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Old June 8th, 2007, 11:52 AM   #21
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MAS' 250 packages to enrice Asean tourists

KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia Airlines (MAS) has introduced some 250 travel packages to people from Asean countries to come to the country in conjunction with Visit Malaysia Year 2007.

A joint collaboration between MAS, the Tourism Ministry and selected Asean tour agencies, the initiative is aimed at promoting Malaysia as a value for money destination, said MAS Commercial Director Datuk Abdul Rashid Khan.

He said MAS had made available more than 2.5 million seats until year-end to accommodate the anticipated surge in tourists as a result of the attractive new packages.

"Starting from as low as US$108 (RM380), the packages offer a discounted rate of 10% to 15% from the usual prices to entice more tourist arrivals from Asean countries and even tourists from China, India and Korea.

"These offers would enable more foreigners to better plan their travel to Malaysia and improve the turnover for tourism related services in Malaysia," said Abdul Rashid.

Customised packages include a 3days/2nights Malaysian experience to popular tourist attractions such as Genting Highlands, Penang and Langkawi with accommodation, meals and return flight tickets included.

Abdul Rashid said MAS had been aggressively marketing the packages, investing more than RM6mil in television and print commercials in Asean countries.

"Regionally, we are having short clips of various popular Malaysia destinations in our TV ads which are airing now on ESPN Star Sports and also on the National Geographic channel.

"In addition to these, selected print media in Asean countries are also carrying advertisements of our new packages.

"We are confident of attracting at least 1.7mil tourist arrivals this year from this exercise, especially with the participation of approximately 100 travel agents in the Asean region," he said at a press conference here on Friday.
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Singapore Bids To Attract More Malaysian Tourists

From Yai Ban King

SINGAPORE, June 8 (Bernama) -- With discounts of up to 70 per cent at almost all its major shopping centres and a campaign that allows Malaysians to pay half price at many of the government-sponsored tourism sites, the Singapore Tourism Board (STB) must have gone into overdrive to attract Malaysians during the mid-term holiday season that will come to an end on Sunday.

From its central shopping belt of Orchard Road and Marina Bay to the various shopping precincts that are participating in the Great Singapore Sale, fantastic value can be found on fashion, watches, jewellery, electronics and many other branded items.

"We know that a lot of Malaysians who come here are from Johor and that's why Johor is an important market for us," said Joan Ng, STB's Manager for Leisure Marketing and Events Management, to a group of Malaysian journalists here recently.

Ng, however, could not specifically identify the actual number of Johoreans who had been there but believes the number could be huge.

Last year, a total of 634,000 Malaysians visited the island state, making Malaysians the fifth largest number of visitors in Singapore.

Of the 9.7 million visitors who arrived last year, Indonesians were the largest by number at 1.9 million, followed by China at 1.03 million, Australians third at 692,000 and Indians fourth at 669,000 visitors.

Ng said that unlike the others, Johoreans were much closer and were more likely to come and enjoy the world-class facilities there.

The Night Safari, a government-sponsored attraction on a 40-hectare park at Mandai Lake Road, scored its 11 millionth visitor on May 29 since it was opened in 1994.

That visitor happened to be Malaysian Hing Siew Ling, 37, from Johor Baharu who had come with her mother, husband and three daughters.

"My daughters have been wanting to see owls. Since it was the school holidays, I thought I would bring them here," she said.

For being the 11 millionth visitor, Hing received a prize package which includes a two-night stay at Siloso Beach Resort, S$200 worth of VivoCity shopping vouchers and a Wildlife unlimited membership, among other things.

-- BERNAMA
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Old June 9th, 2007, 05:32 PM   #23
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I have yet to visit SG's Night Safari
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Old June 9th, 2007, 10:39 PM   #24
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ehh Singapore Tourism got connection with Malaysia Tourism meh?? :haha:
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Old June 10th, 2007, 12:59 PM   #25
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New Malaysia tourism offices in Xian and Xiamen
Sunday June 10, 2007
By NG CHENG YEE
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NINGBO (China): The locals here will be trained on how to promote Malaysia as the Tourism Ministry opens new offices in Xian and Xiamen.

The three to six months training will be conducted in Malaysia or at other tourism offices in China.

The others are now located in Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou, Chengdu and Hong Kong.

“We expect more Chinese to visit Malaysia in the future, but many of them are still not aware of where Malaysia is,” Deputy Tourism Minister Datuk Donald Lim Siang Chai said.

“That’s why we need to establish more offices in China,” he said after attending a Tourism and Malaysia My Second Home seminar here on Friday.

Lim is leading a delegation from the ministry and Tourism Malaysia, travel agents, hotel operators and representatives from several state governments to promote Malaysia to the East China market.

Lim said the ministry was also considering opening offices in other places including Quilin, Nanning and Zhengzhou.

“Our main concern is setting up offices in places where there are direct flights that connect Kuala Lumpur to these cities,” he said, adding that more brochures in Chinese would be printed.

Earlier, Lim said the ministry’s promotional efforts and campaigns in China showed signs of success as Malaysia was voted one of the top five most popular outbound destinations for South China residents by Guangzhou Daily.
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Old June 11th, 2007, 01:37 PM   #26
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June 11, 2007 18:28 PM

Malaysia Week Fest In London A Huge Success


From Noor Hayati Muda

LONDON, June 12 (Bernama) -- After five eventful days at Covent Garden Market here, the Malaysian delegation to the London Malaysia Week Festival 2007 wound down operations yesterday with much to cheer about.

For the small and medium enterprise members of the delegation, the products they brought sold like hot cakes while the cultural shows presented received resounding appreciation.

