Wednesday, April 30, 2014
Mitsui Outlet Park KLIA will commence business in the beginning of 2015.
Strategically located within KLIA Aeropolis that is approximately 60 km from Kuala Lumpur city centre and 6 km from KL International Airport. High visibility and it is located near a network of highways that lead to major cities around Klang Valley.
Development Phase 1
~ Commencement - Q1, 2015
~ Site - 115,00 sqm
~ Total Commercial - 25,000 sqm
~ No. of Outlets - 140
Overall concept plan themed Paradise Village, featuring 4 distinctive concepts namely the Sunshine Square, Pier Walk, Tropical Plaza and Beach Walk.
~ Sunshine Square will showcase a luxury street concept sunlit by stylist skylight
~ Pier Walk concept promotes accessibility and connectivity within the dynamic mall space
~ Tropical Plaza promotes a relaxing ambiance enriched with greenery
~ Beach Walk will showcase curvy streets, delighting customers with an ambiance liken to a beach getaway
The architect for the Mitsui Outlet Park KLIA is Nonscale, a Japanese designer well known for its works for Mitsui Outlet Park in Japan, China and Taiwan.
Offerings at Mitsui Outlet Park KLIA
~ Luxury and branded products
~ Fashion Accessories
~ Sport and Outdoor products
~ Japanese Specialty Store - Introduction of Japanese Art, Culture, Music, Culinary Delights
~ Entertainment Centre
~ Sports and Leisure Centre
~ Kids Development Centre and Amusement Park
~ Food Court themed World Food Expo
Hilton Worldwide and DoubleTree by Hilton have appointed Simon McGrath general manager of the DoubleTree by Hilton Johor Bahru, which is slated to open in July.
McGrath brings over 30 years’ experience in the international hospitality industry to his new position, having held several senior management roles in well-known hospitality brands.
He played a crucial role in the rebranding of DoubleTree Resort by Hilton Phuket - Surin Beach in Thailand.
The hospitality veteran has also worked in Australia, New Zealand, Vanuatu, Thailand, Singapore and Malaysia, and was the vice president of Tourism Accommodation Australia between 2011 and 2012.
Tuesday, April 29, 2014
State Tourism and Culture Committee chairman Datuk Mohd Jidin Shafee said more visitors would be flocking to the festival this year as there were additional attractive events. The state government and the Terengganu Tengah Development Authority (Ketengah) had been organising the festival over two weeks every year where between 35,000 and 40,000 people attended.
He was speaking to reporters after a visit to the festival site and release of a landmark balloon to signify the start of 2014 Kenyir Festival. Also present was Ketengah general manager Wan Mat Amin Wan Daud. Terengganu Menteri Besar Datuk Seri Ahmad Said is expected to open the festival on Sunday.
Among the highlights of the festival were Kenyir Helicopter Ride, Kenyir Cruise and visit to Kelah Sanctuary.
Mohd Jidin said visitors could also check out the Kenyir Elephant Village, the flying fox, Kenyir Island Hoping, exhibition by government departments and the private sector, promotion by local entrepreneurs, entertainment, direct factory sales and so on. He said in conjunction with the 2014 Visit Malaysia Year, Tasik Kenyir is targeting to attract more than 500,000 visitors while tourists visiting Terengganu this year could reach about five million people.
"We will be improving Tasik Kenyir from time to time especially in preparation for the resort to be declared a tax-free area in September next year. "Other facilities that needed improvement were places of accommodation and a bridge linking the islands in the lake to ease movement of visitors," he said.
Best Western International has opened Best Western Premier The Haven, Ipoh, one of the first properties in Malaysia that uses 100 per cent sustainable energy.
The resort offers 100 rooms and suites all equipped with flat-screen TVs and free Wi-Fi. Guests can also make use of other amenities such as a four-level lagoon-style swimming pool, tropical gardens, a jogging track, barbecue and picnic areas, a gymnasium, badminton and tennis courts, a children’s playground, café and restaurant.
Best Western Premier The Haven, Ipoh boasts environmental credentials such as 100 per cent renewable energy harnessed from the power of the wind and sun, and harvests rainwater for use elsewhere in the property.
“We are delighted to have been entrusted with the running of this stunning, environmentally friendly resort,” said Glenn de Souza, vice president of international operations for Asia & Middle East.
The hotel is Best Western’s fourth hotel in Malaysia, following existing properties in Kuala Lumpur, Kota Kinabalu and Sandakan.
Monday, April 28, 2014
KLIA2, the budget carrier terminal, will start commercial operations on May 2. IATA Regional Vice President for Asia Pacific, Conrad Clifford said the trade association for global airline industry had proposed for the PSC at KLIA and KLIA2 to be balanced at the RM44 and RM45 level.
