Friday, April 28, 2017

Tourism Malaysia Collaborates With Middle Eastern Airlines



Dubai, 25 April 2017: Malaysia’s participation in the Arabian Travel Market continued with several promotional efforts today to boost arrivals from West Asian countries.
The Minister of Tourism and Culture Dato' Seri Mohamed Nazri Abdul Aziz met up with the representatives of several Middle Eastern airlines to discuss on collaborations to bring more tourists to Malaysia.
Dato’ Seri Mohamed Nazri had a discussion with the Chairman and Chief Executive of Emirates Airline & Group H.H. Sheikh Ahmad bin Saeed Al Maktoum on future collaborations to promote Malaysia and the role of Emirates Airlines in increasing the number of tourists to the country.
A meeting was also held between the Tourism and Culture Minister with the Vice President - Marketing Parnerships of Etihad Airways Patrick Pierce. Dato' Seri Mohamed Nazri thanked Etihad Airways for enhancing Malaysia's tourism sector through its direct flights from Abu Dhabi to Kuala Lumpur. Both sides have also agreed to strengthen their collaboration.

Besides that, Dato' Seri Mohamed Nazri also met the Chief Operating Officer of Oman Air Abdulrahaman Al-Busaidy. He thanked Oman Air for increasing the number of direct flights from Muscat to Kuala Lumpur from 10 to 14 flights weekly.
Besides meetings, Dato' Seri Mohamed Nazri was interviewed by the media, where he took the opportunity to highlight some of the country’s tourist destinations for tourists from West Asia and GGC countries.
In addition, he also launched the Malaysia Destination Brochure by Explore the Wonders, and met Al Rais Travel & Shipping Agencies where they discussed ways to strengthen the Malaysia’s tourism sector.
Tourism Malaysia returns to ATM for the 24th year with the country’s tourism trade players to promote some of the country’s latest attractions and destinations for shopping, family fun, eco adventure, honeymoon, and luxury holidays. 

At the press conference held on 24 April, Dato’ Seri Mohamed Nazri said, “We are proud to unveil some of our latest attractions and we will continue to promote our flagship tourism products that West Asian travellers love, such as luxury escapades, shopping, fun-filled holidays with the whole family, honeymoon, and eco-adventure tours.”
The Arabian Travel Market is the leading global event for the Middle East inbound and outbound travel industry. The annual business-to-business (B2B) exhibition showcases over 2,800 products and destinations from around the world to over 26,000 buyers and travel trade visitors across 4 days at the Dubai International Convention and Exhibition Centre.

-Tourism Malaysia.

Malaysia International Dive Expo (MIDE) 2017 @ PWTC Kuala Lumpur ( 12 ~ 14 May 2017 )

-mide.com.my

Tourism Malaysia’s Striking Presence At The Famous Dutch Flower Parade



Amsterdam, 27 April 2017 - In line with effort to promote Malaysia to Dutch tourists, Tourism Malaysia participated in the 70th edition of Bloemencorso Bollenstreek on 22 April 2017.
Tourism Malaysia’s beautifully decorated flower float showcased the diversity of Malaysia, the Twin Towers, and the flora and fauna of the country, including the largest flower in the world, Rafflesia, and Malaysia’s national flower, the hibiscus.
The Minister of Tourism and Culture Malaysia Dato’ Seri Mohamed Nazri Abdul Aziz, who was leading a Malaysian delegation on a working visit to Netherlands, was also present at the event, along with more than a million spectators.
“I know the people of Netherlands will appreciate the natural beauty of our country. By participating in this colourful event with our own ‘Malaysia Truly Asia’ float, we can give Dutch tourists a glimpse of the attractions that Malaysia offers. The fact that this event will be broadcasted on national television and via live streaming also gives us the opportunity to reach millions of Dutch consumers,” said Dato’ Seri Mohamed Nazri.
The annual Flower Parade is one of the largest in the world to show Dutch flower bulb cultivation in all its glory. The 12-hour journey started from the city of Noordwijk and arrived in the centre of Haarlem. Performers and marching bands were also on hand to accompany the procession of the 17 beautifully decorated floats through the entire bulb-growing area.
The Dutch bulb region is a district located in the west of the Netherlands, between the cities of Haarlem and Leiden. It is famous for its bulb-growing cultivation that flourishes till this day. Every spring, the whole strecthes of land are covered with row upon row of colourful blooms, attracting millions of fans from around the world.

