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Macao and Malacca strengthen tourism and cultural partnership

The government of Macao Special Administrative Region (SAR) and the Malacca Historic City Council Thursday signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to establish the Macao Gallery and to promote mutual tourism and culture.

The MOU was signed in Malacca by Chui Sai On, the SAR’s secretary for social affairs and culture, on behalf of the SAR government, and Encik Yusof bin Haji Jantan, mayor of the Malacca Historic City.

Under the deal, the Macao SAR government together with the Malacca Historic City Council will be responsible for the management of the Macao Gallery, which will showcase the arts and culture of Macao as well as the history of Macao and Malacca.

The gallery is situated only 10 minutes away from central Malacca. The building was previously a governmental department of Malacca built in typical Siam style and is part of the local historical heritage. This two-story building has an area of about 3,000 square meters.

The MOU also said that the two sides will share experiences in the fields of education and culture, so as to further deepen the mutual understanding of the historical backgrounds of the two places.

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United States recession has not hit Malaysian tourism market

Arrivals of American tourists in Malaysia went up nine percent to 220,000 in 2008 from 2007 despite the gloomy economic scenario, Salahuddin Mohd Ariffin, Vice-President and Director of Tourism Malaysia in New York said here Sunday.

More than 55 percent of the American tourists were in Malaysia for leisure, while the rest came for business, he told Bernama at the closing of the two-day “Adventures in Travel Expo.”

The outlook looks good for the immediate future for the Malaysian tourism market. Tourism Malaysia had projected 15,000 tourists to arrive from the US for January this year.

The numbers surpassed Malaysia’s expectations when the numbers came in, and showed an increase of 10 percent in January 2009 to 17,000 arrivals, compared with the same period in January 2008. Continue Reading

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Carlton football to help promoting Malaysian Tourism

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The Carlton football team flew into Penang yesterday to begin a five-day visit arranged by Tourism Malaysia office here.

Tourism Malaysia is a major sponsor of the club in the Australian Football League this season which begins next month.  The Carlton website said the visit would provide the team with first hand experience of Malaysia.

“This is a great opportunity and we are looking forward to our visit and the chance to see some of the attractions that are helping to make Malaysia an increasingly popular tourist attraction for Australians,” coach Brett Ratten is quoted as saying.

“Importantly we will be ambassadors for our club in Malaysia and look forward to improving their knowledge of the game,” Ratten said.  While it is a promotional visit, the players will have daily training sessions in Penang to ensure the players continue their pre-season conditioning.

“As well as training and the promotional programme with Tourism Malaysia, this trip is also about assisting the development of our leadership team,” Ratten said. Continue Reading

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Global economic crisis not to affect Malaysia’s tourism industry: official

The global economic slowdown would not affect Malaysia’s tourism industry as the country’s tourism industry was still competitive, a local tourism official said on Friday.

Tourists were attracted to Malaysia because of the relatively low cost compared with the United States and Europe, Malaysia’s national news services Bernama quoted Deputy Tourism Minister Sulaiman Abdul Rahman Abdul Taib as saying.

The Malaysian Tourism Ministry was aggressively promoting Malaysia’s tour packages in the Middle East, Australia and China, he said in Kota Samarahan near Kuching, capital of the Sarawak State in east Malaysia.

The official told local tour operators not to worry over the global economic situation.

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Kuala Lumpur Tower to promote wedding tourism this year

Kuala Lumpur Tower (KL Tower) plans to promote wedding tourism to attract local and foreign couples to solemnize their wedding at the Open Deck before they set off for their honeymoon in this country.

Chief Executive Officer Datuk Zulkifli Mohamad said the programme entitled ‘Pledge Your Vow in the Sky’ enabled couples to arrange their private solemnization ceremony at the Open Deck, a unique venue for guests to enjoy the view of the Kuala Lumpur city skyline.

“Wedding tourism at the tower is not only a sightseeing experience but also to have both the culture and nature perspectives added in their (couples’) historical moments here,” he told reporters at a press conference, here Friday.

He said the idea was generated to support and promote the ‘Visit Malaysia Year’ campaign as one of the initiatives to attract local and foreign couples.

“Hopefully, the promotion and marketing done by the travel agents to Europe and Hong Kong, and also through our website, will attract more couples to have their wedding here,” he said.

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Malacca City could be preserved after becoming world heritage

Malaysia’s historic city of Malacca could be protected better after being listed as a world heritage, a local official said here on Friday.

Admission of the city into the world heritage family will promote people’s awareness to treasure the site more and protect it better than before, said Erne Hamsah from the Conservation Architect Unit of the City Council of Malacca.

The success in its long journey towards the world heritage will bring many other benefits to the city, she told Xinhua at the City Hall.

For example, Erne said, as a new world heritage, the Malacca City would attract more eyes around the world, which will enhance its status in the world and strengthen its position as a tourism site.

The new status also would facilitate to acquire membership of some organizations and funds to facilitate its preservation, said the official in charge of the city’s heritage conservation work.

The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) added Malaysia’s Malacca City and George Town, among others, into the World Heritage List on July 7 this year in Canada. Continue Reading

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Royale Chulan Kuala Lumpur to Open in December 2008

The Royale Chulan Kuala Lumpur, currently under construction, has scheduled December 2008 for its opening.

