamaluddin saw the runway if extended could accommodate the ATR-72 aircraft used by several low-cost carriers in the country to land directly in Pulau Tioman.

Many however have questioned if there were tourists who wish to visit when the sea is rough and Hashim was quick to reply that some tourists actually looked forward to the monsoon season waves for surfing.

For accommodation, there are 2,089 rooms provided by 78 resorts at Salang, Air Batang, Tekek, Paya, Genting, Mukut and Juara in which 50 per cent are categorised as luxury, 30 per cent moderate and 20 per cent are budget rooms.

"TDA in its effort to improve and raise the standard of existing accommodation to ensure the comfort of visitors, will expand the number of luxury hotels as a lure for international tourists," he said.

Hashim said apart from enjoying the beauty of 29 kilometres of sandy beaches and sea at warm temperature, tourists could also carry out activities such as snorkelling to marvel at 183 species of coral reefs and various types of fish in the waters of Pulau Tioman.

"One can also go trekking to the waterfall and view the wildlife of the island which included 33 species of mammals, 67 species of birds, 21 types of lizards, and 17 species of amphibians.

"For those who love outdoor and extreme experience, there is rock climbing at Kampung Juara and Kampung Mukut," he said, adding that development at Pulau Tioman was being carried out carefully to preserve its ecological system.

-bernama.

6 distinct traveller groups to emerge by 2030: Amadeus report


As travellers become increasingly empowered with the proliferation of technology and social media, six groups of travellers with distinct motivations and personalities will emerge by 2030, according to a new report released by Amadeus yesterday.

Angel Gallego, president, Amadeus Asia-Pacific, told TTG Asia e-Daily: “Travellers are increasingly complex, empowered, and no longer want to be siloed into demographic groups of age, nationality and income. By 2030, hyper-customisation will be the default expectation among many customers.”

The Future Traveller Tribes 2030 report identified six traveller types: “social capital seekers” who plan holidays based on online peer reviews and recommendations, “cultural purists” who seek authenticity, “ethical travellers” who make travel plans based on moral or environmental grounds, “simplicity searchers” who prefer bundled offers, “obligation meeters” driven by a specific travel purpose, and “reward hunters” interested only in indulgent luxury travel.

With these identified clusters, Gallego said: “It is now particularly critical for all providers, buyers and sellers of travel to start making the right investment decisions gearing towards these future traveller preferences.

“The amount of breadcrumbs that we as travellers are leaving behind in terms of clues and information that are digitally flying somewhere is more than ever before, but it is not tapped.

“There is a requirement of human intervention, such as artificial intelligence, which is a concept that allows you to know what a traveller wants at real time that is not thinkable at this point.”

As such, he said Amadeus will be using the findings with partners to explore a future travel experience that is “more personalised, connected and sustainable”.

By 2030, more than 1.8 billion people will travel internationally every year, up from 1.1 billion last year.
-TTG Asia.

Friday, April 24, 2015

eni FIM Superbike World Championship @ Sepang International Circuit, Malaysia ( 31 July - 2 August 2015 )

eni FIM SUPERBIKE WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP (also known as SBK) is the premier international superbike Championship founded in 1988.

The eni FIM SUPERBIKE WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP has grown into a world-class professional racing series. Many of the riders that competed in SBK over the years are household names among motorcycle racing fans.

The race was once held in Malaysia 20 years ago, and with the success of MotoGP and the ever increasing popularity of two-wheel motorsport, Malaysia through its world-class circuit Sepang International Circuit brought back this exciting world championship in 2014 placing Sepang as the only round in Asia.

This 2015, witness one of the biggest motorcycling races in the world with the 2nd year and return of eni FIM SUPERBIKE WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP from 31st July to 2nd August 2015.

-http://www.sepangcircuit.com/default.aspx

Thursday, April 23, 2015

101BESTBEACHES.COM Features Top Malaysian Beaches


PUTRAJAYA, 22 April 2015: Beautiful beaches and islands are in abundance in Malaysia. Tourists can now make better choices on which one to go by visiting www.101bestbeaches.com/malaysia, which lists 15 of the best beaches in Malaysia, according to famous beach critic and conservationist Brad Farmer.

