Wednesday, 31 January 2018

Diving In Malaysia @ Moscow Dive Show 2018

To those who are attending the upcoming Moscow Dive Show 2018 from 1~4th February that Clement Lee will be doing two presentation talks during the show as follow :

1) Date: 1st February Thursday
Venue: Ru Dive Booths
Time : 1200-1300
Topic: The 3 Recommended Dive Resorts in Malaysia

2) Date: 4th February Sunday
venue: The Cinema Hall at the Show
Topic: Diving in Malaysia - Sendational Underwater.

Tourism Malaysia Booth # F1/1
-Clement Lee.

Tourism Malaysia To Promote Malaysia At SATTE 2018

NEW DELHI, 30 JANUARY 2018 - Tourism Malaysia is promoting Malaysia in India, in conjunction with the South Asia Travel and Tourism Exchange (SATTE 2018) from today to 2 February 2018. 

The three-day programme will be held at the Pragati Maidan Convention Centre and it will be an opportunity for buyers and sellers to network with each other and develop new tourism products and packages.
YBhg. Dato’ Dr. Siew Ka Wei, Chairman of Tourism Malaysia, is leading the Malaysian delegation comprising of 8 tour agents, 8 hotel operators, 6 product owners, 2 airline operators, 2 services providers and several officials from Melaka State, Langkawi Island and Tourism Malaysia to promote Malaysia as a preferred tourist destination.

This year is the 24th year of SATTE since it was first organised in 1994, and it is regarded as one of the largest travel trade exhibitions in the South Asia region, attracting hundreds of trade visitors from all over the world.

Malaysia’s presence at SATTE this year is an early preparation for the promotion of Visit Malaysia Year 2020 in the region. This promotional effort is expected to increase the number of Indian tourists to Malaysia significantly, through promoting a greater awareness of Malaysia as an ideal holiday destination, as well as fostering greater cooperation between tour operators and members of the tourism fraternity.

India is one of the top ten markets for Malaysia, with a total of 638,578 tourists recorded in 2016. Last year, from January to October, total arrivals from India was at 449,559 arrivals.
-Tourism Malaysia.

Tuesday, 30 January 2018

Malaysia Super Sale Kicks Off 43 Days Of Exciting Shopping Experiences Nationwide

PUTRAJAYA, 29 JAN 2018: The Malaysia Super Sale will begin on 1 February until 15 March, offering shoppers 43 days of exciting shopping experiences, discounts and bargains at shopping malls and retail outlets nationwide.

The sale season coincides with significant celebrations including Valentine’s Day on 14 February as well as Chinese New Year on 16 and 17 February, thus providing ample opportunities for shoppers to make advanced preparations for the special day.

Shoppers can expect not only discounts of up to 70% on goods and services, but also marvel at the gorgeous decorations put up at each shopping mall. In addition, shopping malls have curated numerous supporting events to complement the sale season, providing shoppers with even more value for money as well as many great reasons to enjoy a fascinating day out at your favourite mall.

Among the shopping malls in the Klang Valley contributing towards the excitement of the sale season are Pavilion KL, Sunway Pyramid, Sunway Putra Mall and Sungei Wang.

At Pavilion KL, the Chinese New Year decorations begin at the iconic landmark just outside the entrance of the mall at the Pavilion Crystal Fountain where shoppers can toss a coin to make a wish. Then step into the colourful gardens of the Main Entrance where flower blooms cascade from above “blessing” those who visit. Pavilion KL’s “Dream Garden of Prosperity” theme goes all out to bless its visitors with good wishes and prosperity. It’s all part of the Visit Pavilion KL 2018 campaign to encourage more people to stopover at the award-winning mall.

Meanwhile, Sunway Pyramid goes with “The Merriment of Spring” theme, rewarding shoppers with a chance to grab All Season Prosperity Angpows and Reunion Dining Sets. A photo booth featuring a traditional tea house set-up is where shoppers can snap as many photos as they want. There is also a variety of stalls selling the usual Chinese New Year offerings such as beard candy, traditional candies, calligraphy, fresh flowers, and traditional costumes. Shoppers can also enjoy lion dance performances every Saturday at the Concourse.

