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

YTL hotels backs sporting event

February 15, 2017 by  
Filed under Malaysia, News

KUALA LUMPUR, 15 February 2017: The Chapman’s Challenge 2017 – a biathlon run sponsored by Pangkor Laut Resort, returns for its second year, with its race day on 13 May.

The sporting event marks the 72th anniversary of Colonel Spencer Chapman’s escape from the island that was under the control of the Japanese military during World War II.

The Chapman’s Challenge, crafted to commemorate the British commando’s adventure on the island, is an annual race comprising of a 6.2 km run around the private island’s roadways and through a rainforest and concludes with a 1 km swim in Emerald Bay before concluding at the resort’s Chapman’s Bar. Read more

AirAsia rolls out ASEAN fashion runway

February 10, 2017 by  
Filed under ASEAN AFFAIRS, Aviation, Malaysia, News

SEPANG, 10 February 2017: Aspiring fashion designers resident in ASEAN nations are in the frame to win recognition and big cash prizes following the launch of AirAsia’s Runway Ready Designer Search 2017.

Now in its third year, the competition will extend from Malaysia to include all 10 ASEAN countries.

The competition will see audition tours to the capital cities of all member countries, April to June, in search of the top two aspiring fashion designers to represent their country at a grand finale, which will take place in Kuala Lumpur, this August. Read more

Sabah builds airline links

February 7, 2017 by  
Filed under Aviation, Malaysia, News

KOTA KINABALU, 7 February 2017: Sabah’s tourism prospects are looking up as more airlines establish flights to the East Malaysian state.

Sabah Tourism Board general manager, Gordon Yapp, said Xiamen Airlines’ inaugural nonstop flight from Fuzhou to Kota Kinabalu, last week, signals the city’s status as the gateway city to East Malaysia.

In addition, Malindo Air is planning four weekly direct flights to Taipei. Sabah enjoyed a double-digit growth in tourist arrivals from Taiwan last year. Read more

Search for Chinese tourists expands

January 31, 2017 by  
Filed under Malaysia, News

KUALA LUMPUR, 31 January 2017: Rescuers Monday expanded their search for four Chinese tourists and a crewman whose boat sank in rough seas off Malaysia, as police detained the skipper, another crewman and the boat owner for suspected negligence.

The owner had breached procedures, including overloading the boat, Sabah state Police Commissioner Ramli Din was quoted as saying by national news agency Bernama.

“Police will also investigate whether negligence led to the deaths of the tourists,” Ramli said. Read more

Chinese lost in Malaysia shipwreck

January 30, 2017 by  
Filed under Malaysia, News

KUALA LUMPUR, 30 January 2017: Three Chinese passengers died and five are missing after a tourist boat sank in rough seas off eastern Malaysia, officials confirmed late on Sunday, with 22 people rescued following the shipwreck.

Twenty Chinese tourists and two of the vessel’s three crew members were rescued and sent to a hospital in Kota Kinabalu after the boat sank off Malaysia’s Sabah state on Borneo island, according to Malaysian officials.

The third crew member has not yet been found, bringing the total number of missing to six. Read more

AirAsia denies role in Rolls-Royce corruption

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

KUALA LUMPUR, 24 January 2017: Malaysia-based AirAsia on Monday denied any connection to the corruption scandal engulfing Rolls-Royce, which reportedly paid millions of dollars in bribes to win contracts.

After its largest ever graft probe, Britain’s Serious Fraud Office (SFO) found Rolls-Royce paid massive bribes over three decades to win contracts in Indonesia, Thailand, India, Russia, Nigeria, China and Malaysia.

The SFO alleges that Rolls-Royce bribed an AirAsia Group executive with credits worth USD3.2 million to be used to pay for the maintenance of a private jet. Read more

BookDoc taps TripAdvisor content

January 18, 2017 by  
Filed under Malaysia, News

KUALA LUMPUR, 18 January 2017: BookDoc announced, Wednesday, its latest content partnership with the world’s largest travel site, TripAdvisor.

BookDoc users are now able to search for top-rated restaurants and attractions around the vicinity of their healthcare appointments in Malaysia, Singapore , Hong Kong and Thailand when using either the BookDoc mobile app or website.

TripAdvisor achieves 390 million average monthly unique visitors and 435 million reviews and opinions covering 6.8 million accommodations, restaurants and attractions. Read more

Sunway appoints GMs

December 22, 2016 by  
Filed under Malaysia, News, Trade Talk

KUALA LUMPUR, 22 December 2016: Sunway Hotels & Resorts, has announced new management appointments for its Phnom Penh and Penang properties.

The group named Robert Menzies as general manager of Sunway Hotel Phnom Penh in Cambodia.

Prakash Kumaran was appointed general manager of Sunway Hotel Georgetown and Sunway Hotel Seberang Jaya in Penang, Malaysia. Read more

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