Friday, July 31, 2015

Selangor seeks heritage status for million-year ridge


The Selangor state government has applied for the Klang Gates Quartz Ridge to be gazetted as a national heritage site as well as a UNESCO World Heritage site.

The ridge is believed to be the largest and oldest in the world, dating back millions of years.

Speaking at the Tourism Summit 2015 in Kuala Lumpur yesterday, Elizabeth Wong, Selangor state exco member for tourism, consumer affairs and the environment, said the state government has plans to build an elevated structure to allow people to climb and look at the ridge without damaging it.

“This decision may not be popular with hikers and climbers but we cannot have thousands of people walking up and down and damaging the ridge,” she said. “Every week we get about 100 climbers and we are already seeing the effects.”

Anthony Wong, former chairman of sustainability at PATA, said: “Gazetting the Klang Gates Quartz Ridge is an excellent idea as the ridge is more than 10 million years old and fragile.

“We have to protect it and make it into an educational programme with opportunities for domestic and international tourism value. Plans to build an elevated pathway will make it safe for people while at the same time, it will not damage the ridge.”
-TTG Asia.

Thursday, July 30, 2015

Tourism: Malaysia To Focus On Innovation And Quality - Nazri

photo: MOTAC facebook
KUALA LUMPUR, July 30 (Bernama) -- Malaysia must focus on innovation and quality in order to derive maximum benefits from ASEAN as a single tourism destination, said Tourism and Culture Minister Datuk Seri Mohamed Nazri Abdul Aziz.

These were in addition to security, connectivity, sustainability and manpower factors, he said.

He said as the chairman of ASEAN, Malaysia was willing to take the leadership role to better align policy and strategic planning at the ASEAN level to promote intra-ASEAN tourism, as well as to attract more tourist arrivals from emerging economies.

"Connectivity would be the key enabler to ensure people can travel safely, securely and efficiently and the government is currently focusing on enhancing connectivity with the medium-haul markets of China, Japan, Australia, India, Korea and Taiwan.

"This is in line with our goal to target high net-worth tourists and the Transport Ministry is championing this entry point project," he said in his opening keynote address read out by the ministry's secretary-general, Tan Sri Dr Ong Hong Peng, at the Tourism Summit 2015, here, today.

Nazri said some of the areas to be examined included air service agreements, border security policies and travel facilitation initiatives, as well as airport capacity developement and management

"More than 90 per cent of business and leisure travellers begin to plan their travel using search engine and this innovative technology has revolutionised the entire travel and tourism experience, and social media has played a key enabling role.

"Malaysia is intensifying marketing and promotional efforts, especially in the digital space, and has launched aggressive plans to recover the Chinese market through the digital sphere.

"Increasingly, we must acknolwedge the role played by online influencers such as bloggers, and by tourists themselves to share their unique experiences of Malaysia with their family and friends," he said.

According to Nazri, sustainable or green tourism would also help the industry to promote awareness and conservation efforts with respect to the environment, as well as improving the welfare of the local communities involved, while at the same time benefiting businesses and consumers.

The ministry also emphasised on medical tourism as healthcare travel service providers had borne fruit, making the country one of the top five destinations for medical tourism in 2012 and delivered 770,000 medical tourists in 2013, said Nazri.

"I am also proud of Kuala Lumpur's achievement in being recognised as the fourth best shopping destination globally after New York, Tokyo and London by CNN Travel in 2013.

"There is still room for improvement by positioning the country as a duty-free shopping destination, designating Kuala Lumpur City Centre such as Bukit Bintang as a vibrant shopping precinct and establishing premium outlets."

"As for culinary tourism, local food is an important element of tourists total experience and it is essential to build a clear and distinct cuisine image, besides showcasing the diverse delicacies and the country's signature hospitality as a unique selling point."

Travel and tourism's direct contribution to Malaysia's Gross Domestic Product (GDP) was RM61 billion (5.7 per cent of GDP) while total contribution was RM161 billion (14.9 per cent of GDP) last year.

-bernama.

Malaysian International Mask Festival @ Esplanade KLCC Park, Kuala Lumpur ( 13 ~ 16 August 2015 )

-JKKN facebook.