Not to be outdone, Sunway Putra Mall will ring in the celebrations with its “Wind of Blessings” theme. Visit the Flower Market by Green Pasture selling bountiful blooms, or look out for festive essentials at the Spring Bazaar. Apart from that, there are also great deals and irresistible offers at RM8 at selected outlets. Lion dance performances and art and craft activities are also scheduled while the public are encouraged to toss their wishes at the Tree of Blessings for a special someone and the mall will grant selected wishes. To add to the festive atmosphere, there will be a “Mandarin Orange Eating Competition” for the public to participate and win amazing prizes.

Sungei Wang, one of the oldest shopping malls in KL, is also ready to usher in the year of Earth Dog with the theme “Sungei Wang Garden of Wealth” to spread wealth and prosperity to all its visitors. One of the main highlights at the mall is the Golden Money Tree Ang Pao Pick where shoppers have a chance to win the grand prize of RM888 cash if they are lucky enough to choose the right red envelope! Also not to be missed at the mall is the attempt by the QiLing Dragon & Lion Dance Association to enter the Malaysia Book of Records for the title of Longest LED Dragon Dance. The dragon, at a whopping length of 668 feet, will be paraded around the entire Bukit Bintang area at 7pm on 3 February.

Other shopping malls are also going all out to make this sale season a spectacular one. Don’t forget to check out Fahrenheit88 with their “Bundles of Luck” celebration; Intermark Mall with their “Streams of Harmony” theme; Suria KLCC with their daily prosperity giveaways; and more!

While shopping in Malaysia is considered one of the popular tourist activities due to the favourable exchange rate, quality of products and diversity of choice, the experience goes up a few notches during the three annual sale seasons in the country.

The other two sale seasons not to be missed are the Malaysia Mega Sale Carnival from 15 May to 31 July and the Malaysia Year End Sale from 1 November to 31 December this year.

To know more exciting events and promotion on Malaysia Super Sale at our local major malls, readers can log into Miss SHOPhia website (, follow her IG @miss_shophia and do like her Facebook at
-Tourism Malaysia.

Nazri defends Visit Malaysia Year 2020 logo

Netizens are raining criticism on the design of the Visit Malaysia Year 2020 (VMY2020) logo, but country’s tourism and culture minister, Nazri Abdul Aziz, has made his stand clear – the logo will stay.

The Star Online reported Nazri’s justifications: “Criticism is normal, we cannot get the consensus of the whole of Malaysia. If we want to wait for everyone to agree, even by 2020 it (the logo) will not be completed.”

The logo, done in-house by the design department, had not incurred any additional expense for the ministry.

Accompanied by the tagline Travel.Enjoy.Respect., in line with the National Eco-Tourism Plan 2016 – 2025, the logo is designed to resemble a postage stamp and features the Petronas Twin Towers, an orang utan, a proboscis monkey and a turtle on a beach. According to Nazri, these icons are most closely associated with Malaysia.

The logo was launched along with VMY2020 during ATF 2018 in Chiang Mai last week.

While the logo may have caught flak online, the Malaysian Association of Tour and Travel Agents (MATTA) says it is a fan.

MATTA president, KL Tan, said: “The new VMY2020 logo, which includes Malaysia’s best-known icons, are closely associated with promotions of popular destinations and enjoyable holiday experiences. The depiction of wildlife in the new logo is necessary for quick recognition while raising awareness of the importance that ecotourism can contribute towards development for rural communities.”

He added: “More importantly, close collaborations with the private sector at home and abroad are crucial in achieving the target set under the Malaysian Tourism Transformation Plan, which is to attract 36 million visitors and RM168 billion (US$43.2 billion) in tourism receipts in 2020.”

Apart from promotions and private sector collaborations, government policies such as granting 30-day visa-free entry for China and India nationals could boost arrivals, he continued.
-TTG Asia.

Monday, 29 January 2018

Tourism Malaysia Targets 12,000 Iranian Tourists During Nowruz

TEHRAN, IRAN, 23 JANUARY 2018 – Tourism Malaysia aims to welcome some 12,000 Iranian tourists to Malaysia during the Iranian new year holiday, Nowruz, which is from 20 March to 2 April.

