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Old November 6th, 2019, 01:00 PM   #1801
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Tourism Malaysia to promote smart tourism via Mafengwo
By Azanis Shahila Aman - November 6, 2019 @ 6:15pm



Mafengwo senior vice president Yu Zhuo (left) said the company is looking forward to assist Malaysian tourism industry players in creating a richer online content for Chinese travellers, and thus building a localised marketing ecology in Malaysia. (NSTP/AMIRUDIN SAHIB)

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KUALA LUMPUR: Tourism Malaysia is embarking on a comprehensive digitalisation journey to promote Malaysia and tap Chinese inbound tourist market via Mafengwo, the chinese travel services and social networking platform.

Malaysia Tourism Promotion Board deputy director International Promotion Division (Asia/Africa) Chan Hon Mun said 'smart tourism' would be a key thrust to increase tourism-based receipts, especially from growing independent travelers.

"China is currently our third largest tourist source market after Singapore and Indonesia.

"With Mafengwo’s collaboration with Malaysia tourism partners, there is an opportunity to grow our share of China market from 2.94 million tourist arrivals to a potential target of 3.48 million in 2020, in conjunction with the Visit Malaysia 2020 (VM2020) campaign,” he told reporters at the signing of memorandum of understanding (MoU) ceremony between Mafengwo and Adfinity Media Sdn Bhd here today.

Further, Chan said Mafengwo has a potential to grow Malaysia’s tourist arrivals from China market by providing a platform and a digital ecosystem for Malaysian partners to reach out to the 1.4 billion Chinese population.

"It enables the development of an open digital ecosystem and this allows both current and new tourism industry players to implement digital technologies to enhance tourism offerings and improve tourist experiences," he said.

Chan also said Tourism Malaysia is committed to develop China tourism market in Malaysia and past efforts in improving connectivity and convenience of obtaining visas to Malaysia has contributed to the growth.

"Last year, a total of 2.94 million Chinese tourists visited Malaysia, a growth of 29 per cent. They contributed RM12.3 billion to the national economy, a growth of 5.3 per cent,” Chan added.

Meanwhile, Mafengwo senior vice president Yu Zhuo said the company is looking forward to assist Malaysian tourism industry players in creating a richer online content for Chinese travellers, and thus building a localised marketing ecology in Malaysia.

She said Mafengwo users is estimated to be in the region of 1.3 million have been sharing their own experiences, travel trips and guides based on their trip to Malaysia.

"Malaysia has always been one of the most popular tourism destinations in the world, and Mafengwo has formed a relatively complete profile and structured set of information on Malaysia.

"With the emergence of individualised demands from users, Mafengwo shall employ a point of interest (POI) system to perform content customisation aimed at providing tourist from China better service while establishing opportunities for merchants in Malaysia,” she said.

In conjunction with the MoU, the company had selected seven distinguished local merchants comprising restaurants, tourist attractions and accommodation providers as ‘Mafengwo Users’ Top Pick’.

The National Mosque in Kuala Lumpur was named as one of Mafengwo’s tourism icon winners by as it has received high ratings from the app users.
https://www.nst.com.my/business/2019...urism-mafengwo
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Old November 6th, 2019, 02:16 PM   #1802
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Visit Malaysia 2020 launches in London
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Old November 19th, 2019, 11:01 AM   #1803
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Royal Caribbean to bring 430,000 cruise passengers to Malaysia
Tourist numbers to increase due to Royal Caribbean International cruises
By Mohamed Basyir November 18, 2019 @ 5:20pm



Award-winning global cruise brand Royal Caribbean International is set to boost the number of tourists arrivals during Visit Malaysia Year 2020. (BERNAMA)
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GEORGE TOWN: Award-winning global cruise brand Royal Caribbean International is set to boost the number of tourists arrivals during Visit Malaysia Year 2020.

Its Quantum of the Seas cruise ship will be making record-breaking calls to Malaysia during the 2020-2021 season.

Including the current 2019-2020 season, a total of 430,000 passengers will enter the country.

Royal Caribbean (Asia-Pacific) managing director Angie Stephen said the ship would be making 55 calls in the upcoming season alone.

“This is an increase of 43 calls we made for previous seasons.

“We will extend to a six months season from October next year to April the following year,” she told newmen during a tour of the ship here today.

The Quantum class ship will see 38 sailings from Singapore to Malaysia for the 2020-2021 season at the Swettenham Pier Cruise Terminal (SPCT) here and Port Klang with an estimated 240,000 tourist arrivals.

The Quantum of the Seas’ itineraries include four nights cruise to Penang and Phuket, five nights to Port Klang, Penang and Phuket, seven nights to Port Klang, Penang and overnight at Phuket and seven nights to and overnight in Bangkok and Ho Chi Minh City.

The 16-deck high 168,666 gross registered ton Quantum of the Seas, which carries 4,905 guests in total, currently offers the North Star, an observation capsule that rises 92m over the ocean.

