New Attractions, Niche Tourism and Increased Connectivity to Attract Visitors to Malaysia For Visit Malaysia 2020

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New Attractions, Niche Tourism and Increased Connectivity to Attract Visitors to Malaysia For Visit Malaysia 2020

Tourism Malaysia is stepping up its promotions this year in preparation of Visit Malaysia 2020, a landmark campaign that’s targeted to bring in 30 million international tourists and approximately £21.63 billion (RM100 billion) in tourist receipts into Malaysia.

Spring Time Wonders in Western Australia

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Spring Time Wonders in Western Australia

The beauty and grandeur of Western Australia means that Australia’s largest state hides surprises all year around, but Spring (September to November) brings on mild weather, clear blue skies and sprawling wildflowers that makes it a delight to visit.

Nights of Fright 6: Face The Fear At Malaysia’s Largest Scare Festival

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Nights of Fright 6: Face The Fear At Malaysia’s Largest Scare Festival

Sunway Lagoon’s Nights of Fright is back for the sixth year, starting from 28th September till 31 October 2018 as the scare festival returns to haunt the participants with hand-sweating, heart pumping thrills.

Experience That’s Possible With The Dubai Pass

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Experience That’s Possible With The Dubai Pass

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia; 2 May 2018: Dubai’s Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing (Dubai Tourism) is launching a new way for visitors to enjoy the city’s exciting range of attractions, experiences and tours. Announced at the recent Arabian Travel Market (ATM), Dubai Pass, an all-inclusive pre-paid card, grants cash-free access to 33 key events and venues across Dubai, making it the perfect way for tourists to explore the city’s world-class destination proposition. It will be available to redeem from 16 May 2018. Starting at AED399, the pass offers ‘Select’ and ‘Unlimited’ packages, with a specially- curated list of popular attractions and experiences. These include Burj Khalifa, Dubai Parks and Resorts, IMG Worlds of Adventure, Wild Wadi Waterpark, Ski Dubai, Desert Safari Tours, […]

9 Places To Explore In East Hokkaido!

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9 Places To Explore In East Hokkaido!

I was given an opportunity to unearth the hidden gems of Japan’s northernmost island, Hokkaido, under a special invitation from Hokkaido Tourism.

9 Ways to Explore The Beauty of Sandakan, Sabah

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9 Ways to Explore The Beauty of Sandakan, Sabah

Located on the east coast of Borneo Island, Sandakan is a town that is rich in history and the gateway to many eco-tourism destinations due to its proximity to unique wildlife attractions. As a matter of fact, the richness of wildlife and nature here is one of the major reasons why travellers from all around the world flock to Sandakan. Read on to find out about this quaint city that is dubbed as ‘Little Hong Kong’. Gaya Travel have listed some of the must-visit places in and nearby the city. Continue reading to know more info.   1. Discover the Richness of Wildlife in Sukau Sukau is situated within the Kinabatangan Wildlife Sanctuary and requires a two-hour-and-a-half speedboat ride to get there […]

Daegu Welcomes Malaysian Travellers

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Daegu Welcomes Malaysian Travellers

On April 21, 2017, Daegu Metropolitan City has introduced Daegu as Korea’s current destination for Malaysian travellers to explore due to its potential tourism offerings such as Muslim-friendly restaurant and accommodation, variety of attractions, cuisines and vibrant festivals. This introduction was made by Mayor of Daegu Metropolitan City, Mr. Kwon Youngjin, at the Korea Daegu Night 2017, in conjunction of his visit to Malaysia in building a relationship with Malaysian travel organisations and also promoting Daegu as a tourism destination. “Daegu is a city that has so much to offer, where it can be summarised as Rich (refers to the origin of global corporation Samsung), Political (known as the City of Presidents) and Beauty (refers to the hometown of fashion and beauty). […]

Emirates Flies High with Special Global Fare Deals at MATTA Fair 2017

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Emirates Flies High with Special Global Fare Deals at MATTA Fair 2017