As part of efforts to achieve this goal, Tourism Malaysia is currently in Tehran participating in the 11th Tehran International Tourism Exhibition 2018 (TITEX) from today until 26 January. It is the main Iranian tourism exhibition held annually in Tehran, and in which Malaysia has been participating since 2009.

Tourism Malaysia’s participation in TITEX this year sees seven tourism industry players from Malaysia including travel agents, hotels/resorts and airlines namely Air Asia X, Mahan Air, Shangri La Hotels, Palm Beach Tour and Travel Company, Toranj Tour and Travel Company, Gulliver Tour and Travel Company, and Pearl Island Holiday Travel Agency.

Leading the Malaysian delegation is Datuk Musa Yusof, Senior Director of International Promotions (Asia and Africa), who says, “Iran has been among the top-performing markets for Malaysia with potential for stronger growth. Our presence here at TITEX today is part of our marketing plan to pursue this market and show support to our industry partners here in Iran.”

Malaysia’s participation in the exhibition provides an avenue for Malaysia tourism industry players to network and solicit for new business with the Iranian counterparts. It is also a platform to update the industry players of Malaysia’s latest tourism developments and strengthen awareness on Malaysia as an ideal holiday destination for this market.

In 2016, Iran was among the top five markets with highest per capita expenditure in Malaysia amounting to RM6,696.70.

In addition, the first ten months of 2017 registered almost 50,000 tourist arrivals from Iran to Malaysia, showing a 27.1% growth compared to the same period in 2016.

Based on surveys conducted by Tourism Malaysia, Iranian tourists enjoy visiting our islands and beaches and shopping.

The strong performance from the Iran market is a result of Tourism Malaysia’s aggressive promotion in Iran in 2017. In May 2017, Tourism Malaysia organised a special familiarisation trip for Iranian industry players and media to Sabah and Redang Island.

Following this, three seminars were held in Tehran, Esfahan and Masshad to update Iranian travel agents and media on Malaysia as a preferred holiday destination.

Tourism Malaysia has a dedicated marketing representative stationed in Tehran to handle the promotion of Malaysia in this market. The Malaysian ambassador in Iran has also been instrumental in the promotion of Malaysia as a holiday destination for Iranians.

Currently, there are nine weekly flights operated by Mahan Air and Air Asia from Iran to Malaysia offering 3,083 seats.
-Tourism Malaysia.

ASEAN Tourism Cooperation Shows Progress At ATF 2018

PUTRAJAYA, MALAYSIA, 27 January 2018: Tourism Malaysia showed strong presence at the 37th ASEAN Tourism Forum in Chiang Mai, Thailand, which was held from 22 to 26 January.

Led by the Minister of Tourism and Culture, YB Dato’ Seri Mohamed Nazri Abdul Aziz, the Malaysian delegation comprised of 23 sellers from hotels and resorts, tour agencies and state tourism boards. The Malaysian delegation also included the Secretary General of Tourism and Culture, Datuk Rashidi Hasbullah, and Director General of Tourism Malaysia, Datuk Seri MIrza Mohamed Taiyab.

This year’s ATF was attended by 240 buyers and 233 exhibitors with 323 booths, representing companies and properties from 10 ASEAN countries, as well as 120 international media.

One of the major programmes Malaysia participated in was the ATF TRAVEX, a key platform for networking with international trade buyers and business meetings which took place at the Chiang Mai International Convention Centre, from 24 to 26 January 2018. It served as a dedicated platform for travel and tourism suppliers in ASEAN to explore business opportunities with international buyers and vice versa.

Malaysia made more than 1,000 appointments with international buyers representing 51 countries. The platform was effective in raising awareness among international delegates and media on the many new and exciting tourism products, services and events in Malaysia.

Datuk Seri Mirza said buyers were interested in updates of new tourism products, services and events in Malaysia, to expand their tour packages of Malaysia. The international media also came to the Malaysia Pavilion to obtain information on new products and events in Malaysia to promote them in their home countries.

Datuk Seri Mirza Mohammad Taiyab delivered a presentation to the media at the NTO Media Briefing on 25 January at the Meeting Room of the CMECC Convention Centre. The 45-minute briefing was attended by some 50 international media members.

