Enchanting Royal Belum

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Enchanting Royal Belum

The 300,000-hectare Royal Belum State Park – located in Perak Darul Ridzuan and approximately four times larger than Singapore – is home to one of the oldest rainforests in the world, even older than the famous Amazon. Being part of the The Belum/Temenggor Forest Reserve, Royal Belum is estimated to be 130 million years old yet remains untouched and home to a wide variety of flora and fauna. Gaya Travel Magazine was invited by Tourism Malaysia Perak last October 2015 for a three-day familiarisation trip to experience the attractions available in Royal Belum State Park as part of ‘Dekat Je’ initiative, targeted for domestic tourists. We arrived at the Pulau Banding public jetty in Royal Belum safely by bus after an approximately […]

“Time.Together” at Puteri Harbour Officially Launched

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“Time.Together” at Puteri Harbour Officially Launched

ISKANDAR PUTERI,JOHOR, 18 January 2016- Puteri Harbour in Iskandar Puteri which is formerly known as Nusajaya today cemented its position as the premier family and lifestyle destination in Malaysia’s southern region, Johor Bahru, with the launch of “Time.Together”, it is an initiative that is aimed to encourage the public local and internationally to come to Puteri Harbour and spend quality time with family and friends. The initiative leverages Puteri Harbour’s unique and distinctive offering, showcases the full suite of family-friendly activities in the region and also for Malaysia itself. These includes visits to SANRIO HELLO KITTY TOWN, which is the largest integrated Hello Kitty themed offering in South East Asia which gives visitors the only complete Hello Kitty experience outside of Japan, […]

Gastronomical Chinese New Year Journey at Hotel Maya Kuala Lumpur

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Gastronomical Chinese New Year Journey at Hotel Maya Kuala Lumpur

In conjunction with the upcoming Chinese New Year celebrations, Hotel Maya Kuala Lumpur’s Still Waters restaurant offers a culinary fusion adventure in 2016 through the list of menu that can easily be enjoyed with friends, family and business acquaintances prepared by two highly experienced chefs, Chef Mak and Chef Kamal. Still Waters have prepared three sets of gastronomically unique five-course contemporary Cantonese cuisine for diners to choose. Among the highlights are Tori Tebasaki Shioyaki (grilled chicken wings with sea salt served with pineapple mango salsa), Fragrant Seafood Fried Rice, Fortune Crispy Roasted Chicken (crispy roasted chicken breast with Chinese herbal vinegar dressing), Gyuniku Soba (hot soba served with stewed striploin beef and wakame), Oven Roasted Duck and Ramen Salad (cold ramen served […]

MITA Tourism Fair 2016, A Gathering of Tourism Industry Players

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MITA Tourism Fair 2016, A Gathering of Tourism Industry Players

MITA ( Malaysian Inbound Tourism Association ) for the very first time will be organizing its first Tourism Fair Carnival this 29th till 31st January 2016 at KL Convention Center. MITA is highly dedicated in inbound market as they have been passionately promoting Malaysia and the Travel Fair all around the world. Based on the Go Domestic Campaign, MITA Tourism Fair targets the potential products that is based on Domestic Tourism in Malaysia for promotional efforts. Besides just popular places in Malaysia, there are still many other products that have potential that’s not covered, MITA 2016 has been paying attention to this and give them a platform for the industry players to take this opportunity to showcase their products. “Travelling is in all of […]

Celebrating Unity in Diversity: A Malaysian Experience at #tanahairku

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Celebrating Unity in Diversity: A Malaysian Experience at #tanahairku

KUALA LUMPUR, 6 January 2016 – Galeri Petronas unveiled #tanahairku: Two Decades of Bringing Malaysians Together, a unique exhibition that celebrates the nation’s racial unity by reliving 20 years of PETRONAS festive TV Commercials that have brought Malaysians together. Inspired by the late national laureate Dato’ Dr Usman Awang’s poem “Tanahair”, the exhibition rekindles a sense of nostalgia and reawakening amongst Malaysians from all walks of life. The #tanahairku retrospective commemorates our national unity and social harmony that has been an integral within the fabric of Malaysian society for many years. Speaking at the official exhibition opening, Puan Zahariah Abdul Rahman, PETRONAS’ Senior General Manager, Group Strategic Communications said PETRONAS was the only organisation that produced commercials for all major cultural festivals […]

Selangor Meets Indonesia!

