Saturday, August 23, 2014

LEGO® Star Wars™ Miniland Model Display, a New Indoor Attraction Set To Open at LEGOLAND® Malaysia Resort

Singapore, August 2014 – The Force will be coming to LEGOLAND® Malaysia Resort on 6 September as a brand new LEGO® Star Wars™ Miniland Model Display opens in conjunction with the Resort’s second anniversary. The fully air-conditioned indoor attraction will be the first standalone complex of its kind in Asia where 2,000 LEGO models from the popular film have been recreated on a scale of 1:20 using more than 1.5 million bricks.

The themed attraction is housed in a uniquely shaped standalone octagon building and recreates seven of the most famous scenes – six from the beloved Star Wars™ films and one from the smash hit animated series: Star Wars: The Clone Wars™.
Inside the model display, guests will be able to experience a specially designed pre-screening area for a LEGO Star Wars™ movie, followed by a chronological walk through the Star Wars timeline featuring the planets Christophsis, Endor, Geonosis, Hoth, Kashyyyk, Mustafar, Naboo, and Tatooine before having a unique photo opportunity at the Hall of Fame starring main characters Chewbacca, C-3PO, Darth Maul, Darth Vader, Princess Leia, R2-D2, Yoda and much more. The LEGO models are presented on raised platforms and stand 85cm high. There will also be life-sized LEGO models of C-3PO, Darth Vader and R2-D2 built with more than 80,000 LEGO bricks to greet visitors as they make their way into the model display.

Created by dozens of model designers and builders, animation technicians and specialist landscapers, the model display will also feature authentic Star Wars™ sounds, actions and lighting effects to create a realistic and enjoyable experience for the whole family. All the models for this project were built in various locations around the world including Malaysia, Germany and Czech Republic.

In addition to the amazing displays, there is also a retail store within the complex for guests.

“We are thrilled to present our guests something truly special for our second anniversary. This model display is one of a kind in Asia and we are confident that it will be an inspiring experience for both our guests and fans of the film,” said Mark Germyn, General Manager, LEGOLAND Malaysia Resort.

According to Germyn, the attraction cost more than RM6 million to build and is the biggest development at the Park this year. As a catalyst project in Iskandar, the Resort will continue to grow stronger tourism and attract more international visits by adding a new element annually to ensure guests have exciting reasons to visit.

Throughout the month of September, various LEGO Star Wars™ activities have been lined up to commemorate the anniversary celebrations. Amongst this is free entry for children dressed up as their favourite Star Wars™ characters. The promotion will start on 6-30 Sept 2014. Additionally, Annual Pass holders will enjoy special preview periods from 1-5 Sept before the attraction opens to public. All valid Annual Pass holders will be required to sign up online for the preview. Visit or call the reservation office at +607-597-8888 for more details on the promotions, and keep up-to-date with our exciting activities on Twitter at and Instagram at
-Legoland Malaysia Resort.

Rayani Air To Begin Three-Weekly Flights From Melaka Next Year

MELAKA, Aug 22 (Bernama) -- Rayani Air, a new airline base in Melaka, will begin three-weekly flights to five domestic destinations from its hub at the Melaka International Airport in Batu Berendam here from January 2015.

Melaka Chief Minister Datuk Seri Idris Haron said the country's first boutique airline would use Fokker 50 planes for the inaugural routes between Melaka and Penang, Langkawi, Kota Baharu, Kuching, and Kota Kinabalu.

He said as Melaka relied heavily on tourism, accessibility via land, sea and air was of paramount importance to attract more tourists to the state.

"Rayani Air will likely expand its operations by introducing flights to Surabaya, Yogyakarta and Medan to bring in more tourists from Indonesia," he told reporters after opening the Melaka International Tourism Show and the Malaysian Association of Tour and Travel Agents Fair (MATTA) 2014 here Friday.

Idris said the state government would not take up any equity in Rayani Air, but would consider the request to compensate the airline for shortfall in passengers.

"It has got to have at least 35 passengers for each flight on the 50-seater plane. The shortfall in passenger volume will be borne by the state government," he said.

The Melaka state government had previously set up Melaka Air to fly to Penang and Medan, Indonesia but the service was halted because of poor response. The airport is also a 'white elephant' because since March 15 this year no commercial flights had taken off due to poor response despite the government spending RM240 million to upgrade and lengthen the runway.