He was also invited as a speaker to the ASEAN Gastronomy Conference that was held on the same day in Shangri-la Hotel Chiang Mai. The conference discussed the topic “The Future of FOOD: Turning ASEAN Tradition and Craftsmanship into Sustainable Gastronomic Tourism.” The conference set the stage for global speakers from the industry to share their best practices, for ASEAN gastronomy gurus to share their culinary expertise, and to explore the way forward to establish an ASEAN Gastronomy Federation and Network.

YB Dato’ Seri Nazri also hosted a special luncheon for international tourism trade buyers and media on 26 January at the Chiang Mai International Convention Centre. He took the opportunity to launch the Visit Malaysia 2020 promotion campaign and unveil the official logo.

He urged for the support of all industry counterparts for the campaign’s success and said that Visit Malaysia 2020 would benefit all tourism stakeholders in the region through collaborative cross-selling and re-marketing of the region to tourists who visited Malaysia.

In addition, the Minister also presented awards to recognise the outstanding contribution and commitment of ten organisations in the promotion of Malaysia in Thailand. The organisations comprised seven travel agencies, a tourism association and two media houses.

The ASEAN Tourism Awards is a recognition of ASEAN’s best sustainable rural or urban tourism products proposed and implemented by public and private stakeholders who have decided to join forces for the benefit of their destination.
On 26 January, 14 Malaysian organisations won in the following categories:

ASEAN Green Hotel Standard:
  • The Andaman A Luxury Collection Resort, Langkawi, Kedah
  • Nexus Resort & Spa Karambunai, Sabah
  • Riverside Majestic Hotel, Sarawak
  • The Palace Hotel Kota Kinabalu, Sabah
  • Min House Camp, Kelantan
ASEAN Clean Tourist City Standard
  • Putrajaya Corporation (Putrajaya)
  • City Council of Penang Island (George Town)
  • Muar Municipal Council (Muar)
ASEAN MICE Venue Standard
  • Nexus Resort & Spa Karambunai, Sabah
  • Shangri-La Rasa Sayang Resort & Spa, Penang
  • Pullman Kuching, Sarawak
  • Sunway Putra Hotel, KL
  • Bukit Gambang Resort City, Pahang
ASEAN Sustainable Tourism Standard
  • Urban category: KL Forest Eco Park by KL Tower (Bukit Nanas Forest Reserve), KL
  • Rural category: KOPEL Kinabatangan Wildlife Corridor Habitat Restoration Program, Sabah
During the ATF, the Minister attended various Bilateral Meetings of the ASEAN NTOs and Tourism Ministers such as the 21st Meeting of the ASEAN Tourism Ministers, 17th ASEAN Plus Three (China, Japan & Republic of Korea) Tourism Ministers Meeting, 6th Meeting of ASEAN–India Tourism Minister and the ASEAN Tourism Conference. The Minister also attended bilateral meetings with the Philippines, PATA, US-ASEAN Business Council and Vietnam.

In brief, Malaysia’s participation in the ASEAN Tourism Forum 2018 in Chiang Mai, Thailand, had been fruitful as it opened up various opportunities with international travel agents.
-Tourism Malaysia.

Tourism Malaysia makes a strong pitch at New York show

NEW YORK, Jan 29 — The Los Angeles office of Tourism Malaysia made a strong pitch at the New York Times Travel Show 2018, the most important event on the east coast for the travel and tourism sector, to promote Malaysia as an attractive destination for visitors from the United States.

Since the closure of Tourism Malaysia’s New York office last year, the onus of promoting Malaysia in North America has now fallen on the Los Angeles office.

Although the Malaysian booth at the three-day NYTTS 2018, which ended yesterday, attracted a steady stream of visitors interested in knowing more about Malaysia as a destination, the Los Angeles office faces budget constraints which constricts the Los Angeles office’s promotion work.

The promotion works, in particular, is in providing greater visibility to Malaysia through publicity and other promotional activities, as done by the tourism promotion offices of Thailand, Indonesia, India, Japan, South Korea and other Asian countries.

In a market such as the United States, publicity and other promotional activities are an integral part of the overall promotion work.

Another challenge facing the Tourism Malaysia office is that there is no direct connectivity between the US and Malaysia after Malaysia Airlines stopped flying to this country a few years back.

In effect, tourists have to rely on airlines of other countries flying into the US and then to Malaysia via their home base. Singapore Airline, Eva Air, China Airlines, Emirates, Qatar Airways are some of the airlines that fly from the US to Malaysia via their home base entailing a layover time.