Among those featured on the site, which was launched on 10 April, include Pangkor Island, Perak; Batu Feringghi Beach, Penang; Coral Bay and Pasir Panjang Beach, Terengganu; Juara Beach, Pahang; Desaru Beach, Johor; Mabul Island and Mantanani Islands, Sabah; and Damai Beach, Sarawak.

This is the first time Malaysia’s beaches are being assessed and examined firsthand by a qualified and internationally renowned beach expert. Farmer rates the beaches on a variety of criteria, such as budget, scenic views, activities, ease of travel, conservation efforts, and the pristine condition of the beaches.

Farmer has been writing bestselling books on beaches for over 30 years and he was a former Senate Adviser on coastal issues in Australia. He has travelled to over 35 beach nations to explore and write about beaches, coastal environments and seaside communities.

The website is expected to attract more local and foreign travellers to visit beaches and islands in Malaysia, which is timely, as the country is celebrating the Malaysia Year of Festivals 2015. 

Last year, Malaysia received a total of 27.4 million tourists. This year, the Government has set a target of 29.4 million tourist arrivals, with RM89 billion in tourist receipts.
-Tourism Malaysia.

Malaysia visitors get information, discounts through special new booklet

photo: MOTAC facebook

A travel guide cum discount booklet known as Super Pass was launched yesterday to promote Malaysia as a tourist destination.

The booklet highlights Kuala Lumpur’s tourist attractions, nightlife, restaurants and shopping malls and at the same time, act as a discount voucher book with savings of up to 70 per cent on retail, F&B and attractions.

Ministry of Tourism and Culture Malaysia secretary-general, Ong Hong Peng, who launched the booklet, said: “Merchants will benefit from increased exposure and market reach while tourists will be able to enjoy the best of Malaysia for less, and with the savings, be able to extend their holidays.”

Alex Wong, senior manager – global marketing at Apollo Knight, publisher of the booklet, said there are more than 70 merchants currently and more will come onboard in the coming months.

While most merchants are located in the capital city of Kuala Lumpur, the company will intensify its efforts to get more merchants on board from other areas such as Malacca, Ipoh and Langkawi.

Overseas visitors can better plan their holidays in Malaysia with the booklet, which can be purchased via a link provided in MyFest 2015 website. Upon arrival in Malaysia, the booklet can be collected at designated counters in the airport and at 7-Eleven outlets.

According to Tourism Malaysia statistics, shopping contributed to 30 per cent of tourist expenditure in 2014.
-TTG Asia.

