Friday, October 20, 2017

Penang plans cargo container art district

Creative hub: An artist’s impression of the Penang Arts District.
The project will have a built-up area of 9,290sq m.

GEORGE TOWN: If all goes well, Penang will have an art district mainly made with cargo containers.

Planning has started for the RM30mil Penang Arts District (PAD) with the planning permission application submitted last month.

PAD director Tony Pua, also Petaling Jaya Utara MP, called on stakeholders of the art community to provide input to the detailed building plans in dialogue sessions with the project’s lead designer, BYG Architects Sdn Bhd.

PAD is slated to be a contemporary arts hub on 3.7ha near the corner of Gat Lebuh Macallum and Lebuhraya Tun Dr Lim Chong Eu.

Pua said PAD would not only be a tourist destination but also a place for the local art community to promote their work.

“The dialogue sessions are important to get participation from everyone and make the place a success,” he told reporters yesterday.

Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng said the planning permission was submitted two years after the project was announced in 2015, and the delay was unavoidable due to the proposed Komtar-Bayan Lepas Light Rail Transit alignment, which is nearby.

The dialogue sessions will be held next Wednesday (3pm), next Thursday (10.30am) and Nov 10 (2pm) at Penang House of Music, Level Four, Komtar.

A session will also be held in Kuala Lumpur on Nov 2 at Next Academy, AG-7, Glomac Damansara, at 2.30pm.

To register, login to, e-mail or call 04-261 6161.
-thestar online.

Singapore travel companies boost Malaysia-bound coach fleets

Transtar Travel & Tours’ Elson Yap (middle) takes a closer look at one of the
new coach units together with Scania’s Mark Cameron (far left), and
Transtar Travel Group’s Tajarul Yusmi bin Mohd Yusup

Singapore’s Transtar Travel & Tours and WTS Travel & Tours have each expanded their fleet by adding 10 units of the Scania K-series coach – the manufacturer’s largest delivery of the kind – which will be deployed on new routes between Singapore and Malaysia.

Transtar Travel & Tours, a leading express coach company established in Singapore in 1994, operates between Singapore and Johor Bahru, Malacca, Kuala Lumpur and Genting Highlands. The latest acquisition will allow the company to introduce two new routes between Gelang Patah Sentral Bus Terminal in Johor Bahru and Singapore.

The first of these routes, starting in December, will cover Singapore’s Central Business District, while the second commencing in April 2018 will cover the Jurong and Tuas industrial areas, Clementi and Buona Vista. Adding these to its two existing routes between Singapore and Johor Bahru, the company will provide passengers with more than 70 pick-up and alighting points on the island.

WTS Travel & Tours, established as a travel subsidiary of Woodlands Transport in 1989, currently operates coach services between Singapore and Johor Bahru, Malacca, Muar, Tangkak, Kuala Lumpur and Genting Highlands. It plans to announce its new routes and travel packages at a later date.

Micker Sia, managing director of WTS Travel & Tours, said: “We expect to see between 10 and 15 per cent increase in passenger traffic when we put the new coaches on the road.”
-TTG Asia.

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Malaysia Fair @ AEON Mall Makuharishintoshin, Japan ( 20 ~ 22 October 2017 )

[Saturday, October 21]
Held commemorative ceremony & fun lottery
Malaysian dish talk show Malaysia dishes and coconut
Ethnic dance in Malaysia

[Sunday, October 22]
■What is dish which Malaysian dish talk show Malaysian eats every week?
■Happy dish of Malaysian dish talk show Malaysia

[from Friday, October 20 to 22nd Sunday]
■Malaysian gourmet stand
■Special product sale in Malaysia
■Malaysian long stay consultation corner

[from Saturday, October 21 to 22nd Sunday]
■Malaysian national staple "Nasi Lemak" cooking show
"Long stay seminar"

Rally Of Perak ( 21 ~ 22 October 2017 )

-Malaysianrally facebook.