Kuala Lumpur, 9 March 2017 – Malaysians will be able to enjoy special fares to a host of exciting destinations across Emirates’ vast global network during the upcoming Malaysian Association of Tour and Travel Agents (MATTA) Fair which takes place from 17th – 19th March 2017 at Putra World Trade Centre (PWTC).  These fares, which cover over 90 popular destinations in Europe, the Americas, Africa and the Middle East are offered in conjunction with Emirates’ participation as the Official Airline at this year’s MATTA Fair. Bookings have to be made between 10th March 2017 and 26th March 2017 for travel between 1st April 2017 and 31st January 2018. All-inclusive Economy Class fares start at RM2,539 to the United Kingdom and Ireland; RM2,279 […]

10 Terengganu Classic Experiences

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10 Terengganu Classic Experiences

Gaya Travel Magazine team will never get tired of Terengganu due to its bucolic, laid-back, fishing village vibe. In conjunction with Visit Terengganu Year 2017, why not travellers take the opportunity to visit and engage in activities that can only be experienced in Terengganu?   1. Combing and basking on Terengganu’s legendary beaches With a coastline that runs for 244 km, Terengganu’s beaches are some of the best. Along the way from the south, Teluk Bidara in Dungun is a bay near Tanjong Jara Resort where one can explore the cave and lighthouse on Tanjung Api Hill at low tide. Kuala Abang and Kemasik beaches have some interesting sea-side rock formations on which to perch and enjoy the miles of blue, while […]

Hong Kong Tourism Board Launches ‘Best of All, It’s in Hong Kong’ Marketing Campaign in Malaysia

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Hong Kong Tourism Board Launches ‘Best of All, It’s in Hong Kong’ Marketing Campaign in Malaysia

Malaysia, 9 January 2017 – Hong Kong Tourism Board launched a new marketing campaign in Malaysia, titled ‘Best of All, It’s in Hong Kong’ to highlight the rich diversity and quality of experience the city has to offer to visitors around the world. Four videos starring local personalities and the city’s stunning skyline and scenery will showcase the very best of Hong Kong, focusing on gourmet dining, fashion & entertainment, family adventures by land, sea and sky, and the Great Outdoors – all introduced by locals who know Hong Kong best. (Please refer to ANNEX for more details.) Mr. Anthony Lau, Executive Director, Hong Kong Tourism Board, shared, “We want Malaysian travelers to see, feel and have a taste of the best […]

#SayangMalaysia Campaign 2017 Tourism Promotion Photography and Short Video Competition on Social Media

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#SayangMalaysia Campaign 2017 Tourism Promotion Photography and Short Video Competition on Social Media

PUTRAJAYA, 16 December 2016 – The Ministry of Tourism and Culture Malaysia will be organising a photography and short video competition on social media with the sub-theme #MyCuisine from 1 January 2017 to 28 February 2017. To enter, participants need to submit a creative photo or short video related to the uniqueness and diversity of the food and beverage of Malaysia’s multicultural society via Instagram or Facebook. For the short video competition, participants need to upload a 30- to 60-second short video on Instagram and facebook with the hashtags #SayangMalaysia and #MyCuisine. The competition offers various attractive prizes for the top three winners and five consolation prizes, which include domestic flight tickets, accommodation at popular domestic destinations, theme park tickets, shopping vouchers, […]

Euromonitor Research Confirms Sri Lanka As Star Attraction for Tourism Investment

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Euromonitor Research Confirms Sri Lanka As Star Attraction for Tourism Investment

An exhaustive and independent report into Sri Lanka’s tourism prospects by one of the world’s leading providers of global business intelligence, has confirmed that the Indian Ocean island currently offers some of the region’s best opportunities for investment. The report by Euromonitor International is not uncritical: infrastructure still needs to be improved; airport capacity is lagging behind demand and telecom connectivity is still a problem. But the report goes on to say that these issues are being addressed by a Sri Lankan government that has realised the golden opportunity that tourism offers the island as it emerges from years of conflict. The findings will provide useful background for discussion at the inaugural Asia Hotel and Tourism Investment Conference (AHTIC) in Colombo in […]

Tourism Confirmed As New Zealand’s Top Export

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Tourism Confirmed As New Zealand’s Top Export

