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Old May 25th, 2007, 10:38 AM   #1
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MALAYSIAN TOURISM News (Malaysia Truly Asia)

Malaysia Voted Top 5 Tourist Spot By Biggest Guangdong Daily

By Tham Choy Lin

BEIJING, May 25 (Bernama) -- Malaysia was voted as one of the five most popular outbound destinations for 2006 in a poll organised by Guangzhou Daily, the biggest newspaper in southern China with a daily circulation of 1.8 million.

Suhaimi Shaharuddin, Tourism Malaysia director in Guangzhou, received the award from the Chinese daily's group vice-president, Ling Jinkeng, last night at the Westin Hotel in Guangzhou, the capital of Guangdong province.

The other four countries were Australia, Japan, South Korea and Singapore. The five winners were not ranked accordingly.

Readers were asked to name their favourite destinations out of 100 countries. The outcome was also decided by the visa numbers from the Chinese immigration and also a poll of selected travel agents.

"I hope this will further boost the interest of more Chinese tourists to choose Malaysia as their favourite destination, given that 2007 is also Visit Malaysia Year," Suhaimi said.

Suhaimi, who was posted to Guangzhou one-and-a-half years ago, thanked travel agents and airlines for their support.

"This is the first time that the Guangzhou Daily has included a category for most popular outbound destination in its readers' poll on tourism.

Among the attractions cited by those who voted for Malaysia are our beautiful islands, beaches, food and shopping. They also find Malaysia a safe place and they can have quality and affordable holidays," Suhaimi said.

South China is the biggest market for mainland tourists to visit Malaysia.

Last year, nearly 450,000 visited Malaysia and two thirds were from the south, mostly from Guangdong province.

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Old May 26th, 2007, 02:47 AM   #2
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Being South East Asia's most visited country, we do deserve this thread! Our tourism campaign surely is a success in the middle east, Indonesia and Singapore based on the rise of their visits.

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Malaysia remains top holiday destination

MALAYSIA tops the popularity chart with holidaymakers from Bahrain this year, with Turkey and the US hot on its heels.

Tens of thousands of people fly out of Bahrain to escape the summer heat, or to get home to see their families during the school holidays.

Heavy bookings for airline seats are given, but holiday trends shift with the times.

Malaysia may be the all-time favourite from here, but Turkey is cashing in on stop-over packages for budget travellers, as well as being a holiday destination in its own right.

"Turkey is the hot destination this year," says Vijay Menon, general manager of Dadabhai Travels.

Heavy bookings for the gateway between east and west are also reported by Manama Travel Centre tours manager Pamela Murdoch.

"Turkish Airlines probably boasts the cheapest fares of any carrier flying out of Bahrain into Europe, via Turkey. So people reckon that if they're going via Turkey, they might as well stop off for a few days," said Ms Murdoch.

The US is making a comeback, with the lure of Disneyland in Orlando, Florida and the weak dollar proving major attractions.

"We've had a number of families and honeymooners opt for Orlando and Disneyland this year," says Kanoo Holidays tourism manager Zall Koohpaima.

Orlando and the US have always been popular with outbound tourists from Bahrain, the numbers dwindled after the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001 with the tightening of entry regulations into the country.

"But now it's popular again," said Mr Koohpaima.

He cites the weak US dollar as another reason for the US' resurgence as a tourist destination for Bahrainis.

"Florida is certainly one of the top destinations this year," said Al Fanar Travels tourism executive Mustafa Moti. But all the travel agents the GDN spoke to stressed that all-time favourite, Malaysia, was still the big draw. The country still remains the top spot for tourists from Bahrain.

But it's not always land-based breaks that court the attention and wallets of travellers.

Cruises are also proving popular.

"We've seen a huge spurt in people going on cruises this year. Especially Caribbean cruises," says Mr Menon.

This is a trend also confirmed by Mr Moti.

"We've had a number of inquiries and bookings for Mediterranean cruises and also some rather unusual ones for Baltic cruises," he said.

Most travellers are sticking to popular destinations, but Ms Murdoch sees a rise in travellers heading into Russia, Belarus and Finland.

So how is everyone getting to where they're going?