Sunday, October 15, 2017

Penang Island Jazz Festival 2017 ( 30 November ~ 3 December 2017 )

This year's 14th edition of Malaysia's longest running annual jazz festival, The Penang Island Jazz Festival, will be held from the 30th November to 3rd December 2017.

A number of musical activities will be held in various venues on the island such as an opening performance at 23 Love Lane and an exhibition at The Black Box - Penang House of Music in Georgetown, Fringe Stages in the lobbies of Hard Rock Hotel, Penang and Bayview Beach Resort, the early morning "Sunrise@Tropical Spice Garden in Teluk Bahang and the "Jazz By The Beach" stage in the gardens of Bayview Beach Resort.

Besides musical performances, there will also be workshops conducted by participating artists, the Island music forum on topics revolving around other aspects of the music industry, gallery exhibitions and the after- hours jazz jam.
This year's main stage programme showcases a diverse and eclectic line-up of performers on the "Jazz By The Beach stage" on 2nd & 3rd December 2017 with Italian fingerstyle guitarist "Peppino D'Agostino", jazz, blues and swing band - "Adam Hall & the Velvet Playboys", jazz saxophonist cum opera singer "Haakon Kornstad", a Polish-Indonesian collaboration "Grzegorz Karnas Formula", creative jazz drummer "Eva Klesse and her Quartet", Ethno-fusion bands "SE:UM", and "Modern Pansori" from Korea, modern jazz Luxembourg-USA collaboration trio "Reis Demuth Wiltgen", acoustic folk jazz quartet "Holler My Dear" and Penang's own jazz quintet "Tonal Alchemy".

The Penang Island Jazz Festival 2017 is part of 10 Days 3 Festivals and supported by Penang Global Tourism Sdn. Bhd., Goethe Institut, Austrian Embassy Kuala Lumpur, Embassy of The Republic of Poland, IAM Culture, Jazz Polsku, Sori festival, Jeonbuk Culture Contents Industry Agency, Redcon Music Factory, Music LX, The Culture Factory SE:UM, Incheon Cultural Foundation, Arts Council Korea, Bupyeong Cultural Foundation, Aesop, KK Jazz Festival, LBS Music World, Roland Asia Pacific, The Guitar Store, Official Ride Partner - UBER, Venue Partners, Bayview Beach Resort, Hard Rock Hotel Penang, Tropical Spice Garden, The Black Box Penang House of Music, 23. Love lane, Media Partners, Malaysian Insights, Homegrown Productions and Rentak Sejuta.

Tickets to the "Jazz by the Beach" performances are priced at RM85.00 per night and is available via and its authorized outlets.

For more information on the Festival activities, visit
Join us on
Twitter @penangjazzfest,
Instagram @PenangIslandJazzFestival and our
YouTube channel PenangIslandJazzFestival.
The Penang Island Jazz Festival is organized and managed by The Capricorn Connection
Ms. Chin CY, Festival Administrator (012 - 356 5544,
Mr. Kevin Theseira, Administrative & Programme Executive (016- 360 7091,

Saturday (2nd December 2017)

7:00pm - 7:45pm -> Modern Pansori
7:55pm - 8:40pm -> Eva Klesse Quartet
8:50pm - 9:35pm -> Peppino D'Agostino
9:45pm - 10:30pm -> Grzegorz Karnas Formula
10:40pm - 11:25pm -> Adam Hall and The Velvet Playboys
Sunday (3rd December 2017)
7:00pm - 7:45pm -> Tonal Alchemy
7:55pm - 8:40pm -> SE:UM
8:50pm - 9:35pm -> Haakon Kornstad
9:45pm - 10:30pm -> Reis Demuth Wiltgen
10:40pm - 11:25pm -> Holler My Dear
N.B. Programme is subject to change

American Perez takes CIMB Classic

KUALA LUMPUR: American Pat Perez (pix) has won the CIMB Classic for his career third US PGA Tour title.

The 41-year-old shot a final round 69 for 24-under 264 total to win by four strokes from compatriot Keegan Bradley at the TPC Kuala Lumpur on Sunday.
He pocketed US$1.26mil (RM5.23mil) for his effort.