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Najib Urges Mitsui Outlet Park To Offer 'Unbeatable' Prices

photo: MOTAC facebook
SEPANG, July 29 (Bernama) -- Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak has urged businesses at the Mitsui Outlet Park (MOP) KLIA here, one of the projects identified under the Entry Point Projects (EPP), to offer "unbeatable" prices to lure shoppers.

The Prime Minister said the premium outlet park has the potential of becoming the largest factory outlet mall in Southeast Asia after the completion of its expansion plans in 2021.

Najib, who is also Finance Minister, said MOP represented Malaysia's ever persevering spirit of growth and innovation.

"Bold development such as these will contribute to Malaysia's global competitiveness and further strengthen Malaysia's standing as one of the region's best shopping destinations," he said when launching the premium outlet park here today.

MOP, which opened its door on May 30, offers discounts of between 30 and 70 per cent throughout the year for off-season products from international and local brands.

Operated by MFMA Development Sdn Bhd, a joint venture between Japan's Mitsui Fudosan Co. Ltd and Malaysia Airports Holdings Bhd (MAHB), MOP is the first Malaysia's full scale outlet mall in the Klang Valley, spanning 24,000 sq metres.

The mall, which has 127 stores, boasts a flight check-in centre that adds a new dynamic to travellers layover experience.

Najib said the outlet park was one of MAHB's key initial projects in its Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA) Aeropolis master plan.

He said the master plan would not only revolutionise the country's aviation by pioneering the development and strategic planning of airport cities, but would also drive more business investments and tourists traffic to Malaysia.

"As a centre for urban growth and development, it will spur an increase in employment opportunities, thus stimulating the local economy.

"This will ultimately put Malaysia on the map as a global business hub for Southeast Asia," he added.

He said the setting up of the outlet park was one of the EPP identified under the National Key Economic Areas (NKEAs) in Malaysia's Economic Transformation Programme (ETP), which was aimed at driving Malaysia towards a high-income nation and enhancing its global competitiveness.

Launched in 2011, he said the EPP under the Tourism NKEA targeted to establish three premium outlets, namely in Iskandar, Sepang and Penang.

They are projected to contribute as much as RM900 million to the country's gross national income and create 1,500 jobs by 2020, he added.

"As the ETP is to be in large part driven by the private sector, Malaysia Airports was one of the identified champions for this EPP," he said.

-bernama.

KL City Grand Prix 2015: Announcement from the organisers


Dewan Bandaraya Kuala Lumpur (DBKL) and GT Global Race (M) Sdn Bhd are hosting the inaugural KL City Grand Prix from the 7th till 9th August 2015.
The race circuit will begin in front of Suria KLCC beside the Petronas Towers and proceed anti clockwise around the 3.2km circuit through Jalan Ampang, Jalan Sultan Ismail, Jalan Raja Chulan and Jalan Perak before heading back up Jalan P Ramlee to complete the circuit.
Laying And Dismantling Of A Temporary FIA-compliant Street Circuit
A temporary FIA approved race circuit is being built on the streets of Kuala Lumpur. Construction takes place at night between 10pm and 6 am the next morning. Up until the week of the race, and during the period to dismantle following the race, access to all properties in and around the circuit should not be affected any more than what is currently experienced for normal construction that takes place regularly on Kuala Lumpur roads for building construction and road upgrading.
During the 2015 KL City Grand Prix event on 7th to 9th August
During the race day, certain sections of 5 roads (Jalan P Ramlee, Jalan Ampang, Jalan Sultan Ismail, Jalan Raja Chulan and Jalan Perak) that make up the race-track need to be closed for traffic during race time i.e. from 6 am till 6 pm on the following days: 
·            Friday 7 August
·            Saturday 8 August
·            Sunday 9 August
In the period of these 3 days, from 6 am onwards, contractors will commence closing the affected roads and progressively closing gates and access to properties on these roads. By 7.30am all public and non-race vehicles will be cleared from the track, and the roads will not be available for use by the general public. This is an important part of the safety protocol for racing.
Although traffic and access plans have been focused on minimising disruption as the highest priority, it is inevitable that during the later stages of preparation and during the event, KL will be a very busy place. With more than 100,000 people expected at the race, and all the other things going on around our city, we actively encourage people to leave their cars at home, or park and use our public transport system to avoid traffic jams, namely the following stations:   
·            LRT stations (KLCC and Dang Wangi)
·            Monorail stations (Bukit Nanas and Raja Chulan)
Contact Us For Further Information
If there is need for further information or clarification, please contact us atinquiry@gtcitygrandprix.com or call the Traffic Enquiry Hotline at +6019 374 7774
The organisers of the 2015 KL City Grand Prix would like to thank you for your patience, and offer our sincere apologies for any inconvenience caused.
-http://www.gtcitygrandprix.com/