-Tourism Malaysia.

Malaysia Wins Best Medical Travel Award, Three Years In A Row

image: www.mhtc.org.my

KUALA LUMPUR, April 27 (Bernama) -- Malaysia again won the Health and Medical Tourism Destination of the Year award for three consecutive years.

The International Medical Travel Journal (IMTJ) Awards 2017 was presented to chief executive officer of Malaysia Healthcare Travel Council (MHTC) Sherene Azli in a ceremony in Opatija, Croatia on Wednesday night.

The awards ceremony was hosted in conjunction with the IMTJ Medical Travel Summit which took place in Opatija on Tuesday and Wednesday (April 25 and 26).

The award, judged by a team of 23 judges from around the world, has further cemented the country s position as the top leading medical tourism destination that provides top-notch and innovative healthcare services.

Sherene when contacted by Bernama said they are humbled to be given this recognition once again.

"With the three years (consecutively receiving the) award, the expectations have grown since then and we really have to up our games in terms of delivering the best of quality care for our medical travellers and giving them the peace of mind.

"Having created awareness that Malaysia is a viable option as a medical tourism destination, we must now raise that awareness to an unprecedented level. We have much work to do," she said.

Adding icing on the cake, she said MHTC also received for the first time, the "Health and Medical Tourism Cluster of the Year" award.

Sherene said the award recognised efforts by a health or medical tourism cluster or association that demonstrated unparalleled qualities in organising, managing and stewarding medical or health tourism organisations and enterprises under its umbrella.

"So the whole idea is that when we go out and we promote Malaysia as medical travel destination, we want them to come to Malaysia, experience Malaysia healthcare and embrace Malaysia hospitality," she said, adding that the country's healthcare was also of world class quality, accessible and affordable.

In the inaugural IMTJ Awards 2017, the country's private hospitals also won four awards for International Hospital of the Year (Sunway Medical Centre), Best Marketing Initiative (Sunway Medical Centre), International Fertility Clinic of the Year (TMC Fertility Centre) and Best Quality Initiative Highly Commendable (Sunway Medical Centre).

The annual IMTJ Medical Travel Awards recognise innovation, excellence and best practices in the medical travel and medical tourism sector.

-bernama.
www.mhtc.org.my

Thursday, April 27, 2017

Lexis Hibiscus makes Port Dickson a surprising draw for meetings, incentives

image: www.lexishibiscuspd.com


Despite its location in a leisure destination relatively unknown to international markets, Lexis Hibiscus Port Dickson has acquired enough meetings and incentives in its first year of operations for the segment to make up 15 per cent of total business.

In an interview with TTGmice, Steve Woon, Lexis Hotel Group, senior vice president, sales & marketing, said the hotel has been attracting local, regional and Middle Eastern groups for meetings and incentives, with attendance ranging from 40 to 450 people.

He believes that the upscale property's advantage lies in its accessibility, located about 90 minutes by car from Kuala Lumpur International Airport and klia2.

Furthermore, with its location along the route commonly taken to popular southern Malaysian cities such as Malacca, Woon believes that Lexis Hibiscus Port Dickson makes an ideal stopover destination and easy add-on to any itinerary.

The property features 639 keys, made up of 117 tower rooms and 522 seawater villas and satisfies event requirements with two sea-facing pillarless ballrooms and 10 function rooms with natural lighting.

Agreeing that Lexis Hibiscus Port Dickson is a draw for corporate clients, Adam Kamal, CEO, Olympik Holidays, said: “Water-based activities including fish feeding from glass bottomed boats, sunset cruises on a catamaran, and private charters provided by third-party operators are a plus point for (business event) groups staying at the resort.”

