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Malaysia’s very own contemporary pop singer, Yuna, is set to perform live in Malaysia for an exclusive show on October 16 at Plenary Hall, KL Convention Centre, Kuala Lumpur. Organized by The Livescape Group, the one-night-only show is expected to attract over 3,000 fans.
Yuna, the sensational Malaysian singer songwriter is known for her unique organic blend of contemporary pop, acoustic folk and soulful R&B sound. She began writing her own songs at the age of 14 and started performing solo on her MySpace page in 2006 before she formed a band. In 2008, she released her self-titled EP in Malaysia producing the hit single, “Deeper Conversation”. The following year, Yuna won her first of several Anugerah Industri Muzik award which is Malaysia’s equivalent of the Grammy.
“We are thrilled to have Yuna returning home to perform live and we are sure that her fans are as excited to see her as we are. Yuna will be performing songs from her new album so fans can look forward to a selection of both her older hits and new music. Tickets to the show are limited because we want to provide an intimate show, so I urge fans to purchase them early to avoid disappointment”, Rahul Kukreja, Director of Live Events of The Livescape Group said.
The talented vocalist is fresh off the 2015 AFC Asian Cup closing ceremony, coming together with ‘The Art Of Saving A Life’ campaign premiering ‘New Day’ & releasing ‘Material’; a compilation of previously released Malay singles now re-arranged with added freshness.
|AirAsia X marks the spot: Japanese dancers striking a pose while displaying the 9,900 ticket price to fly from Sapporo to Kuala Lumpur via AirAsia X in Sapporo.|
The CIMB Classic 2015, now in its sixth year, is the PGA TOUR's only official FedExCup event in Southeast Asia.
This years event will be held 29 October - 1 November at Kuala Lumpur Golf & Country Club and will feature a 78-player elite field, comprising 60 from the PGA TOUR, 10 from the Asian Tour and eight sponsor's exemptions, including two Malaysians, competing for prize purse of $7 million USD.
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CITY LANDMARK...A mother taking photos of her children enjoying their holidays in the pool at the Suria KLCC Recreational Park, with the Petronas Twin Towers in the background. Pic: Amirul Azmi fotoBERNAMA
KUALA LUMPUR, Sept 30 (Bernama) -- Malaysians are increasingly looking closer to home for travel bargains, according to search data released by the leading online accommodation booking website, Hotels.com.
The findings support the sentiment expressed by exhibitors and visitors to the Malaysian Association Of Tour And Travel Agents (MATTA) Fair held here from Sept 4 to Sept 6, it said in a statement here today.
TOURIST ATTRACTION...Seafood galore at Restoran Muara Duyung in Melaka Pic: Sakini Mohd Said fotoBERNAMA
While Kuala Lumpur reigns in the No.1 spot, more than eight times as many people than last year are searching for travel and accommodation information on Tanah Rata in the Cameron Highlands. That put the town in sixth place, ahead of Kota Kinabalu and Johor Baharu, which are sitting in seventh and eighth place respectively.
"Other hot in-country destinations include Brinchang and Port Dickson, which are also seeing almost eight-fold spikes in interest, and Melaka, which is searched for five times more frequently than last year, said Senior Marketing Director, Asia Pacific for the Hotels.com brand, Nelson Allen.
Malaysians in increasing numbers are clearly getting back to their roots when it comes to planning vacation, and taking full advantage of the fantastic deals to be found at home," he added.
THE WONDERS OF TURKEY...A group of Malaysian women enjoying their holidays in Turkey in September 2014. The trip was organised by the Association for Women and Wives of Bernama Employees (Benita). Pic: Benita
Thailand has overtaken Singapore as the top regional destination for Malaysian holidaymakers. Bangkok and Singapore have swapped places compared to last year, with the Thai capital now sitting pretty at the top of the regional holiday destination table and Singapore sinking to third place.
"The seaside paradises of Krabi and Phuket are also on the radar of Malaysian travellers. Searches for Phuket are up two-and-half times, putting the islet in fifth place on the regional top 10 list, which it missed last year. Krabi climbed to fourth place overall," said Allen.
Europe has always been a long-haul favourite among Malaysians, with the top five most popular destinations unchanged from last year.
"London and Paris are still firmly in the first and second spot, and Istanbul, Amsterdam and Rome are right next to them in third, fourth and fifth place.