Qatar Airways is the airline of choice for those flying out of Bahrain, according to Mr Koohpaima and Mr Moti.
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Old May 26th, 2007, 06:07 AM   #4
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Mmm... nearly half of visitors to M'sia are Singaporeans.

Anywayz, we should do our parts too as individuals. Invite more tourists personally !
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nearly half of visitors are Indonesian

Malaysia and Singapore are blessed to be near with populated country like Indonesia
Just like HK with populated China as their target for tourism

And Indonesia also have cheaper and nearer choices of traveling. This is what we call mutually symbiosis

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Old May 26th, 2007, 06:23 AM   #6
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No.. Indonesians made less than 10% of the total tourists, but they are big spenders
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Old May 26th, 2007, 06:39 AM   #7
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Looks like Indonesian still choose Singapore before Malaysia. But I do believe the number will be increased in the future as more Malaysian tourism advertisement broad casted there.
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May 30, 2007 15:33 PM

'Malaysia Week' Promises Britons More M'sian Flavours


KUALA LUMPUR, May 30 (Bernama) -- Visited by hundreds of thousands of tourists from 66 countries annually, London's Covent Garden Market is definitely the most apt to once again become the stage for Malaysia Week to be held for six days from June 5.

Based on last year's success, the Culture, Arts and Heritage Ministry is bringing a bigger group with 127 delegates to showcase the uniqueness of Malaysian flavours to Britons and foreign visitors to the one of the most visited destinations in London.

"This year we'll make it even special because it is held in conjunction with our 50th independence anniversary, Visit Malaysia Year 2007 and the installation of our 13th king, Yang di-Pertuan Agong Tuanku Mizan Zainal Abidin," said the ministry's secretary-general Datuk Zakiah Ahmad.

Last year, the ministry led about 100 delegates, with the festival only occupying part of the piazza. However, this year the display of all facets of Malaysia will take up almost the whole garden.

"We want to make sure Britons and tourists visiting us to have their fill of our diversity, from our cultures to our food, to our flowers and many more," said Zakiah.

With 2,000 Malaysian blooms, including exotic orchids specially brought in by the Federal Agriculture Marketing Authority (Fama) to adorn the garden, it will definitely be a sight to behold," she enthused.

About 700kg of freshly plucked tropical fruits will be also be flown in from Malaysia to tease visitors' taste buds, and this time they can eat as much as they want at a price.

"Last year, we gave the fruits out for free and they asked us why didn't we sell them because they loved the fruits. So, this time we are going to sell them," she said.

To further entice visitors, Malaysian delicacies will be offered by London-based Malaysian restaurants at several booths, and this according to Zakiah, never failed to attract long queues.

"They simply love our food," she said, adding that once they had their plates filled up, they just sat anywhere they could to enjoy the dishes.

As for the activities planned for the week, Zakiah said apart from the usual fashion and cultural shows, visitors would also have the opportunity to participate in daily interactive sessions called `Dance with Us'.

"We are also bringing along a group of young dancers from Tunas Budaya Pahang to perform as the Britons love children's performances. From our past experience, each time young dancers came on stage the crowds would fill up the space to the brink," she said.

Visitors will also have the opportunity to see for themselves batik hand-painting, songket-weaving and wood-carving, among others.

Malaysia Week will kick off with a gala dinner on June 5, before the opening by Culture, Arts and Heritage Minister Datuk Seri Dr Rais Yatim the next day. Other activities will include a Travel Fair and Malaysia Film Week.

Seven Malaysia films, namely `Cinta', `Bilut', `Waris Jari Hantu', `The Red Kebaya', `Puaka Tebing Biru', `Cicak Man' and `Jangan Pandang Belakang', will be showcased for four days from June 6 at Odeon Cinema and Malaysia Hall.

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Looks like Indonesian still choose Singapore before Malaysia. But I do believe the number will be increased in the future as more Malaysian tourism advertisement broad casted there.
We should attract their middle class...which are considered more affluent than Malaysia's own.
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Old May 30th, 2007, 10:17 PM   #10
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i read in philippines forum the chief designer for Malaysia Truly Asia ad is a Filipino. She was headhunted from an agency in Manila. Now that's why Malaysia Truly Asia...
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This could be paying Filipino is much cheaper than paying Malaysian to do the same job.
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This could be paying Filipino is much cheaper than paying Malaysian to do the same job.
Maybe he/she is good at it.Its not necessarily cheap.

