Friday, April 30, 2010
He said creativity and innovation, packaging the best of Borneo, joint promotion and marketing, strategic initiatives and direction to achieve measurable targets, both government-led and private-sector driven, were needed to attract the tourists. Equally important, he said, was community based tourism (CBT) in unlocking potential and empowering the local community towards poverty alleviation. "Green tourism, constant product improvement, quality service, benchmarking, best pratices, people-to-people and building relationship are prerequisites, he said adding that cleanliness, politeness and efficiency must be a way of life of all stakeholders. He said the Borneo-Three Countries One Conservation Vision, Three Countries One Ecotourism Vision inititive could shine among the best. Borneo, comprising three countries -- Brunei, Indonesian Kalimantan and the Malaysian states of Sabah and Sarawak and Labuan island -- was strategically located by the equator in the centre of Southeast Asia, he said.
It is a veritable melting pot of indegeneous people, cultures and traditions set amid a landscape which ranges from the oldest rain forests to the highest mountain in Southeast Asia. Borneo is among the top 12 mega biodiversity sites in the world, ranked with Amazonia and equatorial Africa, and blessed with the world's most biologically productive and diverse ecosystem on earth," according to the World Wildlife Fund for Nature (WWF). The Heart of Borneo (HoB) initiative is the world's largest contiguous network of rain forests of 220,000 sq km under natural forest management. Tengku Zainal said Borneo, the biggest component of BIMP-EAGA, was an emerging, exotic, exciting, highly diverse, unique and value destination with huge potentials for sustainable growth. "Culturally, naturally and historically, Borneo resonates a premier ecotourism destination," a destination like no other, being the heart of biodiversity and beacon of cultural diversity," he added.
Wednesday, April 28, 2010
With the commencement of the flights, Royal Jordanian Airlines was committed to better serve passengers especially Jordanians and the Arab community residing in Malaysia. "My main aim is to get the flights go up into the sky and back in Kuala Lumpur. This time we hope to stay as long as we can," he told Bernama. He said that with strong marketing strategies, the Amman-Kuala Lumpur route would be viable and successful as the airline had plans to fly direct to Amman, the modern and ancient capital of Jordan. Chan said he was meeting travel agencies to work closely with them to promote the services. "Once the load picks up for our in-coming and out-going, we can then start flying direct to Amman instead of via Bangkok," he said. He said the airline is also targeting traffic growth from students, captains of industry and leisure travellers.
He said the flights are on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays onboard latest A330 aircraft, an addition to its expanding fleet of new generation planes. "We just got two new A330 aircraft on leasing for five years," he said. The A330 wide-bodied aircraft can carry 283 passengers in two class configurations, of which 24 are configured as "Crown Club Class", offering sleeper seats that recline to flat-bedded seats on the long-haul sectors. "As a Crown Class passenger, you will feel the difference not only onboard, but also at the airport with exclusive check-in counters and lavish lounges for your utmost ease and comfort," he said. The balance 259 are comfortable economy-class seats. Moving forward, the airline plans to fly to China and Johannesburg, he added.
Tuesday, April 27, 2010
Time: 10.00 am ~ 10.00 pm
Venue: 1Borneo Hypermall Kota Kinabalu
- Tour packages
- Sape performances
- Culture performances from Sarawak & Sabah
- Tourism Quizzes
Monday, April 26, 2010
One of the graduates, Yip Jin Hoe, 22, said he had always been interested in the tourism and hospitality industry as he was fascinated by the job ever since he was a child. “I’d always pictured myself to be either in the hotel industry or showing tourists around the places I’m proud of, especially in my hometown Taiping when others wanted to be lawyers or doctors,” he said. Yip, who graduated with a double distinction and obtained the world-recognised distinction tourism diploma from the International Air Transport Association, Canada, said he had already been offered a job as a tour guide by a travel agency. Travex Institute of Tourism founder and managing director Keriun Ong said Travex had come a long way since its establishment in 1985 to become a household name. He said the institute was responding to the call of the Tourism Ministry to have professionally-trained and multilingual tour guides.