Arokia Das, senior manager at Luxury Tours Malaysia, said there are enough nature- and water-based attractions in the destination to "easily" keep incentive groups occupied for two or three nights, but urged the local tourism authorities to "leverage on (Lexis Hibiscus Port Dickson) to promote the destination in the international scene and attract repeat visitors to Malaysia".

-TTG Asia.
www.lexishibiscuspd.com

PNBC labur RM65 juta bina Lanjut Beach & Golf Resort

Raja Nazirin Raja Mohamad (dua dari kanan) dan kakitangan PNBC
 menunjukkan risalah mengenai Lanjut Beach & Golf Resort
di Minggu Saham Amanah Malaysia 2017 di Dataran Temerloh, Pahang, semalam.


TEMERLOH 25 April – PNB Co­mercial Sdn. Bhd. (PNBC) yakin pembinaan pusat peranginan baharu, Lanjut Beach & Golf Resort bernilai RM65 juta di Rompin dekat sini, memberi sumbangan signifikan kepada pendapatannya.

Ketua Pegawai Operasi PNBC, Raja Nazirin Shah Raja Mohamad berkata, pembinaan pusat peranginan lima bintang dengan 196 bilik itu dijangka mampu menyum­bangkan pendapatan ki­ra-kira RM1 juta sebulan.

“Pada masa ini kita berjaya merekodkan tempahan seba­nyak RM1 juta bagi Ogos sahaja termasuk 500 tempahan daripada pelancong China.

“Menerusi pelbagai tarikan dan penginapan bertaraf lima bintang, kita menyasarkan perolehan sebanyak RM5 juta mampu dicapai menjelang hujung tahun ini,” katanya dalam sidang akhbar di gerai pameran PNBC sempena pameran Minggu Saham Amanah Malaysia (MSAM) 2017 di Dataran Temerloh di sini, semalam.

Menurut Raja Nazirin Shah, Lanjut Beach & Golf Resort me­rupakan aset ketiga dimiliki PNBC selain Hotel Sri Petaling dan Lanjut Beach & Golf Resort lama yang beroperasi sejak 30 tahun lalu.

Katanya, pembinaan pusat peranginan baharu berkenaan yang terletak berhampiran Lanjut Beach & Golf Resort lama siap 95 peratus pada masa ini.

“Pembinaannya yang bermula pada 2014 berjalan lancar dan dijangka boleh beroperasi pada Ogos tahun ini,” katanya.

Sementara itu, beliau berkata, sempena MSAM 2017, PNBC menawarkan harga promosi istimewa untuk penginapan di pusat peranginan itu.

Katanya, promosi pada harga serendah RM170 semalam berbanding harga biasa RM250 itu dibuka kepada semua pengunjung MSAM 2017 yang boleh datang terus ke gerai pameran PNBC untuk membuat tempahan.

“Promosi yang ditawarkan adalah bilik superior atau chalet untuk dua hari satu malam dan sarapan pagi untuk dua orang di Lanjut Beach & Golf Resort, Kuala Rompin.

“Di samping itu, promosi juga menawarkan aktiviti rekreasi yang mana para pengunjung boleh memilih menaiki basikal atau bermain ‘wood ball’ bagi dua orang,” katanya.

Lanjut Beach & Golf Resort dimiliki sepenuhnya oleh PNBC yang merupakan anak syarikat Permodalan Nasional Berhad (PNB).

-utusan online.

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

MITA nudges Malaysian agents towards Chinese market

Uzaidi: working with Tourism Malaysia on B2B networking sessions in China


Malaysian Inbound Tourism Association (MITA) is encouraging more inbound agents to cater to the China market to ensure there are enough suppliers to support the expected influx of Chinese tourists this year, according to the association’s president Uzaidi Udanis.

“By getting new agents involved, we believe Malaysia can create niche itineraries and promote new destinations to encourage more repeat visitors,” Uzaidi said.

He added: “We are also trying to attract agents with non-Chinese speaking staff to enter this market as many Chinese travel agents these days are able to communicate in English. Mandarin is no longer an essential requirement.”