Tourism & Culture Minister Leads Delegation To Promote MyFest In Central Asia

photo: MOTAC facebook
ALMATY, 22 APRIL 2015: The Minister of Tourism and Culture Malaysia Dato’ Seri Mohamed Nazri Abdul Aziz is leading a weeklong sales mission to Almaty, Kazakhstan and Tashkent, Uzbekistan, beginning 21 April. The visit is also in conjunction with the country’s participation in the Kazakhstan International Travel Fair (KITF) 2015, which is a leading travel and tourism trade exhibition in Central Asia.
The sales mission and the participation in KITF are in line with Tourism Malaysia’s continuous efforts to raise awareness on the celebration of the Malaysia Year of Festivals (MyFest) 2015. Besides that, it also aims to promote the country as a top-of-mind holiday destination for travellers from Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, and other countries in the Central Asian region.
The Tourism and Culture Minister is leading a Malaysian delegation comprising 25 industry players from 20 organisations to participate in the 15th edition of KITF, which will be held from 22 to 24 April. They include the Langkawi Development Authority (LADA), Putrajaya Corporation and the Malaysia Healthcare Travel Council (MHTC), as well as tour operators and hotel.
This year marks Malaysia’s 14th year of participation in KITF, which is a testament of its commitment to make the country a premier destination for travellers from the Central Asian market.
“Our participation in the 15th edition of KITF this year is extra special. We are honoured and proud to be made the Partner Country, which I understand is the second time being offered to a country,” said Dato’ Seri Mohamed Nazri in his speech during the opening ceremony of KITF today.
“Malaysia is pleased to be given this golden opportunity, which is timely to promote the Malaysia Year of Festivals 2015 or MyFest to the Central Asian market,” the Tourism and Culture Minister added. 
As Partner Country, Malaysia will be in the spotlight of KITF 2015. It allows the country’s fascinating tourism offerings and world-class hospitality services to be promoted extensively. Besides highlighting MyFest, Tourism Malaysia will be taking the full advantage of this excellent platform to reach out to industry players and members of the media in the region.
During the opening ceremony, Dato’ Seri Mohamed Nazri also announced the opening of Tourism Malaysia’s office in Almaty, which he officially launched at a separate function today.
Besides that, Dato’ Seri Mohamed Nazri also launched the Malaysia Pavilion at KITF and attended the KITF Gala Reception Evening today at the InterContinental Almaty Hotel, where a cultural troupe from Malaysia performed a welcome dance to showcase the multicultural dances of the country.
In Kazakhstan, the Tourism and Culture Minister also addressed the media at a press conference after the official opening ceremony of KITF to update them on the latest tourist attractions and tourism developments in Malaysia. Another press conference was held today after the launching ceremony of Tourism Malaysia Almaty Office.  
On 21 April, Tourism Malaysia hosted a ‘Malaysia Evening with Travel Trade & Media’ to show its    appreciation to the tourism fraternity in Almaty and also members of the media. A similar dinner will be hosted in Tashkent on 24 April.
The Tourism and Culture Minister also launched MyFest 2015 outdoor campaign at the Almaty Metropolitan Abay station and Auezov Theatre station. There are 58 double-sided escalator light boxes at Abay station and 33 more at Auezov Theatre station. The campaign also includes three train wraps, showcasing creatives on islands and beaches, as well as culture and nature. The outdoor campaign is from April to July 2015.
In 2014, Malaysia welcomed a total of 18,072 tourists from Kazakhstan, which was a drop of 8.9% compared to 2013.
-Tourism Malaysia.

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

MyCEB Embarks on Roadshow to Korea

Seoul, South Korea 21 April 2015 - The Malaysia Convention and Exhibition Bureau (MyCEB) is currently embarking on an annual roadshow to Seoul and Busan, South Korea to woo corporate and incentive groups from the republic to Malaysia.

This two-day roadshow which runs from 21st to 23rd April is led by Mr. Zulkefli Hj. Sharif, Chief Executive Officer, Malaysia Convention & Exhibition Bureau (MyCEB). The roadshow enables Buyers and Sellers as well as industry players to benefit from the exchange of ideas, explore opportunities and create business networks. Corporate buyers are gathered at the Sapphire Ballroom Lotte Hotel in Seoul and the Crystal Ballroom & Pearl Room Lotte Hotel in Busan to network and discuss the future growth and prosperity of the business events sector. During the roadshow, MyCEB also unveiled the new "Malaysia Like Never Before" campaign and MTD-X promotion for corporate meetings and incentives planners in conjunction with the Malaysia Year Of Festival, (MyFEST) 2015.

Among the agenda of the roadshow was; a presentation by MyCEB and the launch of a new corporate incentive video, in the Korean language. There is also a mini-travel mart, an appreciation award presentation to top supporting agents following the Twin Deal ++ with SM Culture & Contents as the lucky recipient, followed by a lucky draw after the networking dinner.

Malaysia Like Never Before –
Tailored to the incentives market, the "Malaysia Like Never Before" campaign highlights the unique and fascinating features of five key Malaysian destinations for event planners: They are, Langkawi,


Georgetown, Kuala Lumpur, Kota Kinabalu, and Kuching. Though already familiar to regulars of the business events circuit, the campaign has re-imagined these destinations with a fresh experience to visitors.

Each destination has its own theme, such as ‘Party Like Never Before in Langkawi’ and ‘Soar Like Never Before at Mount Kinabalu’. ‘Do’, ‘Stay’, and ‘Eat’ recommendations for the most unique and luxurious offerings are listed for each destination.

Malaysia Twin Deal X (MTD X)
Along with "Malaysia Like Never Before," MyCEB introduced the Malaysia Twin Deal X (MTDX) Programme, a continuation of its popular Malaysia Twin Deal ++ (MTD++) programme in 2014. Similar to its predecessor, MTDX comprises two programmes, namely Deal 1 and Deal 2, which provides value added support for international corporate meeting and incentive groups and incentive rewards for international corporate meeting and incentive planners respectively depending on group size.