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Superbike World Championship 2015 : Malaysian Round - rapidKL Official Public Transporter

-www.myrapid.com.my

AirAsia X To Fly To Sapporo From October

KUALA LUMPUR, July 28 (Bernama) -- AirAsia X Bhd, the leading long-haul low-fare airline, will commence four times weekly direct flights from Kuala Lumpur to Sapporo, Japan from Oct 1.

Its acting chief executive officer, Benyamin Ismail said AirAsia X would be the only airline operating direct flights from Kuala Lumpur to Sapporo.

"We are confident that this route will draw more inbound Japanese tourists from Sapporo who are keen to explore cities in the region.


"This direct route will entice them to visit Malaysia and subsequently take them to various destinations in ASEAN and beyond, he said in a statement here today.

The airline currently flies five times weekly from Kuala Lumpur to Osaka and daily to Tokyo.

Famed for its fresh seafood, powdery snow, and arts scene, Sapporo, which has a population of 1.9 million, is one of the best places in Japan to visit all year round.

-bernama.

500 Personnel To Monitor Safety Of 2015 KL City Grand Prix

KUALA LUMPUR, July 27 (Bernama) -- About 500 personnel are tasked with ensuring safety and the smooth running of the three-day 2015 KL City Grand Prix 2015 from August 7.

City mayor Datuk Mhd Amin Nordin Abdul Aziz said they comprised policemen, firemen and the Kuala Lumpur City Hall traffic team itself who would ensure the debut event would go as planned.

"They will monitor in terms of safety and emergency to prevent anything untoward from taking place during the competition.

"We are prepared. If there is a mishap, a rescue team will promptly be at the scene," he told reporters after a coordination meeting of the event, here, today.

Mhd Amin said roadside electronic sign boards would also show the latest information on the traffic and the progress of the event.

Meanwhile, Kuala Lumpur Public Order and Traffic chief, ACP Datuk Wan Abdul Bari Wan Abdul Khalid said a special briefing would be held soon to discuss traffic issues in detail.

He hoped traffic problems could be tackled efficiently during the event.

In the meantime, GT Global Race Sdn Bhd chairman, Tunku Naquiyuddin Tuanku Ja'afar hoped the event would place Kuala Lumpur on the world map, on par with the Sepang F1 Circuit and Formula E in Putrajaya.

The roads involved in the event are Jalan Ampang, Jalan Sultan Ismail and Jalan P. Ramlee.

Contractors will close the affected roads from 6 am until 6 pm, during the three-day event.

-bernama.

Monday, July 27, 2015

Max Biaggi Prepares For His Second Wild Card Of The Season With Aprilia At Sepang


Max Biaggi's return to the track and Aprilia at Misano Adriatico raised the enthusiasm of the fans and staff, especially considering the absolutely stellar performance. The second chance to see the six-time World Champion in action is scheduled for the weekend of 2 August when the number 3 RSV4 RF will take on the second wild card of the season on the Malaysian track of Sepang in the tenth WSBK round.

Precisely to prepare for this task, Max Biaggi and the Aprilia Racing test team conducted 4 days of tests at Sepang. This is a good opportunity for the Roman champion to get his bearings on a track where he has not raced for ten years and even then, never astride a Superbike. Unfortunately the unfavourable weather and a few technical problems kept Max from carrying out all of the scheduled work, postponing further tests for the race weekend.



Max Biaggi: “Unfortunately they were some unlucky tests. For 3 out of the 4 days we had available it rained. Of course I had to take a spill and we also had a couple technical problems that slowed down my work, but those are things that are just a part of racing. We hope to be more lucky next week. Sepang is still an exciting track, but the only black spot is that I found the asphalt to be rather more bumpy that I remembered it.”