PGA Tour Rookie of the Year Xander Schaufelle could only manage a 72 to share third with South Korea's Kang Sung-hoon (71) on 271.

Gavin Kyle Green emerged the best Malaysian finisher in the 78-man field event in joint 61st spot. He closed with a 75 for 288 overall. Danny Chia was a stroke behind in tied 63rd while Nicholas Fung finished 76th on a dismal 11-over 299.

Leading final round scores
264: Pat Perez (US) 66-65-64-69;
268: Keegan Bradley (US) 65-71-65-67;
271: Xander Schauffele (US) 65-67-67-72, Kang Sung-hoon (Kor) 67-68-65-71;
272: Cameron Smith (Aus) 64-71-73-64, Hideki Matsuyama (Jpn) 70-68-63-71.
274: Paul Casey (Eng) 77-63-69-65, Danny Lee (Nzl) 73-65-68-68, Lucas Glover (US) 71-67-68-68;

275: Rafa Cabrera Bello (Spa) 67-70-69-69, Peter Uihlein (US) 73-68-65-69, Anirban Lahiri (Ind) 67-73-64.
-thestar online.

MATTA swings into action with own ITB pavilion and other roadshows

Executive council members of the Malaysian Association of Tour and Travel Agents (MATTA) have announced plans for 2018, which include the purchase of a pavilion at ITB Berlin, a first for the association, and roadshows to nordic markets in the first half of the year.

MATTA president KL Tan said: “We just opened for (the ITB) registration. We expect 25 members to join us as well as 15 hoteliers and product owners.”
Following the ITB Berlin travel trade show, MATTA will be organising a roadshow to Sweden, Denmark and Finland from March 12-15.

In addition, MATTA will more aggressively organise B2B roadshows in New Delhi (January), Mumbai, Pune and Ahmedabad (February), Chengdu, Chongqing, Jakarta and Surabaya (March), and Dhaka, Kolkata and Hyderabad (April).

Tan said there will be a focus on South Asia, China and Indonesia – key inbound markets for Malaysia. Arrivals from these markets comprised 21.5 per cent of total arrivals to Malaysia for the first five months.

MATTA, which only started organising its own roadshows this year, intends to work closely with Tourism Malaysia’s overseas offices and travel agents associations in the country it brings its events to.

In addition, MATTA has submitted its proposals to the government to be taken into consideration when Budget 2018 is tabled on October 27. Tan shared: “Our proposals include easing conditions to assist new and small companies, providing tax incentives to tour operators who handle more than 750 foreign tourists and 1,500 domestic tourists annually, and providing funding for capacity building in the travel sector including apprentice training to reskilling and upskilling of current practitioners.

“We also asked the government for incentives for online marketing and promotions to enable agents to compete more effectively with online travel agents. And to attract more high-end travellers, we have asked for a waiver of import duty for luxury tour vehicles and excise duty exemption to be extended to all classes of tourism vehicles.”
-TTG Asia.

Friday, October 13, 2017

Malaysia negara ke-12 paling banyak dikunjungi pelancong di seluruh dunia

NAZRI Abdul Aziz menerima cenderahati daripada Ketua Pengarah Institut Diplomasi dan Hubungan Luar (IDFR), Datuk Mohamad Sadik Kethergany ketika Sesi Syarahan Diplomasi Budaya IDFR ke-2 di Auditorium IDFR, di sini hari ini. - UTUSAN

KUALA LUMPUR 12 Okt.- Malaysia menduduki tangga ke-12 sebagai negara paling banyak dikunjungi oleh pelancong dari seluruh dunia.

Menteri Pelancongan dan Kebudayaan, Datuk Seri Mohamed Nazri Abdul Aziz berkata, statistik yang diperoleh daripada Pertubuhan Pelancongan Dunia Bangsa-Bangsa Bersatu (UNWTO) itu menunjukkan Malaysia mampu bersaing dengan negara-negara maju yang menjadi pilihan utama destinasi pelancongan.

