Thursday, December 14, 2017

Movie Animation Park Studios expect to draw a million visitors

Perak Industrial, Investment and Corridor Development Committee chairman Datuk Mohammad Zahir Abdul Khalid (two, left) said the theme park, which opened its doors last June, would be in full operation next month. (pix by L MANIMARAN)

IPOH: Movie Animation Park Studios (MAPS) is targeting one million visitors within a year of its operations.

Perak Industrial, Investment and Corridor Development Committee chairman Datuk Mohammad Zahir Abdul Khalid said the theme park, which opened its doors last June, would be in full operation next month.

"Works are being carried out at the Dream Zone, while other attractions at the parks had also undergone upgrading works. We expect all the zones to open in January.

"For the Dream Zone, the intellectual property owner, Dreamworks, had set its terms, namely upgrades on the audio and lighting systems, as well as the designs on the rides before we can get the green light," he told a press conference at the theme park today.

He said the Dream Zone was initially scheduled for opening on Dec 15, but had to be postponed as officials from Dreamworks would only arrive in Malaysia next month.

"We hope to open the zone on Jan 18," he said, adding that some 100,000 visitor arrivals were recorded between June and October.

He said the park is expected to hit the 300,000-visitor mark by the end of December and one million visitors within a year of its operation.

"This is a realistic target, considering the fact that the Taiping Zoo, which is another tourism attraction in Perak, also receives around the same number of visitors," he said.

MAPS, which began operations on June 26, offers over 40 animation-themed attractions including Boboiboy, The Smurfs and characters from Dreamworks' movies like Mr Peabody & Sherman, Casper The Friendly Ghost, Megamind and The Croods. 
-nst online.

Leadership changes as AirAsia embarks on digital transformation

(Fourth from left to right): Adrian Jenkins, chief operations officer of AirAsia; Rozman Omar, executive director of AirAsia International; Riad Asmat, CEO of AirAsia Berhad; Tan Sri Tony Fernandes, group CEO of AirAsia; Aireen Omar, deputy group CEO of AirAsia – digital transformation & corporate services; and Bo Lingam, deputy group CEO of AirAsia
– airline business

AirAsia Group is making a series of changes to its senior leadership effective January 10, which it says is in line with its new digital strategy.

Aireen Omar, the current CEO of AirAsia Berhad, will be promoted to deputy group CEO – digital, transformation, corporate services, reporting to AirAsia Group CEO Tony Fernandes.

The group said Aireen’s appointment signals its determination to transform from an aviation company into a digital corporation, as well as underline its intention to restructure priorities to maximise the potential of the Fourth Industrial Revolution.

With digital transformation being a priority, Aireen will spearhead non-airline companies such as BIGPay, BIG Loyalty, ROKKI Shoppe, ROKKI Portal, Travel360, Vidi, RedTix, AirAsiaGo, BD4H, RedCargo, Red Box and Santan.
Additionally, Aireen will oversee large, strategic groupwide initiatives and help transform AirAsia into a global, cloud-driven product and platform company. 

Aireen will be responsible for AirAsia’s digital strategy, promoting innovation throughout the group and encouraging collaboration across AirAsia’s businesses and markets.

She will also continue to lead the corporate services sector for the AirAsia group, which includes risk management, government affairs and corporate development.

Before she was promoted to her current role as CEO of AirAsia Berhad, Aireen joined AirAsia in January 2006 as director of corporate finance, and her portfolio expanded to also include treasury, fuel procurement and investor relations functions. She was then promoted to regional head of corporate finance, treasury and investor relations, and was also member of the Safety Review Board.

Meanwhile, Adrian Jenkins, current group director, flight operations, has been named COO, reporting to Bo Lingam, deputy group CEO of AirAsia (airline business).

In his new role, Jenkins will be responsible for group functions for ground operations, engineering, safety, security, QA, NMC and customer experience. He will also drive AirAsia Group’s On Time Performance (OTP) and overall customer experience.

He assumed his current position on January 2, 2015 with overall responsibility for the safe and efficient operation of AirAsia aircraft by overseeing pilot recruitment, training and operations as well as cabin crew, ensuring compliance with national and international regulatory requirements and procedures.

Rozman Omar, current deputy group CEO, strategy and MNA has been appointed to the role of executive director of AirAsia International Limited, a holding company of all AirAsia group investments in its overseas joint ventures.

As well, Riad Asmat has been named the new CEO of AirAsia Berhad, reporting directly to Lingam. Prior to his appointment as CEO, Riad was director for corporate planning, strategy & business development, Naza Corporation Holdings, and grown the company across functions in automotive, property and construction.
-TTG Asia.

