Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Monster Yamaha Tech3 to compete the 2018 MotoGP season with Hafizh Syahrin

Following Jonas Folger’s declaration not to contest in 2018, the entire Monster Yamaha Tech3 was trying to find the best solution to replace the German, thereby evaluating available riders. Finally, the French-based squad is very happy and proud to announce, that Hafizh Syahrin will be their second MotoGP rider this season, alongside Johann Zarco.

After having impressed everyone with his rapid progress, his high motivation and his extraordinary learning curve during his first ever test aboard the Yamaha YZR-M1 last week in Buriram, Thailand, Monster Yamaha Tech3 is eager to continue the great work together with the talented Malaysian youngster.

“I’m incredibly delighted after receiving the good news, that I will ride with Monster Yamaha Tech3 in 2018. Following three very interesting and great days of testing in Buriram, where I learned a lot, I want to thank my crew again, especially Nico and Maxime, but also Johann and Laurent for their advices. In just a short time, I really learned to fully control a MotoGP bike, which is still unbelievable for me. I’ll try to do my best and will give all I have this year. I want to thank Hervé, Yamaha Motor Corporation, Monster and the entire Tech3 team to believe in me and giving me this fantastic opportunity to compete full season in MotoGP. Thank you to my family, that always supported me to make this dream come true, especially my father, plus thanks to my fans and of course to Razlan. I’m looking forward to test again in Qatar and I’ll be even more motivated. Honestly, I can’t wait for the season to start. I’m just overwhelmed!”

SIC Chief Executive Officer
“The recent test in Buriram was already history made for Hafizh. This official announcement of Hafizh competing the full season with Monster Yamaha Tech3 team is the biggest announcement and achievement for a Malaysian rider after more than 26 years of Malaysia hosting MotoGP. It is also a fantastic news for the Asian region. I must thank Hervé Poncharal for this opportunity, his faith and confidence in Hafizh. We will now hand over Hafizh in his good care for him to be developed into a better, competitive and complete MotoGP rider.”

Team Manager

“I’m really happy to announce that Hafizh Syahrin will be the second Monster Yamaha Tech3 rider alongside Johann Zarco. It’s been a tough time since we heard from Jonas Folger, that unfortunately he decided not to race in 2018 in order to look after his health and try to fully recover. It has been a long process to find somebody, who could be the one. In Sepang I met Razlan Razali, we were just chatting and now and then you have crazy ideas, which are sometimes the ones that bring the best result. I would like to thank Razlan Razali for his passion, his contagious energy and the involvement he has for MotoGP racing and for the sport in general, plus to support Hafizh Syahrin to climb the last step to the premier class. We had to convince all the people around us, that Hafizh is going to be a good MotoGP rider. Therefore, we had to give him a tough task during the three days of testing in Buriram. In the end, he did a tremendous job, he fulfilled the mission. Yamaha was more than happy with his performance and the whole Tech3 team was delighted. I am very honored and proud to give him this chance and I know this is going to be something historical, because it’s the first time that a Malaysian rider is racing a full season on a MotoGP bike and we know how popular our sport in this part of the world is. I want to tell Hafizh: Welcome in our family! We will take care of you like our son and I’m quite sure we can have a great season. You can learn from the team, from Johann. Thank you for your enthusiasm and for your involvement. I can’t wait to be in Qatar with you on our bike.” 
-Monster Yamaha Tech3 facebook.

DPM: Fewer Asean visitors caused slight drop in tourists here last year

Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Ahmad Zahid Hamidi chairs the 14th Tourism Cabinet Committee Meeting at Perdana Putra Building in Putrajaya February 20, 2018.
— Picture by Razak Ghazali

PUTRAJAYA, Feb 20 — Tourist arrivals in Malaysia dropped by 3 per cent in 2017 compared to the previous year, Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Ahmad Zahid Hamidi said today.