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Selangor Meets Indonesia!

On the 15th until 17th November 2015, Tourism Selangor and Selangor State Economic Planning Unit’s (UPEN) Tourism Division held a Business-to-Business (B2B) table top session in Batam, Indonesia. The objective of the B2B session was for Selangor to promote itself as a tourism destination to the Batam market. Tourism Selangor selected and handpicked tourism players and product owners in Selangor such as hotels, medical tourism providers and travel agents to join the session. Besides B2B, there was also a government-to-government (G2G) session between the Selangor State Government and Indonesia’s Ministry of Culture and Tourism. The discussions held during both sessions intended to boost tourism in both Selangor and Batam through partnership and cross selling and marketing. Some of the activities identified were […]

Pulau Tuba Opens as New Eco-Tourism Destination With Tuba Trail Run.

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Pulau Tuba Opens as New Eco-Tourism Destination With Tuba Trail Run.

Known for the likes of the tough Xterra and Ironman Triathlon Races, Langkawi is also home to South East Asia’s first Global UNESCO Geopark, where travellers would be able to find over 700 species of birds and butterflies, and 99 islands. Besides the main island of Langkawi, the second largest of these islands is Pulau Tuba, home to some 2,000 inhabitants and largely unperturbed by tourists and local Langkawians. Located only 15 minutes of boat ride from the Tourism Jetty in Kuah, this island only allows limited motorised vehicles are allowed on the island to preserve the natural environment, making it the perfect site to cater to the adventurous eco-tourism market. In the olden days, Pulau Tuba used to be a pirates’ […]

Splashing Facts On Slide The City Malaysia!

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Splashing Facts On Slide The City Malaysia!

In recent times, Putrajaya has seen its share of unique international events taking place within its confines. These include, among others hot air balloon carnivals, fireworks competitions, floral showcases, motorsports events, film festivals, watersport competitions and marathons, just to name a few. Now, Putrajaya has new attraction in its calendar, Slide The City! Here are facts to know about this splash-tecular event. First debuted in the United States since 2013 Since then it has become a cult following world-wide in major cities like Japan and Hong Kong. The First in Malaysia! Putrajaya has been the selected destination for this first time unique experience for Malaysians to have fun! 1000 ft Slide The water slide brought much joy and fun to approximately over […]

GO ASEAN Upfronts 2016 Unveils Sensational ASEAN-Related Travel Shows To Tempt Global-Trotters

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GO ASEAN Upfronts 2016 Unveils Sensational ASEAN-Related Travel Shows To Tempt Global-Trotters

KUALA LUMPUR, MALAYSIA, 13 NOVEMBER 2015– GOASEAN unveiled a slew of Malaysian produced ground-breaking and original concept travel programmes to avid and globe-trotting travellers at its GOASEAN Upfronts 2016 held at Kuala Lumpur Golf and Country Club. The must-see new programmes slated to be aired on GOASEAN next year had already garnered strong interests from distributors, content and channel providers during the recent MIPCOM with its quality content as well as the unique positioning of the brand which highlights attractions of the ten ASEAN countries. At GOASEAN’s inaugural Upfronts 2016, the world’s first ASEAN-centric travel channel shared teasers of its exciting new programmes with industry professionals such as advertisers, marketers, TV stations and programme buyers. The company also launched its mobile application […]

The Journey at Aka Chochin Izakaya

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The Journey at Aka Chochin Izakaya

The Evolution Of Izakaya Izakaya refers to a bar or rather a place to hang out and gather in Japan, and like the country, it has evolved from the old days when Japan was a country closed to all foreigner influence. Modern Japan’s Izakayas now feature varied offerings that have been shaped by significant cultural influences with the passing of time and generations, and this reflects the fusion of flavours presented in the recently revamped menu at Aka Chochin Izakaya without compromising its traditional essence. As such, although Aka Chochin specialises in Japanese cuisine, it intends to bring diners on a total culinary journey where they can experience taste sensations from different countries through the use of ingredients, techniques and recipes that […]