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Condor Airlines Commences Winter Service To Kuala Lumpur In 2018

FRANKFURT, GERMANY, 13 December 2017 – Malaysia Airports and Malaysia Tourism Promotion Board (Tourism Malaysia) have announced that Condor Airlines, from Germany, will be commencing its Frankfurt-Kuala Lumpur route during the Northern Winter in 2018.

In relation to this, Tourism Malaysia has inked a Memorandum of Marketing Collaboration (MoMC) with Condor Airlines in a ceremony held at Condor Flugdienst GmbH yesterday, marking the beginning of a joint marketing initiative with Condor Airlines utilizing a promotional fund set up between Tourism Malaysia and Malaysia Airports.

The ceremony, witnessed by YB Dato’ Seri Mohamed Nazri Abdul Aziz, Minister of Tourism and Culture Malaysia, was represented by YBhg. Dato’ Sri Abdul Khani Daud, Deputy Director General (Promotions) of Tourism Malaysia and Mr. Ralf Teckentrup, the CEO of Condor Airlines.

Condor Airlines had finalised its decision to operate its maiden flight to Malaysia during the World Travel Market in London last month. The airline will commence a thrice-weekly service in November 2018, utilising the A330-200 aircraft that will provide capacity for about 850 inbound passengers weekly.

With the scheduled flight by Condor Airlines, it is hoped that the European passenger numbers, particularly from Germany, will increase. Currently, there is no direct flights between Germany and Kuala Lumpur since the withdrawal of services by Malaysia Airlines and Lufthansa. Malaysia Airports and Tourism Malaysia have been working hand-in-hand in wooing airlines from Europe, and the entrance of Condor Airlines will enhance the connectivity from Europe to Malaysia.

Prior to this, Malaysia Airports and Tourism Malaysia had finalised a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU), with a view to promote, develop and increase inbound tourism globally particularly from India, China and Europe. This joint marketing initiative requires both parties to establish a promotional fund, to be used to support marketing campaigns by airlines and travel industry partners. The establishment of this initiative is timely as it augurs well for new airlines like Condor Airlines that need to develop inbound tourism into Malaysia.

YB Dato’ Seri Mohamed Nazri said, “This is a huge breakthrough for Tourism Malaysia, who has managed to draw a major deal with Condor Airlines, along with the collaboration with Malaysia Airports. I look forward to the start of the services between Frankfurt and Kuala Lumpur, which is hoped to boost the number of visitors to Malaysia, especially with the upcoming Visit Malaysia Year 2020.”

Managing Director of Malaysia Airports Datuk Badlisham Ghazali said, “I look forward to welcome Condor Airlines to the KLIA family come November 2018. I am happy that we are able to expand our connectivity from Europe, which will further enhance KLIA as a regional hub. Malaysia Airports will support Condor Airlines in all operational matters at the airport. I am also proud that the collaboration that Malaysia Airports and Tourism Malaysia had recently established is instrumental to woo airlines like Condor Airlines to start its operations to Malaysia.”

Condor Airlines’ decision to fly to Kuala Lumpur will facilitate European tourists to visit Malaysia. Malaysia Airports and Tourism Malaysia are keen to jointly promote the Frankfurt – Kuala Lumpur route with Condor Airlines and to ensure the sustainability of this new service. Condor Airlines currently operates 62 destinations out of a few cities in Germany including Frankfurt and Munich.
-Tourism Malaysia.

Tourism Professionals Meet 2018 By MITA @ MITEC Kuala Lumpur ( 19 ~ 20 January 2018 )

In conjunction of MITA TRAVEL FAIR , MITA will be organising 2 full days of compelling and informative programme of Seminars and Networking Events for Tourism Professionals. 
* Speed Networking with Media, Hotels , Homestay, Social Media Influencers, Banks & Financial Inst
* Agro Tourism Seminar
* Eco Tourism Seminar
* Sports Tourism Seminar
* Inbound Tourism Business Opportunities 
* Explore the Smart Tourism 
* Tech Tourism Showcase
* State Tourism Presentation
* Niche Market Intro
* More & More Coming Soon 

Dont MISS this event !!! Its time for us to CHANGE THE GAME

Please book your ticket now at

EURASIA CUP 2018 @ Glenmarie Golf & Country Club, Malaysia ( 12 ~ 14 January 2018 )

Akin to the Ryder Cup, the EurAsia Cup is a biennial international team match play golf tournament featuring the best available players from Europe & Asia competing in a 3 day "live" broadcast event.

The 3rd edition of the tournament will be staged at Glenmarie Golf & Country Club from the 12th - 14th January '18. The EurAsia Cup is a tournament solely managed & promoted by the governing bodies of professional golf in their respective continents; the PGA European Tour & the Asian Tour.  