Zahid said there were 25.9 million tourists last year, and the drop was largely due to a reduced number of visitors from the South-east Asian market which dropped by 3.9 per cent.

“The Asean market continued to dominate our tourist arrivals to Malaysia, with a 75.1 per cent share,” he said in a statement after chairing the Cabinet committee on tourism here.

The tourism industry remains the third biggest contributor to the Gross National 
Income at RM73.3 billion.

The industry’s manpower was 3.2 million people in 2016, which was 22.7 per cent of the total manpower in the country, he said.

Zahid also announced that a Visit Malaysia Year 2020 secretariat has been formed under Tourism Malaysia to coordinate all programmes regarding the campaign.
-malaymail online.

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Tahun Melawat Malaysia 2020 misi nasional

PUTRAJAYA 20 Feb. - Datuk Seri Dr. Ahmad Zahid Hamidi berkata, Tahun Melawat Malaysia 2020 (VMY2020) merupakan satu misi nasional yang mana pelaksanaannya akan memastikan Malaysia kekal kompetitif dalam industri pelancongan.

Timbalan Perdana Menteri memberitahu, kempen yang menggunakan tema ‘Travel. Enjoy. Respect’ (Kembara, Gembira, Hormat) itu bakal menjadi pemangkin untuk mencapai sasaran-sasaran di bawah Pelan Transformasi Pelancongan Malaysia (MTTP).  

"Sekretariat VMY2020 telah ditubuhkan di bawah Tourism Malaysia yang akan menyelaraskan dan melaksanakan semua program dan aktiviti yang berkaitan dengan kempen tersebut.

"Semua kementerian serta agensi dan jabatan yang terlibat telah bersiap-sedia memberikan komitmen sepenuhnya bagi merealisasikan kempen VMY2020," katanya dalam satu kenyataan selepas mempengerusikan Mesyuarat Jawatankuasa Kabinet Pelancongan di Bangunan Perdana Putra di sini hari ini.

Hadir sama Menteri Pelancongan dan Kebudayaan, Datuk Seri Mohamed Nazri Abdul Aziz serta Timbalannya, Datuk Mas Ermieyati Samsudin.
-utusan online.

Sabah – last haven of the orang utan

Suspicious glances: A female orang utan and her young hiding in the trees in Kinabatangan.

KOTA KINABALU: A new study in the scientific journal Current Biology has found that 100,000 orang utan have died in the past 16 years, with Sabah likely to be the last haven for the critically endangered species.

Two Sabah-based co-authors of the study, Dr Marc Ancrenaz and Dr Benoit Goossens believe that steps taken by the Sabah government would see the survival of the orang ­utan in the wild.

“We sincerely believe that the major orang utan populations in Sabah are secure thanks to the commitment from the Sabah government to protect 30% of the state’s land mass.

“Moreover, hunting is not a big issue here, compared to some other parts of Borneo island.

“Sabah might, in the future, be the last place where it would be possible to find wild orang utan,” the two scientists said in a statement yesterday.

Dr Ancrenaz, who is co-director of the NGO Hutan, said the study found that the rate of decline in orang utan on the island of Borneo was more rapid than they had initially thought.

“If we cannot stop this decline, many more are going to disappear in the next few decades.

“It also means that there were more orang utan in the past than we thought, and this illustrates how difficult it is to know exactly how many wild orang utan survive in Borneo,” he said.

The major reason for the decline, said Dr Ancrenaz, is the killing that happens in unprotected and protected areas.

Forest conversion for agriculture explains less than 50% of the decline.
“This also means that it is urgent to change our approach to conserve orang utan,” Dr Ancrenaz said.

For Sabah, Dr Goossens who is director of Danau Girang Field Centre said most large orang utan populations have been relatively stable for the past 20 years due to the state government’s efforts to create new fully protected forests and also set aside 30% of its forests as totally protected areas.

“The efforts by the Sabah government increases the chance of survival of orang utan in Sabah,” he added.

