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Old January 15th, 2008, 07:41 AM   #121
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January 15, 2008 13:13 PM

PM To Rev Up SIC's F1 Promotion Campaign


KUALA LUMPUR, Jan 15 (Bernama) -- The Sepang International Circuit (SIC) will officially kick off its domestic promotion campaign for the 2008 Formula One Petronas Malaysian Grand Prix on Friday with a unique open-air launch by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi at the picturesque Esplanade Suria KLCC in Kuala Lumpur.

Marking the 10th edition, SIC general manager Datuk Azmi Murad said the event would, among others, display the 1999 Red Bull Sauber Petronas F1 car to symbolise the success story of SIC and Petronas in the sport.

"Fans will also be treated to a special video presentation of the official launch of the 2008 BMW Sauber F1 team, which was held in Munich yesterday to give first-hand information on the new car.

"We hope racing fans will join us at the Esplanade to witness this historical event," Azmi, who is also the Senior General Manager (Operations) of Malaysia Airports Holdings Berhad, said in a statement on Tuesday.

First organised in 1999, the 2008 Formula One Petronas Malaysian Grand Prix marks the 10th edition of the event and will be held from March 21 to 23 as the second round of the World Formula One Championship.

While the launch will feature only the 1999 car, the 2008 Formula One Roadshow, which will kick off at Mahkota Parade in Melaka next weekend, will feature the remaining F1 cars used by Petronas-sponsored racing teams until 2007.

"SIC would like to record its highest thanks and appreciation to Petronas for allowing us to use these F1 cars for the roadshows. It would definitely add more colour and substance to the roadshows," Azmi added.

After Melaka, the roadshow will move to Johor Baharu, Penang, Ipoh and the Klang Valley to woo fans to the race.

The SIC is offering promotional packages for ticket purchases under its 10 Thrilling Offers for the 10th Edition programme, which include one specifically designed for roadshow patrons. It is targeting 125,000 spectators for this year's race.

The 2008 F1 season officially kicks off with the Australian GP on March 14.

-- BERNAMA
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Old January 21st, 2008, 03:53 AM   #122
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Chinese TV network to air Malacca documentary

PETALING JAYA: Malacca gets the spotlight today as Melaka Documentary goes on air at China Central Television (CCTV), which has a few hundred million potential viewers.

Melaka Documentary is an informative show featuring the fascinating history of the city. It will be aired on CCTV4 (Astro Ch 334) until Jan 24.

The documentary is jointly produced by local production house VL Film Productions and CCTV.

VL chief executive officer Datuk Vincent Lye said the documentary was different because it was co-produced by the Chinese, who had hundreds of years of relationship with Malacca.

“We would like to see how the Chinese perceive the state. For many, especially students and educationists, I believe this documentary will answer some of their questions.”

A few key personalities are interviewed in the documentary. Among them are Yang di-Pertua Negeri Tun Mohd Khalil Yaakob, Chief Minister Datuk Seri Mohd Ali Rustam, MCA president Datuk Seri Ong Ka Ting and Deputy Tourism Minister Datuk Donald Lim Siang Chai.

There will be four episodes in the documentary. Each episode is 30 minutes long. It will air at 5pm and repeated at 11pm.
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January 20, 2008 20:17 PM

Malaysia Will Push For Single Visa For Asean, Says Tengku Adnan

By D. Arul Rajoo

BANGKOK, Jan 20 (Bernama) -- Malaysia will lobby with other Asean countries to adopt a single visa policy valid for all the 10 member states despite Myanmar's reluctance and security concerns of other countries, Tourism Minister Datuk Seri Tengku Adnan Tengku Mansor said Sunday.

He said Malaysia has been pushing for the policy since 2002 and hoped the matter would be taken up at the leaders' level during the Asean Summit.

One of the major hurdles for such a policy was Myanmar's reluctance due to its domestic situation while some other countries like Indonesia have travel restrictions due to security concerns, he said.

"Single visa will allow long-haul travellers to move around the region without much hassle. They usually come for two or three weeks and prefer to travel to more than one country," he told reporters after arriving for the Asean Tourism Ministers' Meeting which starts here tomorrow.

Tengku Adnan also said the US-imposed sanction on Myanmar also complicates matters as long-haul travellers include from the US and Europe.

Furthermore, he said, Myanmar has yet to enforce visa-free travel to Asean citizens despite all member states signing a visa exemption treaty last year which would allow citizens to enter and stay in member countries for a maximum of 30 days.

In 2007, Asean received 60.8 million international tourist arrivals, with the growth rate of 11 per cent.

He also said Malaysia was disappointed with the lack of progress and efforts from other member countries to undertake joint promotions of the region.

"We are not happy with fellow Asean members in promoting the region as a whole. When we go for overseas promotions, we don't only promote Malaysia but also other countries in the region," he said.

Tengku Adnan said many rounds of negotiations were held with other members of Asean to undertake joint promotions but the response has not been good.

"We can benefit more by promoting the region as a whole. There are certain attractions that we have but others don't and vice-versa," he added.