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Incubus Live in Kuala Lumpur 2018 Malaysia @ KL Live ( 13 February 2018 )

KUALA LUMPUR - November 29, 2017 – Alternative Rock Icons, Incubus is set to perform for a one-night only headlining show in Kuala Lumpur on 13 February 2018, 8PM at KL Live. 

Organized by IME Malaysia and InTour Live, Incubus Live in Kuala Lumpur 2018 will be presented by TuneTalk and supported by Rockaway, with Malaysia being the band’s second stop on their Asia Tour. Tickets go on sale starting December 1 at 10.00 AM on

The multi-platinum selling band gained international recognition following the release of their third album in 1999, ‘Make Yourself’ which spawned several hits, including the band's highest charting song "Drive”.Having produced 8 studio albums that sold more than 13 million copies worldwide, the band is known for its rock anthems like “Wish You Were Here”, “Megalomaniac”, “Anna Molly”, “Drive”, “Pardon Me”, “Are You In?”, and “Nice To Know You”, among others.

The quintet rock outfit, featuring vocalist Brandon Boyd, lead guitarist Mike Einziger, drummer Jose Pasillas, bassist Ben Kenney and DJ Chris Kilmore last performed in Malaysia in 2011. Having played for over million people across the world, Incubus has performed alongside some of the world’s alternative rock heroes such as Foo Fighters, Pearl Jam, the Flaming Lips and Deftones to name a few. 

In February, 2018, the band is expected to play songs from their eighth album, aptly titled “8”and re-produced and mixed by Skrillex, that was released in April 2017 - debuted at number 4 on the Billboard 200 albums chart – is the band’s first full-length release since 2011, album “If Not Now, When?”. 

Ticket prices for Incubus Live in Kuala Lumpur 2018 Malaysia starts at RM238 (Early Bird) and RM268 (Normal). Tickets will go on sale on December 1 at 10.00 AM via *ALL tickets price including 6% GST but excluding RM4 processing fee.

Walk-in purchases are available at Speedy Video, Rock Corner, TicketCharge KL office, The School by Jaya One, as well as at the information counter of The Mines shopping mall and 1 Shamelin. Interstate ticket locations are as follows: Eden Ultimate (Kuantan), Blonde Brunette (Penang) and TicketCharge office Penang.

Malaysia Christmas Open House Celebration 2017 @ Portuguese Settlement, Malacca ( 27 December 2017 )

Tourism Malaysia together with the Ministry of Tourism & Culture Malaysia will be organizing the Malaysia Christmas Open House Celebration (MRTM) 2017. The event will be held on 27th December 2017 in the Portuguese Settlement, Malacca. 

With the composition of various communities living in Malacca in addition to the numerous tourism attractions and products in Malacca, Tourism Malaysia and the Ministry of Tourism and Culture once again had chosen Malacca as the venue of the Malaysia Christmas Open House Celebration in 2017. 

The objectives of the Malaysia Christmas Open House Celebration (MRTM) 2017 are:
i. To instill unity, peaceful relations and understanding among Malaysians of various races and religions
ii. To highlight the tradition and culture of the Christmas celebration and turn it into a tourist attraction
iii. To inspire the 1Malaysia spirit in everyone
iv. To encourage domestic tourism 

The guests of honour will be YAB Dato’ Seri Mohd Najib bin Tun Haji Abdul Razak, the Prime Minister of Malaysia with wife, YABhg Datin Seri Rosmah Mansor, along with Tuan Yang Terutama Tun Datuk Seri Utama Dr. Mohd Khalil bin Yaakob, Governor of Malacca. Apart of that, YB Tan Sri Datuk Seri Panglima Joseph Kurup will also present as the representative of Christian communities. 

Tourism Malaysia is expected to organize more Malaysia Open House Celebration next year to encourage more in domestic tourism and to inspire Malaysian towards the spirit of 1Malaysia. 

27 December 2017 

The Portuguese Settlement, Malacca. 

-Tourism Malaysia.

Monday, December 11, 2017

Tourism Malaysia Global TV Commercial Wins PROFIMA Award

PUTRAJAYA, 7 December 2017 – A Tourism Malaysia television commercial entitled “Your Favourite Memories” was awarded the “Best Television Commercial” award at the PROFIMA International Film Fest & Awards (PIFFA), held on 6 November 2017 at Putra World Trade Centre.

Created by Filmpoint Sdn Bhd for Tourism Malaysia, the television commercial is part of the “Your Favorite Memories” advertising campaign to promote Malaysia as a destination that offers a host of attractions and indulgences, be it for the first-time traveler or the seasoned traveler. This win is a follow-up to Filmpoint’s award-winning Tourism Malaysia global television campaign “Best Time of Your Life” in 2012.