After being such a hit with visitors and the British government, the Culture, Arts and Heritage Ministry, which organised the event, is looking at making it an annual affair.

In fact, its Minister Datuk Seri Dr Rais Yatim has already drawn up plans for an even greater fest should it be held again next year.

"Overall, I am very pleased as the response has been so much greater than last year. This year, we also had the support of the local Westminster government as well as the British government," he told Malaysian journalists covering the fest, which began on June 6.

This year, the fest was that much more special as besides promoting Visit Malaysia Year'07, the cultural shows also showcased the unique "unity in diversity" that Malaysians of all races hold dear and has been a strongpoint of the country, which is celebrating its 50th independence anniversary.

"I feel we successfully conveyed the message of Malaysia's uniqueness to the people here. Culture and the arts are really good for imparting such a message than politics," said Rais.

He also said the ministry was now busy preparing for the Malaysia Week Festival in Bejing, China to be held at the end of the year.

-- BERNAMA
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Old June 11th, 2007, 11:37 PM   #27
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Malaysia Week 07 Covent Garden, London, UK

I was there.































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Old June 12th, 2007, 05:29 AM   #28
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OMG, one of the booth selling magee,A&W and Milo
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Old June 12th, 2007, 06:35 AM   #29
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I read that the Tagline is now change to Malaysia- Heart of Asia.
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Old June 12th, 2007, 08:20 AM   #30
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June 12, 2007 11:10 AM

Amber Chia For Tourism Malaysia Promo In China


By Tham Choy Lin

BEIJING, June 12 (Bernama) -- Malaysian model Amber Chia will be the star attraction of a promotion by Tourism Malaysia in several north China cities this month.

The Ipoh-born pouty-lipped model has been engaged for catwalk shows in Beijing, Qingdao, Zhengzhou, Harbin, Dalian and possibly Tianjin.

Michael Tay, Tourism Malaysia director here, said Chia will showcase designs by Malaysian fashion houses, Salabianca and Philosophy, including batik wear.

"We are working together with Parkson department store which has outlets in these cities," he said.

The first show will be on June 22 at the latest Parkson department store in Beijing.

Tourism Minister Datuk Seri Tengku Adnan Tengku Mansor is expected to attend the event. He is arriving next week to open the new Tourism Malaysia office in Beijing and at Awana Beijing restaurant.

Tay said Tourism Malaysia has also prepared 60 lucky draw holiday packages and 30,000 orang utan soft toys for shoppers.

China is the fifth largest source of tourists for Malaysia with nearly 440,000 visiting last year.

-- BERNAMA
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Old June 12th, 2007, 08:32 AM   #31
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why the malaysia weeks got only little crowds..?
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Old June 12th, 2007, 09:03 AM   #32
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why the malaysia weeks got only little crowds..?
The pictures were taken soon after opening in the morning. By the afternoon there were crowds.
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Old June 12th, 2007, 09:08 AM   #33
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Thete will also be a Malaysia Week in Melbourne soon.It will be run mostly by Malaysian students though.
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Old June 13th, 2007, 05:39 AM   #34
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I read that the Tagline is now change to Malaysia- Heart of Asia.
I heard about this too... In my opinion, it's just plain stupid. Who the heck has the idea to change it to this one? I still love truly asia better...

Btw, heart of asia was actually a cathay pacific campaign years back. Look at these ads...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D24rzJCf3FQ
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WcgjqwwMQNM
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Old June 15th, 2007, 06:33 PM   #35
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Source : http://www.theborneopost.com/?p=19744

724,137 tourists visit Sabah in first quarter



KENINGAU: Sabah has targeted to attract 2.7 million tourists during the Visit Malaysia Year 2007.

Sabah Tourism Board (STB) deputy chairman Datuk Sari Suhut said for the first four months of this year, 724,137 tourists had visited the State.

“Many of them were from Brunei, South Korea, China, Japan, Taiwan and United Kingdom besides locals,” he told The Borneo Post on Wednesday.

To attract more tourists, Sari said the STB would carry out various promotion and marketing campaigns in foreign countries, including using airlines.

“We also invited more members of the media and travel writers for familiarisation tours,” he added.

Sari advised local residents in the State to display their arts and cultures in conjunction with Visit Malaysia Year 2007.

He believes foreign tourists are interested in the unique and attractive local arts and cultures of the various ethnic groups in the State, including local food and drinks, traditional dances, beautiful landscapes and environment as well as village products.

“I hope all the districts will be ready to welcome tourists while the local people should take the opportunity to sell their local products such as handicrafts to boost their income,” he added.
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Old June 15th, 2007, 06:36 PM   #36
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Truly Asia is SO original! It should stay that way. Heart of Asia is a name of a techno song lah
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Old June 15th, 2007, 07:51 PM   #37
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I think they shudn't, I never see ppl not make fun of that title, Malaysia-Truly Asia.
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Old June 16th, 2007, 01:36 PM   #38
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no la heart of asia itu hanya tagline sampingan, sama seperti tagline " Malaysia, ur Asia Profit Center " yang diguna MITI.

yang jelas baru 2 hari lepas saya ade mendengar ucapan menteri kesihatan di persidangan kesihatan OIC sedunia di sunway city yg memulakan ucapan nyer dengan kalimah " Malaysia Truly Asia "
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Old June 16th, 2007, 02:03 PM   #39
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^ that's a relief!
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Old June 16th, 2007, 06:15 PM   #40
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the malay peninsula does look abit heart-shaped, dont u guys think so? while sumatera and borneo are the lungs hoho
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