Romano Albesiano (Aprilia Racing Manager): “Max hadn't been on this track for a long time, so that's why it was important to conduct these tests at Sepang. The nice result from Misano mustn't make us forget that Max has been out of racing for almost three years and certain mechanisms need to be recovered. Now our attention is entirely on next week. Since we can never quite take full advantage of the practice sessions, it will be important to continue our work from these past few days during the race weekend as well.”

-www.sepangcircuit.com

Rainforest World Music Festival @ Sarawak Cultural Village ( 7~9 August 2015 )

-Rainforest World Music Festival 2015 OFFICIAL facebook
http://rwmf.net/

Sunday, July 26, 2015

Concert Rhythms of Kinabalu @ Auditorium Kompleks JKKN Sabah ( 18~19 September 2015 )



Presented By.
National Department of Culture and Art's (JKKN) Sabah
 
Our Partner.
Ministery Of Tourism and Culture
Tourism Malaysia
Sabah Tourism Board
 
Our Guest Artist.
Jerry Kamit (Special guest artist)
Janriwine J. Lusin
Clarise John Matha
Razali Kulintangan (King of Kulintangan)
Felix Agus
 
Venue.
Auditorium Kompleks JKKN Sabah
 
Date & Time.
18th - 19th of September 2015
8.00pm
 
Ticket Price.
RM 10.00 ( Upper Seat )
RM 30.00 ( Middle Seat )
RM 50.00 ( Royal Seat )



Calling Us Now For Ticket!!
( 9.00am - 5.00pm ) Monday to Friday's


Address:
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Km4 Jalan Tasik Off Jalan Penampang, 88200 Kota Kinabalu, Sabah, Malaysia

Telephone:
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Saturday, July 25, 2015

KL City Grand Prix revs up tourism numbers in Malaysian capital


The KL City Grand Prix next month is expected to draw some 100,000 visitors to the capital.

Held from August 7 to 9, this event will see race drivers zip through a 3.2km temporary ‘Grade 3' circuit with 16 turns along the roads of P Ramlee, Ampang, Sultan Ismail and Pinang.

Ally Bhoonee, executive director of World Avenues, an expert in the Middle East inbound market said: “This event falls during the peak Middle East season and gives tourists an additional activity in Kuala Lumpur.”

According to a Bernama report, the event is expected to see various GT race car models such the Lamborghini Super Cup, Formula Masters, Porsche Carrera Cup and Audi R8 LMS Cup.

For visitors, one of the highlights will be the opportunity for them to touch the race cars and communicate with the racers’ teams.

Another attraction will be the demonstration of V8 Supercars.

This inaugural event is organised by local company GT Global Race. Tickets can be purchased from the company’s website.
-TTG Asia.
http://www.gtcitygrandprix.com/

Friday, July 24, 2015

Majlis Rumah Terbuka Malaysia - Aidilfitri @ Dataran Rembau, Negeri Sembilan ( 2 Ogos 2015 )

Majlis Rumah Terbuka Malaysia Aidilfitri dan Pesta Makanan Negeri Sembilan 2015. Tarikh 2 Ogos 2015 (Ahad) / Masa 2.30 petang hingga 11.00 malam / Tempat Dataran Rembau, Rembau, Negeri Sembilan.

SEMUA DIJEMPUT HADIR..!!!!!

Jamuan Rakyat :
- Aneka kuih-muih dan makanan tradisional.
Persembahan Artis Terkenal : 
- Datuk M. Nasir
- Awie
- Ebby Yus
- Asmidar
- Ewal
- Kumpulan Back2BaslXX
- Ally Noor
- Mastura dan ramai lagi..

-MOTAC facebook.

Thursday, July 23, 2015

European Tour Destinations listing puts Saujana Club on world golfing map

logo: Saujana Golf & Country Club facebook

Saujana Golf & Country Club in Shah Alam, Malaysia, is now officially part of European Tour Destinations, a selection of prestigious golf venues listed by the exclusive European Tour Properties network.

It is the network's 15th member, and the third venue outside of Europe to gain European Tour Destinations status.

Located approximately 15km outside Kuala Lumpur, Saujana Golf & Country Club boasts two courses – The Palm Course and Bunga Raya. The club is also directly linked to two five-star hotels, The Saujana Hotel Kuala Lumpur and The Club Saujana Resort.