Maybe the guy also made the Philippine tourism ad I saw in CNN ,especially on Chocolate Hills one,it was good too.
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Old June 1st, 2007, 02:42 PM   #13
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yeah. it may turn out to be expensive, but the ad works.

Chocolate Hill in Bohol, one of their unknown tourist attraction. They have endless white sandy beaches, thousands of islands, and like every country unique experience.

But they lack coordination in promoting their tourism. We should be grateful to have one although there's much room for improvement.
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Najib: Malaysia can reach tourism target this year

KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia can achieve the target of 20.1 million tourist arrivals with expected revenue of RM40.5bil this year, Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak said.

He said the tourism sector had maintained its position as the second largest foreign exchange earner since 2000, receiving 10.2 million international arrivals with tourism receipts of RM17.3bil before it increased to 17.55 million international tourists with receipts totalling RM36.27bil last year.

The Deputy Prime Minister said last year saw a 6.8% growth rate in tourist arrivals with a 13.5% increase in receipts.

"This year, being Visit Malaysia Year and the 50th Anniversary of our nationhood, we hope to do even better. It is indeed quite a challenge but I believe that it is a target we will be able to achieve," he said at the opening ceremony of the World Tourism Conference here on Monday.

Later at a press conference, Najib said: "We are determined to achieve the target. So far so good. Barring unforeseen developments, we should be on track to achieve our target."

He said the Government was doing many things to achieve the target including having promotions and a strong branding.

"Profiling of Malaysia is at an all time high now and we are trying to reach out to as many markets as possible.

"We are taking the opportunity to bring in people to visit Malaysia by organising conferences as well."

He said local and foreign investors were also encouraged to increase the number of tourism products available.

As of May 10, this year, 8.9 million tourist arrivals had been recorded with an average of two million monthly.

Najib also said countries in the Asia Pacific region must leverage from the experiences of one another to enhance their respective tourism sectors.

"We don't want negative competition. The market is big enough for all of us to share. If we work together, we actually gain much more than if we work against each other.

"So, within the ASEAN governments, the ministers of tourism realise this. We receive closer cooperation between ASEAN countries," he said.

Asked whether the Government would continue with the visa-on-arrival facility, he said: "Of course, it's extended. We will continue with that."

He said the Government would add on more countries to the visa-on-arrival rights list if necessary.

On complaints by some travellers from India on being removed from the list, he said it was a temporary measure with respect to Chennai.

"We are concerned about overstaying and disappearing of these people and we are talking about a large number which is in the thousands, but if they come from other destinations in India, they will enjoy visa-on-arrival."

Themed "Tourism Success Stories and Shooting Stars", the three-day conference was attended by more than 800 participants from 72 countries.
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Malaysia Ranked 6th In Choice Of Destinations For Chinese Tourists, Says


KUALA LUMPUR, June 4 (Bernama) -- Malaysia ranked 6th in choice of destinations for Chinese travellers after Hong Kong, Macau, Singapore, Thailand and Korea, a survey by a global market insight and information group indicated.

The study by the Taylor Nelson Soffres (TNS) company also suggested that Singapore, Thailand and Malaysia looked set to gain from the fallout of Hong Kong's as the most popular choice following recent scandals in the territory involving the sale of counterfeit goods to mainland Chinese travellers.

"Tourism industry organisations and travel companies in Hong Kong fear the scandals will result in a drop of up to 30 per cent in tourist arrivals from China," the company said in a statement here Monday.

The one-week survey that involved 300 resondents, aged between 18 to 64 years, also found that shopping was the most popular activity among Chinese travellers followed by relaxation and sightseeing.

TNS (M'sia) Sdn Bhd managing director Siti Norbaya Abdul Manaf said in the statement that although destinations in Asia might be the most popular with mainland Chinese right now, clearly there was a strong desire among them for longer haul travel.

She said the government, especially the Malaysian Tourism Board should take heed of these findings as currently Malaysia ranked high in the travel list of mainland Chinese.