The Melaka MATTA Fair 2014, a joint tourism promotion efforts undertaken by Melaka Tourism Board and MATTA, focuses on 12 sub-sectors.

Over 100 exhibitors are participating in the three-day exhibition starting today. Also participating in the exhibition are tourism boards from Thailand, Taiwan, Macau, Cuba, Indonesia and Singapore. An estimated 50,000 visitors are expected at the exhibition.


Friday, August 22, 2014

Penang engages expert consultant for CVB set-up

The Penang state government has unveiled the appointed of David Hall, senior partner at David Hall & Associates, as a consultant to set up the structure of Penang International Convention and Exhibition Bureau (PICEB).

Announced by Penang state minister for tourism development, Danny Law Heng Kiang, Hall’s new posting also tasks him with recommending a sustainable funding model and potential candidates to fill PICEB’s COO position.

David Hall & Associates is an Adelaide-based specialist in the convention and visitor bureau (CVB) industry, and also consults during the formation of Sarawak Convention Bureau.

PICEB, which will be a division under Penang Global Tourism, will be set up by end of the year but may only begin operations in early 2015.

Ooi Geok Ling, managing director, Penang Global Tourism, said the long delay in the setting up of PICEB was due to a stalemate in deciding on a funding model, which led to Hall’s engagement. Hall will be in Penang later this month to meet with local players in the business events industry.  

Zulkefli Sharif, CEO of Malaysia Convention & Exhibition Bureau opined that the new CVB would complement the federal bureau’s work. He said: “It makes our work easier because when we secure events for Malaysia and Penang is part of the itinerary, we can arrange visits to Penang and there will be PICEB staff on the ground to take them around.”
-TTG Asia.

Thursday, August 21, 2014

ICCA Malaysia names its leaders

ICCA Malaysia has nominated Ho Yoke Ping and Fu Kei Cheong to lead the charge in strengthening Malaysia's profile as a business events destination as chair and deputy chair respectively.

Ho is general manager – sales and marketing at Malaysia Convention & Exhibition Bureau, while Fu is the general manager of Reliance Conventions & Events. The nine members of ICCA Malaysia met last week to pick its leaders through an election.

Speaking after her appointment, Ho said: “It is timely to form a Malaysia committee so we can strengthen the Malaysian business events industry.  As the host of ICCA Congress 2016, which will be held in Kuching, we want to showcase Malaysia’s capability and lift the profile of the Malaysia business events industry.

“We will focus on working with students, the government, national associations and the trade to further strengthen the business events industry in Malaysia.”

ICCA Malaysia member, Anthony Wong, said setting up the committee was a step in the right direction. “We need to have formal gatherings so we can work closely as a team and strengthen the industry further by pooling resources and working closely with academia and government,” he commented.
-TTG Asia.

Pulau Perhentian Set To Become Exclusive Eco-tourism Resort

SETIU (Terengganu), Aug 21 (Bernama) -- Pulau Perhentian is to be developed into an exclusive eco-tourism resort frequented by moderate- and high-income tourists as envisaged in the Terengganu Development Roadmap 2014-2020.

Terengganu Tourism and Culture Committee chairman Datuk Mohd Jidin Shafee said the island was now overcrowded with visitors who came alone or in small groups and stayed for too long without contributing much to the economy of the local people.

"These visitors usually kept to a tight budget in terms of lodging and meals. They do not help to boost the economy of the islanders although they may help to market the island by word of mouth or through articles," he told Bernama.

Mohd Jidin said Tourism Malaysia was conducting a study as part of the measures to turn Pulau Perhentian into an exclusive tourist destination. "The study, which covers various aspects, is expected to be completed by the end of this year and will help the state government to draft the development plan for the island," he said.

The study would look into cleanliness and the proliferation of new chalets or resorts which could tarnish the natural beauty and eco-system of the island, he said. It would also consider the infrastructure facilities, upgrading of chalets and security, among other things, he added.

He also said that the federal government, through the Sewerage Services Department, would build a waste water management system on Pulau Perhentian Kechil at a cost of RM50 million. "The East Coast Economic Region Development Council (ECERDC) has provided RM2.4 million to upgrade several tourist jetties and the solid waste disposal site," he said.

