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Kedah In Drive To Tap More Singapore Tourists


By Zakaria Abdul Wahab

SINGAPORE, July 28 (Bernama) -- Kedah became the third Malaysian state after Sabah and Sarawak to carry out tourism campaigns in Singapore this year to tap the abundant local and expatriate tourist markets.

Over 30 travel agents, hoteliers and tourism bodies from Langkawi and Alor Setar are now here meeting their local counterparts to introduce Kedah tourism products to Singaporeans who are currently Malaysia's top visitors.

Their three-day tourism promotion campaign here is jointly organised by Tourism Malaysia, Langkawi Development Authority (LADA), the Kedah chapter of Malaysian Association of Tour and Travel Agents Association (Matta) and Kedah Tourism Action Council.

Malaysia's High Commissioner to Singapore Datuk Md Husin Nayan said he hoped other Malaysian states would follow suit to conduct their tourism campaigns here to tap the rich Singapore tourist market.

Tourism Malaysia's Singapore office director Zalizam Zakaria said Malaysia had recorded about 6.1 million tourist arrivals from Singapore in the first six months of this year, and was confident that its target of 11 million for 2009 could be achieved.

Kedah hopes to attract more than 100,000 tourists from the island republic, including expatriates and travellers who are transiting in Singapore, to Langkawi and mainland Kedah this year.

LADA figures showed that nearly 40,000 Singaporean tourists visited Langkawi alone last year compared to nearly 35,000 in 2007.

Singaporeans are expected to throng Kedah when new air services between Singapore and Alor Setar and Langkawi are introduced by budget carriers Firefly and Jetstar in the coming months.

Currently, Singapore's Silk Air, Malaysia Airlines and AirAsia operate more than 30 flights per week between Singapore and Langkawi.

-- BERNAMA
 

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RM3.3j dilulus naik taraf Taman Kerbau Langkawi
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TKL jana lebih RM40,000 hasil produk berasaskan susu

LANGKAWI: Taman Kerbau Langkawi (TKL) di Kampung Nyiur Chabang, di sini, mampu mencipta nama di peringkat dunia sebaik Kementerian Pertanian dan Industri Asas Tani meluluskan peruntukan RM3.3 juta bagi melaksanakan kerja menaik taraf infrastrukturnya.

Timbalan Menteri Pertanian dan Industri Asas Tani, Datuk Mohd Johari Baharum, berkata untuk itu kementerian sedang meneliti permohonan Jabatan Perkhidmatan Veterinar (JPV) Kedah bagi membolehkan taman agro pelancongan itu dibangunkan segera.

"Antara projek yang diberi keutamaan termasuk pembinaan infrastruktur, kemudahan pemprosesan dan pembangunan pastura yang keseluruhannya membabitkan perbelanjaan kira-kira RM3.3 juta.

"Pembinaan chalet, pusat latihan, aktiviti pelancong seperti menunggang kerbau antara projek yang turut dicadangkan dibangunkan bagi menarik lebih ramai pelancong," katanya selepas melawat taman itu di sini, semalam.

Mohd Johari berkata, TKL yang beroperasi dua tahun lalu di kawasan seluas 18 hektar adalah idea bekas Perdana Menteri, Tun Abdullah Ahmad Badawi.

"Ketika ini, TKL mempunyai 69 kerbau dan menghasilkan 1,000 liter susu sebulan yang dipelbagaikan produknya seperti susu segar, susu perisa, dadih dan aiskrim yang dijual kepada pengunjung.

"Kita turut teruja apabila taman yang berupaya memuatkan 100 baka induk pada satu masa itu telah menjana pendapatan lebih RM40,000 menerusi jualan produk berasaskan susu kerbau sejak dua tahun lalu," katanya.

Justeru, beliau berkata, JPV merancang meningkatkan sasaran pengeluaran sebanyak enam kali ganda iaitu 300 liter susu segar sehari, berbanding 50 liter ketika ini menerusi 80 kerbau pada penghujung tahun ini.

Katanya, projek hiliran yang diselia sepenuhnya oleh kakitangan JPV dan dikendalikan oleh Pertubuhan Peladang Kawasan (PPK) Langkawi itu menerima kunjungan antara 600 hingga 1,000 pelawat sebulan, termasuk pelancong dari Arab, Eropah, Taiwan dan Jerman.
 

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Konvensyen Perubahan Iklim di Langkawi



DARI kiri, penyanyi, Zainal Abidin; Pengerusi Asian Overland Services Tourism & Hospitality Group, Tan Sri Abdul Aziz Abdul Rahman; Nor Azmal; pelakon, Maya Karin dan Pengurus Besar The Royale Chulan Kuala Lumpur, Leo Kuscher menurunkan tandatangan sebagai tanda perasmian Konvensyen Perubahan Iklim 2010, semalam.



