Personalities

Interviews with personalities from tourism especially in Malaysian tourism industry.

1. As the CEO of Marina Putrajaya Sdn. Bhd. (MPSB), what are the prospects for the company 2017? What are MPSB’s targets in 2017? In reducing Perbadanan Putrajaya’s (PPj) maintenance costs and increasing its income, the management of PPj took over the management of Cruise Tasik Putrajaya (CTP) in 2013 and placed it...

1. Could you briefly share with us on what WorldVentures is all about? How does it operate? WorldVentures is an award-winning international lifestyle and travel membership company based in Texas, United States. Founded in 2005, WorldVentures offers memberships with perks to a diverse set of lifestyle products such as...

Dato’ Nolee Ashilin considers Perak fortunate because it is located along the developed Peninsular Malaysia’s West Coast. The state’s considerable size allows various types of travel and tourism products and attractions to flourish. These attractions are also well distributed throughout Perak rather than being...

Though Melaka’s population is only 875,000, through the quality of its human capital, its Chief Minister YAB Datuk Seri Ir. Idris Haron is confident that the state is poised to become the jewel of Malaysia. Melaka – with limited natural resources and only has 1,652 square kilometres – is the next smallest state in...

During our recent trip to Club Med Bali, Gaya Travel Magazine had the opportunity to interview Club Med top management comprising Club Med Chairman & CEO Henri Giscard d’Estaing and Club Med CEO for East and South Asia Pacific (ESAP) Xavier Desaulles.   The following are what these charismatic individuals have to say...

As an unconventional traveller, Jamie Dempsey gets to experience the local lifestyle in different islands of the Philippines, which the audience can follow via Ride 'N Seek Season 4 on HISTORY Channel.

Since joining Far East Hospitality in 2012, your out-of-the-box and unconventional marketing strategies helped the organisation grow from having 18 properties in Singapore to over 90 properties internationally. How did you feel about the achievements so far? Our accomplishments as a multi-award winning hospitality...

Mr. Leo Llambi, the General Manager of Concorde Hotel Shah Alam, has made “making the guests happy” as his credo, besides making sure that the hotel runs efficiently in maintaining its status as one of Selangor’s premier hotels. Gaya Travel Magazine recently caught up with him to learn his side of the story with...

Having dialogue with the President of Perbadanan Putrajaya Datuk Seri Haji Hasim bin Haji Ismail is almost equivalent to learning how to create a sustainable city. Soft spoken and amicable yet charismatic and firm, Datuk Seri Hasim shares with Gaya Travel Magazine the steps that Perbadanan Putrajaya takes in ensuring...

Gaya Travel Magazine catches up with the good-natured and astute lady Rosnina Yaacob and her convivial team at Laman Padi in Langkawi to learn more about their experience in helping to grow the island’s brand as a major tourism destination. Originally meant to be seconded to the Langkawi Development Authority (LADA)...

Being one of the latest additions in Kuala Lumpur’s burgeoning hospitality scene, Fraser Residence opened its doors in early 2015 and have been attracting local and international travellers in droves. Its General Manager, Mr Michael Lee, talked to Gaya Travel Magazine on the uniqueness offered by the Fraser brand and...

To understand more about Hotel Istana Kuala Lumpur City Centre and the direction that it is currently taking, Gaya Travel interviewed the hotel’s dashing and astute General Manager, Mr Aamir Khan, an international hotelier whose family has been in the hotel business for three generations and grew up in hotels in...

Gaya Travel Magazine recently sat down with the handsome and sharp Datuk Rashidi Hasbullah (Deputy Secretary General of the Ministry of Tourism and Culture Malaysia) to get his valuable opinion on Malaysia’s rising costs, new policies, homestay programme and ASEAN.   Talking about challenges in the tourism industry,...

Dato’ Mirza Mohammad Taiyab, Director General, Tourism Malaysia Due to his steadfast commitment and dedication in promoting Malaysia’s tourism industry for over three decades while overcoming various challenges along the way, Dato’ Mirza Mohammad Taiyab has become one of Malaysia’s foremost marketing personalities and...

Gaya Travel Magazine had the chance to catch up with Puan Noorul Ashikin recently to ask her about the Visit Selangor Year 2015 and the areas that the state is focussing on in terms of tourism. Visit Selangor Year 2015 During the interview, Puan Noorul Ashikin explained that Selangor intends to carry over the...

Gaya Travel team had the privilege to interview Dato’ Badlishah Haji Ahmad, the Chief Executive Officer of Putrajaya International Convention Centre (PICC). In an exclusive interview, he shared PICC’s exciting and future plans in building their brand and ultimately, the venue. Dismissing The Perception “When we took...

The best things in life are often unplanned and unexpected. And the same goes for travelling. There’s nothing more thrilling and rewarding than surviving spontaneous trips. But like all good things in life, spontaneous travelling unfortunately does not come cheap. The plane tickets and hotel rates are especially...

Dato’ Haji Azizan Noordin began his career in travel and tourism by joining the Tourist Development Corporation Malaysia, now known as Malaysia Tourism Promotion Board or Tourism Malaysia, back in 1978 as a Tourist Officer.

Swiss-Garden Golf Resort & Spa Damai Laut is a vast property that covers 235 acres of land. The 4-star hotel officially opened its door to business guests and leisure travellers on 18th December 1997 and has been receiving positive feedback ever since.

Don’t be fooled by his boyish looks. Nuar Md. Diah co-founded and has been leading Gaya Travel Magazine for the past 8 years Bio looks into what inspired him to produce this cutting-edge Kuala Lumpur-based travel magazine including his role as the Chief Executive Officer of the printing house YBA Print Sdn. Bhd.

Dato’ Haji Ibrahim Abdul Rahman – Director General Department of Information Could you please share with us your education and career background, Dato’? I started serving the Ministry of Information, Communication & Culture (MICC) since I graduated from Universiti Sains Malaysia in 1983. I studied Mass Communication,...

Handrio Utomo – General Manager of Grand Royal Panghegar Being the first Sundanese owned hotel establishment in Bandung, the hotel initially started off as a 3-star property, tapping into the business market, renowned for its excellent location. Due to brisk business, the owners decided that it was appropriate for the...

Sydney Quays – Chief Executive Officer of Starbucks Malaysia Could you please share with us your professional background? My major professional background has always been in the hospitality industry, specialising in food and beverage. I did marketing in hotels too but it was for food and beverage outlets. Apart from...

Chief Executive Officer of Langkawi Development Authority (LADA), Tan Sri Khalid Ismail, an erudite, forward-thinking gentleman who kindly updated us on LADA’s plans to turn Langkawi into one of the top ten eco-tourism destinations in the world by 2015.

It took me 20 years to be where I am now and it was a winding road but I made it through. During my whole career in the hospitality industry, I have experienced and seen many things and by now, I am pretty much prepared for what is to come, may it be from the guests or the competitors