Committed to developing and promoting Malaysia as a business events destination, a selection of hotels local authorities and an airline joins Malaysia at this year’s roadshow. These include:

Langkawi Development Authority (LADA)

 Sabah Tourism Board

 Genting Malaysia Berhad

 Malaysia Airlines

 Nexus Resort & Spa Karambunai

 Putrajaya International Convention Centre Sdn. Bhd.

 Shangri-La Hotel, Kuala Lumpur

 Sutera Harbour Resort

 The Saujana Hotel, Kuala Lumpur

-MyCEB.
http://www.myceb.com.my/

World Amateur Inter-Team Golf Championship (WAITGC) 2015

-WAITGC Secretariat.

Juadah Buka Puasa @ Seri Pacific Hotel Kuala Lumpur

-www.seripacifichotel.com

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Tourist Traffic From The US To Malaysia In 2014 Remained Stable

NEW YORK, April 21 (Bernama) -- Despite the three plane tragedies of last year, the 2014 tourist traffic from the United States (US) to Malaysia remained stable.

"The total number of arrivals from the United States in Malaysia was around 262,000 in 2014. Despite the three tragedies, we achieved our targets.

"Indeed, without the tragedies, we could have achieved a much higher level of arrivals from the United States," Azlina Azni Zainal Abidin, the vice president of the Los Angeles office of Tourism Malaysia, told Bernama during a visit to New York where she attended a meeting.

"Though the three tragedies were terrible, we have been told by the US travel industry that Malaysia's image as an attractive tourist destination should not be affected. These tragedies, we were told, could happen anywhere," Azlina said.

People who have visited Malaysia have become spokespeople for the country.

"Tourists have told me that Malaysia's best asset are its people who are very warm, hospitable and helpful.

As a destination, Malaysia has a lot to offer. We are continuing to promote Malaysia," she said.

The Tourism Malaysia's vice president, whose jurisdiction, besides the US west coast, also includes Latin America, Brazil, Mexico, Venezuela, and a few other countries, contended that tourist traffic from the US to Malaysia came, mostly, from the west because of its 'proximity to Asia' and the 'good frequency of flights provided by airlines to Malaysia through their national hubs' such as Cathay Pacific, Singapore Airline, All-Nippon Airways, EVA Airways.

Malaysia Airlines (MAS) has completely withdrawn from North America, and stopped flying to its two destinations in the US, Los Angeles and Newark-New York, some years back.

"Most of the traffic from the US to Malaysia comes from the West Coast. We also work with tourism offices of other Asian countries," she said.

-bernama.

Malaysia XI vs Liverpool FC @ Bukit Jalil National Stadium, Kuala Lumpur ( 24 July 2015 )

Date: 24 July 2015
Time: 8:45pm
Venue: Bukit Jalil National Stadium, Kuala Lumpur

  • Priority Ticket Sale will begin 10am Thursday 23rd April . Access Code will be sent out to all registered Ticketpro Malaysia members on Thursday morning.

  • Public Ticket Sale will begin 10am Saturday 25th April


  • Synopsis

    The Reds kick-off in Kuala Lumpur against the Malaysian XI at the Bukit Jalil National Stadium on Friday 24 July. The match will be organised by the Football Association of Malaysia (FAM) and promoted by ProEvents International Sdn Bhd.
    Liverpool FC's fixture in Kuala Lumpur is just one element of a programme of activity that the Club is delivering in 2015 to bring Malaysian fans closer to the team they support.
    Ian Ayre, Liverpool FC Chief Executive Officer, said "We visited Kuala Lumpur as part of our 2011 pre-season tour and the support we received was incredible, not only from the 85,000 fans that turned out to watch us play at Bukit Jalil, but all our fans in Malaysia throughout our visit.
    Pre-season is an important time for the team as they prepare for the upcoming season and the match against the Malaysian XI is an exciting part of that preparation. The tour gives our supporters a chance to see the team up close, no matter how far away from Anfield they might live."
    FAM general-secretary Dato' Hamidin Haji Mohd Amin said "The national football governing body is truly honoured to host Liverpool once again and are excited by the upcoming fixture.
    It's not that we often get to see English Premier League stars. We watch them in awe in our television sets as they take on their opponents, mesmerising them with their gifted football skills", added Dato' Hamidin. "Watching our Malaysian XI play Liverpool is going to be an enthralling experience for all fans."
    As well as a full Liverpool FC squad, the touring party will include coaching staff from the Club's charity, Liverpool FC Foundation, to carry out work in the community throughout the visit as well as taking part in events with official supporters' clubs.
    Venue & Price Details