Dr Goosens said that there were still ways to improve the long-term survival of the iconic species in Sabah.

They include creating more forest corridors that will allow the orang utan to move across the landscape and find new areas where they can set up their own territories.

Sabah Wildlife Department director Datuk Augustine Tuuga had earlier refuted the findings of the study led by Maria Voigt from the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology in Germany.

Tuuga had said that the study had misguided the world community into believing that 6,100 orang utan were killed between 1999 and 2016 and failed to show the efforts by Sabah to protect its biodiversity.
-thestar online.

Monday, February 19, 2018

Pitas Poise To Be Sabah's Emerging Tourism Industrial Growth

PITAS, Feb 18 (Bernama) -- With untapped beaches and other tourist attraction spots, Pitas is set to be Sabah's new tourism growth centre.

State Minister of Tourism, Culture and Environment Datuk Seri Masidi Manjun said there would be a focus given to the district for the implementation of tourism infrastructure.

"I will call Pitas Assemblyman Datuk Bolkiah Ismail, and Datuk Seri Dr Ruddy Awah, who is the Kadazan Dusun Cultural Association (KDCA) Pitas chairman, for a discussion soon on how we can turn Pitas to be Sabah's northern region new tourism growth area," he said at the Chinese New Year 1 Malaysia Fiesta Pitas Level, here Saturday night.

He said his ministry would play its role in ensuring the tourism development in the district especially at Kg Solimpodon Laut would take place.

"Sabah is moving in tandem with national development in the area of tourism due to its attraction and the people's friendliness as well as the leadership unity," he said.

Masidi disclosed some 3.7 million tourist arrivals were recorded last year, contributing to tourism receipts amounting to almost RM7.8 billion.

"With the increase in tourist arrivals, the number of hotel also increased but still could not cope with the demand which led to the emergence of the rural tourism sector through the development of homestay and hotels," he said.

He said the state's booming tourism industry has turned Kota Kinabalu International Airport (KKIA) becoming the second busiest airport in the country after KL International Airport (KLIA).

"We recorded at least 184 international flights landed at KKIA every week, 410 domestic flights and we have 86 direct flights from China, which is more than the figure recorded in KLIA," Masidi said.

He said the part of the Pan-Borneo Highway Sabah projects which is from Tuaran to Kudat would commence soon and that would give economic benefits to Pitas and its surroundings.

"We hope the local business community would take advantage of the ongoing development projects and my advice to landlords is not to sell their land as their property value will increase," he said.

Sunday, February 18, 2018

Petronas Sprinta Racing Wrap Up Successful Test At Sepang

Petronas Sprinta Racing riders Adam Norrodin and Ayumu Sasaki concluded their Sepang Test today, following an intense and productive three-day testing programme.

Taking full advantage of the Malaysian weather, both riders optimised the track time, completing over 140 laps each.

Feeling happy with bike set-up and positive about the season ahead, the team now prepare to return to Europe for the final pre-season test at Jerez, commencing in just over two weeks’ time.

Bike #7 – Adam Norrodin
Fastest lap: 2.14”246

Bike #71 – Ayumu Sasaki
Fastest lap: 2.13”535

Johan Stigefelt – Team Manager
“We’ve had a good test here in Malaysia at our home circuit. The weather and track conditions have been very good throughout the three days and we have got many things done. From the start of the test Ayumu was very fast and this helped us in getting the bike more accurate and to be able to give him a better set up. Adam took a bit longer to get down in times but in the end he was also doing very well and we found a good way for him too. Honda provided us with new parts for this season, so it’s been great to be able to test them here. Now we are ready for the final test at Jerez in a couple of weeks. We must say a big thanks to Sepang Circuit and all staff for their support during this test.”

“We’ve had a really busy and productive few days; we’ve done so much this test. The weather has been perfect, so we’ve been able to do a lot of laps. It’s been great to have the track to ourselves so thank you so much to Sepang Circuit for this! We have been focussing on our bike set-up and in particular the rear of the bike because last year this is what I struggled with; in the end we found something different which works well and has helped me quite a bit. I feel a lot more confident to go to the next and final pre-season test in Jerez.”