He said that IATA is in talks with the government on the issue and hoped to receive feedback on the matter.
"The facilities at KLIA2 is at least the same, if not better than the KLIA. It is not fair to have a PSC that is significantly lower at the facility that is significantly better. "The airlines that are operating at the KLIA also have a distinct disadvantge (on PSC)," he said.
Clifford was speaking to reporters at the three-day IATA Ground Handling Council Ground Handling Conference, Monday.
PSC, or commonly known as airport tax, is paid by departing passengers. The PSC is collected by the airlines upon purchase of tickets and is only paid to Malaysia Airports Holdings Bhd (MAHB) upon completion of the flight. Passengers who do not travel on the flight for which they have purchased the tickets are eligible for a full refund of the PSC.
The PSC at the current low-cost carrier terminal (LCCT) is RM32 for international passengers and RM6 for domestic passengers. It was reported that MAHB has proposed to increase this to RM35 for international passengers and RM7 for domestic passengers.
MAHB has proposed the new PSC at the KLIA at RM71 for international passengers and RM10 for domestic passengers, compared with the current RM65 for international passengers and RM9 for domestic passengers.
Sunday, April 27, 2014
Date: 27 September 2014 (Saturday)
Time: 8.00 pm (MST)
Venue: MITC Ayer Keroh, Melaka
|Dicing with danger: Tourists being dropped off along the Tomanggong Besar River to take an up close glimpse of wildlife. The practise is not encouraged by the department as it puts people’s lives at risk and stresses animals.|
|Borneo’s pygmy elephants.|
Saturday, April 26, 2014
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The fair is organised by IBT Investment Ltd and is supported by the Express & Excursion Bus Association (EEBA) in cooperation with Tourism Malaysia as its title sponsor.
Speaking at the launch of the fair, Malaysia Tourism Promotion Board Deputy Director-General (Promotions) Datuk Azizan Noordin said that the three-day event features more than 100 booths and close to 40 exhibitors, which include express bus ticketing agents, travel agents, resort operators, homestay and property owner and other major players in the tourism industry.
"This event creates opportunities to meet with members of the Malaysian tourism industry to explore new business opportunities, expand existing ones, formulate joint packages, plan event-related activities to further help develop the industry for mutual benefit," he said.
"Travel Malaysia" is a consumer-driven initiative by EEBA since 2005 that is focused on promoting Malaysia as a unique tourist destination and to increase tourist arrivals to Malaysia during the mid-year school holidays.
It is part of EEBA's on-going effort in developing market growth in interstate travel via express buses and coaches to Malaysia. EEBA whose members are mainly express bus operators providing interstate land travel to Malaysia.
Of the 25.72 million visitors to Malaysia from January to December 2013, 51 per cent, or 13.18 million are from Singapore, which is an increase of 1.3 per cent over the same period for 2012. An estimated one third of this number, or about 4.34 million, are visitors who travel via land transport to Malaysia annually.
Thursday, April 24, 2014
Department of Civil Aviation (DCA) director-general Datuk Azharuddin Abdul Rahman said the 141.3 metres tower is higher than the control tower of Suvarnabhune International Airport in Thailand (132.2 metres).
"Built on May 1, 2012, the tower was completed in 10 months, on March 1, 2013 and was first used on April 4, one month earlier to enable air traffic controllers to familiarise with the operation of KLIA2."
He said this at the handing over of the control tower from Malaysia Airports Holdings Berhad (MAHB) to the DCA by the Acting Minister Transport Minister Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Hussein in the main control room on level 33 of the tower, here today.
Hishammuddin also received a certificate of recognition from a representative of Guinness World Record and the Malaysia Book of Record and also witness the first touchdown to KLIA2 by Malaysia Airlines flight MH604 and flight MH402.
Azharuddin said the training of air traffic controllers for KLIA2 started as early as January, including theory and simulator training and 120 controllers were ready to operate at KLIA2 and KLIA.
"The 24-hour operation involves eight air traffic controllers on duty at any one time in the main control room. "A total of 58 new posts have also been created to accommodate the additional work in the control tower," he added.
KUALA LUMPUR, April 24 (Bernama) -- The AirAsia Group will move all of its operations to the highly-anticipated KLIA2 on Friday, May 9.
All scheduled departures from the LCC Terminal (LCCT) on May 8 will operate as normal, AirAsia said in a statement. Guests with bookings departing Kuala Lumpur on that day are advised to still go to the LCCT to board their flights.
All AirAsia X (D7) flights will still be departing from and arriving at LCCT on May 8, including flights departing on May 9 to Perth, Osaka, Busan and Jeddah at 12.05 am, 1.00 am, 1.15 am and 2.35 am respectively.