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Old January 21st, 2008, 04:04 AM   #124
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Tourism to help change Sabah

KOTA KINABALU: With its rich natural beauty and mystique, Sabah has great potential to be a world-class tourist destination.

From being home to South-East Asia’s highest peak Mount Kinabalu to the diving haven of Sipadan, Sabah has many untapped natural attractions and with next week’s launch of the Sabah Development Corridor (SDC), tourism looks set to be the leading economic driver.

To the local industry players, tourism is the most sustainable economic sector compared with manufacturing or agriculture.

Sabah Tourism, Culture and Environment Minister Datuk Masidi Manjun, who strongly believes that tourism will always remain a product that will bring in foreign exchange and provide steady income, said: “If you look at it, we have seen factories fold up and investors leave for cheaper labour markets like Vietnam or China, agriculture has its limits in terms of land available and locals hardly benefit from jobs in these sectors, unlike in tourism where the industry is driven by locals, basically in every aspect of the sector.

“This is where tourism will be sustainable and will bring direct and indirect benefits to the people in urban or rural areas,” Masidi said in an interview ahead of the launch of the SDC on Jan 29.

Currently the tourism sector employs 14,000 people directly and with greater focus on tourism under the SDC, the impact would be far reaching and affect other sectors particularly the service industry.

“The sectors that will feel the immediate effects are accommodation, food and beverage, transportation, entertainment and retail .

“The private sector is playing the lead role in developing the tourism sector while the state and federal governments are the facilitator and regulators by providing infrastructure, incentives and policy guidelines,” he said.

He noted that tourism in rural areas like Pekan Nabalu (near Mount Kinabalu) had benefited local folks who sold handicrafts, local fruits and honey. Sales of local handicraft amounted to RM138.7mil last year.

“This is the positive side of unreported expenditure and the money is returned to the local economy with great multiplier effect,” he added.

Remaining buoyant about Sabah’s tourism growth, Masidi said tourist arrivals increased by 14.4% growing from 1.8 million in 2004 to 2.2 million in 2007, he said, adding that they were targeting 2.6 million visitors by 2010.

Sabah has 115 direct flights a week from 15 cities across Asia and is now focusing on increasing the number of flights once the Kota Kinabalu International Airport renovation is completed by May 2009.

The state hopes to make its tourism products sustainable and open up more attractions for visitors to spend more time in the state.

The key challenge will be to increase physical development of appropriate tourism products especially in the rural areas to cater for the anticipated increase in arrivals.

“What is most important in our move to improve and beautify the environment is that we should be careful not to destroy coral reefs, wildlife habitats and ecosystems.

“Sabah’s tourism assets are its environment. We must preserve it for the long-term and we should not undertake environmentally damaging projects like the coal-fired power plant that could damage our coral reefs in Darvel Bay,” he added.

He said the state wanted to see more people investing in eco-tourism products of quality and value which not only protect and conserve the environment but generate employment and spin-off opportunities for the people.

“With the SDC, we are on gear five. We are on our way to become a major tourist destination with the heavy investments identified in the blueprint. We will be able to open up more islands in the east coast.

“There are 42 unexplored islands. We have more to offer than Sipadan,” said Masidi, adding that Sabah’s east coast tourism potential had hardly been exploited over the years.

Among the SDC’s highlights for development is to market Sabah as an exclusive holiday home destination, develop new tourism products anchored by signature resorts, encourage rural participation through community-based tourism, develop a one-district one-product programme, make the state a centre of excellence for tropical biodiversity research and to set up an arts and culture fund.

It has identified areas for immediate action, including providing basic tourism development infrastructure before moving into strengthening Sabah’s position as a premier eco-adventure destination through conservation, research and sustainable development of new tourism products.

The 18-year plan hopes to see Sabah being transformed into one of the most liveable places in Asia – a bustling metropolis in a tropical paradise.
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Old January 21st, 2008, 05:09 AM   #125
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Malaysia Voted Best International Tourism Destination

Written by Ozgur Tore
Thursday, 17 January 2008


For the second time in a row, Malaysia was voted the Best International Tourism Destination by the Global Traveler Magazine.

Malaysia beat other strong competitors including Italy, Spain, Thailand and United Kingdom.Global Traveler Magazine conducted the fourth annual survey of its readers from 1 February to 31 August 2007, with open-ended questions for the best in 49 categories of business and luxury travel. A total of 15,828 completed questionnaires were received. The questionnaires were made available as an insert in subscriber copies of the magazine and online at the Global Traveler website, www.globaltravelerusa.com/readersurvey.