“Negara-negara seperti Perancis, Sepanyol, Itali, Jerman, United Kingdom, Amerika Syarikat mahupun China sudah tentu mempunyai nilai pelancongan yang tinggi tetapi apabila Malaysia berada di tempat ke-12, ini satu pencapaian yang cukup membanggakan.

“Malah, penggunaan slogan ‘Malaysia Truly Asia’ menjadi slogan pelancongan terbaik di dunia. Alhamdulillah, walaupun negara kita mempunyai banyak kekurangan tetapi kita masih mampu bersaing dengan negara-negara hebat di luar sana,” katanya di sini hari ini.

Beliau berkata demikian ketika menyampaikan syarahan ‘Mempromosikan diplomasi budaya Malaysia’ dalam Sesi Syarahan Diplomasi Budaya di Institut Diplomasi dan Hubungan Luar (IDFR) kedua di sini hari ini.

Yang turut hadir Ketua Setiausaha Kementerian Pelancongan dan Kebudayaan, Datuk Ab. Ghafar A. Tambi, Ketua Pengarah IDFR, Datuk Mohamad Sadik Kethergany.
-utusan online.

Thursday, October 12, 2017

Malaysia Autoshow 2017 @ MAEPS Serdang ( 9 ~12 November 2017 )

Malaysia Automotive Institute (MAI), an agency under the Ministry of International Trade and Industry, will be organising the Malaysia Autoshow 2017 from 9th to 12th of November 2017. The event will be held at Malaysia Agro Exposition Park Serdang (MAEPS), Serdang, Selangor Darul Ehsan.

Malaysia Autoshow 2017 will be the largest motor show ever held in Malaysia. This event will be providing a platform for car makers to launch their new models and also to position themselves to promote new car models and to increase Malaysia’s economic growth through the automotive sector. In addition, Malaysia Autoshow 2017 will be filled with exciting events to build interest and educate Malaysians, especially youths, on the latest developments in the automotive industry. Side programmes such as Car Care Week, Pandu Uji Kenderaan 4x4, Karting Slalom, Himpunan Kelab-Kelab Permotoran, Konsert and others will also be held.

At the same time, MAI will be organising KL International Automotive Symposium (KLIAS) 2017 in conjunction with Malaysia Autoshow 2017. The symposium will start a day earlier on 8th November 2017 until 12th November 2017. KLIAS is a platform for the community to discuss and share ideas regarding the automotive industry. KLIAS also functions as a platform to the hold annual-meeting for the world automotive industry in Malaysia.
-AirAsia RedTix. 

M’sia gets Golden Week glow, a bit at Bali’s expense

Island destinations like those in Sabah (Mantanani island pictured) doing well

Malaysian inbound agents reported a pick-up in Chinese bookings during the recently concluded National Day Golden Week holiday in China, with island destinations, eco-tourism and cultural tours doing well.

The threat of eruption at Bali’s Mount Agung had also contributed to tourists changing bookings from Bali to Sabah and Langkawi, observed Winnie Ng, deputy general manager, Pearl Holiday Travel & Tour.

She added: “This year, Taman Negara National Park, and eco-tourism activities in Kuantan saw a pick-up. In the past, these destinations were quite hard to sell.”

Another agent, Law Wai Shyang, executive director, Confidence Travel & Tour, said itineraries to Kuala Selangor, Raub and Pangkor Island – already popular with the Taiwan and Hong Kong markets – were introduced to the mainland market and sales were better than expected.

He said: “Repeat visitors were also looking for more than city tours and shopping. We saw more interest this year from FITs interested in experiencing local Chinese and Malay cultures. (We also see) greater interest to try local hawker-style food.”

Law saw a 15 per cent year-on-year growth in business from mainland China during the Chinese holiday peak.

Mint Leong, managing director of Sunflower Holidays, reported a 20 per cent growth over the 2016 Golden Week period, adding that improved air connectivity from China to Langkawi and Sabah had spurred interest for both destinations.