The theme “Your Favourite Memories” delivers a subtle message that Malaysia offers a fulfilling holiday with personal memories that last a lifetime.

In the television commercial, each scene is juxtaposed with the next, coupled with mirror messages that provide elements of surprise, delight and wonder, among others, in inviting the audience into the experiences that shape lifelong treasured memories of a vacation in Malaysia.

Yet again, Tourism Malaysia has excelled in promoting Malaysia to the world via another award-winning television commercial.

Background of PROFIMA International Film Fest & Awards (PIFFA)
PROFIMA (Persatuan Pekerja Profesional Filem Malaysia) is an established, recognised, and respected body that represents the Malaysian film and television industry, with members from all fields in the industry who have sharp and in-depth knowledge on creative and technical aspects.

The judging panel comprised industry stalwarts who evaluated various aspects including script, jingle, production design, art direction, cinematography, film editing, and, of course, film direction.
-Tourism Malaysia.

120 pelancong dari China dan Hong Kong tiba di Melaka

KETIBAAN kira-kira 120 pelancong dari China dan Hong Kong ke Pusat Dagangan Antarabangsa Melaka (MITC) Summit Hotel, Ayer Keroh di sini sebentar tadi. - UTUSAN ONLINE/HARITH NIZAR

MELAKA 11 Dis. - Kira-kira 120 pelancong dari China dan Hong Kong telah tiba ke negeri ini bagi tujuan promosi pelancongan serta memberi peluang kepada mereka untuk membuat pelaburan di sini.

Ketibaan mereka di Pusat Dagangan Antarabangsa Melaka (MITC) Summit Hotel, Ayer Keroh di sini sebelum itu telah melawat The Regalia Hotel, Tanjung Keling kira-kira pada pukul 11 pagi tadi.

Pelancong berkenaan kemudian dibawa untuk melawat Jalan Jonker dan selepas itu dipindahkan ke hotel di sini dan diberi makan petang yang dihoskan oleh pihak Sheng Tai International.

Antara tentatif program yang akan berlangsung selepas ini adalah sesi dialog dan perjumpaan bersama pihak pelabur sebelum diadakan jamuan makan malam di hotel tersebut.

Pelbagai lagi program akan dianjurkan yang berkaitan dengan budaya masyarakat tempatan seperti perkahwinan orang Melayu, sambutan dengan alunan kompang serta tarian kebudayaan.
-utusan online.

Indian Music Festival 2018 @ PWTC Kuala Lumpur ( 10 February 2018 )

Indian Music Festival is a music festival where we combine Local and Foreign artist under one roof.

IMF 2018 involving greater number of Local and South Indian singers which will providing multiple genre on Rap and Hip Hop, Indian Country Music & Songs (Ghana), Reggae and Rock.

This is the first time where an Indian Concert will be held in a Merdeka Hall, PWTC. We have chosen the best of the best to rock the stage. These artist are the best at their own genre where we will be introducing Anthony Daasan for Indian Country Music and Songs (Ghana), Shiraz a.k.a. Rude Bwoy from Sri Lanka for Reggae and Our very own Darkkey will Fire Up the stage with their Legendary Rock Songs.

Of Course not forgetting Psychomantra’s Dhrogam which hit the youtube with more than three thousand (3000) viewers with his team The Vocagenie Brothahood.Psycho. Unit with their power pack Hip Hop & Rappers Rabbit Mac, Sheezay, Havoc Brothers, Klang Kai and the very talented and versatile entertainer Santesh. Introducing Swastikaz with Five youngster for the first time will be appearing on the bigger stage and bigger crowd with their very own new style of beats and music. Ramji will kick off the show with his wonderful choreography and with his multi-talented dancers.

Elvis djNaughty has given the task to Hype the venue even before the concert kick off for the early comers.

More over IMF 2018 will Party All Night Long. Let’s join together to make this concert a memorable one. Let’s have fun and Party Together.
-AirAsia RedTix.

Friday, December 8, 2017

KL & Penang Hop On Hop Off City Tour - Family Package

Come and join us for Kuala Lumpur & Penang City Tour with our double decker open deck bus and experience the wonderful attractions along our route.

Do not miss this golden opportunity and bring along your family & friends to Hop on our City Tour!

Family Package is valid until 31st December 2017.

Tickets can be purchased at or walk-in to our designated stops.

For more information log on to or dial +603-9282 2713 (KL Hop On Hop Off) & +604-229 2899 (Penang Hop On Hop Off)

*This promotion is for Mykad holders only.
-Elang Wah Sdn Bhd.