For a start, MITA is collaborating with Tourism Malaysia to organise a B2B networking session in Xiamen from May 22 to 25, following the Malaysian government's announcement to open a new visa centre in the city to improve tourism numbers to one million from the Fujian province itself.

There are also plans to hold similar B2B networking sessions in other Chinese cities in 2H2017.

Uzaidi said: “MITA hope to keep costs below RM5,000 (US$1,138) per participant and this will cover airfare, ground arrangements and the B2B session. By keeping costs low, we hope to encourage new and small inbound agents to participate.

"We understand many are unable to promote at overseas travel trade events where a table at the Malaysia pavilion will cost anything between RM6,000 to RM20,000, (excluding) airfare and ground arrangements.”

-TTG Asia.

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Pameran Memancing & Kembara Aktiviti Luar @ Pusat Konvensyen Setia City ( 28 ~ 30 April 2017 )

-Angling & Outdoor Recreational Fair facebook.

Greater transparency for Muslim travellers with new hotel standard



Salam Standard has launched the Premium Hotel Classification scheme which rates hotels based on their number and standard of Muslim-friendly facilities and services, with an emphasis on rigorous hotel checks and audits.

The scheme – which classifies hotels under Bronze, Silver, Gold or Platinum tiers – aims to improve quality, standards and transparency for Muslim travellers, while boosting the global visibility of accommodation that meet this demographic’s faith-based needs.

For example, at Bronze-rated properties, all rooms have a shower and toilet or bathtub and toilet and a prayer mat and praying direction (Qibla/Kibblat), or they are available on request, whereas Platinum-rated accommodation offers several additional benefits including halal food that is certified by a recognised body, while the entire premises is alcohol free.

Properties or hotel groups will be subject to checks to ensure they meet the required criteria, with audits conducted by a qualified committee of Islamic tourism experts, including Salam Standard representatives.

The committee reserves the right to reject applications if they do not meet the minimum criteria, and will also conduct regular inspections to ensure standards are upheld at Salam Standard-rated properties.

According Salam Standard, the four-tier system will simplify the user experience by providing Muslim travellers using the service or that of sister company Tripfez with clear guidelines on what is offered, safe in the knowledge it has been checked and audited.
-TTG Asia.

Arabian Travel Market (ATM) 2017 - Malaysia Pavilion


A total of 61 organizations comprising Hotels & Resorts, Tour Operators, State Tourism, Tourism Products & Services and Tourism Malaysia are taking part in Arabian Travel Market (ATM) 2017 at the Malaysia Pavilion from 24 to 27 April 2017 at the Stand AS2220, Dubai International Exhibition and Convention Centre, Dubai, UAE.

Hotels & Resorts
A’Famosa Resort
Bayview Beach Resort
Berjaya Hotels & Resorts
Copthorne Cameron Highlands
Dorsett Hospitality International
E&O Group of Hotels
Fraser Place Kuala Lumpur & Fraser Residence Kuala Lumpur
Furama Bukit Bintang Kuala Lumpur
Grand Millennium Kuala Lumpur
Hotel Istana Kuala Lumpur
Intercontinental Kuala Lumpur
Lexis Hotels & Resort
Mandarin Oriental
Meritus Pelangi Beach Resort & Spa, Langkawi
Oakwood Hotel & Residence Kuala Lumpur
Oasia Suite
Ombak Villa Langkawi
One World Hotel
Palace of the Golden Horses
ParkRoyal Hotels & Resorts
PNB Perdana Hotel & Suites On The Park, Kuala Lumpur
Renaissance Kuala Lumpur Hotel
Resorts World Genting
Riyaz Hotels & Resorts
Starwood Hotels and Resorts Malaysia
Strawberry Park Resort
Sunway Resort & Spa
Tanjung Rhu Resort, Langkawi
The Danna Langkawi
The Chateau Spa & Organic Wellness Resort
The Haven Resort Hotel & Residences
The Legend Resort Cherating
The Saujana Hotel Kuala Lumpur
VE Hotel & Residence
YaPEIM Hospitality International