Another trend, she said, was an increase in groups that chose Malaysia as a mono destination rather than in combination with Thailand or Singapore.
-TTG Asia.

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Travel Malaysia 2017 @ Singapore EXPO ( 13 ~ 15 October 2017 )

Travel Malaysia 2017 is back!
13 ~ 15 October 2017 from 11am to 9pm daily
Singapore Expo Hall 6A

- Watch cultural dance performances from Tourism Johor

- Daily stage game with attractive prizes to be won, sponsored by EEBA, Great Excursion Travel and Sabah Tourism Board

- Artistes Performance On Stage - Ben Lim & Wong Fui Yee
13 Oct @ 1pm & 6pm, 14 ~ 15 Oct @ 12pm, 2.30pm & 7.15pm

- Catch Jiaming from 88.3Jia FM
14 Oct at 5pm-7pm at WTS Travel’s booth

- Redeem 1-night stay in First World Hotel (Standard Room) from 3GP*

- Exclusive Room Package Deal!
2D1N First World Hotel Superior Deluxe + Breakfast + Return Coach Transfer from SGD $79 per pax*
For enquiries and booking, please visit the appointed agents at the fair:
WTS Travel / Transtar Travel / The One Travel / 707-inc / Konsortium

- Tour The World with Snoopy®
Meet & Greet at WTS Travel’s booth 2pm, 4pm & 7pm daily
Colouring Contest on 14 Oct @ 2pm onwards
opens to ALL aged 3 – 8 years old
FREE Colour Pencils!
Registration FREE!
Brought to you by WTS Travel and Resorts World Genting

- Take home a limited-edition goodie bag daily @ Booth No. A01 (while stocks last)

- Grand Lucky Draw win up to $13,600 worth of prizes including cruise, resort and hotel vouchers (with a minimum spend of $200)
*Terms & conditions apply
-Travel Malaysia Fair Facebook.

SoundValley Festival 2017 @ MAEPS Serdang ( 11 ~12 November 2017 )

SoundValley Festival 2017 will be the first music festival to be held in conjunction with Malaysia’s Largest Annual Autoshow i.e MALAYSIA AUTOSHOW 2017.

The Festival venue will be at Malaysia Agro Exposition Park Serdang (MAEPS). Patrons of the festival, not only will enjoy performances from local and international artists, they will be able to visit Malaysia Autoshow 2017 and join their activities. All festival tickets comes with a complimentary entrance to Malaysia Autoshow 2017.

SoundValley Festival is a TWO days festival featuring Local & International Legendary Bands

-AirAsia RedTix.

Monday, October 9, 2017

AirAsia lancar penerbangan terus ke Jeju

PENGERUSI Eksekutif AirAsia Berhad, Datuk Kamarudin Meranun (tiga dari kanan) bersama Ketua Pengarah Biro Pelancongan Jeju, Lee Seung Chan (dua dari kiri) dan Ketua Pegawai Eksekutif AirAsia X, Benyamin Ismail menunjukkan harga tambang promosi dalam majlis pelancaran penerbangan terus Jeju-Kuala Lumpur di sini hari ini.

KUALA LUMPUR 9 Okt. - AirAsia X melancarkan laluan penerbangan terus terbaharu ke Jeju, Korea Selatan dengan kekerapan empat kali seminggu.

Ketua Pegawai Eksekutifnya, Benyamin Ismail berkata, AirAsia X menjadi menjadi satu-satunya syarikat penerbangan yang terbang terus ke Jeju dari Kuala Lumpur.

Katanya, sempena pengenalan laluan itu AirAsia X menawarkan tambang promosi bermula RM199 dan RM899 sehala masing-masing untuk tempat duduk ekonomi dan premium flatbed.

“Promosi istimewa ini bermula esok hingga 15 Oktober depan bagi perjalanan pada 12 Disember sehingga 25 Mac 2018. Orang ramai boleh menempah tiket promosi ini di laman web,” katanya dalam majlis pelancaran laluan Jeju-Kuala Lumpur di sini hari ini.
-utusan online.