Hotels.com Hotels Price Index Unveils Local Travel Trends & Insights

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Hotels.com Hotels Price Index Unveils Local Travel Trends & Insights

KUALA LUMPUR, MALAYSIA, 5th November 2015– As Malaysia gears up for the upcoming end-of-year holiday season, Hotels.com unveils local travel trends and insights based on the Hotels.com Hotels Price Index (HPI) report. The HPI is respected as the definitive report on hotels prices paid around the world an is used as a reference tool by the media, hoteliers, financial analytics, investors, tourism bodies and academics. As a leading online accommodation booking website, Hotels.com compared to the numerous ones out there, Hotels.com publishes the HPI report twice a year. It is a regular report based on movements in hotel prices in major destinations across the world. The findings of the HPI are based on bookings made on Hotels.com sites, and prices shown are […]

Star-Wars Inspired Fashion Descends Upon Malaysia Fashion Week 2015: The Galaxy Runway

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Star-Wars Inspired Fashion Descends Upon Malaysia Fashion Week 2015: The Galaxy Runway

Kuala Lumpur 2nd November 2015- Malaysia Fashion Week (MFW) 2015, announced at a press conference today, its moments collaboration with On Demand Entertainment by Astro and Disney to present a Star Wars fashion exploration called the “The Galaxy Runway inspired by Star Wars” at Malaysia Fashion Week 2015 closing gala on November 7. The partnership also marks Malaysia Fashion Week as the first fashion week in Asia to be part of this stellar Star Wars high fashion showcase following the fashion’s saga’s debut at New York and London Fashion Week in 2014. In support of this partnership, CEO of MATRADE & Chairman of MFW 2015- YBhg Datuk Dzulkifli Mahmud, Co-Chairman of MFW 2015 & Chairman of Mercedes Benz STYLO Asia Fashion Week- […]

International Aborigines and Indigenous Arts Festival 2015

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International Aborigines and Indigenous Arts Festival 2015

The National Department for Culture and Arts (JKKN) organised the International Aborigines and Indigenous Arts Festival (FKOAP) under the Ministry of Tourism and Culture that was held recently from October 22nd to the 25th at the Titiwangsa Lake Garden Stadium, Kuala Lumpur. This festival held for the first time in conjunction with Malaysia Year of Festival (MyFEST 2015) and is also one of the main highlight for the campaign. Co-organised with the Orang Asli Affairs Department (JAKOA) and Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL), assembling Aborigines and Indigenous people from eight countries, Malaysia, Indonesia, New Zealand, Canada, China, Ghana, Philippines, and Thailand.   The festival builds a strong network among the Aboriginal community and helps to develop and ignite cultures of the Aborigines […]

MEGA FAM Participants Live Life In The Fast Lane At The Malaysia Motorcycle GP 2015

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MEGA FAM Participants Live Life In The Fast Lane At The Malaysia Motorcycle GP 2015

A total of 87 Mega Fam participants from 16 countries were brought in by Tourism Malaysia to help and also discover Malaysia in promoting it as holiday destination in conjunction with the Malaysia Motorcycle Grand Prix 2015 race thats held annually at the Sepang International Circuit from 23rd to 25th October 2015. The participants, which consists of members of the media and travel agents, come from Australia, Austria, Brunei, Cambodia, China, Dubai, Germany, India, Indonesia, Korea, Mauritius, Myammar, Philippines, Russia, Sweden, and Thailand. They were welcomed by the Deputy Director General ( International Promotion ) of Tourism Malaysia, Y.Bhg, Dato’ Hj Azizan Noordin, who delivered his welcome remarks at a destination seminar.   During the seminar, the participants were given a presentation […]

1Malaysia Contemporary Art Tourism (1MCAT) Festival

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1Malaysia Contemporary Art Tourism (1MCAT) Festival

The National Visual Arts Gallery proudly presents the 1Malaysia Contemporary Art Tourism Festival (1MCAT) 2015 that’s happening from September till December 2015. This program began since 2010 and has been one new innovation in the tourism industry that geared up the contemporary visual arts scene among Malaysian’s thats unique and also universal. It has been endorsed by Tourism Malaysia since 2010 till 2013 and The National Visual Arts Gallery has been granted to take over this gracious event. For this year, there are 57 programs made and participated by more then 10 countries from all over the world. This event also helps the local artists to showcase their artwork and also making their names establish in the art industry. Besides that, 1MCAT […]