Tour Operators
Ahlan Travel & Tours
Al Sakkaf Travel & Tours
Amar Travel & Tours
Asia Experience Tours
Asian Overland Services Tours & Travel
Asian Season Travel
Asian Trails Malaysia
Best Top TravelGo
De’Voyager Global Tours
Embassy Alliance Travel
Fuego Travel & Tours
GR Travel & Tours
JF Holidays
Kopetro Travels & Tours
OnTheGo Travel & Tours
Oscar Holidays
Panorama Holidays
Reeya Signature Holidays
SRT Travel & Tours
Tourland Travel Tours
Within Earth Holidays
World Avenue Travel & Tours

State Tourism
Islamic Tourism Centre
Kuala Lumpur Tourism Bureau @ Kuala Lumpur City Hall
Langkawi Development Authority (LADA)
Penang Global Tourism
Penang State Government
Tourism Melaka
Tourism Pahang
Tourism Perak

Tourism Products & Services
Air Asia
Cruise Tasik Putrajaya
Legoland Malaysia Resort
Sunway Lagoon
Sunway Lost World of Tambun

Movie Animation Park Studios

-Tourism Malaysia.

Tourism Malaysia Returns To The Arabian Travel Market For The 24th Year


DUBAI, 24 April 2017The Minister of Tourism and Culture Malaysia Dato’ Seri Mohamed Nazri Abdul Aziz is leading a delegation of 115 Malaysian sellers from 61 organisations to participate in the Arabian Travel Market (ATM). The prestigious annual event will once again be held in Dubai, from 24 to 27 April.
  
Tourism Malaysia returns to ATM for the 24th year with the country’s tourism trade players to promote some of the country’s latest attractions and destinations for shopping, family fun, eco adventure, honeymoon, and luxury holidays.  

The Malaysian delegation is comprised of a good mix of hotels and resorts, travel agents, tourism product owners, and representatives from state tourism boards. During the 4-day event, they will be highlighting their respective tourism products and services that cater specially for the Middle Eastern market.

Dato’ Seri Mohamed Nazri officially launched the Malaysia Pavilion today at the Sheikh Saeed Arena and met the media later at a press conference.

“We will continue to place strong emphasis and focus on this market as it is a huge market, not only in terms of outbound tourism, but also trade and investment. Hence, we will be stepping up our promotional efforts here,” said the Minister of Tourism and Culture Malaysia during the launch.

Dato’ Seri Mohamed Nazri is scheduled to meet up with the top management of a few Middle Eastern airlines such as Qatar Airways, Emirates, and Etihad Airways to discuss future collaborations, besides having several interviews with the local media.

The Islamic Tourism Centre (ITC) launched an online travel portal today called “Salam Standard Premium”. This collaboration with Tripfez Travel is a hospitality rating system for Muslim-friendly amenities and services to increase the overall experience of Muslim travellers. Besides that, Dnata also launched some travel packages to Malaysia.

Other initiatives include the launching of a Muslim travel guide to Penang by Halal Penang and a Malaysia brochure by Explore the Wonders. Besides that, Media Hub International will be also be launching the Malaysia Travel Guide.  

On 25 April, Dato’ Seri Mohamed Nazri will be hosting a gala dinner at Grand Hyatt Dubai to thank the tourism fraternity in Dubai and the local media for their support and assistance in promoting Malaysia.

Malaysia is proud to be associated with ATM as it is the region’s leading travel trade event, dedicated to unlocking business potential in the Middle East. With its growing number of tourist destinations, ATM will showcase a diverse range of accommodation options, tourist attractions and new airline routes.

Through its participation in ATM, Tourism Malaysia seeks to attract more West Asian tourists to its shores to achieve its tourism target for 2017. Last year, Malaysia received 287,398 tourists from West Asia, signifying a drop of 9.1% compared to 316,209 tourists in 2015.
-Tourism Malaysia.
www.malaysia.travel