Mohd Munir said the weekly flight frequency had increased from 400 flights per week in October 2007 to 600 flights per week last year, and a further increase to 900 flights per week this year. "MASwings have, over the last two years, progressively increased the weekly frequencies, to continuously meet the ever growing demand for air travel within Sabah and Sarawak," he said. He said Fokker 50 aircrafts had served the people of Sabah and Sarawak for more than 20 years since 1989, and as of August 2006, only 171 Fokker 50 aircrafts remained in worldwide airline services. "With the ever growing demand as well as needs to improve the level of safety and also to lower our operating cost, this aircraft no longer provides MASwings with the competitive features, due to its age. "MASwings has decided to retire this aircraft and introduce the cost effective and more reliable ATR72-500 to its fleet," he said.
Meanwhile, Sabah Deputy Chief Minister Datuk Peter Pang En Yin who thanked MASwings for its contribution and excellent service to the people of Sabah and Sarawak was also grateful to MASwings for employing about 1,300 employees from Sabah and Sarawak. Pang also hoped that MASwings would consider extending its air service to neigbouring countries within the Brunei-Indonesia-Malaysia-Philippines East Asean Growth Area (BIMP-EAGA), in the future.
Saturday, April 24, 2010
SEMPORNA, April 23 (Bernama) -- A special tourist jetty as well as a tourist information centre and a new tourism product, the "Borneo Semporna Proboscis River Cruise", were opened and launched here on Friday to enhance the tourism appeal of this east coast district. Minister in the Chief Minister's Department Datuk Nasir Tun Sakaran opened the jetty and the centre which are located at the water village here.
The facilities are part of a two-phase project, costing RM2 million, to enhance tourism facilities in the district. According to Semporna district officer Abdul Muhamed Ibnu Abd Kadir Baba, the first phase of the project consists of the construction of an office block which houses government agencies, a craft centre as well as a "dive shop". The second phase involves the construction of 12 buildings which will house offices of tour agents as well as other facilities.
The Borneo Semporna Proboscis River Cruise will bring tourists along the Sungai Buaya in Kampung Tonggulangan, about 20km from here, to watch the unique proboscis monkey, a species endemic to Sabah. The cruise, launched by Bugaya assemblyman Datuk Ramlee Marahaban, is expected to attract 1,000 tourists a day.
Friday, April 23, 2010
Wednesday, April 21, 2010
The minister will be accompanied by Azizan Noordin, Tourism Malaysia's deputy director-general for planning. Among others, the sales mission will showcase a business session and a dinner at the Sheraton Kuwait Hotel in Kuwait and the Four Seasons hotel in Doha, Qatar. Fifteen hotels, seven travel and tour operators, a state government and Malaysia Airlines will be joining Dr Ng on the road show to the Gulf cities. "During the mission, the delegation will hold meetings with the local travel trade players in the respective cities," said Tourism Malaysia. The statement also said that a media conference on tourism developments in Malaysia and the launch of 1Malaysia Package 2010 will be held on May 9 at the Sheraton Kuwait Hotel at 12.30pm.
Malaysia recorded 23.6 million visitors last year, with a 7.2 per cent growth, as compared to 2008. Last year, the West Asian market registered 284,890 visitors with a growth of 7.8 per cent over 2008 (264,338). Of this, 20,170 visitors were from Kuwait, as compared to 18,853 in 2008 (up by seven per cent), and 4,257 from Qatar over 7,808 in 2008 (down by 45.5 per cent). The promotion in West Asia is based on travel packages coupled with high standard quality services and products. Key segments promoted in West Asia market include leisure holidays such as beaches and islands, shopping, dining, eco-tourism and MICE packages. Special interest promotions are education tourism, medical and health tourism, honeymoon, spa and Malaysia My Second Home programme.
In the context of medical and health tourism, Malaysia is among the popular destinations for health tourists from West Asia. "It is fast emerging as a value-for-money destination with world-class health and state-of-the-art medical facilities as Malaysia has over 200 international standard hospital and clinics," said Tourism Malaysia. Similarly, the good exchange rate has attributed to the growth in education tourism, thus making Malaysia a centre of research and educational excellence."Twinning programmes with foreign universities have made it affordable for students from West Asia to pursue their tertiary education in Malaysia," the tourism promotion agency added. Malaysia received an award in 2007 for being the number one holiday destination for United Arab Emirates' residents by Asfaar magazine, a prominent travel magazine in the UAE.
