PUTRAJAYA, 7 September 2017 – The Minister of Tourism and Culture, YB Dato’ Seri Mohamed Nazri Abdul Aziz, announced the call for nominations for the Malaysia Tourism Awards 2016/2017 today at his office in Putrajaya.
YB Dato’ Seri Mohamed Nazri said, “The support and commitment of the tourism trade players in Malaysia and our partners abroad have been instrumental in raising Malaysia’s tourism profile. It is to them that we pay tribute with the Malaysia Tourism Awards 2016/2017.”
“I take this opportunity to invite everyone to submit their nominations of deserving individuals and organisations in the respective categories of the Malaysia Tourism Awards 2016/2017. I look forward to receiving a good response from the public as it is a way to acknowledge and recognize those who have worked hard to uphold the standards of tourism in this country,” he added.
The prestigious Malaysia Tourism Awards is held once every two years; this is the 20th edition of the esteemed awards.
It recognises and honours local and international tourism industry players for outstanding and innovative products and services. It also acts as an incentive for participants to strive for the highest level of professionalism and quality in both products and services.
Members of the Malaysia and international travel trade as well as the media are invited to submit their nominations for any of the 14 award categories namely:
i. Best Local Tour Operator
a. Inbound Tour Operator
b. Domestic Tour Operator
ii. Best Foreign Tour Operator
a. Southeast Asia Market
b. South Asia and West Asia Market
c. East Asia and North Asia Market
d. Americas, Europe and Oceania Market
iii. Best Tourism Article
a. Printed Publication
i. Local Publication
ii. International Publication
iv. Best Travel Documentary and TV Commercial on Malaysia
b. TV Commercial
v. Best Tourist Attraction
a. Natural Attraction / Eco-Tourism / Agro-Tourism
b. Man-Made Attraction – Theme Park
c. Man-Made Attraction – Arts & Culture Attraction
vi. Most Innovative Tour Package
a. Off-the-Beaten Track
b. Special Interest
vii. Best Hotel Services
a. 5-star (city)
b. 5-star (resort)
c. 4-star (city)
d. 4-star (resort)
e. 3-star (city)
f. 3-star (resort)
g. NBOS Fresh Air resort
h. Boutique Hotel
viii. Best Tourist Guide
a. City Guide
b. Nature Guide
ix. Best Shopping Centre
a. Integrated Shopping Centre
b. Stand-Alone Shopping Centre
x. Best Homestay
xi. Best Spa
a. Best Spa Operator (Hotel/Resort)
b. Best Spa Operator (Individual premise)
xii. Innovative Restaurant
xiii. Best Entertainment Spot
xiv. Best Airline
Two new categories were introduced for this edition of the Malaysia Tourism Awards, namely, “Best Entertainment Spot” and “Best Airline” to acknowledge the private sector effort in accomplishing the Tourism NKEA objectives of establishing a “Dedicated Entertainment Zone (DEZ)” and enhancing connectivity from medium-haul markets to capitalize on the high-yield tourism market.
The “Best Travel Documentary on Malaysia” category has been revamped to “Best Travel Documentary and TV Commercial on Malaysia” while “Best Tourism Article” will focus on articles on Malaysia in both printed and online media by local and foreign writers.
The official Malaysia Tourism Awards form can be obtained from Tourism Malaysia offices and 22 Tourist Information Centres (TIC) in Malaysia. However, it is easily downloadable from the official websites of www.tourism.gov.my and www.motac.gov.my. Closing date is 30 September 2017.
Submissions can be made by the nominee through self-nomination, or by members of the tourism industry and the public. Nomination forms must be completed with nominee profiles as well as related supporting documents.
Entries should be addressed to:
The Judging Committee
Malaysia Tourism Awards 2016/2017 Secretariat,
Malaysia Tourism Promotion Board,
4th Floor, No. 2 Tower 1,
Precinct 5, 62200 Putrajaya, Malaysia.
Tel: 03-8891 8437 / 8421 / 8416 /8434
Fax: 03-8891 8499
Completed entries and enquiries can be emailed to email@example.com.
The awards ceremony is tentatively scheduled for January 2018 in Kuala Lumpur.-Tourism Malaysia.