As the newest listing in European Tour Destinations, Saujana Golf & Country Club will benefit from the network's year-round sales, marketing and operational support, joining the 14 existing members in the European Tour Properties’ portfolio of world-class venues.

David MacLaren, director of property and venue development at The European Tour, said: “We have a long-standing relationship with the owners of Saujana Golf & Country Club and one which is very important to The European Tour. Announcing Saujana as our official European Tour Destination in Malaysia is a natural extension of this association and will allow us to further develop our partnership into many new spheres.”

Arokia Das, senior manager at Luxury Tours Malaysia, said: “Being named in the Tour programme puts Malaysia on the world golf map. It will attract more foreign golfers to visit Malaysia and other golf courses in the country will also benefit because golfers tend to want different experiences on different courses.”
-TTG Asia.
http://www.saujana.com.my/
https://www.facebook.com/saujanagolfandcountryclub?fref=ts

New AirAsia flight links Kuala Lumpur, Maldives

www.airasia.com

AirAsia will begin thrice-weekly direct flights from Kuala Lumpur to the Maldives from October 22, becoming the only airline to operate this route.

Malaysia Airlines, which currently offers daily flights from Kuala Lumpur to the Maldives, will suspend the service from August 23.

Welcoming the new connection, Cooper Huang, CEO of Malaysian Harmony Tours & Travel, said: “The Maldives is a popular, year-round destination and is especially so for honeymooners. As most travellers will purchase air tickets from the AirAsia website, we will offer ground packages which can also be tailor-made.”

According to Spencer Lee, head of commercial at AirAsia, the flight schedule for the Kuala Lumpur-Maldives route allows travellers from other countries such as South Korea, Japan, China, Hong Kong, Thailand and Australia to connect easily via the carrier's Fly-Thru service.

Destinations which offers Fly-Thru connectivity to the Maldives include Incheon, Osaka, Hong Kong, Shenzhen, Bangkok, Penang and Gold Coast, he added.

Online booking at airasia.com has begun with all-inclusive fares starting from RM169 (US$44.60) for travel periods from October 22, 2015 to August 31, 2016. This promotion ends on July 26.
-TTG Asia.

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Tenggelamnya Kapal Van der Wijck - Sebuah Teater @ Istana Budaya Kuala Lumpur ( 12~18 Oktober 2015 )


Teater Tenggelamnya Kapal Van der Wijck diadaptasi daripada novel berjudul sama yang diterbitkan pada 1939 karya ulama terkenal Nusantara, Prof. Haji Abdul Malik Karim Amrullah atau lebih dikenali dengan nama Hamka. Ia mengisahkan persoalan adat yang berlaku di Minangkabau dan perbezaan latar belakang sosial yang menghalangi hubungan cinta sepasang kekasih hingga berakhir dengan kematian.

Zainuddin dan Hayati yang saling menyintai tidak dapat memenuhi hasrat untuk hidup bersama kerana keluarga Hayati menjodohkan Hayati dengan Aziz. Zainuddin yang kecewa telah merantau dan berjaya menjadi penulis terkenal. Oleh kerana menanggung hutang yang banyak, Aziz telah membawa Hayati tinggal di rumah Zainuddin. Sebelum membunuh diri, Aziz telah menulis surat supaya Zainuddin menjaga Hayati. Namun, Zainuddin yang masih kecewa kerana Hayati telah melanggar janji untuk setia telah memaksa Hayati pulang ke kampung dengan menaiki kapal Van der Wijck. Malangnya, ketika dalam perjalanan kapal tersebut telah tenggelam.

Get your tickets from:
1. Online at www.AirAsiaRedtix.com
2. Rock Corner outlets:The Gardens, Mid Valley (TEL: 03 - 2201 4893)
Subang Parade (TEL: 03 - 5613 1139)
The Curve (TEL: 03 - 7733 1139)
Bangsar Village (TEL: 03-22021139)
3. Victoria Music outlets:Sg Wang(TEL: 03 - 2148 7208)
Amcorp (TEL: 03 - 7956 0592)
Tropicana (TEL: 03 - 7722 2955)
4. Penang outlets:Artist Gallery, Gurney Plaza
Artist Gallery, Queensbay Mall
5. Istana Budaya Jalan Tun Razak03 40265520

-AirAsiaRedTix.