For those who have been to Malaysia, this result comes as no surprise, as the country not only offers excellent nature, dream beaches and interesting sights, but at the same time an outstanding price-performance-ratio. Reisereport 2008, a service website for luxury trips at budget prices compares Malaysia to Italy (in second place): tourists often pay much less than 100 Euro per night for the best hotel in Kuala Lumpur, while in Rome, they easily pay 500 Euro or more for the same. Winners in other categories include Hawaii (Best US Destination), Singapore Airlines (Best Airline), Seoul Incheon Airport (Best Airport), SkyTeam (Best Airline Alliance), Hotel Bel-Air (Best US Hotel), Gleneagles, Scotland (Best International Golf Resort) and Mandarin Oriental (Best Hotel Chain in Asia). Mrs Ivana Trump from the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society (LLS) presented the awards in New York on 16 January 2008. Receiving the award on behalf of Tourism Malaysia was Tourism Malaysia’s Deputy Director General, Datin Dalilah Ahmad. The ceremony was attended by over 300 travel industry professionals, many of whom have donated to LLS. About Global Traveler
Global Traveler is the only ABC-audited American magazine for the international business traveler, with ABC paid circulation of 69,023. The magazine increased its frequency to12x/year effective with the January 2007 issue. For more information, visit Global Traveler’s website: www.globaltravelerusa.com

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Old January 22nd, 2008, 08:54 AM   #126
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Malaysia Will Push For Single Visa For Asean, Says Tengku Adnan
Bernama, 20th January 2008
By D. Arul Rajoo

BANGKOK, Jan 20 (Bernama) -- Malaysia will lobby with other Asean countries to adopt a single visa policy valid for all the 10 member states despite Myanmar's reluctance and security concerns of other countries, Tourism Minister Datuk Seri Tengku Adnan Tengku Mansor said Sunday.

He said Malaysia has been pushing for the policy since 2002 and hoped the matter would be taken up at the leaders' level during the Asean Summit.

One of the major hurdles for such a policy was Myanmar's reluctance due to its domestic situation while some other countries like Indonesia have travel restrictions due to security concerns, he said.

"Single visa will allow long-haul travellers to move around the region without much hassle. They usually come for two or three weeks and prefer to travel to more than one country," he told reporters after arriving for the Asean Tourism Ministers' Meeting which starts here tomorrow.

Tengku Adnan also said the US-imposed sanction on Myanmar also complicates matters as long-haul travellers include from the US and Europe.

Furthermore, he said, Myanmar has yet to enforce visa-free travel to Asean citizens despite all member states signing a visa exemption treaty last year which would allow citizens to enter and stay in member countries for a maximum of 30 days.

In 2007, Asean received 60.8 million international tourist arrivals, with the growth rate of 11 per cent.

He also said Malaysia was disappointed with the lack of progress and efforts from other member countries to undertake joint promotions of the region.

"We are not happy with fellow Asean members in promoting the region as a whole. When we go for overseas promotions, we don't only promote Malaysia but also other countries in the region," he said.

Tengku Adnan said many rounds of negotiations were held with other members of Asean to undertake joint promotions but the response has not been good.

"We can benefit more by promoting the region as a whole. There are certain attractions that we have but others don't and vice-versa," he added.
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Malaysia Will Push For Single Visa For Asean, Says Tengku Adnan

yesterday already posted by haze la nazrey..
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Old January 24th, 2008, 05:49 AM   #128
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KL to host international tourism fair in June

KUALA LUMPUR: An international tourism fair will be held in June to bring the tourism industry to a higher level, said Deputy Tourism Minister Datuk Donald Lim said.

The Asia International Tourism Fair (AITF) will be a platform for international buyers and sellers to showcase their expertise and products in one place.

“The ministry feels that the country needs an exhibition of this scale to bring our tourism industry to a higher level,” Lim told reporters after launching the Travel Preview Magazine Requisition on Tourism Articles Competition here yesterday.

“This is not like Matta Fair, which is more of a consumer fair.

“This international expo will see people from tourism industries across the world sharing pointers and views while showcasing their products and knowledge.”

Lim said the ministry contributed RM1mil for the Malaysian Association of Tour and Travel Agents (Matta), Malaysian Chinese Tourism Association (MCTA) and Malaysian Association of Bumiputra Tour and Travel Agents (Bumitra Malaysia) to organise the event in June.

On the competition, Lim said it would allow for feedback from the participants through their writings.

“Only with feedback can the industry and country improve,” he said.

The competition is open to all Malaysians aged 18 and above. Articles are to be written in Chinese in not more than 3,000 characters and involve travel-related issues such as travel experiences and tourists hotspots.

All articles must be submitted to MCTA by March 23. For details, contact 03-9200 5228 / 9578.
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January 25, 2008 15:01 PM

Recall For Ineffective Tourism Malaysia Officers


By D. Arul Rajoo

BANGKOK, Jan 25 (Bernama) -- In view of the strong competition from regional countries in attracting tourism dollars, all Tourism Malaysia (TM) officers throughout the world have been told to achieve their respective annual target or face being recalled.

Tourism Minister Datuk Seri Tengku Adnan Tengku Mansor said the officers must be on the alert as competition was getting tougher, with new players like Vietnam and Cambodia, as well as traditional rivals Thailand and Indonesia, stepping up their promotional campaigns and attracting large number of tourists.

Asked if it was true that seven TM officers from four countries were given show-cause letter, Tengku Adnan said they were told to explain why they were not able to achieve their target of tourist arrivals from the countries where they were stationed.

"Unless they can give a satisfactory explanation, we will recall them. I don't mind if the number of arrivals is less than targeted but the receipts are good," he said after hosting the Malaysian Night at the Asean Tourism Forum (ATF) here Thursday night which was attended by about 1,000 delegates comprising players in the tourism industry and the media.