Datuk Isli Siput, chairman of Isro Shippping, the ferry service operator, said his company recently received the landing rights from the Sabah goverment and had conducted trial runs for the ferry service. "Our ferry service provides an alternative for the people of Labuan to visit Borneo via Menumbok," he said. He said the residents of Labuan and visitors to the island had been depending on the two trips daily provided by Double Power Sdn Bhd which had three vessels -- Seri Labuan 5, Labuan Express 3 and Express Kinabalu, each with a 171-passenger capacity per trip. Isli said since some years ago, his company had been operating the Labuan-Brunei-Labuan ferry service using two boats, Duta Muhibbah 2 and Ming Hai.
Monday, April 19, 2010
Meanwhile, Ng said now the application was accessible to the 11 million customers of Maxis and in future, would be expanded to other networks based on needs. On the homestay industry, she said her ministry allocated RM45 million last year whereby each operator was given financial aid up to a maximum RM2,500 to repair or install new toilets. As of March this year, there were 3,283 homestay operators in the country offering 4,414 rooms.
Meanwhile, Deputy Minister in the Prime Minister's Department Datuk Ahmad Maslan, said RM36.9 million was being spent by Felda to rehabilitate oil palm plantations that had been neglected over the last five years. He said the amount included the cost-of-living of settlers from Felda Soeharto, Gedangsa, Sungai Tengi and Sungai Tengi Selatan who left the land scheme in 1995. "For ten years they were separated, their plantations were neglected until Felda had to spend RM36.9 million to restore the damaged places," he told reporters when met at Felda Sungai Tengi this evening.
Sunday, April 18, 2010
GEORGE TOWN: Penang’s tourism sector needs a federal allocation of RM50mil instead of the mere RM500,000 that was channelled here last year, said Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng. “The additional funds are needed as Penang is the third highest state contributing to the tourism industry in Malaysia, with nearly six million tourist arrivals last year. “Penang’s role in promoting tourism in Malaysia should not be belittled,” he said in a press statement here Sunday. Lim said that logically, with such a large number of tourist arrivals to Penang, RM500,000 was too little and insufficient for tourism programmes, activities and events, especially related to infrastructure, upgrading of facilities and promotions.
DUBAI, April 18 (Bernama) -- Discounted airfares, additional baggage allowance and holiday packages are some of the perks awaiting students in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) who sign up for Malaysia Airlines' student card called GRADS. The card was launched by the carrier here Saturday in conjunction with the Gulf Education and Training Exhibition 2010 which saw the participation of the Dubai-based Malaysia Education Promotion Centre (MEPC) and nine Malaysian universities.
Malaysia Airlines' regional manager for Middle East and Africa, Merina Abu Tahir, said GRADS was open to students aged 12 and above attending government recognised and accredited schools or institutions of higher learning in Dubai or abroad. "They must be full-time students with at least six months of study left at the time of application," she said. With a membership fee of only US$10 per year, GRADS members can earn additional baggage allowance of 10kg when they travel to any Malaysia Airlines destinations worldwide for higher studies.
Members just need to present a valid GRADS card at the check-in counter to enjoy the extra baggage allowance. The card also allows members to enjoy discounts at a number of partner merchant outlets. Students who sign up for GRADS will also be automatically enrolled into "Enrich", Malaysia Airlines' frequent flyer programme. They need to download the application form online and register at Malaysia Airlines' Dubai office. They are required to present a valid student identification/metric card or an offer/admission letter from eligible universities during registration.
Monday, April 12, 2010
We've been delighted with the response from the travelling public, support from state and national tourism bodies and our airport partners who have really thrown their weight behind these routes and AirAsia as a whole," he said. AirAsia will also boost its Perth-Bali service to 21 flights a week from June 1, up from the current 14. AirAsia currently flies out of three Australian cities -- Melbourne, Perth and Gold Coast. AirAsia hoped to make Sydney the fourth by mid-year and had received the green light from local authorities and had concluded negotiations with the Sydney Airport. But it failed to get approval from the Malaysian government in time for the July 1 start date, forcing the airline to abort plans to fly to Australia's most populous city for now. "At this stage we can't anticipate when approvals for Sydney will be granted," Azran told Melbourne's Herald Sun newspaper on April 9. AirAsia said its recently launched flat bed premium seats available between Melbourne and Kuala Lumpur would be progressively added to flights from Gold Coast and Perth this month.