    -www.ticketpro.com.my

    Monday, April 20, 2015

    Tourism Malaysia Lancar Pakej Percutian 'Best Of Labuan' 2015

    LABUAN, 20 April (Bernama) -- Tourism Malaysia Sabah memperkenalkan pakej pelancongan 'Best of Labuan 2015' bagi menarik sejuta pelancong ke pulau bebas cukai itu, tahun ini.

    Anggota Majlis Penasihat Perbadanan Labuan (LC) Datuk Bashir Alias berkata pakej pelancongan berkenaan diadakan dengan kerjasama Jabatan Kebudayaan dan Tourism Labuan dan empat agensi di bawah Persatuan Ejen-ejen Pelancongan dan Pengembaraan Malaysia (MATTA).

    "Pakej ini akan mengetengahkan tempat pelancongan menarik di pulau berkenaan dan kami berharap dapat menarik lebih ramai pelancong dan pengunjung ke pulau ini," katanya ketika melancarkan produk berkenaan pada Sabtu.

    Labuan yang telah mencatatkan peningkatan ketibaan pelancong sejak beberapa lalu tahun masih bergantung kepada acara antarabangsa untuk menarik pelancong asing dan tempatan.

    -bernama.

    Sunday, April 19, 2015

    Tourism Malaysia Launches 'Discover Malaysia By Bicycle Guidebook'

    photo: Tourism Malaysia
    KUALA LUMPUR, April 19 (Bernama) -- With the launch of the book 'Discover Malaysia by Bicycle Guidebook' tourists now have the chance to choose among 74 interesting cycling tour packages to explore Malaysia's natural environment.

    The book, published by Tourism Malaysia in collaboration with 32 local travel agencies, offers guidelines to local and foreign tourists wishing to tour the country via cycling packages such as touring Kuching city via the Classic City Ride and the National Park Cycling and Kota Baharu Cycling Tours.

    Tourism and Culture Ministry's deputy secretary-general (Tourism) Datuk Rashidi Hasbullah said the handbook is available at tourist information centres of Tourism Malaysia (TIC), Malaysia Tourism Centre (MaTIC) and Tourism Malaysia offices nationwide for free.

    The 'Discover Malaysia by Bicycle Guidebook' can also be uploaded in the form of E-Book by scanning the 'QR Code' printed on the front page of the book or on the website of the Ministry of Tourism and Culture.

    "I believe this book can boost cycling tours, thus making Malaysia a tourist destination for cycling enthusiasts," he told reporters after launching the book, here Sunday. Rashidi said cycling tours were gaining popularity among locals and foreign tourists.

    Last year, a total of 4,072 cycling tour packages worth RM725,612.07 were sold nationwide.

    Meanwhile, Kuala Lumpur Mayor Datuk Seri Ahmad Phesal Talib, who was present at the ceremony, said the Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL) was in the midst of creating a Kuala Lumpur cycling master plan, with the facilities provided. He said with the 'KL Car Free Morning' programme launched last year, the cycling trend is gaining momentum in the city.

    -bernama.