"If we don't get our act together, we will be left behind," the minister said.

He said that among the reasons cited for not achieving the target was political instability in their targeted countries, lack of flight connectivity and slowdown in the economy.

Tengku Adnan said the overall, he was satisfied with the majority of the 44 TM officers overseas, citing countries like China and India, which did very well and achieved the set target in terms of tourism arrivals and money spent.

He said 20.88 tourists visited Malaysia last year, with receipts increasing to RM46.7 billion while the target for 2008 was 21.5 million tourists and RM50.3 billion in receipts.

On the ministry's focus this year, Tengku Adnan said that while campaign branding like Malaysia Truly Asia would stay with new tagline "The Time is Now, The Place is Malaysia", they would promote destination-based tourism or individual products.

"People know about Malaysia but we need to promote specific locations or attractions. Malaysia is not just about Twin Towers. We can highlight places like Kelantan, Terengganu, Cameron Highlands, Kuching, Kota Kinabalu, Langkawi and Penang with specifics like food, eagle and shark feeding or the world's biggest sleeping Buddha in Tumpat," he said.

Tengku Adnan said more promotions would be conducted through media advertisements in targeted markets while more media familiariasation trips, including for the Thai press, would be arranged this year.

During his six-day stay here for the ATF and Asean Tourism Ministers meeting, Tengku Adnan also met executives from Bangkok Airways, Nok Air and Orient Thai Airlines to request them to fly to several destinations in Malaysia.

Meanwhile, Tourism Malaysia director-general Datuk Mirza Muhammad Taiyab said Malaysia had the second highest tourist arrivals in Asia, after China, and the 12th largest in the world.

He said the various promotions undertaken by the ministry and the TM contributed to the increase in the number of tourists to Malaysia last year, which also coincided with the Visit Malaysia Year 2007.

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IMO every country in the region should work together not just are competitors. Most of tourists coming to the region are not just going to Malaysia or Thailand,I think, usually they travel a whole region.
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GEORGE TOWN: Malaysia expects to attract more than 30 million tourists annually in the next couple of years.

Second Finance Minister Tan Sri Nor Mohamed Yakcop said tourists liked Malaysia as it was safe, the people friendly, the hotels were affordable and the food tasty.

"We want them to come and stay and shop as well.

"Where else can you find a five-star hotel charging less than US$200 (RM650) per night? This can only happen in Malaysia."

He said there was a need to build more hotels to cater to travellers, especially those from China and India.
Nor Mohamed urged Bumiputeras to take advantage of the influx of tourists by building budget hotels to cater to their needs.

Speaking after launching the 26-room D'Feringghi Hotel and Restaurant, Nor Mohamed said Bumiputera entrepreneurs could learn from the owner, JPK Sdn Bhd, how to operate hotels.



He urged those in the private sector and chamber of commerce and contractors' associations to work with JKP to ensure the success of Bumiputera entrepreneurs in the state.

Hotel chairman Tan Sri Mohamad Noor Abdul Rahim said the management would construct another 20-bed dormitory to cater to the needs of guests, particularly budget travellers.

He added that new budget hotels would be built at Kompleks Bagan in Butterworth, Teluk Tempoyak in the southwest of the island and Pulau Aman.
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Air cargo forum boon to tourism in Malaysia
Published: 2008/01/27


THE 24th International Air Cargo Forum (ACF) and Exposition that will be held in Malaysia in November this year is expected to generate millions of ringgit for the local tourism industry.

The International Air Cargo Association (Tiaca) secretary-general Daniel C. Fernandez said the ACF is the largest air cargo industry gathering in the world and is expected to attract over 5,000 delegates.

Based on the last event held in Asia, it was found that on average each delegate spends US$1,350 (RM4,374) per day.

"The event will give a tremendous boost to the local economy," he told reporters at the Air Cargo India 2008 event held here last week.

Fernandez is confident that Malaysia Airlines Cargo Sdn Bhd (MASkargo) will organise the best ACF event ever since its inception in 1962.

MASkargo, the air cargo division of Malaysia Airlines, beat Singapore, Abu Dhabi, Osaka and Melbourne to host the event in Kuala Lumpur this year.

Fernandez said Kuala Lumpur was selected due to the various state-of-the-art facilities and five-star accommodation available at the show venue - the Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre.

He also acknowledged the role played by the Malaysian Government in supporting the event.

This is the second time a South East Asian country has been chosen to host the event, which will be held from November 4 to 6.

It is expected to be attended by senior executives from various airlines, freight forwarders, shippers, airport management, ground handling agents, trucking companies, technology and equipment providers and the media.

Fernanadez said the next ACF event will be held in Amsterdam in 2010, followed by Atlanta in 2012.
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May date for Malaysia’s first tourism trade show

KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia will hold its first international tourism trade show in May.

Themed Asia International Tourism Expo (Aite) 2008, the expo will serve as platform for local and foreign industry players to network and showcase their tourism products.

Tourism Minister Datuk Seri Tengku Adnan Mansor said an exposition on such a scale was important in promoting a more efficient market in the travel trade.