Venue: Za'abeel Hall, Dubai International Convention And Exhibition Centre, UAE
Services sectors to be showcased at MSE 2010 include:
- Construction and Related Services
- Education and Specialised Training
- Financial Services including Islamic Finance
- Franchise in various industry sectors
- Healthcare and Hospital-Related Services
- Information & Communications Technology, Telecommunications
- Oil and Gas Services
- Professional Services, Energy and Power Generation
She said the ministry had also come up with a theme, "Sole of the Equator", because Malaysia was well known as having good expertise in the shoe industry in Asia." There were already a number international brands which showed interest in joining next year's festival. "Therefore, we are expecting double sales and we will be discussing increasing the allocation from RM4 million this year (to host the event) as we are also increasing the number of days."We not only want better returns from the next festival but also to encourage our youths to join the shoe industry" she said.
Saturday, April 10, 2010
Friday, April 9, 2010
In future, only wealthy individuals would be able to afford holidays in Pulau Redang as hotel rooms will cost no less than US$500 (RM1,599) a night, Ahmad said. He that said with the decision to turn the island into a high-end holiday destination, current chalets catering for backpackers would have to upgrade and raise their rates. Asked if the move would draw criticism from non-governmental organisations, Ahmad said it was the only way to save the surrounding rich marine life and prevent environmental destruction due to pollution and indiscriminate littering. “Some of the budget accommodation places on the island have no proper sewage system and waste is directed to the sea, and this destroys the corals,” he said.
Apart from that, Pulau Redang is a jewel for Terengganu and the 10th most beautiful island in the world, Ahmad said. “Efforts must be made to save the island from deteriorating environmentally. Those on budget excursions can visit other islands like Pulau Kapas and Pulau Perhentian that are equally charming.”
Pulau Redang, a popular holiday destination for locals as well as foreigners, attracts about 100,000 visitors annually including many who flock there to visit the marine park. Terengganu Tourist Association deputy president Alex Lee lauded the move, saying that it was time for Malaysia to create its own niche market. “Redang has only one five-star hotel and others are mostly budget accomodations,” he said. He believed the move by Ahmad was initiated out of concern for the environment as damage to the corals had been extensive.
The owner of an eight-room hotel in Redang, however, was worried that his livelihood would be affected if Pulau Redang became an exclusive holiday destination. He said the move would affect many holidaymakers, both local and foreign, who would not be able to afford to stay in Pulau Redang if the state government went ahead with the niche market proposal. “I hope the state government will meet budget hotel and chalet operators in Redang to get our views and include us in the planning,” said the man, who wanted to be known only as Dina. He also said the state government should ensure there was proper drainage and sewage on the island for better waste disposal. Another chalet operator, Nik Kamal Nik Husin, 43, said the move would only burden the villagers on the island as many were renting out rooms to budget travellers. He also said only a handful of irresponsible chalet operators were directing the waste into the sea. The state government, he said, should build a centralised sewage treatment to deal with the waste disposal problem.
Thursday, April 8, 2010
Malaysian Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak and Vietnamese Deputy Prime Minister, Truong Vinh Trong witnessed the signing of the deal today, which was held on the sidelines of the 16th Asean Summit. AirAsia Chief Executive Officer, Tony Fernandes who signed on behalf of this company, said the presence of leaders from both countries at the signing indicated the support from both governments to further support tourism growth in the Asean region. "VietJet Air Asia will help to boost Malaysia's tourism sector, strengthen the relations between Vietnam and Malaysia and the process of Asean integration," he said. Both companies today also announced that they have entered into an engineering support service agreement.