Psycho Circus in Genting A blend of comedy and magic by ‘Misfit Magician’ Ed Alonzo

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Psycho Circus in Genting A blend of comedy and magic by ‘Misfit Magician’ Ed Alonzo

One of America’s foremost comedic magicians, Ed Alonzo who has appeared in a number of television shows and once even toured with Britney Spears is coming to Resorts World Genting. The “Misfit Magician” as he has come to be known, is famous for his madcap sense of humor will be showcasing his magic cum circus like show from 7th November to 13th March 2016 for a thrilling time. His 80 minutes show is held at Genting International Showroom titled “Psycho Circus of Magic & Mayhem”. Show starts at from 8 pm daily and on some dates there will also be matinee performances on selected dates. To put it in a nutshell, the 80 minutes show features Ed, some dancers and several circus […]

DBKL Launches ‘KL Dekat Je’ Program To Boost Domestic Tourism

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DBKL Launches ‘KL Dekat Je’ Program To Boost Domestic Tourism

The Mayor of Kuala Lumpur, Datuk Mhd Amin Nordin launched a travelling package “KL Dekat Je” at Sunway Putra Mall Kuala Lumpur on 15th October 2015. Attended the launch was YBhg Dato Azizan B. Noordin, Deputy Chief Director of Tourism Malaysia, YMulia Tunku Dato’ Seri Iskandar b Tunku Tan Sri Abdullah, YBHg. Datuk Normah Malik, Executive Director of Socio Economy Development DBKL and YBhg. Dato Ngeow Voon Yean, Managing Director-Property Investment Division, Sunway Group. On the auspicious event, the KL Mayor mentioned on the decreasing volume of international guests to Malaysia itself due to the economic status and currency strength on the first quarter of 2015 by 8.6%. Kuala Lumpur itself had around 20% to 30% decrease in the hotel sector and […]

Sultan Mizan Royal Foundation’s 10 Year Anniversary

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Sultan Mizan Royal Foundation’s 10 Year Anniversary

Exchange Friendship and Network through ASEAN Art, Culture and Tourism On 1 October 2015, the Sultan Mizan Royal Foundation held the first ever ASEAN Cultural Heritage Exchange Day with the theme “Exchange Friendship and Network through ASEAN Art, Culture and Tourism” at the Kenyir Elephant Conservation Village, Lake Kenyir Terengganu. The event was graced by Kebawah Duli Yang Maha Mulia Al-Wathiqu Billah Sultan Mizan Zainal Abidin. The purpose of the event is to preserve the ASEAN arts heritage and educate the public regarding it. The event was attended by delegates from Asian countries such as Thailand, China, Myammar and Singapore to strengthen relationships and boost economic growth. Royal Foundation Board Trustee YB Dato’ Haji Mohd Fadzli Yusof mentioned in his speech that […]

Halloween Brick-Or-Treat Party Nights at LEGOLAND Malaysia Resort

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Halloween Brick-Or-Treat Party Nights at LEGOLAND Malaysia Resort

Started on 2nd October, 2015 LEGOLAND® Malaysia Resort are organizing a special Halloween celebration till the end of the month. Themed ‘Halloween Brick-Or-Treat Party Nights’, several fantastic activities have been lined up throughout the month with the Park open for an extended time till 8.30pm during the weekend (Friday and Saturday). Amidst a fully decorated LEGO Kingdom, guests can look forward to the brand new Halloween Show that will introduce two new Minifigures, Frankenstein and the Green Witch. Lord Vampyre, the star of the Halloween show from last year will also be making an appearance during the performance and all characters will be available during the Meet and Greet sessions. To start the Brick-Or-Treat journey, guests can head to the maze activity inside […]

KL PASS Gives Tourists More Reasons To Stay Longer in Kuala Lumpur

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KL PASS Gives Tourists More Reasons To Stay Longer in Kuala Lumpur