“It acts as a catalyst of physical contact and exchange between buyers and sellers,” he said at a news conference here yesterday.

The exposition will showcase not only local but also international tourism products, with buyers and sellers from the Asian and European regions.

“It is the perfect place to explore new marketing trends and learn about foreign tourism products,” he said, adding that there were plans to make the exposition an annual affair.

Malaysian Association of Tour And Travel Agents (Matta) president Ngiam Foon, who was present, said, “Those who attend the expo will definitely have the chance to learn and experience more international tourism products.”

Aite 2008 is expected to be on par with the London World Travel Market, International Tourism Berlin and Arabian Travel Market expositions.

Some 200 buyers and sellers were expected to participated at Aite 2008, including car rental companies, hoteliers, health resorts and spas, ground transportation providers, and cruise lines.

Aite 2008, to be held at the Putra World Trade Centre here, is jointly organised by Matta, the Malaysian Chinese Tourism Association, Malaysian Indian Tourism Association and Bumiputra Travel and Tours Association Malaysia.

The show, which will run from May 22 to 25 and includes two days of business-to-business sessions, will be open to public on the last day.
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Bukit Besi kembali popular
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CANTIK Tasik Bukit Puteri mampu memberi ketenangan kepada pelancong.

Pelbagai tarikan diwujudkan di sekitar kawasan bekas lombong tinggal seperti pembinaan UiTM, galeri, taman rekreasi dan sukan ekstrem

LOMBONG bijih besi yang dijumpai di Bukit Besi, Dungun, Terengganu pada 1916 oleh Ahli Kajibumi Jepun, Kuhara menjadikan kawasan itu terkenal sehingga ke luar negara.

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Bagaimanapun, permintaan yang kurang terhadap galian itu menyebabkan keputusan muktamad dibuat untuk menutup lombong bijih besi pada 1 Oktober 1970.

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Menyedari kawasan yang terletak 33 kilometer dari bandar Dungun dan 77 Kilometer dari Kuala Terengganu itu kaya dengan keindahan alam semula kadi dan berpotensi menjadi destinasi pilihan pelancong, beberapa projek termasuk penganjuran acara antarabangsa akan dilaksanakan di kawasan berkenaan.







Antara projek mega yang akan dilaksanakan ialah pembinaan Kampus Universiti Teknologi Mara (UiTM) yang mana peletakan batu asasnya disempurnakan Perdana Menteri, Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi, hari ini.

Pembinaan kampus berkenaan akan menjadikan Bukit Besi sebagai pusat kecemerlangan akademik sekali gus menukar kawasan itu daripada suram, berkembang menjadi kawasan membangun.

Bagi pelancong pula, mereka yang bertandang ke Bukit Besi boleh singgah ke Rumah Nombor 1 iaitu bekas rumah Pengurus Lombong Bukit Besi yang bakal dijadikan Galeri Bukit Besi.

Galeri itu yang ditempatkan sementara di Pejabat Lembaga Kemajuan Terengganu Tengah (Ketengah) di sini, akan dibina semula dalam bentuk asal untuk mengekalkan kesan sejarah yang dikumpulkan sebagai tatapan kepada pengunjung bagi mendapatkan maklumat mengenai sejarah pembukaan Bukit Besi.

Galeri sementara itu dibuka kepada orang ramai dan antara bahan yang dipamerkan adalah maklumat, sejarah, peta, carta, foto, contoh penemuan batu dan peralatan menguji kandungan bijih besi.

Pengerusi Jawatankuasa Kebudayaan, Belia dan Badan Bukan Kerajaan negeri, Datuk Din Adam, berkata pelbagai tarikan akan diwujudkan di kawasan itu dan pembinaan UiTM adalah langkah pertama peralihan keceriaan di tempat berkenaan.

Beliau berkata, Tasik Bukit Puteri yang masih belum dicemari dengan arus pembangunan akan dihidupkan semula menjadi taman rekreasi dan akan diperkenalkan sebagai salah satu tempat wajib singgah kepada mereka yang inginkan ketenangan selepas penat bekerja di bandar.

Katanya, aktiviti air akan diwujudkan di tasik berkenaan antaranya berkayak bagi memberikan impak yang lebih positif dalam memperkenalkan keindahan alam semula jadi itu kepada orang ramai terutama pelancong luar.

"Sebagai permulaan dalam mengetengahkan sukan berkayak, Kejohanan Sukan Malaysia (Sukma) 2008 yang bakal berlangsung pada 29 Mei depan, menyaksikan lebih 120 atlit akan berkampung di kawasan itu untuk sukan berkayak sekali gus mempromosikan Tasik Puteri seiring dengan sukan ekstrem berkenaan.

"Bagaimanapun, kita akan pastikan kemudahan sedia ada seperti tandas, restoran dan surau akan dibaik pulih agar semua pihak boleh menikmati kesegaran dan keindahan tasik dengan selesa," katanya.

Beliau yang juga Ahli Dewan Undangan Negeri (Adun) Bukit Besi, berkata acara itu akan menjana pendapatan penduduk kampung kerana mereka berpeluang berniaga secara kecil-kecilan malah mungkin akan diambil sebagai kakitangan untuk berkhidmat di UiTM berkenaan.