“From the beginning of this test I have had a really good feeling on the bike and could push myself from the start. We’ve done a lot these three days, made many changes, tried new things and now we leave here with a very good set-up, which is completely different to last years race here. I think with this new setting we are much better and can be much stronger. We are more consistent and with good lap times alone. I think we have made a couple of big steps here. I can’t wait to ride in Jerez now!”

Dua Lipa The Self-Titled Tour @ KL Live, Kuala Lumpur ( 3 May 2018 )

Dua Lipa fans can rejoice as the singer will be returning to Kuala Lumpur this 3 May 2018 for her very first solo show at KL Live as part of her headlining ‘The Self-Titled Tour’. Doors will open at 7.30pm, show start at 8:30pm

Since bursting onto the music scene, Dua Lipa has taken it by storm. In 2017, her hit song, “New Rules” became the first song in nearly two years by a female solo artist to reach top of the charts in the UK. Most recently, she has also received five 2018 Brit Award nominations, making her the first female artist to do so. Last month, Dua Lipa dropped her latest single, “IDGAF” and fans can look forward to seeing this and her other hits like “Scared to Be Lonely” and “Blow Your Mind (Mwah)” live.

“Based on her last visit to Malaysia, we knew that Dua Lipa fans would love to see more and we’re so excited to be bringing her back to our shores,” said Brian Chow of iMe Group . “This is one solo show you do not want to miss.”

As part of the Asian leg of her ‘The Self-Titled Tour’, Dua Lipa will also be making stops in Hong Kong, Singapore, Seoul and Tokyo.

Tickets for Dua Lipa Live in KL 2018 will go on sale on Wednesday, 14 February via Tickets are priced at RM188 for the Upper Deck zone and RM238 for the New Rules zone (Lower Deck). *ALL tickets price including 6% GST but excluding RM4 processing fee.

For more information, visit


Tamu Hotel Megah Di Kampung Baru

JIKA Petaling Street digelar sebagai ‘China Town’ dan Brickfield terkenal sebagai Little India, Kampung Baru pula sinonim dengan budaya Melayu.

Diberi jolokan sebagai syurga makanan, Kampung Baru menjadi antara destinasi wajib singgah bagi kebanyakan pengunjung luar yang bertandang ke ibu negara.

Namun untuk lebih memudahkan perjalanan menerokai kepelbagaian makanan di Kampung Baru, Tamu Hotel and Suites adalah lokasi penginapan sesuai untuk pengunjung merehatkan fikiran dan minda.

Jaraknya yang tidak jauh membolehkan pengunjung berjalan kaki terus dari hotel tersebut menuju ke tempat menarik yang terdapat di kampung Baru.

Kemudahan Light Rail Transit (LRT) juga mudah untuk diakses memandangkan lokasi stesen terletak kira-kira 600 meter dari hotel berkenaan. Jadi untuk berkunjung ke destinasi lain seperti Kuala City Center (KLCC), Menara Kuala Lumpur dan masjid jamek amatlah mudah.

Terletak di Jalan Abdullah, hotel bertaraf empat bintang ini menawarkan 276 bilik dan suite.

“Hotel ini merupakan mercu tanda Zikay Group Sdn. Bhd. dalam industri perhotelan.

“Pengunjung yang bertandang dapat melihat falsafah Selamat Datang Tamu yang mengutamakan perkhidmatan terbaik, keselesaan dan gaya,” demikian menurut Pengurus Besar Hotel Tamu and Suites, Abdul Latib Omar.

Kemudahan-kemudahan lain yang turut disediakan termasuklah restoran-restoran yang inovatif, gimnasium terkini dan kolam renang samping perkhidmatan perniagaan dan akses internet berkelajuan tinggi.

