AirAsia flies ASEAN sports

April 12, 2017 by  
Filed under Lens Lines, Malaysia

KUALA LUMPUR, 12 April 2017: AirAsia is the official airline partner for the 29th Southeast Asian Games and 9th ASEAN Para Games to be hosted in Kuala Lumpur.

As a Gold Sponsor, AirAsia will provide flights for Malaysia Organising Committee (MASOC) officials within the airline’s extensive Asean network for the purpose of organising the Games.

AirAsia Group CEOTony Fernandes said, “AirAsia is proud to fly the SEA Games and Asean Para Games. As a truly Asean airline, we wholeheartedly support the region’s biggest gathering of top athletes and para-athletes. Read more

Thai Smile to resume KUL service

April 11, 2017 by  
Filed under Aviation, Malaysia, News, Thailand

BANGKOK, 11 April 2017: No surprises, Thai Smile famed for its on-and-off flights has decided to resume its service to Kuala Lumpur.

It served the Bangkok-Kuala Lumpur route in the summer timetable, April to September 2015, before it quietly retreating from the highly competitive route without informing even its loyal passengers.

According to its latest timetable, Thai Smile now says it will resume a daily service, 25 May, using a 150-seat Airbus A320 aircraft. It will operate the popular route daily, using its parent airline Thai Airways’ TG code flight numbers (four digits). Thai Smile’s code is WE followed by  three digits. Read more

Malaysia dumps F1 early

April 7, 2017 by  
Filed under Malaysia, News

KUALA LUMPUR, 7 April 2017: Malaysia will scrap its Formula One race a year earlier than planned, Prime Minister Najib Razak said Friday, citing rising costs and falling ticket sales.

“The Cabinet has agreed to end the Formula One Grand Prix effective 2018 in view of the low returns compared to the cost of hosting the race,” he said in a statement.

Officials had said last year that Malaysia would discontinue its Formula One Grand Prix race from 2019, waving the checkered flag on one of Asia’s longest-running F1 races. Read more

Multi-visit visas for Indians

April 3, 2017 by  
Filed under Malaysia, News

KUALA LUMPUR,  3 April 2017: Indian tourists will soon be given multiple entry visas for 15 days to allow them to use Malaysia as gateway to explore neighbouring countries.

By offering Indian travellers a multiple entry visa, they will be able to fly to Malaysia explore South Thailand, Singapore and Indonesia and return to Malaysia to catch flights back home.

The strategy will make Malaysia a gateway to explore ASEAN first for Indian tourists, who still require a visa.  Based on its success, the multiple entry visa will be extended to other nationalities, the MalayMail Online report stated. Read more

Sarawak bags marketing award

March 29, 2017 by  
Filed under Malaysia, News

KUCHING, 29 March 2017: The Hospitality Sales & Marketing Association International (HSMAI) has honoured Sarawak Tourism with a Silver Adrian Award for travel marketing excellence in public relations.

The Adrian Awards claim to be the “largest and most prestigious global travel marketing competition”.

Sarawak Tourism, which promotes and markets Sarawak as a globally recognised destination for culture, adventure and nature visitation, won the 2016 Adrian Award for its public relations work for the Rainforest World Music Festival. Read more

Sunway names hotel GM

March 24, 2017 by  
Filed under Malaysia, News, Trade Talk

KUALA LUMPUR, 24 March 2017: Sunway Hotels & Resorts has announced the appointment of Michael Monks as general manager for Sunway Putra Hotel Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

Drawing on over 35 years of hospitality industry experience, Monks is responsible for the overall operations at Sunway’s 650-room hotel, located opposite Kuala Lumpur’s Putra World Trade Centre (PTWC).

A British national, he joins Sunway from Crowne Plaza Xi’an in China where he was  general manager. He has worked in China’s hotel sector for more than 15 years. Read more

STB office has colourful history

March 22, 2017 by  
Filed under Malaysia, News

KOTA KINABALU, 22 March 2017: Last week, Sabah Tourism Board’s office building passed its 99th anniversary and is now counting down to centennial celebrations set for 16 March 2018.

The gazetted building is probably the oldest tourism board building in ASEAN and in its own right an important heritage attraction that draws photographers and tourists on city tours.

It is viewed as an icon representing the state’s efforts to preserve and restore historical buildings to bring heritage to the forefront of tourism promotions. Read more

Malaysia enjoys medical tourism boom

March 1, 2017 by  
Filed under Malaysia, News

SINGAPORE, 1 March 2017: Malaysia’s medical tourism sector is booming, prompting fierce competition among its leading market players, according to the latest report by Transparency Market Research.

Describing Malaysia’s medical tourism market as mature, TMR says prominent enterprises are looking to offer dynamic changes in their services and products to keep reporting sustainable growth.

Despite the presence of a large number of companies, the medical tourism market in Malaysia still exhibits a high degree of consolidation, with the leading players holding the crux of the market, despite growing competition. Read more

AirAsia X reports profit

February 24, 2017 by  
Filed under Aviation, Malaysia, News

SEPANG, 24 February 2017: AirAsia X reported its financial results for the fourth quarter and full financial year that ended 31 December 2016 confirming its first full-year profit since its IPO.

The airline posted fourth quarter revenue of RM1.17 billion, up 39% from the same quarter last year. The strong revenue recorded was on the back of a 40% year-on-year growth in passengers carried to 1.38 million which was in line with the 44% available seat per km (“ASK”) capacity growth, allowing the company to record a load factor of 81%.

Average base fare was down by 4% to RM565 mainly attributed to increased frequencies to Australia and promotional fares offered on new routes. Read more

Sabah tourism breaks records

February 20, 2017 by  
Filed under Malaysia, News

KOTA KINABALU, 20 February 2017: Sabah’s report card for tourist arrivals in 2016 showed an overall 7.9% increase compared to 2015.

The East Malaysia state attracted 3.427 million visitors, surpassing the ‘best year in tourism’ achieved in 2013 (3.383 million).

This is an estimated RM7.25 billion generated in tourism receipts, or an extra 10% contribution to the state economy, according to Sabah Tourism. Read more

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