Mohd Jidin said the state government was also looking into the direct involvement of the local population in the tourism sector, such as by holding courses for tourist guides and professional divers as well as providing water taxi services.

On the average, occupancy at the resorts on the island is 68 per cent and the tourist season runs from February to October annually. Mohd Jidin quoted Marine Department records as indicating that the island hosted 64,870 tourists this year up to May.

"Pulau Perhentian has 1,376 rooms of various standards managed by 45 hotel operators. "The tourists come from all over the world, but mainly from Europe, China, Japan and South Korea," he said.


Cruise lines unveil more South-east Asian offerings

Royal Caribbean International and Princess Cruises have announced itineraries for their ships' upcoming Singapore homeport seasons.

Royal Caribbean’s Legend of the Seas will return for a new Singapore season between June and November 2015 to sail a variety of three- to 10-night itineraries across the Asia-Pacific.

Itineraries on offer include:
-       A three-night night voyage to Penang and Kuala Lumpur (Port Klang) in June
-       A three- or five-night cruise to Penang, Kuala Lumpur (Port Klang), Bangkok (Laem Chabang), and Koh Samui during the September school holidays
-       Two 10-night cruises Koh Samui, Bangkok (Laem Chabang) (overnight), Sihanoukville, Nha Trang, and Ho Chi Minh City (Phu My)
-       Three 10-night one-way cruises to Koh Samui, Bangkok (Laem Chabang), Sihanoukville, Ho Chi Minh City (Phu My), Nha Trang, Hue/Danang (Chan May), and Hong Kong
-       Two 10-night one-way cruises from Hong Kong to Taipei (Keelung), Manila, Boracay, Puerto Princesa, Kota Kinabalu, Bandar Seri Begawan (Muara), and Singapore

Legend of the Seas will also sail two consecutive 14-night itineraries in September, one south-bound voyage from Singapore to Perth (Fremantle), stopping at Kuala Lumpur (Port Klang), Langkawi, Phuket, Bali (Benoa), Lombok, Broome and Geraldton on the way, and the return north-bound journey to Singapore.

The ship underwent a US$50 million refurbishment in Singapore last year, and sister ship Mariner of the Seas will also sail from Singapore in the winter season of 2015/16, marking the first time Royal Caribbean offers year-round sailings from Singapore. 

Princess Cruises is placing a greater emphasis on the Indonesian market for its upcoming season beginning November 2014.

The cruise line is extending the season to end in March 2015 instead of February 2015. Sapphire Princess will add a 17-day Grand Asia tour featuring calls at Bangkok, Ho Chi Minh City, Hong Kong, Shanghai, Nagasaki, Busan and Beijing in March.

New cruise itineraries have also been segmented from the current planned sailings in December in order to target Indonesian families for the school holiday period.

These itineraries include a six-night cruise from Singapore to Bali and Kuala Lumpur, and a four-night cruise from Kuala Lumpur to Penang, Phuket and Singapore.

“We are witnessing tremendous growth and demand in the market for our homeporting seasons in the region," said Farriek Tawfik, director for South-east Asia, Princess Cruises. “We are very excited about bringing Sapphire Princess to Indonesia where it will visit Bali, Lombok and Komodo Island”. 

Furthermore, Sapphire Princess is also offering newly launched chocolate-themed products on board, such as chocolate spa treatments and desserts, in addition to new luxury boutiques and brands.
-TTG Asia.

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Newly-Refurbished Tourism Malaysia Singapore Office Portrays Good Image Of Country, Says High Commissioner

SINGAPORE, Aug 20 (Bernama) -- The newly-refurbished Tourism Malaysia office will portray the good image of Malaysia and the tourism agency here, says Malaysia High Commissioner to Singapore, Datuk Husni Zai Yaacob.

"Today is special for two main reasons. We are here to have our inter-agency meeting which we normally have at the chancery of the Malaysia High Commission.

"But today we are having the meeting here for the first time in Tourism Malaysia to celebrate the completion of renovation of Tourism Malaysia office," he told Bernama at the Hari Raya Open House and the launch of Tourism Malaysia renovated office here. He said the renovation augured well with the on-going Visit Malaysia Year.