Tidak mustahil Tasik Bukit Puteri suatu hari nanti akan disenaraikan semula dalam destinasi pelancongan Terengganu dan dijadikan sebagai lokasi wajib singgah sekiranya tempat itu diberikan perhatian khusus dan promosi secara berterusan.


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Pengunjung dari Kuala Lumpur yang memandu sendiri boleh menggunakan Lebuhraya Pantai Timur (LPT) dan masuk ke Jalan Jerangau-Jabor sebelum menuju ke bandar Al-Muktaffi Billah Shah, Dungun.

FAKTA: Bukit Besi

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Malaysia second most price competitive country in global tourism
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KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia has emerged as the second most price competitive country in the world in the travel and tourism (T&T) industry out of a total of 124 countries surveyed, says the Geneva-based World Economic Forum (WEF).

The WEF, often noted for its annual top-level meeting and discussions on current affairs and trends in Davos, Switzerland, also gave top marks to Malaysia’s participation at travel and tourism fairs and ranked the country at sixth position, which reflected the government’s strong commitment to promote the industry.

The WEF’s recently-released Travel and Tourism Competitiveness Report 2007 (TTCR) also applauded the government’s high priority to T&T as well as Malaysia’s good road, railroad, airport and port infrastructure, and its domestic travel network.

It hailed Malaysia’s good ground transport infrastructure and excellent price competitiveness in very low ticket taxes and airport charges, low comparative fuel prices and a favourable tax regime.

Malaysia was also perceived as quite safe for tourists (24th overall) and in terms of the reliability of police services, the country was ranked 19th, on par with the United Kingdom but ahead of other developed countries like Spain (22nd), New Zealand (23rd), Portugal (25th), Ireland (29th), Belgium (32nd) and Italy (40th).

The report listed Indonesia as for the most price competitive country in terms of the T&T industry while the third most price competitive country after Malaysia was Bahrain and Thailand was fourth.
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Malaysia gets thumbs up in travel survey
NST Online » 2008/02/10

KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia has emerged as the second most price competitive country in the world in the travel and tourism (T&T) industry out of a total of 124 countries surveyed, says the Geneva-based World Economic Forum (WEF).

The report listed Indonesia as the most price competitive country in terms of the T&T industry, while the third was Bahrain and Thailand was fourth.

The WEF, often noted for its annual top-level meeting and discussions on current affairs and trends in Davos, Switzerland, also gave top marks to Malaysia’s participation at travel and tourism fairs and ranked the country at sixth position, which reflected the government’s strong commitment to promote the industry.

The WEF’s recently-released Travel and Tourism Competitiveness Report 2007 (TTCR) also applauded the government’s high priority to T&T as well as Malaysia’s good road, railroad, airport and port infrastructure, and its domestic travel network.

It hailed Malaysia’s good ground transport infrastructure and excellent price competitiveness in very low ticket taxes and airport charges, low comparative fuel prices and a favourable tax regime.

Malaysia was also perceived as quite safe for tourists (24th overall) and in terms of the reliability of police services, the country was ranked 19th, on par with the United Kingdom, but ahead of other developed countries like Spain (22nd), New Zealand (23rd), Portugal (25th), Ireland (29th), Belgium (32nd) and Italy (40th).

On another note, Malaysia was ranked relatively high by the WEF in terms of the quality of its educational system which can meet the needs of a competitive economy.

It was placed 10th out of the more than 100 countries surveyed and was behind countries or economies like Finland, Singapore, Iceland, Switzerland, Denmark, Ireland, Hong Kong, Belgium and Taiwan.

Malaysia was ranked 22nd in terms of local availability of special research and training services in a sector dominated by the top five countries of Germany, Japan, the United Kingdom, Switzerland and the United States.

In terms of the extent of investment in employee training and development, Malaysia was ranked 17th.

Regarding the government’s efforts to reduce health risks from pandemic or widespread diseases, Malaysia was ranked eighth.

As for the stringency of environmental regulations, Malaysia ranked 25th and was 23rd in terms of clarity and stability of environmental regulations.

The survey covering Malaysia was compiled with the assistance of the Institute of Strategic and International Studies Malaysia and the National Productivity Corporation.

Prof Klaus Schwab, executive chairman of the WEF, said in the TTCR 2007 that T&T was one of the world’s largest economic activities and it was also the leading industry in many developing countries.

T&T was also the fastest growing economic sector in terms of job creation worldwide and was estimated to have generated 10.3 per cent of the world’s gross domestic product and provided 234 million jobs or 8.2 per cent of total world employment, he said.

Schwab said most new jobs in developing economies were created in the T&T industry as the latter helped to diversify economic activity and created wealth and jobs in rural areas.

The TTCR 2007 also credited Malaysia for its effectiveness in marketing and branding campaigns to attract tourists, ranking it sixth after the United Arab Emirates, New Zealand, Singapore, Hong Kong and Barbados.



Malaysia was ranked 31st in terms of overall competitiveness in the TTCR 2007 T&T Competitive Index behind three other Asian countries or economies — Singapore (8th), Japan (26th) and Taiwan (29th).