That solid, unshakeable popularity reflects the fantastic mix of leisure and cultural activities these cities offer visitors from Malaysia and all over the world. That's something that the whims of fashion and currency shifts cannot erase," said Allen.
Malaysia and Thailand are experiencing a depreciation in their respective currencies although there are signs that the MICE sector could benefit from the market turmoil.
In spite of the combined onslaught of a depreciating currency and sluggish economy, MICE operators in Malaysia are seeing strong bookings from Chinese MICE groups for 2016.
The bookings have been driven by improved air links from China and visa exemption to be granted for Chinese groups of 20 pax and more from October 1 to March 31, 2016.
Air China will resume four-times weekly services between Beijing and Kuala Lumpur from October 25, complementing the daily services of Malaysia Airlines and AirAsia X. China Southern Airlines will also commence thrice-weekly services from Guangzhou to Kota Kinabalu from December 1.
Li Haijiao, account manager of Beijing-based Comfort MICE Service, said: “Better direct air accessibility and visa waiver for groups will definitely help to promote (Malaysia). Air China also has a good reputation and is a trusted brand among Chinese travellers.”
Chinese MICE groups are showing a stronger interest in Malaysia, observed Winnie Ng, deputy general manager of Kuala Lumpur-based Pearl Holiday Travel & Tour, which participated in a recent roadshow organised by Malaysia Convention & Exhibition Bureau to major Chinese cities.
She said: “(Chinese) government officers are limited to a budget of US$110 per room night in Malaysia. With good rates and promotions from five-star hotels in the capital, many (Chinese MICE) are opting for five-star properties.
“We have a confirmed booking of between 1,500 to 1,800 pax from a multi-level marketing company from China for May 2016 and another multi-level marketing company for 3,300 pax in July 2016.”
Likewise, KL Tan, general manager of Borneo Trails Tours & Travel in Kota Kinabalu, is also seeing strong forward incentive bookings to Kota Kinabalu from China for 2016.
Over in Thailand, the MICE sector might see some mild benefits from the depreciation of the baht, buyers at IT&CMA told TTG Asia e-Daily.
A weaker Thai baht will work in the favour of the Thai MICE sector “a little bit”, especially in the context of other regional currencies, said Aleizer Yrrah Jasmin, MICE travel consultant with Philippines-based Corporate International Travel and Tours.
Longhaul buyers like Jorge Vasques Rodrigues, administrator/executive officer of Lisboa-based Sotto Tour Travel Engineering, also views a weaker Thai currency “an advantage”.
However, some trade members are not convinced that a cheaper Thailand would suffice to reboot its plateauing MICE sector, especially in an era of heightened security worries in the wake of the recent Erawan bomb attack in Bangkok.
Liam Crawley, chief financial officer, Wyndham Vacation Resorts Asia-Pacific, pointed to a more immediate financial problem a dipping baht brings. “Hotels will be negatively impacted should they incur costs not in Thai baht.”
On the other hand, despite the Singapore dollar surging to a new high against the ringgit, Malaysia appears less desirable as a destination for Singapore MICE groups, with agents reporting slower business events bookings from the Lion City this year.
RA Jits Travel & Tours managing director, Harminderjit Singh, said the strong Singapore dollar and good flight access out of the country had resulted in corporate companies looking further afield for their overseas events, with many opting for Thailand.
Said Singh: “While our FIT business had grown 15-20 per cent year-on-year, the reverse is also true for our meetings and incentives sector (which decreased 15-20 per cent).”
Similarly, Raaj Navaratnaa, general manager at Johor Bahru-based New Asia Holiday Tours & Travel, has received many enquiries from incentive clients in Singapore looking at destinations such as Myanmar, Philippines and Vietnam.
Its inbound business from Singapore, on the other hand, dipped 30 per cent drop this year, a situation that was further aggravated by the haze in September and the recent ‘red shirt’ rally in Kuala Lumpur.
“A big meeting group of 600 pax from Singapore planning to have their meeting in Kuala Lumpur in end-September cancelled because of the rally,” said Navaratnaa. “They are instead going to Thailand.”
He added that the main challenge for Malaysia is a lack of new products to impress repeat corporate clients from Singapore, as upcoming attractions like the Twentieth Century Fox World Malaysia in Resorts World Genting and Movie Animation Park Studios in Perak will only open in 2016.