KUALA LUMPUR: Konvensyen Perubahan Iklim 2010, yang akan berlangsung di Langkawi tahun depan sempena Hari Biodiversiti Sedunia menjadi medan perkongsian ilmu, sekali gus meningkatkan kesedaran masyarakat di negara ini berhubung usaha pelestarian dan pemuliharaan alam.

Pengarah Urusan Kumpulan, AOS Tourism & Hospitality, Anthony Wong, berkata konvensyen itu akan membentangkan usul Agenda 21, iaitu penyenaraian langkah pembangunan global yang komprehensif bagi dijadikan garis panduan dan seterusnya diguna pakai perwakilan dalam persidangan sama di peringkat Asian dan Asia Pasifik.

“Walaupun kita sedang mengejar kemajuan, pada masa sama masyarakat perlu menyedari betapa perlunya usaha pemuliharaan alam sekitar dijalankan termasuk pengekalan persekitaran selain meminimumkan kerosakan dan ancaman yang diterima bumi.

“Oleh itu, persidangan diadakan bagi memperincikan langkah mengurangkan perbelanjaan, meningkatkan kesedaran dan kuasa pendidikan selain berkongsi ilmu dengan peserta mengenai pemuliharaan alam sekitar.” katanya pada sidang media selepas majlis pelancaran konvensyen oleh Timbalan Ketua Setiausaha Kementerian Tenaga, Teknologi Hijau dan Air, Datuk Nor Azmal Mohd Nazir, di sini semalam.

Wong berkata, pihaknya menyasarkan mengutip lebih RM1 juta pada konvensyen bermula 19 Mei 2010, dan kutipan itu diserahkan kepada Yayasan Save Our Earth, iaitu organisasi mewakili badan bukan kerajaan (NGO) dan universiti yang menjalankan usaha pemuliharaan alam sekitar.

“Kira-kira 60 peratus hasil kutipan akan diserahkan kepada negara lain yang menjalankan kegiatan sama seperti Thailand, Vietnam, Indonesia dan Kemboja, ” katanya.
 

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Langkawi to woo UK tourists
2009/09/08


LANGKAWI: The Langkawi Development Authority (Lada) has intensified its tourism promotion by picking London as its new target after the success of its missions to India, the former Soviet republics, Dubai, Indonesia and Singapore.

Lada general manager Azman Umar said the agency would participate in the Malaysian Tourism Promotion Board's mission to London from Nov 9 to 12.

He said statistics from the Lada tourism unit showed that 100,831 tourists from the United Kingdom visited Langkawi last year while the figure for the first seven months of this year was 53,123 tourists.

"London was chosen based on the encouraging market there besides Singapore, Thailand and Australia."


He said that a second promotion to Singapore would be held from Nov 13 to 15. The first mission to that republic was made in May.

Lada would take part in the International Travel Expo in Vietnam from Oct 1 to 3 to woo tourists from the Asean member nations to visit Langkawi.

On the promotions to the former Soviet Union republics namely Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania in June, he said they had received good response.

Following the promotions, 10 representatives from travel agencies and the media from the countries concerned would visit Langkawi for five days from Sept 9 to have a better knowledge of the resort island. -- Bernama
 

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The Danna - a 'gift' from Tradewinds to Langkawi
By Vasantha GanesanPublished: 2009/09/28




TRADEWINDS Corp Bhd (TCB) (4804), a company controlled by businessman Tan Sri Syed Mokhtar Al-Bukhary, will open its RM170 million luxury accommodation in Langkawi called "The Danna" in July next year.

The Danna, to be positioned in the same league as the existing Tanjung Rhu Resort and The Datai, will be built, owned and operated by TCB, its chief executive officer Shahrul Farez said.

This property will be the group's third hotel on the legendary island after the three-star Mutiara Burau Bay Beach Resort and the five-star Meritus Pelangi Beach Resort & Spa, Langkawi.

Shahrul said TCB's decision to open the property in Langkawi was prompted by the high average room rates (ARRs) that the island garners.
Malaysia is said to have one of the lowest if not the lowest ARRs in the world. Langkawi, how-ever, boasts the highest room rates compared with any other places in Malaysia, even that of Kuala Lumpur.

The Danna is derived from the Sanskrit word, denoting "Gift".

Shahrul said the new hotel, located in Telaga Harbour Park and neighbouring Burau Bay, will have 130 rooms.

In 2007, TCB's 70 per cent owned Tradewinds Hotels & Resorts Sdn Bhd bought Benua Perdana Sdn Bhd, which owned the partially completed hotel.

This property sits on a 11,363 sq m site, which is on a 55-year lease from the Langkawi Development Authority (Lada).

The market value of the property as appraised by Rahim & CO in May 2007 was RM100 million, on a completed basis.