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Malaysia Positions Itself As Exceptional Tourism Destination, Says UNWTO


KUALA LUMPUR, June 4 (Bernama) -- Malaysia has been able to position itself as an "exceptional tourism destination" since the past few years, at the same time managing the impact of natural calamities to the industry, World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO) secretary-general Francesco Frangialli said Monday.

"What I found really exceptional about Malaysia is, while (protecting the industry from the impact of natural disasters), the country is able to position itself on three different markets in regional tourism.

"First, strengthening its position in Asia, followed by the Western and European outgoing market which are the most important ones for Southeast Asia, and thirdly, the new market from the Gulf region. It is a very good image for this market," he told reporters after the third World Tourism Conference here was opened.

In his speech earlier, Frangialli said the tourism industry has become both the victim and the vector of climate change, and yet managed to flourish for the past few years, registering remarkable growth year-on year,

"We have experienced a period of difficulties and crises between 2001 and 2003 marked by conflicts, terrorism, health scares and natural disasters.

"We, however, witnessed not only the strong resilience which retrieved our previous growth trend, but also the birth of a more mature tourism industry which leads to a more moderate, more solid and more responsible growth," he said.

Frangialli said the tourism industry had received a number of shocks in recent years, contributing to "zero growth" from 2001 to 2003, but followed by a sharp rebound in 2004 to 2006.

As a whole, he said, the exceptional period has been marked by a return to traditional rates of growth, about four percent a year.

"On the strength of this growth, international arrivals are poised to reach 1.1 billion by 2010 and nearly 1.6 billion by 2020. By 2020, China, for instance, will have been the world's leading tourist destination for several years, and some 100 million Chinese will be travelling abroad," he said.

To sustain this growth, Frangialli said, there is a need to propose avenues of research and instruments of action that will allow tourism to transform itself, and in so doing, survive climate change and progressively lessen its contribution to it.

The three-day conference, which has gathered industry experts and players from 50 countries, will likely analyse the strategies for success developed by leading destinations and organisations and provide recommendations for future growth in the industry.

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But they lack coordination in promoting their tourism. We should be grateful to have one although there's much room for improvement.
wowphilippines ad is nice too. but the background 'theme song' is so00o0 dull.

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excellent ads alone is not enough..coordination in promoting the country also important. what's the point of having your ads streaming in major tv channels in various countries if u still make it hard for them to enter the country and stay longer...that's their matter we should be grateful Malaysian tourism agency have well coordinated promotion between various departments and tourism industry.

but still there's much room for improvement.
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I REALIZED how high that “thing” was when it became quite a pain the neck — literally.

I can’t say I didn’t have a clue what lay ahead of me during a trip to Kuala Lumpur a few months ago; interestingly, it was my first time in the Malaysian capital, covering a Yahoo! event.

KL is home to the mighty Petronas Twin Towers, and to remind first-timers they won’t miss it is probably best said with a hint of sarcasm. This truth was magnified further — perhaps, literally as well — because I stayed at the Mandarin Oriental, located right beside Petronas, affording me a great view from my hotel room.

I was told they allow visitors to go to the bridge connecting the two towers.

(Remember that heist movie starring Sean Connery and Catherine Zeta-Jones? Yes, loads of cliffhanger shots in there). But I was duly forewarned that I have to be in line as early as 7 in the morning, wait for an hour or so before finally getting a lift.

It was an overnight trip and it would’ve been a stretch in time for my afternoon flight the next day. Plus, I hate missing breakfast on trips so that sealed it. Maybe, I’ll make time for it on my next trip.

The view from my hotel room was fantastic. But outside, it was beginning to haunt me. Walking on the street, I was taking quick glances at those towers. While inside a restaurant having dinner, I found myself lifting my head from time to time looking through clear glass windows. It was begging to be looked at, urging you to go click and take a picture.

Later that morning, while killing some time before checkout, I was lying on the floor looking at it from my window. It was then that I thought of George Orwell’s classic novel 1984. Petronas gives a profound meaning to Big Brother, more than the reality show. That thing out there has a life of its own.

KL on a stick

A Malaysian journalist named Catherine was kind enough to show us a glimpse of the nightlife in KL. After walking around, my first impression of the city was that in some ways it is similar to Singapore — clean, orderly, excellent infrastructure, characteristics of a bustling city.