MALAYSIA, 22 November 2016 – New Zealand’s tourism industry has become the country’s top export earner, contributing $14.5 billion into the economy and directly employing over 188,000 people for the year ending March 2016. Steven Dixon, Regional Manager, South and South East Asia at Tourism New Zealand, says, “Tourism benefits all New Zealanders and the level of growth we are achieving is presenting huge opportunities that are ripe for the picking. “The impact of tourism spend is far ranging, benefiting retail owners, supermarkets, petrol stations, restaurants and cafes in addition to accommodation and travel spend. One in 13 New Zealanders are now directly employed in the tourism industry and this will increase as visitor numbers continue to grow.” Recent statistics show that more […]

10 Places To Visit, Stay and Eat in Perth, Australia

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10 Places To Visit, Stay and Eat in Perth, Australia

Perth is pretty laid back but what really impressed us was its breezy weather, stunning beaches and easy-going character. Travellers can expect variety of cafés and restaurants, cultural events and festivals that surely make you leave Western Australia with heart-warming experiences. Check out the following places to go, stay and eat in Perth that we discovered after joining a familliarisation trip organised by Malaysian Association of Tour and Travel Agent (MATTA) in collaboration with Malindo Air and Valentino Holidays.   Getting there: Malindo Air flies 12 times weekly from Kuala Lumpur to Perth and vice versa. Check out www.malindoair.com.my for more info. Travel essential: Gaya Travel was able to keep in touch with everyone while abroad with Samurai WiFi high-speed Internet coverage […]

Year End Extravaganza Offers To Macao

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Year End Extravaganza Offers To Macao

Kuala Lumpur, 8 November 2016 – Between 11th and 13th November, city dwellers will be able to ‘Experience Macao’ right here in the city and grab special deals at the ‘Experience Macao & Year End Macao Mega Sale’ happening at the Concourse Square, Level CC of Paradigm Mall. The event is part of Macao Government Tourism Office (MGTO) effort to promote the various events happening in Macao in December such as the 2016 Macao Galaxy Entertainment International Marathon, 2016 Parade through Macao, Latin City, Macao Light Festival, and the 1st International Film Festival & Awards Macao. Attractive Macao packages will be available at the event from the participating travel agents, Prestige Vacation and YL Travel & Tour. Besides free travel accessory from […]

Discover Shah Rukh Khan’s Dubai

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Discover Shah Rukh Khan’s Dubai

Malaysia, November 7, 2016 Dubai’s Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing (Dubai Tourism) today announced an exciting new collaboration with Bollywood superstar Shah Rukh Khan. The project, comprising a series of short films, will see the actor unravel the secrets of Dubai, offering his fans a chance to see the exquisite city through the megastar’s eyes. Already well acquainted with Dubai, Shah Rukh Khan is the perfect advocate for the city, which he often refers to as his second home. By showcasing Dubai through his eyes, the project aims to appeal to ‘King Khan’ fans across the globe, giving them the opportunity to explore the city and its many offerings. “Dubai is a second home to me… Whether I am here on vacation […]

Visit ASEAN@50 Campaign Announces Its 50 Travel Experiences for 2017

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Visit ASEAN@50 Campaign Announces Its 50 Travel Experiences for 2017

The VISIT ASEAN@50 Golden Celebration 2017 campaign has revealed 50 cross-border travel experiences in Southeast Asia that will showcase the region’s rich diversity and promote multi-destination travel within ASEAN. This will contribute to raising international tourism arrivals to the region from 109 million in 2015 to 121 million by 2017. The campaign, which celebrates the 50th anniversary of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), is being supported by private sector giants such as Mastercard and AirAsia. Fifty special travel experiences, ranging from two to 26 nights, have been created by leading tour operators and cruise lines in Southeast Asia to entice travellers to visit Southeast Asia for the first time, as well as encourage repeat visitors. Sample trips include a 8D/7N […]

Savouring The Charms Of Melaka

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Savouring The Charms Of Melaka

According to UNESCO, Melaka is “a testimony to a living multi-cultural heritage and tradition of Asia, where the many religions and cultures met and coexisted.” Its history, strong heritage and old world charm attract both local and international travellers.

6 Incredible Things To Discover In Vietnam

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6 Incredible Things To Discover In Vietnam

Vietnam is generally divided into three regions. Northern Vietnam is the oldest of these three since the collective Vietnamese culture originated over 2,000 years ago in the Red River Delta.