The hotel is a mid-scale development with two towers rising five and 13 storeys above the street. Most rooms have panoramic views of the Petronas Twin Towers, one of the world’s most identifiable landmarks. The u-shaped building reflects the local architecture to provide guests with a truly Malaysian experience. Handcrafted wooden design elements are discretely located throughout the hotel’s public areas and guestrooms.

Royale Chulan Kuala Lumpur, General Manager, Mr Leo Kuscher said, “The Royale Chulan Kuala Lumpur has set out to offer its guests gracious Malaysian hospitality as one of the hallmark features of the luxurious five-star hotel centrally located in Kuala Lumpur’s downtown business district.”

“The hotel has been designed to reflect local Malaysian heritage architecture. While it incorporates contemporary services and facilities, the hotel features elements of Malaysia’s unique architecture. Guests will have the opportunity to relax in one of 305 deluxe hotel rooms and suites or for longer staying guests, in one of the 98 well-appointed serviced apartments or studios,” Mr Kuscher added. Continue Reading

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Malaysia to host World Islamic tourism conference and Expo 2008

Malaysia will host the inaugural World Islamic Tourism Conference and Expo 2008 here in October this year, a local newspaper reported on Thursday.

The forum will include participants from 57 countries of the Organization of the Islamic Conference (OIC) and provide a platform for Islamic tourism industry players to strengthen cooperation and forge closer economic ties, The Star said.

Tourism Malaysia director-general Mirza Mohammad Taiyab said that immense tourism business potentials could be tapped from this huge Islamic market at the four-day event scheduled for October 8- 11.

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Malaysia one of the World’s Top Medical Tourism Destinations

Malaysia has been named among the world’s top five medical tourism destinations for medical tourists and foreign investors, according to online investment news source Nuwire Investors. Selected based on the quality and affordability of medical care and receptiveness to foreign investment, Malaysia came in third behind Panama and Brazil, and was followed by Costa Rica and India.

According to Nuwire Investors, Malaysia’s medical tourism industry has seen staggering growth in recent years. From 2001 to 2006, the number of foreigners seeking healthcare services in Malaysia almost tripled from 75,210 patients to 296,687 patients. The large volume of patients in 2006 brought approximately US$59 million or RM203.66 million in revenue. This trend is likely to grow at a rate of 30% a year until 2010, projects the Association of Private Hospitals Malaysia (APHM).

Much of Malaysia’s attraction lies in the wide array of medical services and procedures including dental, cosmetic and cardiac surgeries at significantly lower costs compared with the United States. Foreign medical tourists and investors are also attracted by Malaysia’s favourable exchange rate, political and economic stability and high rate of literacy. Continue Reading

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Singapore Airlines and Malaysia Airlines to Terminate Shuttle Service

Singapore Airlines and Malaysia Airlines are terminating the Shuttle Agreement on their services between Singapore and Kuala Lumpur, with effect from 1 June 2008. The two national carriers started the Shuttle in 1982, in response to demand for shuttle-like flights between the two cities.

The termination of the Shuttle Agreement will not reduce frequencies or change the fact that a wide variety of fares are now available on the route. The Shuttle Agreement provided for the carriers to agree on a common fare to charge customers who turned up at the airport on standby for the next flight.

The progressive deregulation of the Singapore-Kuala Lumpur route and the ever-increasing use of the Internet for a variety of transactions such as booking of tickets and check-in (even at the last minute), has changed the travel landscape, removing the need for a shuttle service. Continue Reading

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Medical Travel 2008 : Convention & Exhibition 2008 Global Competency In The Gulf Region & Malaysia

Health Tourism & Medical Travel 2008 : Convention & Exhibition 2008 Global Competency In The Gulf Region: Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, Brunei,india, Turkey, Belgium,Mexico And UAE

MARK YOUR CALENDAR: 14-16 October 2008,Malaysia and 25-27 November 2008, United Arab Emirates. This is the opportunity to discover the best healthcare destination set in a most dynamic Health Tourism and Medical Travel platform. The Organizer firmly believe that multinationals will reinvent the Health Tourism Event.
March 03, 2008 – Health & Medical Tourism 2008 : Convention & Exhibition 2008-Global Competency in the Gulf Region: Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, Brunei,India, Turkey, Belgium, Mexico and United Arab Emirates. Continue Reading

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Starwood’s Preferred Guest Program launches Malaysian Formula 1 Packages

Starwood’s Preferred Guest program has confirmed its next SPG Moments event, the 2008 Petronas Malaysian Formula 1 Grand Prix on 23rd March 2008. SPG members can now use their Starpoints to bid in an online auction for this special experience in Kuala Lumpur.

Launched in 2007, Moments by Starwood Preferred Guest lets members transform their Starpoints into speical lifestyle events – giving them insider access to red carpet movie premieres, closed rehearsals with today’s top music artists, private dinners with world-renowned chefs, rounds of golf with PGA Tour pros and more.

The Malaysian Formula 1 Grand Prix Moments experience allows members to bid for the chance to see their favorite F1 racecars with two unique packages :

Perdana Suite Package: Two exclusive passes to the air-conditioned Perdana Suite (an honored setting typically reserved for royal families and ministers) at the Sepang International Circuit, pre-race access to walk along the pit lane and take pictures of the racecars and food and beverage offerings throughout the race. Continue Reading

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