Azilina Azni Zainal Abidin, vice president of the Los Angeles office of Tourism Malaysia, explained that she was at the New York show to “tell the customers that we are still very much in the US despite the closure of the New York office. Maintaining continuity is an important aspect of our participation (at the New York show)”.

“Our participation in New York may be modest; however, it is important to highlight what Malaysia has to offer them,” Azni said in an interview with Bernama, pointing out that the US dollar goes a long way in Malaysia.

The present exchange rate of the US dollar at about RM3.86 makes it attractive for the US tourists to visit Malaysia.

Tourism traffic from the US to Malaysia had declined by approximately 10.2 per cent in the January-October 2017 period. In absolute figures, 165,722 US visitors were clocked in Malaysia during that period, compared with 184,502 visitors in the year-earlier period.

Malaysia’s presence at the show was to meet travel agents, tour operators and consumers.

“The Los Angeles team is here for the first time, since past participations were organised by the New York office,” Azni said, adding that US tourists were driven by several factors such as nature and wildlife, sun and beaches, the diversity of Malaysia’s cuisine and culture and, most importantly, the hospitable people.

“Our food is also a major attraction because of its uniqueness and diversity. Take, for example, our satay which is different because of its taste. Laksa is another popular dish, with every state having its own variety of laksa,” Azni noted.

Asked to explain the impact of lack of direct connectivity with Malaysia, Azni replied: “We miss our national carrier but we also have good connectivity through other airlines.” But she acknowledged that it was necessary to have greater budget allocations for advertising and creating an awareness about Malaysia.

“Our emphasis is to convey to the customers that although we are based in Los Angeles, we have not forgotten them,” she said.

South Asia Travel Exchange (SATTE) 2018 - Malaysia Pavilion

A total of 27 organizations comprising state tourism promotion board, travel agencies, hotel, airlines, and tourism product owners are taking part in SATTE at the Malaysia Pavilion from 31 January to 2 February 2018 at the Pragati Maidan Convention Centre – E170, Hall 11, New Delhi, India.
1. Grand Ion Delemen Hotel, Genting Highlands
2. Ombak Villa Langkawi
3. Fantasy Rainforest
4. Cenang Resort
5. Best Home (MM2H)
6. De Voyager Global Tours
7. Langkawi Development Authority
8. V E Hotel & Residence
9. Asian Season Travel
10. Reey A Signature Holidays
11. The Haven Resort Hotel, Ipoh
12. Ecoregion Holiday
13. Umgawa Legendary Adventure
14. D’Mart Travel & Tours
15. Arenaa Star Luxury Hotel
16. Tourland Travel
17. Lexis Hotels & Resorts
18. Luxury Tours (Malaysia)
19. Grand Season Hotel Kuala Lumpur
20. Malindo Air
21. Sunway Theme Parks
22. Legoland Malaysia Resort
23. Tourism Melaka
24. AirAsia
25. Desaru Coast
26. Majestic Express Holiday

27. Ultra Kirana

-Tourism Malaysia.

Sunday, 28 January 2018

Melaka Attracted 16.79 Million Tourists Last Year - Idris


MELAKA, Jan 27 (Bernama) -- A total of 16.79 million tourists visited Melaka last year, the highest ever recorded by the state, says Chief Minister Datuk Seri Idris Haron.

He said this was proof that Melaka had become one of the main tourist destinations in the country, with the majority of foreign tourists from China, Singapore, Indonesia, Taiwan and Hong Kong.

"Melaka may be small in size but immense in stature, where centuries of civilisation and cultures have met here, shaping the foundation of a thriving and progressive nation that we have today.

"We can see the growth of the tourism sector which attracted 16.28 million tourists in 2016, and we are targeting 17 million for this year,"he said in his speech at a dinner in conjunction with the 9th Joint Seminar and 40th Public Services Games For Public Sector Leaders of Malaysia and Singapore 2018 here tonight.

Also present were Chief Secretary to the Government, Tan Sri Dr Ali Hamsa, Head of Civil Service of Singapore Leo Yip and Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Mohamad Fuzi Harun.