Monday, July 20, 2015

PATA Announces 2015 Grand and Gold Award Winners


BANGKOK, July 16, 2015 — The Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA) is pleased to announce the winners of the 2015 PATA Grand and Gold Awards. Proudly supported and sponsored by the Macau Government Tourist Office (MGTO) for the last 20 years, this year’s awards recognise the achievements of 25 separate organisations and individuals.
PATA will present 29 Grand and Gold Awards to such organisations as Accor Asia-Pacific, Cox and Kings Ltd, Hong Kong International Theme Park Ltd, Hong Kong Tourism Board, Jetwing Hotels Ltd, Korea Tourism Organization, Taiwan Tourism Bureau and Taylor’s University.
The awards luncheon and presentation takes place at the Bangalore International Exhibition Centre (BIEC) on Tuesday, September 8, 2015 during the PATA Travel Mart 2015.
Maria Helena de Senna Fernandes, Director of the Macau Government Tourist Office, said, “The list of PATA Gold Awards 2015 winners unveils once again the very best of Pacific-Asia tourism practices. The excellence and innovation revealed by the works and projects awarded are impressive and can certainly provide inspiration to raise the standards of the tourism industry stakeholders in the region. Macau Government Tourist Office congratulates all winning organisations and individuals for such outstanding achievements and we are honoured to be part of this prestigious PATA initiative for the 20th consecutive year.”
Mario Hardy, PATA CEO, added, “On behalf of PATA, I extend our warmest congratulations to all 2015 Grand and Gold Award winners and I also thank all participants. This year we received 269 entries from 83 travel and tourism organisations and individuals – the highest number since 2007. We look forward to celebrating these accomplishments at the PATA Gold Awards Luncheon and Presentation at the PATA Travel Mart in Bangalore, India.”
The PATA Grand Awards are presented to outstanding entries in four principal categories: Marketing; Education and Training; Environment; and Heritage & Culture.
Taylor’s University, Malaysia will receive the 2015 PATA Grand Award for Education and Training for its ‘Tourism Academy at Community College Langkawi, Malaysia’ project. It is the first Public Private Partnership (PPP) initiated by the Government through the Ministry of Higher Education jointly with Taylor’s University to establish a Tourism Academy in Malaysia. The hotel industry, through this strategic partnership, has committed to support the learning and development of the students and eventually hire graduates at a more competitive remuneration package in recognition of the skills and learning that they attained directly with the hotel partners through the Tourism Academy. This initiative will support the vision of the government to make Langkawi among the top 10 tourism island destination with qualified manpower to support and complement the service sectors.
The Environmental Award will be presented to Jetwing Hotels Ltd, Sri Lanka, for its “The Success of Self-reliance” project. After a decade from the devastating tsunami of 2004, Jetwing brings a truly one-with-nature concept to a more refined and elegant form with Jetwing Yala. Set within the immediate outskirts of the Yala National Park, Jetwing Yala boasts a tremendous commitment to sustainability and the environment, bringing a wildlife experience complemented with the finest in luxury and comfort. Designed by renowned architect Murad Ismail, Jetwing Yala has been created from the ground up to be as sustainable as possible with the intention of conserving energy and resources by reusing and recycling and by being part of the environment without inflicting harm upon nature.
The Heritage and Culture Award will be awarded to Ratchada Niramit Co., Ltd, Thailand for its ‘Siam Niramit Journey to the Enchanted Kingdom of Siam’. Siam Niramit is a world-class performance that displays Thailand’s artistic and cultural heritage. This must-see show is performed on a gigantic stage, listed in the Guinness World Records, and features over 100 performers and more than 500 costumes. Enhanced special effects and the world’s most advanced sound, light and stage technology combine to make this a realistic, stimulating and inspiring experience. Siam Niramit aims not only to introduce Thai arts and culture to the world but also to make Thai people take pride in their culture and inspire them to love and preserve it.