    Challenging Qualifying For DRIVE M7 SIC Racing Team In Argentina

    Photo Credit: Gold & Goose Photography

    Argentina – Saturday 18th April
    Circuit: Termas de Río Hondo
    Circuit Length: 4.8 km
    Bike #63 – Zulfahmi Khairuddin
    Qualifying: P28; 1’50.122 – 16 laps
    Bike #84 – Jakub Kornfeil
    Qualifying: P20; 1’49.675 – 17 laps
    The DRIVE M7 SIC Racing Team endured a difficult qualifying session today, that saw riders Jakub Kornfeil and Zulfahmi Khairuddin finish in twentieth and twenty eighth place, ahead of tomorrow’s Grand Prix de la República Argentina.
    Consistently lapping at a good pace on his own, Jakub Kornfeil provisionally held thirteenth place as he broke into the 1m49s lap times. Despite dropping to twentieth position in the final minutes, just two tenths separate the Czech man from tenth place.
    Teammate Zulfahmi Khairuddin faced a more trying session as he struggled to find a good rhythm on his #63 KTM machine. Battling to pick up the pace he continued to chip away at his lap time, but unable to make a significant improvement, was left to settle for twenty eighth position as the chequered flag came out.
    Johan Stigefelt – Team Manager
    “Up until qualifying we were doing well and had made a very good step with the bike. We have been working hard with both riders and have been within the top ten and top fifteen for most of the sessions. For qualifying the track conditions became a lot warmer, but this is not an excuse for our results today because it was the same for everyone. I don’t think our riders really dug in like the others did, so now we need to sit down together and understand why. I’m not happy with this qualifying because again we are starting from the back and that’s absolutely not what we want or where we should be; we just keep making it hard for ourselves. On the positive side both riders have the pace and I know with Jakub he could be competitive in the top ten easily, but starting from twentieth is going to be difficult. For Fahmi he was also doing good lap times in practice and could have been in the top fifteen but he’s starting from twenty eighth position, which will be very hard. For the race we just have to encourage our riders and hope they do the best that they can and bring home some points.”
    #63 Zulfahmi Khairuddin
    “It’s been a disappointing qualifying because I have had the pace all weekend and was quite fast throughout the practice sessions. I’m happy with the set-up of the bike it’s just that in the qualifying I couldn’t find the best group to follow. At this track I cannot make the lap time alone and with the slip stream it makes such a big difference. Unfortunately I was with a bad group during QP and I couldn’t get the best lap behind a fast rider. Overall I’m pleased with my bike here in Argentina, it’s just the qualifying that is very disappointing. I expected more for today because I knew that I could at least be in the top twenty. However if you look at the times it’s not so far away. I will keep working on the bike to try and improve. I hope tomorrow I have a strong start; I want to be in the top twenty within the first lap and then I can fight for the points.”
    #84 Jakub Kornfeil
    “Today in the beginning of qualifying we were struggling a lot with the rear grip because the temperature was much higher. Our target was to push from the very first lap but unfortunately I could not do this. We stopped in the box and changed to a new harder tyre but the problem was although it worked very well in FP3, in the hotter conditions it was chattering and moving so much when I was opening the corner. My last chance was then at the very end of qualifying when we put both new tyres in, but being so late into the session, I didn’t have enough time to do it alone. I had to really slow down and try and wait for some riders so that I could use the slip stream because here it is so important. I was able to find Quartararo with Navarro and with these two new tyres, it started to work much better. I could push more and whilst following them I did my best lap time. I was around thirteenth place but then unfortunately I stayed behind Navarro for the last two laps and he was not improving his time; I didn’t know this because I was just staying in his slip stream. Many of the other riders then started to go a little bit faster and I ended up missing the fourth row by two tenths of a second. We are not happy about this but we know the gap is very small and we know we have potential here.”
    -SIC Racing Team facebook.
    PelanconganKini supported DRIVE M7 SIC Racing Team.
    Note: New DRIVE M7 SIC Racing Team Polo T-shirt & Round Neck T-shirt is now available at http://www.m7shop.com/home.aspx

    Saturday, April 18, 2015

    Malaysia Airlines’ Irresistible Travel Airfares Are Back!


    Subang, 17 April 2015: Customers are in for a treat as Malaysia Airlines brings them great travel deals for a limited time only to local and international destinations on both Economy and Business class!