Switzerland, Austria and Germany were the top three countries in terms of overall competitiveness based on the high marks given to their level of safety for tourists, health and hygiene, quality of human resource, transport and travel infrastructure, and rich natural and cultural attractions.

Meanwhile, the WEF will hold its Forum on East Asia in Kuala Lumpur on June 15 and 16 where 300 leaders from more than 20 countries will convene to debate the challenges and priorities that will ultimately shape the region’s future agenda. — Bernama
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Lonely Planet Lists Malaysia Among Top Destinations This Year

KUALA LUMPUR, Feb 11 (Bernama) -- Lonely Planet, a widely read travel guidebook, has picked Malaysia as one of the world's top destinations for this year, with many of the hottest tourist attractions within the East Coast.

These tourist magnets included East Coast's wildlife parks encompassing Taman Negara, Lake Kenyir, elephant sanctuaries in Kuala Gandah as well as the Ma' Daerah Turtle Sanctuary Centre in Kemaman, Terengganu, said a statement issued by the East Coast Economic Region (ECER) Secretariat here today.

Referring to the Lonely Planet's website, it said Malaysia was described as one of the most pleasant, hassle-free countries to visit in South East Asia.

Malaysia is buoyant and wealthy and has moved towards a pluralist culture based on a vibrant and interesting fusion of Malay, Chinese, Indian and indigenous cultures and customs.

Aside from the gleaming glass towers of the 21st century, Malaysia boasts some of the most superb beaches, mountains and national parks in Asia.

"The jungle at Taman Negara is so dense that you could pass within metres of an animal and never know it," it said.

"The jungle here is claimed to be the oldest in the world: none of the Ice Ages had any effect here, and Taman Negara has eluded volcanic activity and other geological upheavals," it said.

Malaysia joins six other countries as best choice for a holiday.

The six countries include Armenia, Bhutan, Eritrea in East Africa, Montenegro in Serbia, Mozambique and Papua New Guinea.

Lonely Planet has published over 650 titles in 118 countries with annual sales of more than six million guidebooks.

Lonely planet bluelist : http://www.lonelyplanet.com/bluelist...&list_id=11429
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New mayor wants to beautify Malacca to boost tourism
Wednesday February 13, 2008
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MALACCA: New Historic Malacca City Council Mayor (MBMB) Yusof Jantan is hoping to make the city an even more cheerful place to enhance the tourism industry.

Yusof, 42, who replaces Datuk Zaini Md Nor who had held the post since April 2003, promised to continue the latter's excellent service.

“This will be a huge challenge for me because under Zaini the MBMB had achieved the Sustainable City Award three years in a row,” he said.

After the swearing-in ceremony witnessed by Chief Minister Datuk Seri Mohd Ali Rustam in Seri Negeri, Ayer Keroh, on Monday, the incoming mayor talked about his vision of enhancing the city’s image.

“Malacca will be made more beautiful and cheerful at night with the installation of more LED rope lights, especially along the Malacca River and historical sites,” he said.

More flowering plants would also be planted around the city, he added.

Yusof holds a B.Acct (Hons) from Universiti Utara Malaysia. He first served as the branch manager of Public Finance Bhd in Johor in 1998, before moving on to become Kumpulan Perbadanan Kemajuan Tanah Adat Melaka (Pertam) general manager and Perbadanan Ketua Menteri Melaka general manager.

Zaini will take up the post of chief executive in National Solid Waste Management Corporation, under the Housing and Local Government Ministry in Kuala Lumpur.
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Tanjung Jara Resort, Terengganu



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The Aga Khan Award for Architecture (AKAA) was established by His Highness the Aga Khan in 1977 to identify and encourage building concepts that successfully address the needs and aspirations of Islamic societies. The Award recognises examples of architectural excellence throughout the Islamic world in the fields of contemporary design, social housing, community improvement and development, restoration, reuse and area conservation, as well as landscape design and improvement of the environment. It is presented in three year cycles to multiple projects and is the largest architectural award in the world, with prizes totalling up to US$ 500,000. The Award is also unique in its approach, recognizing projects, teams and stakeholders rather than buildings and personalities.

The Award is associated with the Aga Khan Trust for Culture (AKTC), an agency of the Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN)
Spa Village Tanjung Jara scoops Conde Nast Traveller accolades
Kuala Lumpur, February 6, 2008
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Spa Village Tanjong Jara continued its winning streak last night with the receipt of a prestigious award at the UK’s Condé Nast Traveller Annual Readers’ Spa Awards. The Spa Village was voted Best Hotel Spa in Asia Pacific and the Indian Subcontinent as well as ranking number two in the prestigious “best of the best” list of the World’s Top 26 Spas.

Resort Manager Adrian Chung was in London to collect the prestigious award on behalf of Spa Village Tanjong Jara. The glittering ceremony was held last night at London’s Mandarin Oriental Hotel in Knightsbridge and attended by the cream of the world’s spa industry.

