Singapore gains liveable points

August 18, 2017 by  
Filed under Malaysia, News, Singapore, Thailand

SINGAPORE, 18 August 2017: For the first time Singapore overhauled Hong Kong in the Economist Intelligence Unit 2017 Global Liveability Ranking released Wednesday.

Singapore jumped 11 places to 35th in the annual survey that assigns scores for 140 cities based on 30 criteria covering stability, healthcare, culture and environment, education and infrastructure.

Hong Kong slipped two places to 45th. Read more

Sofitel back in KL

August 18, 2017 by  
Filed under Hospitality, Malaysia, News

KUALA LUMPUR, 18 August 2017: The doors of Sofitel Kuala Lumpur Damansara, opened for business recently, the brand’s first hotel in Malaysia.

Located in the heart of affluent Damansara Heights, the 312-room Sofitel Kuala Lumpur Damansara is part of an 8.5-acre integrated development by GuocoLand, comprising two luxury condominium blocks, two corporate office towers, the hotel and a lifestyle mall.

Designed by Wilson Associates, the hotel’s interior blends local heritage with a sophisticated feature wall depicting the country’s Wau Bulan otherwise known as the moon kite with French art vivre through an Eiffel Tower artwork. Read more

A new aviation tax in pipeline

August 17, 2017 by  
Filed under Aviation, Malaysia, News

KUALA LUMPUR, 17 August 2017: Following on from a MYR10 tourist tax that comes into effect 1 September, Malaysia is processing a new tax on departing airline travellers.

There are plans to introduce a MYR1 (US$0.23) levy for all passengers departing from Malaysian airports as early as 2018.

ChannelNews Asia said Malaysia aviation regulator  announced details of the new 15 August. Read more

Airbnb offers for Sea Games

August 16, 2017 by  
Filed under Malaysia, News

KUALA LUMPUR 16 August 2017: After a 16-year break, Malaysia is once again set to host the Southeast Asian Games.

Held from 19 to 30 August in Kuala Lumpur, the region’s biggest multi-sporting event will feature sporting talent from 11 Southeast Asian countries.

This year’s event, held at Bukit Jalil National Stadium, should boost guest arrivals in the area adjacent to the stadium by an estimated 2,000 guest arrivals during the SEA Games. Read more

AirAsia flies to Sihanoukville

August 11, 2017 by  
Filed under Aviation, Cambodia, Malaysia, News

SEPANG, 11 AUGUST 2017: AirAsia introduced its newest route, Thursday, linking Kuala Lumpur and Sihanoukville, in Cambodia.

Effective 10 August, the airline flies four weekly services direct from Kuala Lumpur to Cambodia’s southern coastal port and beach resort.

The town’s airport is located 7 km to the north of the port and has up until now been served by domestic airlines and a flight from Vietnam. Read more

Malaysia taxes travel by the night

August 11, 2017 by  
Filed under Malaysia, News

KUALA LUMPUR, 11 August 2017: It’s official Malaysia’s new tourism tax will be effective 1 September at a flat rate of MYR10 (USD2.33) a night.

Malaysians and permanent residents are exempt. Foreign tourists will be charged a flat rate of RM10 per room regardless of the accommodation category.

However the Ministry of Tourism clarified that homestays and ‘kampung’ stays registered with the Ministry will not collect the tax, according to The Star Online. Read more

MH makes it 10 on Seoul route

August 10, 2017 by  
Filed under Aviation, Malaysia, News

KUALA LUMPUR, 10 August 2017: Malaysia Airlines will increase services from Kuala Lumpur to Seoul, South Korean to 10 flights a week, effective this November.

The service is likely to attract bookings from tour groups as two-way tourism blossoms between the two countries.

The airline opened bookings for three additional weekly services routed Kuala Lumpur – Seoul Incheon starting 25 November. Read more

AirAsia honoured for marketing campaign

August 10, 2017 by  
Filed under ASEAN, Lens Lines, Malaysia, News

AirAsia Group CEO for Indonesia Dendy Kurniawan accepts the award on behalf of AirAsia Group from Indonesian Tourism Minister Arief Yahya.

SEPANG, 10 August 2017: AirAsia snapped up the best Asean marketing campaign at the Asean Tourism Association (ASEANTA) Awards for Excellence, Tuesday.

AirAsia’s “Think ASEAN, Think AirAsia” campaign was named Best ASEAN Marketing and Promotional Campaign at the 30th ASEANTA Awards for Excellence hosted at the Borobudur Hotel in Jakarta last night.

The awards coincided with same-day celebrations to mark the founding of ASEAN, 50 years. Read more

AirAsia flies more passengers

August 4, 2017 by  
Filed under Aviation, Malaysia, News

KUALA LUMPUR, 4 August 2017: Passengers travelling with AirAsia Group during Q1, 2017, increased 14% reaching 15.81 million, year-on-year.

Capacity increased 11% during the same period, while it reported a solid load factor of 88%.

AirAsia Group reported a fleet of 178 aircraft (180 including two aircraft delivered to AirAsia Japan that have yet to commence operations). Read more

Tech advances will uncover MH370

August 2, 2017 by  
Filed under Aviation, Malaysia, News

SYDNEY, 2 August 2017: The resting place of missing flight MH370 will eventually be found but it will require advances in science and technology, including artificial intelligence, Malaysia Airlines’ chief said Tuesday.

No trace of the Boeing 777, which disappeared in March 2014 with 239 people on board, was found during a lengthy deepsea hunt in the southern Indian Ocean off western Australia, with the search called off in January.

“There will be advances in science that will help locate the wreckage eventually,” the Malaysian carrier’s chief executive Peter Bellew told The Australian newspaper, adding the discovery “might unlock closure for some people”. Read more

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