The three-day event which began yesterday is attended by 41 public officials from Malaysia and 33 from Singapore.

Idris said among recognition which Melaka received last year were 'The World's Trendiest Holiday Destination by The British Post'; 'The Most Visited City In Malaysia After Kuala Lumpur (Recognition by Motac)'; and 'Top 10 Best Destination Must Visit in Asia By Lonely'.

Four more 'Top 25 Destinations By Trip'; 'Top Five Shopping Heaven In Malaysia', 'Top 50 World Street Food Awards' and 'The Prime Minister's Tourism Award For 2017'.

Idris said apart from distinction in tourism industry, the state government also worked hard to promote Melaka as a centre for investment, and for the past four and a half years, top companies worldwide had come to the state.

"We managed to receive more than RM22 billion in investments in the manufacturing sector, the highest in the investment history of Melaka."

Sunset Cruise on board Dickson Dragon @ Port Dickson, Malaysia

Feeling Bored During the Weekend??? Come and experience our Sunset Cruise on board Dickson Dragon...
FOC for children 3yrs old and below

Sunset Cruise (BBQ Buffet Dinner)
·        Experience Dickson Dragon out on waters off Port Dickson and soak in the view.
·        Embark/disembark location: Behind PD World Marina Condominium. (Waze - Dickson Dragon Cruise)
·        Kindly contact +6 012 - 900 8200 to make bookings. Bookings must be made at least 2 days before sailing date.
·        Kindly present Ticketpro e-Ticket during registration before boarding the boat.
·        Your voucher will only be valid for the Service that has been specified upon purchase and your ticket cannot be transferred for use of any other service.
·        If a Service is delayed or cancelled due to an Event outside Our Control (ex: Bad weather or Technical problems), Platinum Charters will endeavor to re-schedule the Service to a different day at no extra cost. This decision will be at Platinum Charters sole discretion.
·        All passengers must pay attention to and comply with all regulations and notices relating to the safety and security of the boat, crew, passengers and the boarding facilities.
·        Please check-in at the departure point at least 20 minutes before the scheduled departure time.
·        Meals on Board: If you have food restrictions or on a special diet, it must be ordered with Platinum Charters 72hours before sailing time. Whilst Platinum Charters try to accommodate most notified special dietary requirements, this is not always possible.
·        All tickets are non-transferable, not for re-sale and will become void on any transfer for value.
·        If you wish to reschedule your cruise date, we require a minimum of 48 hours notice before the original sailing date. Failure to comply with this condition will result in FORFEIT of total charges. Rescheduling by customer will incur additional charges.

Itinerary: Sunset Cruise
 Assemble at the boarding area
 Board Dickson Dragon. Fish Feeding on board Dickson Dragon. Welcome Drinks and Welcome Towels is served.
 Departure of Dickson Dragon followed by Welcome Announcement and Safety Briefing. 
 Dickson Dragon will sail south towards Teluk Kemang and Blue Lagoon. 
 Salt Water Jacuzzi net is lowered into the sea. We recommend guests to soak themselves in the Salt Water Jacuzzi while the boat is moving. 
 Karaoke is available on board and it is Free of Charge.
 Dickson Dragon arrives Blue Lagoon. BBQ Dinner is served. Orange Juice is included in the BBQ Dinner. For other drinks, they are available for purchase on board.
 Dickson Dragon makes a turn back to the Marina.
 Prepare your camera for Sunset pictures.
Dickson Dragon arrives back at the Marina.

1.    Please bring your OWN bathing suit and bath towels if you intend to indulge yourself in any sea activities.
2.    If you do not have a Bath Towel, it is available on board for rent at RM5 per towel.
3.    Salt Water Jacuzzi is only available for use during good weather only. Captain of Dickson Dragon will decide on whether it is safe for use or not.
4.    Free flow of Orange Juice. Canned Drinks and Beer are sold on board. If guests bring their own alcoholic beverage, corkage applies.
5.    Rescheduling a cruise date is 48 hours before sailing date. A surcharge of RM50.00 will be imposed if the rescheduling is done less than 48 hours.
6.    This voucher is only VALID for 3 months from the purchased date.

7.      Cruise Route : ⛵️ Marina ⛵️ Teluk Kemang ⛵️ Blue Lagoon ⛵️ Marina