The high commissioner said the increase in tourist arrivals from Singapore of about 10 per cent in the first half of this year was quite impressive. "Singapore contributes more than 50 per cent (of tourist arrivals) to Malaysia. So, this increase augurs well for our VMY's target. "I hope this trend will continue for the rest of the year," he said.

Tourism Malaysia director for Singapore, Noor Ainee Ismail, said the office gave a totally new image of the agency especially in attracting more Singaporeans to Malaysia. "The glass panel display of posters of attractive places in Malaysia is really eye catching to the public who pass through the office," she said.

Noor Aine said the posters on display would be changed every two months to give advertisers, including hoteliers and tour agencies an opportunity to display their products. Tourism Malaysia office is located at No. 80 Robinson Road, Singapore.


MATTA adds carnival spirit to upcoming three-day fair

All smiles: Hamzah (third from left), Kho (third from right) and Wong (fourth from right) posing with a Doraemon mascot at the press conference at Wisma Matta in Kuala Lumpur.

KUALA LUMPUR: Next month’s Malaysian Association of Tour and Travel Agents (MATTA) Fair promises to be a fun outing for the family.
Organising chairman Rocky Kho, in emphasising that the three-day fair would be more than just an event to sell travel packages and tickets, said the upcoming event would have a carnival-like atmosphere. “Our theme is fun and fiesta,” he said.
He added that a 100,000-strong turnout was expected for the fair at Putra World Trade Centre here from Sept 5 to 7.
Kho said each visitor was set to receive a free voucher to a photo book by Pixajoy by Excard Corporation, a website offering consumers a chance to purchase and design their own custom photo books with ease.
“Children and adults will be in for another treat at the fair – the presence of Doraemon,” he said. The iconic manga character will be brought in by Animation International (M) Sdn Bhd, the master licensee for Doraemon in Malaysia and Singapore.
MATTA president Hamzah Rahmat said another special feature of this leg of the fair was the wider promotion of inbound travel in Malaysia.
“The time has come for us Malaysians to discover the beauty of our own country,” said Hamzah, adding that not many were aware that some of the Malaysian gems rivalled those of other countries. In line with that, one of the halls for the fair, he added, would exclusively showcase Malaysian travel packages and products.
MATTA vice-president (research and technology) Nigel Wong said Matta would collaborate with Tourism Malaysia to run a competition during the event. “The Malaysia, My Dream Destination contest is aimed at promoting travel in Malaysia to tourists inside and outside the country,” he added. Three lucky winners will win a paid trip around Malaysia and get the chance to have their travel footage featured in Tourism Malaysia advertisements.
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-thestar online.

New GM, culinary director welcomed at Banjaran Hotsprings Retreat

Sunway International Hotels & Resorts has appointed Lucia Franziska as general manager of Banjaran Hotsprings Retreat Ipoh, effective immediately. 

Reporting to Mandy Chew, CEO of Sunway International Hotels & Resorts, Franziska brings with her over 30 years of experience in a range of positions and institutions within the hospitality industry. 

Franziska managed the Le Planteur Restaurant in Yangon alongside her Michelin-starred chef husband, Felix Eppisser, before her appointment to Banjaran. 

Eppisser has been appointed culinary director at Banjaran Hotsprings Retreat Ipoh.
-TTG Asia.

International Golf Challenge For Juniors In Malaysia

KUALA LUMPUR, Aug 19 (Bernama) -- Young golfers from around the region and as far as South Africa will be heading to Malaysia to compete in the Kids Golf World Championship 2014 in Johor Baharu from Dec 8 to 12.

Over 400 young people between the ages of five and 18 years from over 20 countries are expected to compete in the prestigious tournament which is being held in Malaysia for the third consecutive year.

The championship is the international version of the prestigious US Kids Golf tournament and provides an excellent opportunity for young people to compete in a World Championship in their quest to become future top professional players.

Chris Vonderkall, the Vice President for Tournaments for U.S. Kids Golf, said he it was great that the tournament held in Malaysia has seen growth over the past two years.

"Having players come back year after year is a great testament to the success and organisation of the championship. The juniors in Malaysia and surrounding countries greatly benefit from the championship. It is a great stage to showcase their talent and show the world how good these junior players are," he said in a statement Tuesday.