“Bagi mereka yang menggemari masakan tempatan dan asli bolehlah berkunjung ke Suasana@27 yang menawarkan pengalaman sensasi penuh rasa dan gaya serta persembahan rasa masakan yang unik.

“Selain itu Sky Lounge yang terletak di aras 40 dilengkapi dengan kepelbagaian menu yang dirancang dengan teliti di samping memaparkan pemandangan sekitar. Ruang makan peribadi turut disediakan,” katanya.

Kolam renang yang terletak di aras 14 membolehkan pengunjung menikmati suasana santai dan pada masa sama dapat menyaksikan pemandangan kota raya Kuala Lumpur.

Selain itu, kemudahan bilik-bilik mesyuarat dan dewan besar bagi meraikan majlis perkahwinan turut disediakan.

Alamat: TAMU Hotel & Suites, Kuala Lumpur
120 Jalan Raja Abdullah
Kampong Bharu
50300, Kuala Lumpur
No Telefon : +603 2603 1999
Email :

Harga bilik
Standard - RM250 dengan dua sarapan
Deluxe - RM270 dengan dua sarapan
Junior Suite - RM350 dengan dua sarapan

Suite - RM450 dengan dua sarapan
-utusan online.  

Sandakan Municipal Council To Establish Smart Partnerships To Attract More Tourists

SANDAKAN, Feb 17 (Bernama) -- The Sandakan Municipal Council (MPS) is set to establish smart partnerships with related parties to increase the number of tourists coming to the district.

MPS president Datuk James Wong said the council had held discussions with several parties such as Spring Airlines, Malindo Air and Air Asia as part of the efforts.

He said this was to ensure there was a sufficient number of flights for tourists to come to the district.

"Tourist arrivals via a direct flight from Taiwan on a chartered Malindo Air flight yesterday was a good start for the tourism industry here," he said at the dinner event with Sabah Yang Dipertua Tun Juhar Mahiruddin held in conjunction with the Chinese New Year organised by MPS here, last night.

Also present were Tun Juhar's wife Toh Puan Norlidah Tan Sri R.M. Jasni, Sabah Chief Minister Tan Sri Musa Aman and his wife, Puan Sri Faridah Tusin.

According to Wong, among other plans in the pipeline were to upgrade natural recreational sites with potential to attract more tourists.

He said this involved the gazetting of certain areas as a geological sites, and turning them into new eco-tourism locations.

Taman Tun Razak in Bandar Sandakan for example, would be rebranded into a park with public spaces to conduct more activities, and hence become a popular tourist attraction.

Saturday, February 17, 2018

First special direct charter flight to Sandakan brings 160 tourists from Taiwan

A Malindo Air plane lands at the Sandakan Airport with 160 tourists from Taiwan. Bernama pic.

SANDAKAN: A total of 160 tourists from Taiwan became the first group of passengers arriving in Sandakan Airport on a special direct charter flight from the country today.

It was an initiative of tour agency, Taikar Sdn Bhd, with cooperation from its Taiwanese counterpart, Sunrise Express Travel Service Co. Ltd, using Malindo Air flight.

The arrival of the tourists at 10.50 am was given a grand welcome in conjunction with the Chinese New Year celebration.

Also present were Sabah Tourism Board general manager Suzaini Datuk Sabdin Ghani and Sandakan Municipal Council secretary Faridah Giau.
Speaking to reporters, Suzaini said the initiative was in line with the state government’s efforts to bring tourists to other districts of the state and not to focus only to Kota Kinabalu.

“This is their first attempt and I hope more tour agencies, airlines and hotel operators would collaborate in this kind of partnership to enable more tourists from Taiwan to visit Sandakan,” Suzaini said.

During their stay here until next Tuesday, the tourists would be brought to visit Bakkungan Kecil Island, Libaran Island, Puu Jih Shih Temple, Orang Utan Conservation Centre in Sepilok, Gumantong Cave and enjoy the wildlife habitat along the Kinabatangan River .