The Marketing Award will be presented to Hong Kong Tourism Board (HKTB), Hong Kong SAR for its ‘Follow Me to Hong Kong’ campaign. Hong Kong Tourism Board invited world-renowned Russian ‘Instagram’ couple Murad Osmann and Natalia Zakharova to Hong Kong to enable them to capture romantic Hong Kong SAR images and then share them with their followers on social media. Using the ‘instagrammer’ as a personality, HKTB spins off their Hong Kong SAR travel story to print and online media in Russia, Hong Kong SAR and all over the world. In the online world, ‘meet the fans’ meetings and videos are organised to maximise Hong Kong SAR’s exposure as a travel destination via the couple’s personal experiences.
PATA Grand Awards 2015
Marketing
Follow Me to Hong Kong
Hong Kong Tourism Board, Hong Kong SAR
Environment
The Success of Self-reliance
Jetwing Hotels Ltd, Sri Lanka
Heritage – Culture
Siam Niramit Journey to the Enchanted Kingdom of Siam
Ratchada Niramit Co., Ltd, Thailand
Education and Training
Tourism Academy at Community College Langkawi, Malaysia
Taylor’s University, Malaysia
PATA Gold Awards 2015
Marketing – Primary Government Destination
My Time for Hong Kong
Hong Kong Tourism Board, Hong Kong SAR
Marketing – Secondary Government Destination
Vivid Sydney
Destination NSW, Australia
Marketing – Carrier
With Vietjet, Saigon is closer
Vietjet Air, Vietnam
Marketing – Hospitality
RWS Moments Campaign
Resorts World at Sentosa, Singapore
Marketing – Industry
Disney Paint the Night
Hong Kong International Theme Park Limited, Hong Kong SAR
Marketing – Adventure Travel
Grab Your Dream
Cox and Kings Limited, India
Environment – Ecotourism Project
Proactive Roles of Wendekreisen Travel Ltd.
Wendekreisen, New Zealand
Environment – Corporate Environment Programme
PLANET 21: Reinventing Hotels, Sustainably
Accor Asia-Pacific, Singapore
Environmental Education Programme
Be G.R.E.E.N. Beyond El Nido Resorts
Ten Knots Development Corporation/El Nido Resorts, Philippines
Corporate Social Responsibility
A Journey of Sustainability
Banyan Tree Marketing Group, Singapore
Heritage – Culture – Heritage
Muziris Heritage Project
Kerala Tourism, India
Heritage – Culture – Culture
The Ultimate Travelling Camp, India
Education and Training
Thomas Cook Travel Quest
Thomas Cook (India) Ltd., India
Marketing Media – Travel Advertisement Broadcast Media
Taste Taiwan
Taiwan Tourism Bureau, USA
Marketing Media – Travel Advertisement Print Media
Korea Tourism Photo Contest Awards Winners 2014
Korea Tourism Organization, Korea ROK
Marketing Media – Consumer Travel Brochure
The Ultimate Travelling Camp, India
Marketing Media – E-Newsletter
The Front Desk
Jetwing Hotels Ltd, Sri Lanka
Marketing Media – Travel Poster
Visit Malaysia Year – Sarawak
Tourism Malaysia, Malaysia
Marketing Media – Public Relations Campaign
PNG Pop Up Village
Tourism Papua New Guinea, USA
Marketing Media – Social Media
I Hate Thailand
Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT), Thailand
Marketing Media – Mobile Travel Application
My Hong Kong Guide
Hong Kong Tourism Board, Hong Kong SAR
Marketing – Promotional Travel Video
Discover Thainess
Tourism Authority of Thailand, Thailand
Marketing Media – Web Site
DiscoverHongKong.com Brand Rejuvenation
Hong Kong Tourism Board, Hong Kong SAR
Travel Journalism – Destination Article
Transcendence, Travel +Leisure Southeast Asia, July 2014
written by Holly McDonald, photographed by Lauryn Ishak
Travel+Leisure Southeast Asia, Thailand
Travel Journalism – Business Article
Rock Star Economy, Travel Digest, June 2014
written by Lorraine Thomson
Travel Digest, New Zealand
Travel Journalism – Travel Photograph
Mount Bromo, East Java Indonesia
By Yaman Ibrahim, Colours Garuda Indonesia Inflight Magazine, August 2014
Agency Fish, Indonesia
Travel Journalism – Travel Guidebook
Best of the Best: Philippines Coffee Table Book
Eastgate Publishing Corp., Philippines
-www.pata.org