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Festive Packages at Shangri-La Hotel, Kuala Lumpur

Shangri-La Hotel, Kuala Lumpur is offering two packages specially created for the festive season. Celebrate the New Year in style with family, friends and corporate clients in the function rooms and Ballroom of the hotel.

Shangri-La Hotel, Kuala Lumpur
Shangri-La Hotel, Kuala Lumpur

The Festive Celebration Package, available until 31 December 2015, offers a selection of buffet menus from RM180++ per person onwards. There will be complimentary pre-function drinks with tidbits such as gingerbread, roasted chestnuts and candy canes for Christmas, and canapes for New Year. Complimentary mocktails will be served throughout dinner. Continue Reading

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Shangri-La Hotel Kuala Lumpur Celebrates Deepavali with Magnificent Floral Peacock

Deepavali or the Festival of Lights is celebrated in style at Shangri-La Hotel, Kuala Lumpur with a striking and colourful floral peacock in the Main Lobby.

Deepavali Floral Centrepiece at Shangri-La KL
Deepavali Floral Centrepiece at Shangri-La KL

Purple, pink, orange, red and yellow orchids and chrysanthemum pom-poms are put together to form this splendid peacock that is eight feet tall and 12 feet long. Its long, flamboyant tail flows down to join an intricate Kolam or Rangoli on the floor. Continue Reading

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Travelling in Style

With winter practically on half the world’s doorsteps, many people are opting for vacationing in some warmer and more exotic places, even the Kardashians just went to Greece for a “family vakay”. So what are some of the best places to travel to over the next few months and why?

Kuala Lumpur
Kuala Lumpur

Kuala Lumpur – The Malaysian capital may not be China and Japan but it boasts an area where the sun is warm, the locals are friendly and the country itself is completely multicultural. It’s a country that has shown its determination in building its country and can now say that it is one of the best travel destinations in the world. Besides the views and surroundings which astound, enrapture and please the visitor to the country, and shopping options which rival any other country. Continue Reading

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What’s there to see in Kuala Lumpur?

If you are a resident of Kuala Lumpur and are asked where the historical attractions are, what would you say?

And if you have watched the popular reality series, The Amazing Race Asia, did you recognize the places in KL that the show featured?

Many KL residents admit that they have never taken a photo of the Petronas Twin Towers, even though they often see tourists do so. Those walking or running around with their cameras under the hot KL sun are usually foreign tourists who are enamored by the beauty of Malaysia’s capital city.

For the city’s residents, KL is where they work, shop, and eat. Rarely do we find a group of KL residents strolling around the city just enjoying the sights, let alone capturing images of its attractions. The few odd residents that we see doing so are usually taking time out to spend with their children or relatives.

Therefore, when a 400-strong crowd, mostly KL residents, was given the challenge to track down the location of the 1Malaysia heritage sites across a 15-kilometer-long path, many were a little “lost”. Continue Reading

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Ascott Launches First Citadines Serviced Residence In Malaysia

CapitaLand’s wholly-owned serviced residence business unit, The Ascott Limited (Ascott), today launched its first Citadines serviced residence in Malaysia – Citadines Kuching Uplands. This reinforces Ascott’s lead as the largest international serviced residence owner-operator in the country. With Citadines Kuching Uplands and other properties due to open in Malaysia, Ascott’s operating apartments in the country will more than double from the current 455 units to a total of 1,168 units across nine properties by 2013. The company has recently clinched a management contract for its second Ascott branded serviced residence in Kuala Lumpur, while its third Somerset property in Malaysia will open next year.

Citadines caters to savvy, independent travellers who want high quality accommodation in a good location and the flexibility to choose the services they require. Ascott introduced the renowned European hospitality brand to Asia Pacific in 2006 with the opening of Citadines Shanghai Jinqiao. Since then, Ascott has opened 10 more Citadines in the region as they have proven to be popular.