6 Top Places To Visit On Ambon Island, Indonesia

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6 Top Places To Visit On Ambon Island, Indonesia

Ambon – an island that is part of the Maluku archipelago east of Sulawesi and north of Timor in Indonesia – was never on my travel list until I was recently invited to it.

Northern Thailand Charms

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Northern Thailand Charms

Once ruled by the Lanna kingdom from the 13th until 18th century, Northern Thailand has long been regarded as Thailand’s most interesting region. It continues to be rooted in Thai tradition yet economically up-to-date. Its provinces include Chiang Mai, Lampang, Lamphun, Uttaradit, Phrae, Nan, Phayao, Chiang Rai and Mae Hong Son; Gaya Travel team managed to visit the first three during the recent Thai Travel Mart Plus 2016 on early June 2016.   Northern Thailand is signified by Buddhist temples, hill tribes, verdant forests and emerging creative art scene that draw both local and international travellers to come and visit. The locals’ laid-back attitude constantly puts travellers at ease, beckoning them to slow down and stay longer than intended. The region’s peak […]

Malaysia Receives Pata Gold Award For “Landmarks Of Malaysia” Travel Posters

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Malaysia Receives Pata Gold Award For “Landmarks Of Malaysia” Travel Posters

JAKARTA, 9 SEPT 2016 – Tourism Malaysia received a PATA Gold Award for its Landmarks of Malaysia 2015 posters in the category of Marketing Media Awards – Travel Posters during the presentation ceremony earlier today. Minister of Tourism and Culture Dato’ Seri Mohamed Nazri Tan Sri Abdul Aziz received the award, saying, “We are honoured to be recognised by PATA for our international marketing and promotional efforts during the Malaysia Year of Festivals 2015 campaign. The posters were produced with great care to showcase Malaysia’s unique architecture, design heritage and attractions.” The award-winning entry, developed for the Malaysia Year of Festivals 2015, is a series of 16 posters featuring interesting landmarks in the 13 states and three federal territories, rendered in delicate […]

Citrawarna@Kuala Lumpur2016 – Show unique concept, the theme of Myths and Folklore

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Citrawarna@Kuala Lumpur2016 – Show unique concept, the theme of Myths and Folklore

KUALA LUMPUR, 6 September 2016 – The Ministry of Tourism and Culture will organize the Citrawarna@Kuala Lumpur 2016 on 25 September 2016 at Dataran Merdeka, Kuala Lumpur. This was announced by the Deputy Secretary General of Tourism and Culture Malaysia, Ybhg. Datuk Rashidi Hasbullah in a press conference held at the Malaysia Tourism Centre, Jalan Ampang, Kuala Lumpur, today. With the theme “Myths and Folklore”, Citrawarna@Kuala Lumpur 2016 will show unique street performances based on myths and tales of the popular legends in every state in Malaysia. According to Ybhg. Datuk Rashidi Hasbullah, myth, legend and folklore are a form of marketing tool for a destination as the stories provide a unique and special character to a destination, thus, attracting tourists to visit. “In term […]

Japan National Tourism Organization at the MATTA Travel Fair KL 2016

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Japan National Tourism Organization at the MATTA Travel Fair KL 2016

The Japan National Tourism Organization is participating in the KL MATTA TRAVEL FAIR 2016 at the PWTC from 2 to 4 SPETEMBER 2016. Endless discovery and great holiday deals awaits you at the grand travel extravaganza! Japan’s unique climate and beautiful natural surroundings for each of the four seasons, fascinating cultures in each region – Japan combines the attributes of both a traditional and modern culture of an advance nation. It is a beautiful country throughout each of it’s four seasons. The sheer variety of plants that changes color during the autumn are immense all over Japan. Castles decorated with trees bearing colorful red and yellow leaves falls to welcome the fairy tale winter, with snow-covered slopes. In contrast with cherry blossoms, […]

Top 10 Ways To Spend Your Honeymoon In Dubai

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Top 10 Ways To Spend Your Honeymoon In Dubai