However, I didn’t find it as cosmopolitan as Singapore. Or maybe, that’s because I was only there for a few hours.

We ended up in a bar whose name escapes me up to now but is probably named Coco Hut or something, one of those places that would belong to a scene like our own Boracay island. And the crowd looks not too different — throngs of white people mingling with, uhm, local bar girls.

I knew about Malaysia’s reputation for having the best street food — in Singapore, they call them hawker stalls or food stalls that literally serve food outdoors. Also, almost synonymous to our own turo-turo (literally “point-point” because you point at the food–Ed.).

We passed by one but apparently things don’t start cooking until 10 in the evening. So after some mingling inside the bar, me and Jing, a fellow journalist and editor for the Manila Times, sneaked our way out and headed for a nearby food stall.

People familiar with isaw or your ordinary barbecue whatever (pig’s ears, chicken innards, etc.) should find the Malaysian version quite interesting.

For one, it has more variety. For one Malaysian ringgit each (equivalent to a little over P13), you choose squid, crab sticks, several shapes of tofu, even more several shapes of fish and even a leafy kind of vegetable they managed to sear with a barbecue stick as well — all laid out neatly on banana leaves.

The most interesting variation, however, is that the food isn’t fried but rather dunked in boiling water until cooked. People like me who prefer their barbecue a bit on the charred, well-grilled side would find it rather strange at first.

The sauces used for dipping, however, make up for it. You have a choice between the sweet satay peanut sauce, chili sauce and a sweet-spicy combo. Afterwards, you wash it down with a drink that’s sort of similar to our own sago’t gulaman, only there’s really no jelly, rather bland, without the sweetness I expected. At this point, I longed for some Coke.

NOT totally lost in translation

Having watched the movie “Babel” recently before I went to KL, the message I got from the excellent movie (it won Best Picture at the Golden Globes but lost to “The Departed” in the Oscars… boo-hoo) was that people, regardless of race or nationality, mean the same thing even when we speak different languages.

It was a lingering thought for me once I stepped into the airport and all throughout the airport. Hearing the Malaysian journalists talk among themselves during the Yahoo! briefing, it was a struggle to even keep up with the words they were saying.

But I saw these signs at the airport and I realized: Hey, aren’t we Filipinos part of the Malay race? Aside from Tagalog, I speak Kapampangan as my local dialect, and some words I found very familiar.

Consider the following examples: keluar in Malaysian means “exit,” in Kapampangan kelual means “outside;” the signboard says pintu translates to “gates,” pinto in Tagalog means “door” (pintu masuk translates to “boarding door;” pasok in Tagalog means “to enter”).

Or salin lampin the sign translates to “nappy change;” in Tagalog, it has the exact literal meaning. Air Minuman translates to “drinking water;” we Filipinos mean we’re thirsty if we say inom. But probably the one I like best is this sign above a toy store that says butik kana-kanak; in Tagalog, anak means child, butik then should refer to the English word “boutique.”

So, even if I can barely understand what Malaysians are talking about, at least I won’t be totally lost at the airport.
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Indonesia Takes Cue From Malaysia On Branding

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JAKARTA, June 5 (Bernama) -- The success of the "Malaysia, Truly Asia" tourism branding exercise has prompted Indonesia to create its own national branding, said Indonesian Culture and Tourism Minister Jero Wacik.

He said that like Malaysia, many countries had created their respective national branding which promoted a special image that was unique, like a trademark.

"We will create a new branding tagline for tourism, trade and investment so that all ministries will use it to promote the country to the world," Wacik told reporters here today.

Meanwhile, Indonesian Trade Minister Mari Pangestu said it would take at least one year to create a national concept that was unique to Indonesia.

"The `Malaysia, Truly Asia' tagline for tourism was introduced in 1999 and only now has become bonded to the country. Branding takes a long time to succeed."

Pangestu said that for a start, the government has to change the world's poor perception of Indonesia, especially in terms of security and natural disasters.

"We have to create a national branding that will make Indonesians proud. It has to be unique to Indonesia.

"For this to happen, it will not only need government participation but also that of the people and private sector," she added.

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