Mr Alfred Ong, Managing Director for Southeast Asia and Australia, said: “We see strong growth potential in Malaysia. The country’s economic growth is expected to increase from 3.5% in 2010 to 5.3% in 2014. Foreign Direct Investment is also expected to grow from US$5.8 billion in 2010 to US$8.8 billion in 2014. We currently have Ascott and Somerset properties in Malaysia and we see tremendous potential in bringing the vibrant Citadines concept to the country. The presence of our three brands – Ascott, Somerset and Citadines – will enable us to cater to a wider range of customers. We intend to grow our Citadines brand in Malaysia and we are looking for opportunities to bring it to Kuala Lumpur. We will also look at other potential areas for growth such as Penang, Petaling Jaya and the Iskandar region.” Continue Reading

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Malaysia targets one million tourist arrivals from China this year

Malaysia targeted one million tourist arrivals fron China this year, said Tourism Malaysia chairman Datuk Victor Wee.

He said towards the end, promotion efforts were being intensified not only in the big cities in China but also smaller ones in view of the population size of China.

“China is a very big market for us, especially south China. Our minister (Tourism Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ng Yen Yen) is very active in promoting Malaysia in China.

“We are also forging greater cooperation between Chinese and Malaysian airlines as well as tour agencies to increase tourist arrivals from China,” he told reporters after gracing the “090909” mass wedding ceremony here Wednesday night.

He added that though the world was facing an economic slowdown and the influenza A (H1N1) pandemic, Tourism Malaysia was optimistic of achieving the target.

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Kuala Lumpur ranks third in best cities for business in Asia

Kuala Lumpur has been ranked among the top three cities for business in Asia in the’s 2009 Best in Travel Poll.

The Malaysian capital, ranked fourth last year, finished behind Hong Kong which remained the top city for business, followed by Singapore, while Bangkok, the “City of Angels”, dropped one rung to fourth., the region’s dedicated online travel magazine with over one million readers worldwide, said the category took in perceptions and actual experiences of business travelers in dealing with a range of factors like efficiency of transport and general services, signposting, hotels, airport and so on.

kuala lumpur malaysiaMalaysia’s low cost carrier AirAsia was voted the Best Budget Airline in Asia for the fourth consecutive year, polling 38 percent of the votes while Jetstar Asia and Singapore-based Tiger Airways came in second and third, respectively.

The 12-category poll ran for three key months, May to July, said, adding that on the average, voters took 12.84 air trips over the past 12 months, and earned US$ 170,401 in household income.

About 60 percent were based in Asia, largely in Singapore, Australia, Hong Kong, India, China, Japan, Malaysia, Thailand, the Philippines and the Middle East, while 20 percent in Europe and the rest in United States and North America.

In the Best Airlines Worldwide 2009 category, Singapore Airlines grabbed the top spot, as well as topping the Best Business Class and Best Cabin Service categories. Continue Reading

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Indonesian tourism players to participate in Matta Fair

Indonesian tourism players are being facilitated to participate in a Malaysian tour and travel promotion event called Matta Fair 2009 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, from September 4 to 6, 2009.

“We are facilitating tourism players to participate in Matta Fair 2009,” said I Gde Pitana, the Ministry of Culture and Tourism international promotion director, said here, reports Antara news agency.

He said the ministry had prepared some 180 km square meters of space for tourism players at the Malaysian tourism promotion fair.

malaysia tourism newsMatta Fair 2009 is an annual tourism promotion event held by the Malaysian government and coordinated by the Malaysian Ministry of Tourism.

The event had become one of Asia Pacific’s greatest shows, and the number of visitors to the fair was estimated to reach 10,000 people per day.

In Matta Fair 2008, the event was participated in by several Asia Pacific countries from China to Australia.

Pitana said recently the number of Indonesian tourism players who want to participate in Matta Fair 2009 had reached 90 percent of the stated quota. Continue Reading

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Thistle Hotel to open its first hotel in Asia in Port Dickson, Malaysia

The Thistle Port Dickson Resort, the first Thistle hotel to open outside of the United Kingdom, was officially opened by the Malaysian Minister of Tourism, Dato’ Sri Ng Yen Yen on Tuesday.

The Thistle Port Dickson Resort is located just an hour’s drive south of Kuala Lumpur and a four hour drive from Singapore.