He said bringing the great game of golf to juniors and their families was a mission of U.S. Kids Golf and added that the Malaysian chapter helps fulfill this mission.

"We hope it continues for many years to come. I think the organising team has done a great job. It is a major undertaking organising that many juniors, their families, courses and volunteers. Each year the team learns more and comes better the following year," he said.

He said the US Kids Golf being held around the world have over 10,000 juniors from more than 40 countries participating in the programme and the international growth was a big opportunity for more youngsters to play top notch golf and added that U.S. Kids Golf was excited to help grow junior golf in Malaysia.

Kids Golf World Championship Malaysia 2014 is an offshoot of the US Kids Golf Foundation established in 2001 and the US Kids Golf World Championship was envisioned as a platform to provide kids and their families to participate in the game of golf through instruction and competition. Its primary mission is to help kids have fun learning the basics of golf while encouraging interaction among family members to build lasting memories.

The Kids Golf World Championship is presented by US Kids Golf in partnership with Royal Sporting House (Malaysia) Sdn Bhd and managed by Concept Collaboration Sdn Bhd.

The championship is also sanctioned by the Malaysian Golf Association and supported by Malaysia Major Events, a division of Malaysia Convention & Exhibition Bureau, an agency under the Ministry of Tourism and Culture.

The championship offers world amateur ranking points. B. Sukumaran of Concept Collaboration said the response from the juniors have been overwhelming with over 180 juniors from abroad sending their requests to participate.

"Only the US Kids tournament has the format where the juniors get to play against players in the same age group. Exposure of competing with kids from around the world is a rare opportunity for Malaysian youngsters and they get to do it in Malaysia.

"It is also cost effective for the local participants. For foreign participants coming to Malaysia it is much cheaper and the experience that they gained money can't buy," he said.

The tournament offers prizes for boys in 8 categories and girls in 7 categories.
The Boys' categories are: 7 years and below, 8 years, 9 years, 10 years, 11 years, 12 years, combined age group of 13 and 14 years and 15 to 18 years while the Girls' categories are 8 years and below, 9 years, 10 years, 11 years, 12 years, combined 13 and 14 years and 15 to 18 years.

The last day of the tournament will feature a Best of Malaysia versus the Rest of the World, in a match play format akin to the Ryder Cup.

The Kids Golf World Championship provides junior boys and girls of all ages with the most competitive field and the ultimate tournament experience thus preparing them for their future in the world of golf.


Monday, August 18, 2014

Malaysia’s Tourism Highlights – SEPTEMBER 2014

PUTRAJAYA, 18 August 2014 – A mix of art, cultural, sports, nature and international fashion events wraps up the third quarter of 2014. Here are some of the highlights of September 2014:

MUD: Our Story of Kuala Lumpur
Witness the story of Kuala Lumpur unfold on stage as three best friends – Mamat, Meng and Muthiah head to the capital city to seek their fortune during the 1880s.

The show promises to be a colourful and entertaining multi-cultural experience for all – a lively musical showcasing the rich diversity of the people who built Kuala Lumpur. It is an inspiring tale of friendship, perseverance and finding joys in a simple cup of teh tarik.

Organiser: Enfiniti Vision Media
Date: Ongoing
Time:  Twice Daily: 3pm – 6pm and 8.30pm – 9.30pm
Venue: Panggung Bandaraya, Jalan Raja, Kuala Lumpur
Price: RM45 – RM60
Contact: +6 03 6142 9877

The renowned Sarawak Regatta 2014 is back in Kuching! Started from the Brooke era, the traditional longboats race aimed to stop racial wars among local tribes where headhunting was largely practiced. 

The colourfully designed and decorated longboats can accommodate up to 30 paddlers on the boat. Aside from boat races, highlights of the event include “Brooke Swim”, kayaking and duck catching competitions.

Organiser: Resident Office Kuching Division 
Date: 4 – 7 September 2014
Venue: Kuching Waterfront, Kuching, Sarawak
Contact: +6 082 507 051/ 055

Media for 21st Century Children!
For the first time, a global summit on media in the development, education and wellbeing of children is taking place in Asia! 