    Guests can book their tickets to their dream holiday or that important business meet between now until 24 April 2015 to enjoy great savings. The promotion is for immediate travel until 30 September 2015.
    Malaysia Airlines Regional Senior Vice President Malaysia Region, Dato’ Muzammil Mohamad said, "Travel for less and enjoy greater comfort to your favourite destination! We urge you to grab your flight tickets now as the promotion will only be available for one week."
    Customers can enjoy seamless travel experience on Malaysia Airlines from as low as RM 275 to popular destinations in Asia or explore the vast city of China from RM785 to Guangzhou, RM1,085 to Shanghai and to Hong Kong from only RM685.
    Attractive fares are also available on Australia and New Zealand destinations with fares starting from RM985 to Perth and Darwin, RM1,385 to Adelaide or RM3,235 to Auckland.
    Take advantage of the promotion and travel to Europe from RM2,465 to Paris or Istanbul or choose between London, Amsterdam or Frankfurt from RM2,555.
    Fly for less on Malaysia Airlines' Business Class flights to Asian destinations from RM805 or to Australia/ New Zealand from RM4,915.
    Customers may plan their travels to Europe with their families or loved ones on Business Class from only RM8,115 to Istanbul or RM10,615 to Paris, London, Amsterdam or Frankfurt.
    For information on Malaysia Airlines' travel deals, please visit www.malaysiaairlines.com, or call Malaysia Airlines’ Call Centre at 1 300 88 3000 or drop by any Malaysia Airlines ticket offices nationwide.
    -Malaysia Airlines.

    The Official Story of Liverpool Football Club Musical Show ( 31 July - 2 August 2015 )


    Date: 31 July 2015 - 2 August 2015
    Venue: Stadium Negara, Kuala Lumpur

    Ticket: http://www.ticketpro.com.my/jnp/home/index.html

    -www.ticketpro.com.my

    Good Start For DRIVE M7 SIC Racing Team Riders On Day One In Argentina

    Photo Credit: Gold & Goose Photography

    Argentina – Friday 17th April
    Circuit: Termas de Río Hondo
    Circuit Length: 4.8 km
    Bike #63 – Zulfahmi Khairuddin
    FP1: P27; 1’53.617 (DRY) – 16 laps
    FP2: P17; 1’50.553 (DRY) –17 laps
    Bike #84 – Jakub Kornfeil
    FP1: P20; 1’53.149 (DRY) – 16 laps
    FP2: P11; 1’50.324 (DRY) – 19 laps
    With the Moto3 field kicking off the first of the days on track action, the DRIVE M7 SIC Racing Team riders made a steady start to their Argentina Grand Prix, using first practice to test various settings on their KTM machines.
    Getting dialled in to the Latin American circuit, Czech rider Jakub Kornfeil impressed with his ability to quickly adapt to his all new set up, only narrowly missing out on a top ten position and concluding second practice just 1.170s off first place man Danny Kent.
    Teammate Zulfahmi Khairuddin also showed improvement in Free Practice Two. Working hard to pick up the pace, the determined 23 year old continuously improved his time throughout the forty minute session, breaking into the 1m50s lap times and finishing in seventeenth place.
    #63 Zulfahmi Khairuddin
    “Today ended very positive for us. We have been working quite a lot on the bike since we arrived in Argentina and after Free Practice Two I can say that I am very happy with the set-up we have here. This morning we struggled quite a lot, but then we made some modifications and it was much better. We just needed some time in the morning to find the right settings for the KTM around this track. Now we are looking for another one second to improve. Everything is looking good and I believe tomorrow it is possible to achieve this.”
    #84 Jakub Kornfeil 
    “It was a very difficult start to the day, possibly one of the hardest we’ve had since the start of the team. We received an upgrade from KTM and this resulted in us having to completely change the set-up of the bike. Throughout Free Practice One and the break we had to really study all the data and try to understand the bike again with this change. We were trying to find the best solution to set up the bike for the second practice and it looks like we found it. There is still a lot of potential in the bike and this is what we will focus on finding for tomorrow. I’m very happy with the plan that we made and with my mechanics; they are working so fast and so good, no mistakes, so I cannot ask any more from them. I want to say a special thanks to my crew for their exceptional work today. I’m also happy with my progression from the morning practice and I think our position is just about where we have to be, around tenth place. This is good and if it can continue like this tomorrow it will be perfect. We have made a good step today and now it looks like our KTM can work very well for the future.”
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    Friday, April 17, 2015

    KL International Jazz Day ( 30 April 2015 )

    Date: 30 April 2015 (Thursday)

    Time: 11.00am - 11.00pm

    Venue: Experimental Theatre, University Malaya, Kuala Lumpur

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