The new hotel offers 251 bedrooms, an ocean lawn which can accommodate 2,000 guests, a spacious ballroom, two tennis courts, three restaurants, two bars and three outdoor swimming pools including an infinity pool ideally located by the beach.

thistle hotel port dickson malaysiaIn her speech, the Minister of Tourism said, “Well heeled travelers demand better quality, more value for money and greater flexibility in travel experience.

In this instance, I must say that for Thistle Port Dickson Resort, you are very blessed indeed to be able to offer most if not all of the market segmentations.”

“The beach location and lush green backdrop provide an ideal location for a wide range of interests from watersports to other recreational activities such as SWAT camp training or the eco-park trail.

There is no other resort quite like ours in the area and we are thrilled to offer a venue with so many offerings,” said Dean Rossilli, General Manager of the resort.

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Sipadan Island in Malaysia set to become one of the world’s New Seven Wonders Of Nature

Sipadan island, one of the best diving spots in the world, is set to qualify for the final round of the New Seven Wonders of Nature search.

State Tourism, Culture and Environment Minister Datuk Masidi Manjun said that based on the unofficial result of the search, which ended yesterday, Sipadan was said to be in fourth place under the island category.

“I hope we get through and qualify for the next round,” he told reporters after launching orientation week for new students of the Kota Kinabalu Polytechnic near here Wednesday.

siapadan-malaysia-dive-siteMasidi said the ministry, through the Sabah Tourism Board (STB), had embarked on an all-out “Vote for Sipadan” campaign to promote the island as one of the world’s New Seven Wonders of Nature since December last year.

It went through the first stage — the National Qualification — on Dec. 31 last year. The second stage of the search via an Internet online voting system was conducted from January to July 7 this year. Sipadan must be in the top 11 to go to the next round.

Sipadan is one of the 261 national and multinational nominees from 222 countries which participated in the search.

Sipadan is the only oceanic island in Malaysia, rising 600m from the seabed, and is located in the Celebes Sea east of the major town of Tawau and off the coast of East Malaysia on the Island of Borneo.

It is located at the heart of the Indo-Pacific basin, the centre of one of the richest marine habitats in the world and more than 3,000 species of fish and hundreds of coral species have been classified in this ecosystem.

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Bukit Fraser Still Draws The Tourists

Fraser’s Hill is a resort notable in the country’s tourism industry.

This highland retreat, that sits on the Titiwangsa Range in Pahang, draws a continuous stream of visitors as the temperature there is cool, ranging from 17 and 24 degrees Celsius.

The highest point on Fraser’s Hill is 1,280 metres above sea level. Located some 105 km from Kuala Lumpur, Fraser’s Hill showcases a number of bungalows and houses constructed according to the British colonial style.

The small town of Fraser’s Hill is known as ‘Little England’ and most of the activities here centers around a spot that stands a beautiful clock tower.

Fraser’s Hill is also world-renowned for the Fraser’s Hill International Bird Race event.

The scenario of a Tudor-style village, akin to that in Scotland, coupled with the highland’s cool air, has never failed to draw tourists who want to enjoy the ‘picturesque’ situation there. Continue Reading

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Tourism Malaysia gets down to business in Damascus

Following a well-received promotional campaign in Jordan, Tourism Malaysia is now in Damascus to coax more Syrians to visit Malaysia.

Leading the charge is Tourism Malaysia deputy director-general for planning Azizan Noordin, who arrived in the Syrian capital Monday evening after traveling by land from Amman.

Malaysia welcomed 4,066 Syrian tourists in 2008, and 1,153 visitors from this Arab republic of over 19 million people came to Malaysia during January-March this year.

The Tourism Malaysia team present here includes its regional director for Africa, West and South Asia Abdul Rahman Shaari and overseas director for Saudi Arabia, Levant, Yemen and North Africa Ahmad Husni Ahmad Basri.

The rest of the delegation is made up of several hoteliers and travel agents from Malaysia who took part in the Arabian Travel Market 2009 which concluded in Dubai on Friday. Continue Reading

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