The ship is also equipped with Two70 – a high tech entertainment venue, the Bionic Bar with robotic bartenders, skydiving and surfing experiences, interior virtual balconies with real-time ocean views, and SeaPlex, the largest indoor activity space at sea – housing a basketball court, roller-skating, bumper cars and more.

Guests may also experience new ones, including an escape room and glow-in-the-dark laser tag.

The ship houses 18 restaurants with cuisines from around the globe, including signature restaurants such as Wonderland, Chops Grille, Izumi Japanese Cuise and Jamie’s Italian by celebrity chef Jamie Oliver.

The expansion work at SPCT will begin in the next two to three months.

Angie said the plan for the project has been approved and the construction will take 12 months to complete.

She expressed confidence that the expansion project would open doors to more cruises to dock in Penang.

“The construction partners and the concessionaires have been identified.

“Once it is completed, two Oasis-sized ships can be placed at the outer docks while two smaller to mid-sized ships can berth inside, all at the same time,” she said.

The agreement for the project was signed last year where Penang Port Sdn Bhd (PBSB) and Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd (RCCL) will jointly invest RM155 million to expand the SPCT.

The improved terminal can manage 12,000 passengers at a time.
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Old December 9th, 2019, 08:37 PM   #1804
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Pangkor Island ready to embrace duty-free status
Bernama December 10, 2019 00:54 am +08
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LUMUT (Dec 9): With less than a month to go before the Pangkor Island to be proclaimed a duty-free island on Jan 1, new attractions and improvements are underway on the island so that when the day arrives, all facilities will be ready for the visitors.

Undoubtedly, as Pangkor Island will be a duty-free haven from next year onwards, many would imagine that various brands of chocolates will be sold at lower prices similar to those in Langkawi and Labuan.

Chocolate lovers will not be disappointed, as a Bernama check found there is a shop selling chocolate at lower prices called Coklat Laris, already in operation on the island for nearly two months near the Arena Pangkor.

Coklat Laris supervisor Hajarul Aswad Md Azmi said the response from tourists has been encouraging since it started operations on Oct 18 as the products sold were cheaper than anywhere else such as at the airports or Premium Outlets.

“After the proclamation on Jan 1, all popular chocolate brands such as Daim, Pepero and those imported from Switzerland, Italy and Australia will be sold at a lower price than they are at the moment,” he said when met by Bernama here recently.

Meanwhile, Nur Azlina Ann Abdullah, 28, whose company operates water sports activities in Teluk Nipah, said they would take visitors to snorkel at beautiful coral reef sites during high tide to avoid any damage to the reefs.

“Boat operators here have also begun to refer to the tide tables using Tides application to make it easier for us to plan the appropriate snorkelling time for visitors,” she said.

Nur Azlina said boat operators were also involved in safety training with the Fire and Rescue Department to prepare themselves with the knowledge and skills that could be applied in the event of an emergency.

That apart, taxi driver K. Segar, 58, said his pink taxi van would be available throughout the day to make it easier for tourists to explore areas around Pangkor Island including Pantai Pasir Bogak and Teluk Nipah.

It is understood that local authority is also restructuring business premises at Padang Kurma near Pangkor Island Jetty to make it more attractive.

Other attractions to be launched include the Dataran 3D in Pasir Bogak, the Chinese Mosque which is still under construction, as well as the construction of the building near the ferry jetty which will house the Customs, Immigration and Quarantine (CIQ) complex.
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Old December 24th, 2019, 01:34 PM   #1805
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Ministry monitoring prices on Pangkor Island ahead of duty-free status
Bernama December 23, 2019 22:12 pm +08
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IPOH (Dec 23): The Perak branch of the Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs Ministry is carefully monitoring the prices of goods and services on Pangkor Island to ensure there is no price hikes ahead of Pangkor being declared a duty-free island on Jan 1, 2020.

Its director Saifullizan Kamarul Zaman said officers and personnel had carried out monitoring since the beginning of this month and will continue in the future.

“We expect that after the proclamation of Pangkor as a duty-free island, there will be traders taking advantage (raising prices) because the island will receive a lot of tourists.

“We have conducted checks and will be frequently monitoring the prices of products. We will do the same in January and every quarter of the year, we will take down the prices of essential goods and goods related to hotel services, restaurants, salons and so on,” he said.

Saifullizan said this to reporters after launching the 2019 State-level Festive Season Maximum Price Control Scheme for Christmas at Tesco Ipoh here, today.

He said they were also working with the Pangkor Small Traders and Hawkers Association and Manjung Municipal Council to ensure that no traders took advantage to raise prices of goods and services according to their whims.
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Visa exemption will make Malaysia a more attractive holiday destination for 2020
Bernama December 30, 2019 21:15 pm +08
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KUALA LUMPUR (Dec 30): The 15-day visa-free stay in Malaysia next year that has been extended by the government for tourists from China and India, will make the country more competitive in attracting them to come for their holiday.

