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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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