Kuala Lumpur 28th September 2015- The Mayor of Kuala Lumpur, Datuk Hj. Mhd Amin Nordin Bin And Aziz, today officially launched the KL PASS, an integrated tourist pass that offers tourists seamless access to tourism attractions and supporting amenities on top of other privileges and benefits. The KL PASS is listed in the Kuala Lumpur Tourism Master Plan 2015-2025 under section walk the plan initiative 10.4: Developing an Integrated Pass. “The KL PASS will be an important medium to increase the awareness of what Kuala Lumpur has to offer, contribute to the overall tourist experience and encourage tourists to extend their stay in the city. Even an extra one night stay in the city bring a substantial increase in tourism revenue for […]

6 Hot Spots for Families Visiting Johor Bahru

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6 Hot Spots for Families Visiting Johor Bahru

Johor Bahru, the gem located at the south of Peninsular Malaysia, offers many amazing and thrilling attractions available for local and international tourists.

AirAsia Supports the Dreams of Three Young Cyclists on Their Journey to Homeland

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AirAsia Supports the Dreams of Three Young Cyclists on Their Journey to Homeland

HO CHI MINH CITY, 21 SEPT 2015 – AirAsia continues to contribute towards youth and talent development and fulfilling dreams by supporting “Journey to Homeland Project”; Cycling from the UK to Malaysia’ – a project organized by Malaysian youths in their mission to cycle from the United Kingdom back to Malaysia. Muhammad Adib Mohamad Ali, 26, Mohd Azrulhan Mohd Shaful, 26 and Amirul Alis bin Ali, 32, arrived in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam on Sunday 20th September in full AirAsia cycling kit. They were greeted by their parents and family members who flew in with AirAsia to Ho Chi Min City yesterday from Kuala Lumpur . Aireen Omar, CEO of AirAsia Berhad commented “We have always been a big fan of […]

Asia’s Leading Photography Competition Show, Photo Face-off Returns for Season 2

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Asia’s Leading Photography Competition Show, Photo Face-off Returns for Season 2

17th September 2015, Kuala Lumpur– Photo Face-Off snaps back into action for Season 2, once again proudly presented by Canon PhotoMarathon and in association with SilkAir, premiering this 22nd October 2015, Tuesday at 10pm on HISTORY Channel 555 & 575(HD). Since season 1 was a successful hit and rated number one in Singapore, Malaysia, and Thailand, paving the way for the much-anticipated new season. Photo Face-Off Season 2 heralds the return of professional photographer, Justin Mott and introduces fresh new faces with a new host, Sarah Lian, as well as 16 amateur photographers from 6 different countries. Each episode sees the contestants go through a series of difficult photography challenges that will test them to the limit- Speed, Theme and Extreme. Designed […]

Omarion To Pump Up The Jam At Soulfest Asia 2015

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Omarion To Pump Up The Jam At Soulfest Asia 2015

Soulfest Asia, the region’s hottest neo-soul, funk, hip-hop and R&B music festival turned up the heat tonight with Omarian set to hit Kuala Lumpur on 17 October 2015, West-coast style! This hip-hop heavyweight will join an already star studded line-up featuring the Queen of Hip-Hop and urban music, Mary J. Blige and Grammy nominated Jhene Aiko, as well as Hip-Hop favourites Talib Kweli and De La Soul, Joe Flizzow and his entire Kartel family, soul singer Najwa and hip hop collective De Fam live on stage. Soulfest Asia will also feature regional superstars such as Singapore’s hugely in demand rapper, Shigga Shay, Indonesian sensation Raisa and Thai supergroup, Thaitanium. LOL Events will also share in the celebration of soul through a comedy […]

Sunway Lagoon Brings Award Winning Park To Life At Tourism Malaysia

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Sunway Lagoon Brings Award Winning Park To Life At Tourism Malaysia

PUTRAJAYA, 10 SEPTEMBER 2015: The usually formal ambience at Tourism Malaysia in Putrajaya’s lake district turned into a mix of haunted house, mini zoo and cartoon fantasy world today with pumpkin-headed monsters, gothic brides and Nickelodeon characters running around amid some furry animals at the main hall of the Precinct 5 office building. It was the Tourism Malaysia Networking Day (TMND) again – the fourth for 2015 – and this time, it featured award-winning theme park operator Sunway Lagoon. TMND is a regular programme organised by Tourism Malaysia to give an opportunity to Malaysian tourism trade players to meet, network with and update tourism officers on their latest tourism product offerings. Given a free hand to lead the session, Sunway Lagoon transformed […]

