Category: Personalities

Interviews with personalities from tourism especially in Malaysian tourism industry.

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Gaya Travel Magazine sits with the ever dashing YBhg. Datuk Rashidi bin Hasbullah, the Secretary-General of the Ministry of Tourism and Culture (MOTAC) Malaysia, as he shares his memorable moments at work, challenges Malaysia is currently facing in terms of tourism and how the country is preparing for Visit Malaysia 2020. Datuk Rashidi is certainly

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Having been in South East Asia for over three years, Mr Thomas Gassner served at Pullman Jakarta in Thamrin Square and Pullman Bali prior to his current post as the General Manager (GM) of Sofitel Kuala Lumpur Damansara. He started his career at the AccorHotels in 2004 with the Sofitel Hotels and Resorts located  in the Middle

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Gaya Travel Magazine recently interviewed Mr. P.M. Withana, the Chairman of Sri Lanka Tourism Promotional Bureau and the Chairman of Sri Lankan Tourism Development Authority to learn more about the state of Sri Lanka’s tourism industry.   Tourism as a main income earner The interview kickstarted on how the Sri Lanka’s tourism industry is currently

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Gaya Travel Magazine talks with Mr. Jack Widagdo – then General Manager of Alila Solo but now the General Manager of Alila Tianxi Lake – regarding the elegant city of Solo and the avant-garde Alila Solo. Talking about Solo, it is strategically located between Semarang in the north and Jogjakarta in the south, including lying

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Gaya Travel Magazine talks to Google Malaysia’s Head of Ecommerce, Travel and Financial Services Marc Woo and Malaysia Airlines’ Chief Commercial Officer Arved Von Zur Muehlen about the rising interest among Malaysian travellers towards China and the country’s contribution towards tourism arrivals into Malaysia. Both dashing gentlemen reveal that more Malaysians are interested in visiting

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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 under its

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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 unique customisable vacations known as DreamTrips,

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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 concentrated in only one or two areas within the state. “Perak receives repeat tourists because of the diversity in its tourism products that allow them to enjoy different experiences at different corners of Perak. The state has no problem in meeting tourists’ expectations in savouring various types of travel experiences,” she claims.

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 Malaysia

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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 about Club

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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 group are only possible because we have a team of dedicated

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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 that Putrajaya remains green, sustainable

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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) from the Ministry of

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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 what travellers can expect from

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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 different parts of the

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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, of course there will be since the industry

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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 tourism luminaries. Gaya Travel Magazine recently caught up with Dato’ Mirza

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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 momentum

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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 over PICC from Perbadanan Putrajaya in 2013, there

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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 expensive if travellers decide to book at

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