Malaysian Inbound Tourism Association (MITA) president Uzaidi Udanis said many people in China and India travel abroad every year for their holiday and the visa exemption will attract more of them to come to Malaysia.

“For example, 150 million Chinese nationals with international passports travel every year. We want to attract more tourists, like Thailand, which received 10 million arrivals in tourists from China last year, ”he told reporters here.

With the visa exemption, Uzaidi said he estimated four million Chinese national tourists and two million tourists from India to visit the country in conjunction with the Visit Malaysia Year 2020 (TMM 2020).

The visa-free visit is limited to only 15 days and cannot be extended. Tourists are allowed to re-register to enter Malaysia after 45 days from the date they leave Malaysia.

Meanwhile, Malaysian Association of Tour and Travel Agents (MATTA) president Datuk Tan Kok Liang described the visa-free entry for tourists from China and India as a game-changer in boosting the Malaysian tourism sector.

“The announcement of the extension granted to nationals of these two most populous nations on earth would add impetus to the start of VMY 2020,” he told Bernama.

Tan said the move should be extended beyond 2020, and that the visa should be valid for longer period.

He said the visa exemption for tourist from China and India would help boost the country’s economy.

Malaysia is eyeing to attract 30 million international tourists and earn RM100 billion in tourism receipts in 2020.
https://www.theedgemarkets.com/artic...stination-2020
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TM to benefit from Visit Malaysia 2020 with newly launched tourist SIM
By Farah Adilla - January 8, 2020 @ 7:03pm
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KUALA LUMPUR: Telekom Malaysia Bhd (TM) has introduced unifi Travel Pass, a tourist SIM in Malaysia, in partnership with Tourism Malaysia for Visit Truly Asia Malaysia 2020 campaign.

As part of the collaboration, TM through its premier Convergence brand – unifi – introduced a special unifi Mobile plan called unifi Travel Pass, designed exclusively for tourists visiting Malaysia.

unifi Travel Pass offers the freedom to be connected via unlimited high speed data plan, access to unlimited wifi nationwide via [email protected] and unlimited entertainment via [email protected] app.

Tourism Malaysia has targeted to achieve 30 million tourist arrivals and RM100 billion tourist receipts for Visit Truly Asia Malaysia 2020 campaign.

When asked about TM sales target, group chairman Rosli Man said he could not disclose any number for now.

“We would like to get as much as we can,” he told reporters after the signing ceremony here today.

Rosli said the collaboration marks an unwavering effort by both parties to optimise the use of latest technology, leverage on digital marketing and maximise integrated marketing campaign to boost Malaysia’s tourism industry.

The collaboration will focus on three main pillars, namely broadband connectivity for tourists; promotion of the campaign via TM’s digital assets; and campaign promotion via global and domestic assets.

“This collaboration not only reflects our support for Malaysia’s tourism industry, it is also a testament of our continuous commitment in bringing unlimited connectivity for everyone including foreign tourists travelling in Malaysia, so they can stay connected to the digital world, in line with our role towards realising Malaysia’s Digital Nation aspirations,” said Rosli.

unifi Travel Pass offers unlimited high speed data SIM for tourists to stay connected during their visit here in Malaysia.

Tourists can choose either the seven-day pass for RM30 or the 15-day pass for RM60, both offering high speed 4G/3G data.

It also comes with preloaded airtime credit for them to make outgoing calls at 20 sen per minute and send SMS at 10 sen per SMS.

They can reload their credit anytime via online or can be easily purchased from over 15,000 unifi Mobile reload vendors nationwide.

Tourists can choose to collect the SIM card at Tourism Malaysia’s Tourist Information Centres at Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA) and klia2.
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Malaysia My Second Home Scheme a key attraction
Rise in foreign property buyers expected this year
https://www.nst.com.my/property/2020...-expected-year

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Sales would be driven by the lower threshold on high-rise property prices to RM600,000 from RM1 million previously for foreign ownership as proposed in Budget 2020, the firm said.

"In the first half of 2019, Malaysia was the fifth most popular country for Chinese property buying inquiries in the world and we predict this trend to continue in 2020. Many Chinese property buyers are willing to spend USD283,000 to USD424,000 for an overseas home. Diversification of investment portfolios and the spreading of wealth seem to be their main motivation. Other factors include education and better living conditions. The interest is strong with the lower threshold, we are definitely going to see more traction,” he said.

It is estimated that Chinese buyers account for RM8.4 billion (US$2 billion) of property sales, which is 12.1 per cent of total transaction value and 0.4 per cent of the total transaction share.

Since the launch of MM2H in 2002 till November 2018, the initiative has drawn 43,466 applications. Applications received were from 131 countries, mainly from Chinese citizens. China dominated the list with 13,892 approvals over the period, followed by Japan (4,882), Bangladesh (4,187), the United Kingdom (2,729) and Korea (2,568).
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