For the record, 62,121 tourists from Taiwan were recorded to have visited Sabah last year, which was an increase of 12 per cent from the number recorded in 2016.

Earlier at 2am today, 90 local tourists boarded a similar special charter flight from the Sandakan Airport heading to Taiwan.

Tenang di Desa Keroma Eco Resort

merasmikan Desa Keroma Eco Resort pada awal tahun lalu.

MUAR 15 Feb. - Angin sepoi-sepoi bahasa menyapa pipi tatkala me­labuhkan punggung di ke­ru­si batu yang disediakan di pondok rehat sehingga membuatkan sesiapa sahaja tidak mahu berganjak apatah lagi dihidangkan dengan pemandangan hijau yang menawan serta menyegarkan.

Malah, tidak keterlaluan sebaik sahaja pengunjung menje­jakkan kaki, mereka akan terasa seperti pulang semula ke suasana kampung sekitar 1990-an, namun diterjemahkan dengan fasiliti yang cukup lengkap.

Begitulah damainya suasana yang memukau di Desa Keroma Eco Resort yang terletak di Parit Keroma Laut, kira-kira tujuh kilometer dari Jambatan Sultan Ismail di bandar Muar.

Dilengkapi lapan buah calet yang dinamakan Rumah Seroja, Rumah Kesidang, Rumah Chempaka dan Rumah Kenanga, pengunjung berpeluang melakukan pelbagai aktiviti, terutamanya permainan tradsional yang semakin hilang ditelan zaman.

Resort yang berkeluasan kira-kira sehektar dengan mengete­ngahkan konsep back to nature itu sudah pasti menjanjikan 1,001 pengalaman kepada pengunjung yang menginap atau sekadar singgah untuk menghirup udara segar, di situ.

Mengekalkan seni bina tradisional seperti tingkap dan beberapa komponen lain, Desa Keroma Eco Resort amat sesuai bagi mereka yang mahu lari seketika daripada kesibukan kota atau mengadakan hari keluarga serta aktiviti seperti kursus, seminar mahupun majlis keramaian.

Sejak beroperasi September lalu, pemiliknya, Azwin Abdullah berkata, pihaknya menerima sambutan yang baik daripada orang ramai termasuk pe­ngunjung tempatan dan pelancong dari Singapura.

“Pada awal resort ini dibuka, beberapa kemudahan masih dalam proses pembinaan tetapi sudah ada pengunjung yang mahu menginap di sini kerana mereka tertarik dengan suasana damai serta mahu berkumpul beramai-ramai.

“Kami mengekalkan beberapa peratus persekitaran hijau daripada keseluruhan kawasan yang dimajukan, malah idea sama juga dilontarkan Sultan Johor, Sultan Ibrahim Sultan Iskandar ketika baginda datang ke sini pada Januari lalu,” katanya kepada Utusan Malaysia, baru-baru ini.

Mengimbau semula pembukaan resort tersebut, anak jati Muar bersama-sama suaminya, Arizan Jamil menceritakan, idea tersebut datang secara spontan ketika mereka bercadang mahu memajukan kawasan itu menjadi dusun.

“Asalnya saya dan suami mahu jadikan tempat ini sebagai dusun untuk kami sekeluarga, tetapi apabila setiap hari datang ke sini, saya merasakan seperti ada sesuatu yang menarik harus di­teroka di sini.

“Malah, kami juga mendapati pada setiap hari terdapat sekawan bangau akan singgah seolah-olah seperti habitat haiwan itu yang secara tidak langsung menjadi daya tarikan Desa Keroma Eco Resort,” katanya.

Selain lapan buah calet yang dilengkapi fasiliti seperti bilik hotel, Azwin berkata, mereka juga menyediakan sebuah rumah besar yang dikenali sebagai Rumah Bangau untuk pengunjung yang berkeluarga atau hadir dalam kumpulan besar.