The 7th World Summit on Media for Children (WSMC) 2014 aims to improve the quality of media for children through networking, debates and workshops on content creation from more than 2,000 producers, broadcasters, media regulators, educators and community leaders.

If you are someone who works in the field of childhood development with an interest in media, this Summit is for you!

Organiser: Asia-Pacific Broadcasting Union (ABU)
Date: 8 – 10 September 2014
Venue: The Royale Chulan Hotel, Kuala Lumpur
Contact: +6 03 2282 3592

The largest fishing competition in Malaysia is here! The Royal Pahang Billfish International Challenge (RPBIC) 2014 is an annual offshore fishing competition that practices the “Catch and Release” method. 

RPBIC takes advantage of the active migration season of the billfish, such as marlin and sailfish which pass through the Rompin area from the northern hemisphere to Australia, between March and September. 

Loaded with dynamic bursts of excitement for the experienced angler, it is a highly anticipated event especially for those who seek adventure and eco-friendly sports.

Organiser: Pahang State Government, Tioman Development Authority & Pahang Tourism
Date: 12 – 14 September 2014
Venue: Pantai Lanjut, Rompin, Pahang
Contact: +6 09 514 1206

Watch World-Class Tennis Live in KL
The ‘Malaysia Open, Kuala Lumpur 2014’ will play host to the best line up of players in its young history. Nick Kyrogios, the 19-year-old Australian player who won the 2013 Australian Open Boys’ Singles event will be making his Malaysian professional debut this year.

Other than world-class tennis action, highlights of the event include the signature catch-the-ball promotions with prizes, the on-court coin toss and also daily autograph sessions with the players. Come and support them!

Organiser:  Ministry of Tourism and Culture, Malaysia
Date: Qualifying Weekend,  20 – 21 September 2014
Main Draw, 22 – 28 September 2014
Venue: Putra Stadium, Bukit Jalil, Kuala Lumpur
Contact:    +6 03 9222 8881

It is now bigger and better!
Kite enthusiasts from all across the globe will bring their new creations and fly these magnificent art pieces at the 10th Borneo International Kite Festival 2014!

Highlights of the festival include the Stunt Kite/ Revolution Kite performances, the 1st Asia Pacific Sport Kite (dual-line) Championship, Creative Kites Display, ‘wau’-making workshop, and cultural night performances.

Organiser: Borneo International Kite Festival Secretariat, Bintulu Development Authority (BDA)
Date: 24 – 28 September 2014
Venue: Old Bintulu Airport, Bintulu, Sarawak
Contact: +6 086 332 011

Nineteen celebrated fashion designers from across the Africa continent including Tina Lobondi, Taibo Bacar and Mina Evans are invited to present their “Fall 2014” collections in Malaysia.

AMIFS 2014 is a platform to celebrate the work of Africans and African inspired designers by promoting their rich cultural heritage especially in the Asia Pacific continent.

Organiser: Standard Pacific Global Sdn. Bhd. & Astral Skyline (M) Sdn. Bhd.
Date: 24 – 28 September 2014
Venue: Avenue K Shopping Mall
Contact: +6 017 6434 912 (Puan Zainun)

Calling all birding enthusiasts; grab the chance to see vibrant-coloured birds from Kingfishers to the elusive Borneo Bristlehead at the 6th Borneo Bird Festival 2014!

Spread over 3 days, the event offers various activities such as bird photography, guided bird walks, a bird race and a bird watching competition. The event aims to raise awareness of over 568 bird species in Sabah, four of which are found nowhere else in the world.

Organiser: Sabah Tourism Board
Date: 26 – 28 September 2014
Venue: Rainforest Discovery Center (RDC) Sandakan, Sabah
Contact: +6 088 212 121 (Noredah Othman)

Missed the 3-in-1 sports challenge in Desaru? Upcoming is the Asia Pacific Ironman Langkawi 2014 for you to prove your mettle as a triathlete again! 

Ironman is triathlon’s marquee challenge and this ultimate endurance race requires the completion of 3.8 km of swimming, 180 km of cycling and 42.2 km of running, all three in a single day. Take a truly Malaysian cultural journey through tropical, hilly and demanding terrain! 

Organiser: Ironman Malaysia
Date: 27 September 2014
Venue: Langkawi, Kedah
Contact: +6 03 7491 0505
-Tourism Malaysia.