Condé Nast Traveller Magazine is widely regarded as the most influential magazine in its field and seen as a bible for the discerning traveller. The Readers’ Spa Awards, now in their fifth year, are based on readers’ votes for spa facilities and services, individual approach, ambience and decor, body and facial treatments, amenities and products, exercise programmes, cuisine and finally quality of service and staff.

Over 14,000 readers voted for their favourite Hotel Spas, Day Spas and Medical Spas. Awards were distributed according to their geographical location, with the highest scoring spas, including Spa Village Tanjong Jara, also listed in The World’s Top 26; positioning the Spa Village brand amongst the world’s most asp rational spa destinations.

Sister property Spa Village Pangkor Laut, a previous winner of the World’s Best category, was also recognised for its excellence, voted in the top ten Overseas Spa Retreats in the world.

Spa Village Tanjong Jara’s accolades are a testament to the unique nature of the Malay healing culture found only in the east coast of Malaysia; Spa Village Tanjong Jara, like the rest of the Spa Village brand, honours the healing traditions of the region in which it resides. This is the second award received by Spa Village Tanjong Jara in recent months with leading luxury lifestyle magazine, Tatler having awarded the accolade of Most Innovative Spa in October 2007.

Spa Village Tanjong Jara set in Tanjong Jara Resort, a luxurious 5-star resort on the east coast of Malaysia, is a complex of elegantly designed structures that echo the intricate architecture of 17th century Malay palaces. The ancient heritage of Malay healing traditions and techniques are combined with oils and scrubs, created from handpicked natural local ingredients, to provide unique authentic spa experiences in this luxury spa retreat.

Dedicated to wellness and rejuvenation, this most innovative of spas seeks to provide spa goers with an individual and authentic encounter rooted in the ancient traditions of Malay healing culture.

For further press information please contact Ming Lee or Choong Chi-Ying on 603 2719 8168 or 603 2719 8366 respectively or [email protected] / [email protected]

Spa Village Tanjong Jara is a sister spa retreat to the world renowned Spa Village Pangkor Laut, Spa Village Cameron Highlands, Spa Village Kuala Lumpur and Spa Village Resort Tembok, Bali. In Spa Village Tanjong Jara, as in every Spa Village around the world, each experience embodies the plot of paradise on which it is set. Spa Village Tanjong Jara nurtures traditional local remedies as elemental as the sun, providing ancient Malay treatments as soothing as a falling leaf.
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Malaysia, Philippines, Indonesia and Thailand Among Cheapest Vacation Destinations for Scandinavian World Wide

By Gregers Moller
Scandinavian tourists get more for their money in Malaysia than anywhere else in the world. If Denmark is set to index 100, living costs for tourists in Malaysia is only 29.3 percent.

And out of the 10 most cost attractive destinations world wide, four of then are in South East Asia.
The Philippines is the second cheapest vacation destination with living costs set to 39,1 percent of the Danish index 100.
Indonesia is the seventh cheapest tourist destination on the list with index 49.5.
Thailand just made it among the top ten cheapest destinations with 55,4 percent of the cost of vacationing in Denmark.
If you live in Malaysia, the Philippines, Indonesia or Thailand, you can reverse the figures to see how much more it will cost you to go on vacation to Denmark compared to taking a domestic vacation.
Denmark, Sweden and Finland are not so expensive compared to other countries. Japan and Norway are more expensive destinations. And the UK is the most expensive on the list.
If a vacation in Denmark is three times more expensive than a domestic vacation, then a vacation in the UK is four times more expensive than staying in South East Asia. Excluding your ticket to get there.
The index is created by the Scandinavian currency exchange specialist X-change found on http://www.x-change.dk/
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Nr Country Index
1 Malaysia 29,3
2 Fillipinerne 39,1
3 Kenya 41,1
4 Peru 43,7
5 Bulgarien 45,0
6 Colombia 45,7
7 Indonesien 49,5
8 Venezuela 53,4
9 Lithauen 55,1
10 Thailand 55,4
11 Sydkorea 56,3
12 Kina 57,0
13 Tjekkiet 57,1
14 Chile 57,3
15 Bahrain 57,8
16 Mexico 58,1
17 Sydafrika 59,4
18 Indien 60,2
19 Israel 60,4
20 Ukraine 61,0
21 Letland 61,6
22 Taiwan 64,4
23 Rusland 64,8
24 Rumænien 65,6
25 Forenede Arabiske Emirater 66,1
26 Grækenland 68,0
27 Slovakiet 69,0
28 Singapore 69,9
29 New Zealand 70,0
30 Canada 70,4
31 Ungarn 72,6
32 Brasilien 77,7
33 USA 81,4
34 Australien 81,6
35 Polen 81,7
36 Belgien 83,3
37 Luxemburg 84,5
38 Hong Kong 85,8
39 Tyskland 86,4
40 Spanien 87,9
41 Østrig 87,9
42 Estland 88,0
43 Frankrig 88,0
44 Tyrkiet 89,7
45 Holland 90,3
46 Italien 95,6
47 Irland 96,1
48 Sverige 96,8
49 Finland 102,0
50 Schweiz 102,9
51 Japan 115,1
52 Norge 116,2
53 Storbritannien 132,7
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