Terdapat juga bilik yang dinamakan Teratai, Melor dan Orkid di bahagian hadapan resort tersebut serta kawasan yang amat luas untuk pengunjung melakukan pelbagai aktiviti menyeronokkan.

Memanah, bermain chapteh, boling kelapa, terompah gergasi, layang-layang dan melastik ha­nya sebahagian daripada permainan tradsional yang disenaraikan untuk pengunjung, terutamanya golongan muda yang membesar di bandar-bandar besar dan tidak berpeluang merasainya sebelum ini.

“Tetapi, jika pengunjung mahukan pengalaman yang lebih unik dan mengujakan, kami juga menyediakan aktiviti mandi lumpur, melawat pelantar kupang, mencari siput, memancing dan pelbagai lagi aktiviti semulajadi yang menjanjikan pengalaman menarik,” katanya.

Malah, ibu kepada lima cahaya mata itu memberitahu, terdapat juga aktiviti seperti mangrove tour, perkhemahan, menunggang ATV, barbeku, karaoke atau sewaan lokasi untuk majlis keraian.

Ditanya mengenai perancangan masa depan, pihaknya sedang menyiapkan sebuah dewan untuk kegunaan pengunjung dan sebuah laman budaya bagi mempersembahkan tarian ghazal, kuda kepang dan zapin yang sinonim dengan masyarakat negeri ini.

“Jika diikutkan pada pelan yang dirancang, terdapat lima fasa projek Desa Keroma Eco Resort ini akan dibangunkan dan kini kami sudah memasuki fasa ketiga. Sekiranya tiada banyak halangan, kami akan sediakan beberapa kemudahan lain termasuk sebuah kolam renang dan rumah utama.
-utusan online.  

Friday, February 16, 2018

Hazaaron Khwaishein Aisi...@ KLCC Plenary Hall, Kuala Lumpur ( 31 March 2018 )

Shekhar Ravjiani is one of India's most well known Music Directors and Singers - a youth Icon who has always believed in working with children. He and his partner Vishal Dadlani have composed for more than 600 songs for over 70 movies over the past 15 years including Bachna Ae Haseeno, Ra One, Student of the year, Bang Bang, Chennai Express, Happy New Year and the biggest recent successes Sultan, Befikre and Tiger Zinda Hai. Over the years he has sung a number of popular tracks that have won him the love and adulation of fans all over the world. Some of the much celebrated songs are Radha, Meherbaan, Zehnaseeb, Ishq wall love, Gehra Ishq from the film Neerja amongst many others.

Shekhar is an enormously gifted Musician and his singles like Hanuman Challisa, Devi (a recent single on girl child), Gayatri Mantra have touched Millions of hearts, He is also India’s most featured and loved Judge on Reality TV, having Mentored and Judged 10 shows .. like Indian Idol, Sa Re Ga Ma, Om Shanti Om,Voice Kids and Dil Hai Hindustani for the last 10 years.

GAMARJOBAT Asia Tour 2018 @ Majestic Theatre, Penang ( 22 March 2018 )

The explosive duo Ketch! and HIRO-PON all the way from Japan are set to blow audiences away with their furious motions of vaudevillian silent comedy.

Dressed to impress in sharp suits, sunglasses and sporting outrageous brightly coloured mohawks these 'masters of mime' build perfect illusions, and then shatter them just as suddenly. Mischievous robots, invisible stairs, energetic games of hide and seek crowd the stage. They take universally understood mime tropes and bend them to their will; redefining them and giving the genre new life and energy.

Gamarjobat's brand of fun is so infectious it should come with a health warning. Their highly-acclaimed performances transcend all language, cultural barriers and age limits. They will have audiences fascinated with thoroughly-plotted acts and explosive energy without saying a word.  

Sabah hotels fully booked for CNY holiday season

KOTA KINABALU: There is a concern whether tourists arriving for the Chinese New Year holiday season could be accommodated as hotels in Sabah are reported to have been fully booked until March.