Promoting Malaysia Through Student Exchange Project

PUTRAJAYA, 18 August 2014 – Fifteen Japanese students arrived in Malaysia yesterday for a weeklong exchange project until 23 August. The Japan Malaysia Kouryu Project is organised by Tourism Malaysia, in collaboration with the Nara National Soni Youth Outdoor Learning Centre as a platform to promote Malaysia among Japanese school students.

The students, along with their teachers, nurse, and translator, will be visiting schools and enjoying sightseeing tours of Putrajaya and Melaka. Besides that, they will also be visiting Tourism Malaysia headquarters in Putrajaya and also the Ministry of Education Malaysia, as well as the Forest Research Institute of Malaysia (FRIM) to enjoy some outdoor and nature activities.

During the tours, they will have interactive sessions with students from two local secondary schools, namely Sekolah Seri Puteri Cyberjaya and Maktab Rendah Sains Mara (MRSM) Alor Gajah.

Under the same project, Malaysia will also be sending 12 students and two teachers from Sekolah Menengah Sains Hulu Selangor to visit Nara Prefecture in Japan from 6 to 18 November.

Background information: 
Kouryu means exchange in Japanese. Japan Malaysia Kouryu Project 2014 was established in May and it is a project under the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology Japan (MEXT). MEXT has been focusing on exchange programmes and has started to invite Malaysian students since 2011 by allocating budgets to national learning centres in Japan.
-Tourism Malaysia.

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Malaysia On Track To Achieve VMY Targets, Says Mirza

SINGAPORE, Aug 17 (Bernama) -- Malaysia is on track to achieve its Visit Malaysia Year (VMY) growth target in terms of tourist arrivals by year's end, said Tourism Malaysia director-general Datuk Mirza Mohammad Taiyab.

"VMY is on track in terms of our number target. We have our major challenges starting from the missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370, then a few incidents of security in Sabah and finally the downing of flight MH17.

"Despite all that, I am pleased to report the reaction from neighbouring countries, particularly Singapore and Indonesia, have actually more than covered the setbacks that we got from markets like China in particular and the other long haul sector was actually a knee jerk effect after all the things that happened," he told Bernama.

Mirza was here to attend a Malaysian production musical theatre Bahayanya Wanita (The Dangers of a Woman) at the Star Theatre@the Star Performing Arts Centre here on Saturday. Among artistes performing include Zizan Razak, Umie Aida, Erra Fazira, Erma Fatima, Lana Nordin, Johan As'ari and Nora Danish.

Malaysia High Commissioner to Singapore, Datuk Husni Zai Yaacob and wife, Datin Norshiha Hasbullah, and Tourism Malaysia director for Singapore Noor Aine Ismail were among dignitaries, who attended. According to Mirza, the regional market had been supportive.

"With 10 per cent growth month to month until May, we will be there for VMY. We hope China (tourists) comes back, if China comes back we will be on a very strong footing," he said.

Mirza said similarly for the other markets, the drop in tourist arrivals was a temporary setback and believed with more effort they would be able to lure the tourists to Malaysia.

Following the missing MH370 incident, it was reported there was a reduction in the number of tourists from China to Malaysia.

Touching on the theatre, Mirza said the Tourism Board supported the effort of the organiser, who was featuring a Malaysian production to Singapore audience.

"We hope this kind of activity will not only generate revenue for the artistes and promoters, but also help to bridge better understanding between the people of the country it performs in and to understand about the culture of the country which the production is coming from," he said. He said the long term aim was to have a better understanding by exchange of visits.

The VMY 2014 initiative targets to attract a new record of 28 million international tourist arrivals and RM76 billion in tourist receipts.


Ice Age Adventure @ Resort World Genting - Early Bird Promotion Until 25 August 2014

Inap desa Malaysia tersohor

BACHOK 16 Ogos - Program inap desa yang memberi peluang kepada pelancong menyelami kehidupan masyarakat kampung akan terus dipromosi sebagai antara produk pelancongan utama negara.

Menteri Pelancongan dan Kebudayaan, Datuk Seri Mohamed Nazri Abdul Aziz berkata, usaha Malaysia membangunkan program inap desa mendapat pengiktirafan tertinggi Organisasi Pelancongan Dunia Pertubuhan Bangsa-Bangsa Bersatu (UNWTO).