Discover Kedah 2016

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Discover Kedah 2016

Kuala Lumpur, 4 September 2015 – Kedah Chief Minister YAB Dato’ Seri Hj. Mukhriz Tun Mahathir has unveiled a range of promotional tools that have been created for the Discover Kedah 2016 campaign. The campaign, which will initially target audiences in Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand, Brunei and Indonesia, aims to educate potential visitors about the state of Kedah and its rich history and traditions. Dato’ Seri Mukhriz, who initially announced the initiative and the Kedah, Malaysia: Where it All Began identity in March, took the opportunity of the bi-annual MATTA fair to highlight the progress that has been made so far in creating the promotional tools that will help raise the profile of Kedah in the region and, eventually, the world. In addition to unveiling […]

“Best of Panoramic Pahang Eco Packages” Launched

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“Best of Panoramic Pahang Eco Packages” Launched

Kuala Lumpur, 4 Sept 2015- Today it was the launch of the “Best Panoramic Pahang Eco Packages” brochure during MATTA Fair 2015 happening at the Putra World Trade Center. Published by Tourism Malaysia, the brochure marks an initiate to increase the promotion of ecotourism destinations in Pahang, such as Kuala Tahan National Park, Kenong Rimba Park and Merapoh, which were affected by the flood last year. The brochure contains seven attractive and affordable priced holiday packages to ecotourism destinations in Pahang, which were deployed with the co-operation of seven tour operators in the State. Each package offers different activities tailor-made to make it easier for tourists to choose the available ecotourism destinations that they want to visit based on their point of interest. […]

Hong Kong Attractions Pack Fun-filled Family Activities for Year-end Holiday Makers

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Hong Kong Attractions Pack Fun-filled Family Activities for Year-end Holiday Makers

Kuala Lumpur, 2 September 2015 – Attraction partners of the Hong Kong Tourism Board (HKTB) are value adding purchases of Hong Kong packages for Malaysians with bonus perks such as complimentary admission tickets to 3D Musuem or Madame Tussauds and free city tours on the Hong Kong Big Bus Tours or island tours in Cheung Chau, during MATTA 2015. Specially catered for families looking to treat their children during the year-end school holidays, Hong Kong Disneyland is offering a Buy One Get One Free Dinner Combo Coupon. Similarly, Ocean Park Hong Kong visitors will receive a Crispy Fried Chicken Coupon valued at RM24, a luggage tag plus in-park spending coupons worth over RM195. “With the pleasantly cool weather and great travel offers, […]

Hong Kong Stages First International Cyclothon

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Hong Kong Stages First International Cyclothon

Cycling is one of the fastest growing sports in Asia as it promotes health and fitness. This autumn, Asia’s World City is taking the lead by staging the first ever Hong Kong International Cyclothon, happening from October 10th till 11th 2015. The event is organised by the Hong Kong Tourism Board (HKTB), with title and charity sponsor from Sun Hung Kai Properties. With a view of promoting the city as a destination for international sports events, this territory-wide cycling event will cover iconic landmarks of Hong Kong, and is set to engage the local and international community. Featuring races for professional cyclists and leisure cycling activities for mass participation, the event provides citizens and visitors a platform to experience the vibrancy of […]

The Reverie Saigon Takes Centre Stage in Ho Chi Minh City

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The Reverie Saigon Takes Centre Stage in Ho Chi Minh City

HO CHI MINH CITY, Vietnam (1 September 2015) — The Reverie Saigon, a 286-room hotel with some of the city’s most expansive rooms, its most spectacular views and its most unabashedly opulent atmosphere, opens September 1 in the cinematic heart of downtown Saigon. Seven years in the making, the most posh urban hotel to debut in Vietnam, ever, seeks to redefine the luxury landscape across the country, setting new benchmarks in culinary appeal with restaurants that have designs on Michelin stars and a spa that’s as visually stunning as it is ultimately restorative. Commanding the upper and lower floors of the 39-storey Times Square tower, each of the hotel’s rooms and suites is a painstaking exploration of Italian elegance, and its prime location […]