State Tourism, Culture and Environment Minister Datuk Masidi Manjun said most four and five star hotels as well as other accommodations are fully booked.

“Sabah is ever ready to welcome tourists, especially the Chinese tourists, but we are worried whether our hotels are ready. We hope hotels and accommodations will take necessary steps to ensure a smooth stay for tourists,” Masidi said.

Meanwhile, he said the state government was also facing another critical situation as the Kota Kinabalu International Airport (KKIA) is reaching its maximum capacity of nine million passengers.

“Last year, we recorded a 7.9 million arrival and looking at the trend now, we will be getting more and more tourists so we need to find a solution fast on how to handle the surge in visitors if it reaches the maximum capacity,” he said during a gathering with ministry staff here.

Among the suggestions include the expansion of the airport until the sea front, to build a new airport in Kimanis, to divert airlines and tourists to the east coast such as Sandakan and Tawau, as well as reopening the shut down KKIA Terminal II.
-thestar online.

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Malaysia trade upbeat about Iranian New Year demand

Penang is one of the more popular stops for Iranian visitors;
its capital, George Town is pictured

Malaysian inbound agents are observing strong forward bookings from Iran for the Iranian new year known as Nowruz, which runs from March 20 to April 2.

Muhammad Anns, executive of Palmbeach Holidays, said: “We expect to see at least a 10 per cent increase this year compared with last year, when we received between 6,000 and 7,000 guests for this period. The most popular tour is our seven-night itinerary combining Kuala Lumpur, Penang and Langkawi.”

He added that Tourism Malaysia participates annually at the Tehran International Tourism Exhibition (TITEX), which has helped create awareness of Malaysia. Also favourable for Malaysia is visa-on-arrival for Iranian tourists, unlike to some of the destination’s neighbours such as Singapore.

George Wong, director, business development at Berjaya Langkawi Resort, also expects to see more guests this year compared with 2017, when the Nowruz season clashed with the biennial Langkawi International Maritime and Aerospace Exhibition, which resulted in a shortage of rooms and rack rates.

The destination registered almost 50,000 arrivals from Iran in the first 10 months of 2017, showing a 27.1 per cent growth compared to the same period in 2016. Iranians spend an average of 8.5 nights in Malaysia and the average per day expenditure is RM788 (US$199.15).

For the coming Nowruz period alone, the NTO aims to welcome 12,000 Iranian tourists.
-TTG Asia.

Most hotels in Johor fully booked this CNY

JOHOR BARU: Many hotels in the state are seeing almost full occupancy this Chinese New Year.

Many overseas visitors, especially South Koreans, are taking the opportunity to escape the winter and celebrate the Lunar New Year, known as Seollal back home, in Malaysia. 

Tanjung Puteri Golf Resort events and promotions manager Magde­lene Err said besides soaking up the sun, the South Koreans are also en­­joying themselves by playing golf. 

“During the winter months, many golfers will come to South-East Asian countries to play,” she said.

Chinese New Year bookings for the resort, she added, started from as early as November, mostly by Singaporeans on a short break or visiting relatives in the state. 

Puteri Pacific and Persada Johor International Convention Centre sales director Joyce Yap said during festive holidays, occupancy rate could hit more than 80% for hotels in the city.

“Most of our guests are locals from outside Johor and Singapo­reans,” she said. 
Yap said while Malaysians would go over to Singapore, many still preferred to stay in Johor Baru. 

“Room rates in Johor Baru are more affordable compared to Singa­pore where guests have to fork out about S$300 (RM891.96) per night for a four-star hotel,” she said.

Mutiara Hotel Johor Baru marketing and communications mana­ger Lily Tham said 20% of its guests were from Singapore, 20% from China while the rest were locals. 

“We see more guests from China during Chinese New Year in recent years as many of them take advantage of the holidays to travel,” she said.
-thestar online.