Katanya, menerusi UNWTO Ulysse Award 2012, inap desa di negara ini diiktiraf sebagai antara produk paling unik di dunia selain terbukti mampu menjana pertumbuhan ekonomi masyarakat luar bandar.

"Tahun lalu, kedatangan pelancong menerusi Program Pengalaman Homestay Malaysia mencecah 350,954 orang berbanding hanya 325,258 pada 2012 dengan peningkatan kehadiran pelancong sebanyak 7.9 peratus.

"Pendapatan menerusi inap desa bagi tempoh sama pula mencecah sebanyak RM21.57 juta berbanding hanya RM18.54 juta pada 2012. "Pendapatan ini diterima secara tunai oleh 3,486 pengusaha inap desa yang menawarkan 4,834 bilik penginapan kepada pelancong tanpa melibatkan orang tengah," katanya.

Beliau berkata demikian dalam sidang akhbar selepas menghadiri Majlis Ramah Mesra Aidilfitri Bersama Pengusaha Homestay dan Pelancaran Logo Baharu Pengalaman Homestay Malaysia peringkat negeri di sini semalam. Yang hadir sama, Timbalan Ketua UMNO Bahagian Bachok, Datuk Dr. Ilias Husain dan Pengarah Pelancongan negeri, Mohd Aidil Afizie Daud.
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Mariah Carey "ME. I AM MARIAH' 2014 Live in Kuala Lumpur ( 22 October 2014 )

Kuala Lumpur (August 12, 2014) - IME Productions is proud to announce Mariah Carey "ME. I AM MARIAH' 2014 Live in Kuala Lumpur . This concert which is supported by Malaysia Major Events, an agency under the Ministry of Tourism & Culture, Malaysia will be kicking off on 22nd October 2014 at 8pm at Stadium Merdeka. After 10 years, Mariah is back on our shores and brings us more hit songs to share this moment!

Ticket launch will be held on this Sunday, 17th August at Boulevard, Level G, Paradigm Mall from 11a.m. until 5p.m. Customers can enjoy 10% Ticket Launch discount at Paradigm Mall on launching day. Ticket prices are categorised into VVIP RM680 (number seat), RM580 (number seat), RM480 (number seat), RM380 (number seat), RM280 (free seating) and RM120 (free seating). Online tickets purchase is available on 17th August 2014, 5p.m. through official ticketing agency website For more information, please call for TicketCharge hotline +603 92228811 or IME Productions hotline 011-23166198.
An iconic artiste that needs no introduction, Mariah Carey is the best-selling female artiste of all time with more than 250 million albums sold to date and eighteen Billboard #1 singles (seventeen self-penned) including 'Fantasy', 'Always Be My Baby', 'Hero', 'Touch My Body', 'One Sweet Day', 'Without You', 'We Belong Together' and the global smash hit Christmas single 'All I Want for Christmas Is You', more than any solo artiste in history. With her distinct five-octave vocal range, prolific song writing, and producing talent, Mariah has defined the modern pop performance. As a singer, songwriter and producer, she has been recognized with five Grammy Awards, nine American Music Awards, Billboard's "Artist of the Decade" Award, the World Music Award for "World's Best Selling Female Artiste of the Millennium," and BMI's "Icon Award" to name a few.
In 2012, after her post-pregnancy hiatus, she joined the brand new panel for season 12 of the ‘American Idol’ and topped the dance charts worldwide with her smash hit single ‘Triumphant (Get’ Em)’. Mariah also filmed ‘The Butler’, a movie by Lee Daniels. He had previously cast her in the critically acclaimed ‘Precious’, a role which won Mariah unprecedented accolades for her dramatic performance.
This year, Mariah released her fourteenth studio album, ‘Me. I Am Mariah…The Elusive Chanteuse’ by Universal Music. The album features key singles such as ‘Beautiful’ (featuring Miguel), ‘Make It Look Good’ and ‘Camouflage’ have featured prominently on music charts globally. 
Malaysia fans can prepare themselves for some mesmerising great time as the unparalleled American songstress showers her love, greatest hits and remarkable new singles to millions of people who have adored her widely acclaimed songs.
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