Monday, April 5, 2010
"For some reasons we are not privileged enough to get some routes. So, we will be adding more flights to Perth and Melbourne and keep pushing Mumbai and New Delhi routes in 2010," says chief executive officer Azran Osman Rani. AirAsia X will service the New Delhi route in August. "However, that doesn't mean AirAsia X is dropping those routes from its plan, we still want to fly to Seoul, Sydney, Jeddah and to one city in Japan as there is huge demand. So, the guys next door are not going to run away from competition as we will keep throwing in more flights in the current routes," he told reporters after unveiling the budget airline's premium "Lie-Flat Bed" seats at the Low Cost Carrier Terminal here on Monday.
As for Mumbai, Azran said AirAsia X has the rights to fly four times a week to the Indian city and was pursuing to secure another three more landing rights as only then the route would be economically viable. "We hope to secure the rights within this year. Singapore Airlines operates four flights to Mumbai daily, meaning Malaysia is losing out," he said. Asked on possible code-sharing arrangements with other budget airlines, Azran said it did not make sense to do code-sharing as with on-line booking, travellers could do it themselves.
Sunday, April 4, 2010
SEPANG, April 4 (Bernama) -- Following are the results of the 2010 Petronas Malaysian Formula One (F1) Grand Prix at the Sepang Circuit here Sunday:
Race Preliminary Classification after 56 laps (310.408km):
1. Sebastian Vettel (GER) Red Bull Racing, 1 hour 33 minutes 48.412 seconds
2. Mark Webber (AUS) Red Bull Racing, 1:33:53.261s
3. Nico Rosberg (GER) Mercedes GP Petronas F1 Team, 1:34:01.916s
4. Robert Kubica (POL) Renault F1 Team, 1:34:07.001s
5. Adrian Sutil (GER) Force India F1 Team, 1:34:09.471s
6. Lewis Hamilton (GBR) Vodafone McLaren Mercedes, 1:34:11.883s
7. Felipe Massa (BRA) Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro, 1:34:15.480s
8. Jenson Button (GBR) Vodafone McLaren Mercedes, 1:34:26.330s
9. Jaime Alguersuari (ESP) Scuderia Toro Rosso, 1:34:59.014s
10. Nico Hulkenburg (GER) AT&T Williams, 1:35:01.811s
11. Sebastien Buemi (SUI) Scuderia Toro Rosso, 1:35:07.350s
12. Rubens Barrichello (BRA) AT&T Williams - 1 lap
13. Fernando Alonso (ESP) Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro - 1 lap
14. Lucas di Garsi (BRA) Virgin Racing - 3 laps
15. Karun Chandhok (IND) HRT F1 Racing - 3 laps
16. Bruno Senna (BRA) HRT F1 Racing - 4 laps
17. Jarno Trulli (ITA) Lotus Racing - 5 laps
- Heikki Kovalainen (FIN) Lotus Racing - 10 laps
- Vitaly Petrov (RUS) Renault F1 Team (Did Not Finish - DNF)
- Vitantonio Liuzzi (ITA) Force India F1 Team (DNF)
- Michael Schumacher (GER) Mercedes GP Petronas F1 Team (DNF)
- Kamui Kobayashi (JPN) BMW Sauber F1 Team (DNF)
- Timo Glock (GER) Virgin Racing (DNF)
- Pedro De La Rosa (ESP) BMW Sauber F1 Team (Did Not Start)
Friday, April 2, 2010
"Your holiday budget is spared: life here is exceptionally affordable!" said the Yahoo! site. Thailand was cited for its exquisite cities, rich culture and pristine beaches making it a dream holiday destination for many, from backpackers to island tourists. Thailand's popularity is also due to the fact that it is a traditionally affordable destination and airfares have declined dramatically to around 300 Euros from Germany for some lucky travellers. "The Euro is very strong compared with the Thai baht, which makes it attractive for people from the Euro zone to travel to Thailand where they get a long stretch with the Euro," said Thomas Wischnewski, an Asian specialist travel and tour operator.
Thursday, April 1, 2010
Perlis Agriculture Department director Ghazali Zakaria said that starting this year, a tagging system had been used to control the quality of Harumanis produced by the plantations supervised by the department. However, the production this season was only 55 tonnes, a far cry from last year's production of 100 tonnes, he said. "This was mainly due to weather change which caused the mango flowers to fall off," he said. The Harumanis produced by the Perlis Agriculture Department is sold at between RM5 and RM10 per kilogramme, depending on the grade.