With wedding season in full swing, many soon-to-be newlyweds are looking to find the perfect honeymoon destination that offers unforgettable experiences. As one of the world’s most exhilarating and remarkable destinations, Dubai offers a host of options for honeymooners looking to unwind, indulge and enjoy newly-wedded bliss. 1. Platinum Heritage Offering an intimate and authentic Arabian experience, Platinum Heritage’s desert tours bring history to life. The operator’s Bedouin base camp is nestled in a private royal desert retreat in the Dubai Desert Conversation Reserve. Drive through the golden dunes in a vintage Land Rover to discover the native wildlife and hidden stories of the Dubai desert. See the sands sparkle under the sun during a morning excursion, or spend the night dining […]

10 Fun Activities In Dubai To Beat The Heat

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10 Fun Activities In Dubai To Beat The Heat

With one of the biggest indoor theme parks in the world in Dubai, who cares what the weather is like outside? Here’s a sneak peek at the brand new IMG Worlds of Adventure and, when you’ve finished there, brave the city’s other awesome indoor adventures. IMG Worlds of Adventure Opening its doors on 15 August, this behemoth is set to take the crown as the world’s largest indoor theme park, open year-round to keep thrill-seekers entertained. IMG Worlds of Adventure contains four zones: MARVEL, Cartoon Network, Lost Valley – Dinosaur Adventure and IMG Boulevard, as well as offering state-of-the-art cinemas, complete with an IMAX screen, and plenty of dining options to keep your energy up. The MARVEL zone is a must for superhero fans, […]

Stb: Business Travellers And Family Travellers Bright Spots For Singapore

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Stb: Business Travellers And Family Travellers Bright Spots For Singapore

KUALA LUMPUR, AUGUST 2016 – Singapore Tourism Board (STB) today introduces new initiatives aimed at addressing increased competition in a complex tourism landscape in Malaysia. By sharpening its outreach to Business Travellers and Families with young children – key travel segments for Singapore – the vision is to grow Singapore into a choice destination for Malaysian families and providing more value to business travellers. “In today’s fast-changing tourism and consumer landscape, we cannot stay still. Consumers are increasingly distracted and demanding, and there is more competition from the region vying for their attention,” says Edward Koh, Executive Director of Southeast Asia, Singapore Tourism Board. “Our focus for Malaysia for the next two years is to strengthen our activities in what we see […]

Macao’s Special Offers Kicks Off Nationwide

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Macao’s Special Offers Kicks Off Nationwide

Kuala Lumpur, 3 August 2016 – Macao Government Tourism Office (MGTO) launched a series of out-of-home campaign, travel fairs and road shows nationwide to promote the major events happening in Macao between September and December 2016. The events are the 28th Macao International Fireworks Display Contest, Suncity Group 63rd Macau Grand Prix, Macao Galaxy Entertainment International Marathon, Parade through Macao, Latin City, and Macao Light Festival. This campaign will see the Destination Macao’s promotion happening at MITM Travel Fair from 5th to 7th August at Mid Valley Exhibition Centre, MATTA Fair KL from 2nd to 4th September at Putra World Trade Centre (PWTC), MATTA Fair Penang from 23rd to 25th September at Straits Quay Convention Centre and Macao Mega Sale & Experience […]

Accelerating Muslim Tourism Market with FUN TAIPEI Tours

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Accelerating Muslim Tourism Market with FUN TAIPEI Tours

  As part of its active campaign to market Taipei travel, Department of Information Tourism (DOIT) has this year again teamed up with airlines, hotels, and travel agencies, launching the “FUN TAIPEI” tourism project. Three themed touring routes and “Friendly City Tour” have been designed, catering to the special interests of Malaysian and Muslim travelers, including one that sates Malaysian friends’ love og shopping, called “A Feast of Shopping Fun”, one for enjoyment of nature, called the “Slow Touring”, and the “Old City Pleasures,” which introduced the rich old-times flavours of Taipei’s historic neighborhood, presenting a taste of bygone-day stories in the city’s oldest quarters. Also, these ensures relaxed, easy exploration of Taipei City for Malaysian and Muslim visitors. As for tourism […]

8 Things to Do & See in Lombok

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8 Things to Do & See in Lombok

Planning to go to the island of Lombok? We list down 8 things that you must do and see in Lombok to help you with your itinerary.