Shahrul declined to reveal the hotel's anticipated occupancy and ARR in the first year of operations.

However, luxury resort Tanjung Rhu Resort last year saw a gross operating profit (GOP) of 52 per cent and raked in RM1,500 per occupied room per night for two, including food and beverage.

GOP is gross revenue (from rooms, food and beverage, laundry or business centre) minus cost of operations (such as wages, electricity and ameni-ties).

Mutiara Burau Bay, meanwhile, enjoys an ARR of RM195 per night. The hotel is owned by Lada and managed by Mutiara-TCB Hotel Management Sdn Bhd, a member of the TCB group.

Meritus Pelangi is owned by TCB, but managed by Singapore Meritus International Hotels Pte Ltd. The property is TCB's best performing hotel in terms of ARR.
 

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Rahsia Estate To Launch Project In Langkawi Next Year

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KUALA LUMPUR, Nov 12 (Bernama) -- Rahsia Estate Sdn Bhd, a subsidiary of Riverbank Suites Sdn Bhd, plans to launch its first niche mixed residential and commercial development project in Pulau Langkawi in March next year.


The "Rahsia Estate's Island Residences and Spa Langkawi" will be located situated on 15 acres of undulating land.


Rahsia Estate's group chief executive officer Hanizah Tun Abdul Hamid said the project's present development was valued at RM250 million.

"This high-end project will consist of luxury corporate retreat bungalows and semi-duplex precincts," she said.

Haniza said the company was targeting both domestic and international markets but for now, tourists are expected to be more keen on such projects in line with the government's second home campaign.

She was speaking to reporters after a signing ceremony between Rahsia Estate and Amanah Raya Bhd on sponsorship for two Islamic studies students to pursue their education at the well-known Al-Azhar University in Egypt.

Also present were Amanah Raya chairman Datuk Dusuki Ahmad and Rahsia Estate chairman Toh Puan Azian Ghazali.

Hanizah said the Langkawi project, comprising two phases initially, could replace similar offerings in Phuket, Thailand, due to better infrastructure, and economic and political stability.

"The company also looking at a new site for phase three which will be in Langkawi too with an area of 20 to 25 acres," she said.

Asked about sales during the economic slowdown, Haniza said the company's business has not been affected as it was not depending on a single market.

The company expects the economy to recover and regain its strength by the first half of next year, she said.

"When banks start to offer more loans, we believe the recovery process can be faster as currently many banks are very conservative in this matter," she added.

The Langkawi project is scheduled to be completed in 36 months following the launch in March 2010.

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The Andaman Langkawi gets new operator, to be rebranded
By Rosalynn Poh of theedgeproperty.com
Thursday, 10 December 2009 18:14


http://www.theandaman.com/

KUALA LUMPUR: Landmarks Bhd announced today (Dec 10) the appointment of Sheraton Overseas Management Corp, an affiliate of Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc (Starwood Hotels & Resorts) as The Andaman Langkawi’s new operator effective Dec 10.

According to its statement to Bursa Malaysia, the property will be rebranded as “The Andaman, a Luxury Collection Resort” and included in the portfolio of The Luxury Collection Hotels & Resorts, one of the hotel groups managed by Starwood Hotels & Resorts.

“We are convinced that Starwood Hotels & Resorts possesses the strengths and scale as a leading international hospitality company and operator to complement and further enhance the unique and innate qualities of our resort; and that our guests will truly enjoy an indigenous, luxurious and exceptional experience,” it said.

The Andaman Langkawi consists of 186 suites with views of the Andaman Sea and rainforest, and exclusive access to Datai Bay in Pulau Langkawi, Kedah.
 

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The Andaman Langkawi gets new operator, to be rebranded
By Rosalynn Poh of theedgeproperty.com
Thursday, 10 December 2009 18:14


http://www.theandaman.com/

KUALA LUMPUR: Landmarks Bhd announced today (Dec 10) the appointment of Sheraton Overseas Management Corp, an affiliate of Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc (Starwood Hotels & Resorts) as The Andaman Langkawi’s new operator effective Dec 10.

According to its statement to Bursa Malaysia, the property will be rebranded as “The Andaman, a Luxury Collection Resort” and included in the portfolio of The Luxury Collection Hotels & Resorts, one of the hotel groups managed by Starwood Hotels & Resorts.

“We are convinced that Starwood Hotels & Resorts possesses the strengths and scale as a leading international hospitality company and operator to complement and further enhance the unique and innate qualities of our resort; and that our guests will truly enjoy an indigenous, luxurious and exceptional experience,” it said.

The Andaman Langkawi consists of 186 suites with views of the Andaman Sea and rainforest, and exclusive access to Datai Bay in Pulau Langkawi, Kedah.
 
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