However, a number of AirAsia (AK) flights will be arriving at the new klia2 directly on May 8, instead of the LCCT. Domestic flights arriving at klia2 on May 8 include those departing from Kuala Terengganu, Kota Baharu, Tawau, Bintulu, Alor Setar, Johor Baharu, Sibu, Miri, Langkawi, Kota Kinabalu, Kuching and Penang.
International flights arriving at klia2 on May 8 include those departing from Macau, Nanning, Kunming, Lombok, Ho Chi Minh City, Phuket, Bali, Shenzhen, Yangon, Guangzhou, Medan, Trichy, Kochi, Kolkata and Chennai.
With a larger built-up area and a brand new experience, AirAsia baggage-drop counters will be open three hours before scheduled departure time, and will close an hour before scheduled departure time for both international and domestic flights to ensure that all guests have ample time to familiarise themselves with the new environment and get to their departure gates on time.
AirAsia strongly encourages all guests to conduct self check-in via web or mobile before arriving at the airport. As all immigration and security counters will still be operational at the current LCCT on May 2-8, travellers need not worry about any inconvenience while going through the LCCT during the transition period.
Wednesday, April 23, 2014
The “Malacca River International Marathon 2014” is 1 out of the 80 events held throughout the month in conjunction with the “Melaka International River Fest 2014” state event held from the 24th May 2014 till 22nd June 2014. The “Malacca River International Marathon 2014” is organised by Majlis Bandaraya Melaka Bersejarah & newly appointed event company Heritage In Run [UT0002687-M].
This marathon run will cover a distance from 5 km up to 42km with 13th category listed for marathon runners to participate from. The route encompasses heritage and historical places known in Malacca and the start & finish line will be at Dataran Pahlawan. We hope that this event will further lift the image of Malacca as a UNESCO World Heritage Site and continue to bring a big impact in efforts to restore Malacca River image once known to all in history as "Venice Of The East".
Total Prize Winnings: RM 120,000 cash to be won.
More details log on to http://www.evetickets.com/heritageinrun
Tuesday, April 22, 2014
KOTA KINABALU, 21 APRIL 2014 – International and local amateur golfers are all geared up to compete in the qualifying round 2 of the World Amateur Inter Team Golf Championship (WAITGC) 2014 in Kota Kinabalu today.
The four-day event, from today till 24 April, is participated by 14 teams from Australia, 10 teams from Brunei, 2 teams from Singapore and one team from Malaysia.
Golfers will first play at the 6,197-metre, par 72 Dalit Bay Golf & Country Club. Designed by Ted Parslow, the course is located about 35km northeast of Kota Kinabalu, nestled in the heart of the Shangri-La Rasa Ria Resort. The 18-hole wetlands course is bordered by the Mengkabong and Tambalang rivers with the former mangrove swamp offering a fusion of risks and rewards to delight and test the skills of golfers of all levels.
Dalit Bay’s signature hole is its 163-metre, Hole 11. It is a relatively easy par 3 with the South China Sea surrounding the tee. The challenge lies in cutting across the Tambalang river mouth in order to land the ball on a gently contoured green flanked by bunkers. The imposing sight of the majestic Mount Kinabalu in the background presents a unique marking point for the pin.
From Dalit Bay, the participants will proceed to the Karambunai Resort Golf Club, which is designed by renowned golfing architect Ronald Fream. This par 72, 18-hole course is surrounded by breath-taking views of Karambunai Beach, the South China Sea and Mount Kinabalu, presenting a unique golfing experience. The course presents fair but demanding challenges for every level of player. It is Sabah’s most distinctive golf course and one of Southeast Asia’s premier seaside resort.
The first qualifying round of WAITGC 2014 took place in Johor last month. After Sabah, the subsequent four qualifying rounds will take place at eight different golf courses in Penang, Langkawi, Sarawak and Kuala Lumpur/Putrajaya.
WAITGC is played in Strokeplay gross for the gross category and Stableford for the nett and senior category. Since its debut in 1994, WAITGC has emerged as a well-regarded tournament and one of the highly anticipated golfing events in the region.
Organised by Tourism Malaysia, it attracts more than 500 participants every year. The home-grown event not only tests the golfing skills of the participants but also encourages them to discover the many colourful cultures and traditions in Malaysia, as well as the country’s delectable cuisines and fascinating tourist attractions. The participation of international media has also boosted the stature of the event and placed Malaysia on the world map.
WAITGC is managed by the Golf Club Managers Association of Malaysia (GCMAM) and sanctioned by the Malaysian Golf Association. For more information, please contact the WAITGC secretariat at 03-5633 2079/5634 2078 or visit www.ewaitgc.com.