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Sabah Rural Development Ministry Plans Rural Tourism Initiatives Through Mini Estet Sejahtera

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KOTA KINABALU- The state Rural Development Ministry plans to further develop rural tourism through the Mini Estet Sejahtera (Mesej) project, starting with Kadamaian, located in the Kota Belud district. Minister Ewon Benedick who is Kadamaian assemblyman, said Kampung Sayap would be pioneering the pilot programme, starting with SK Sayap through its edu-tourism programme in welcoming…

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Pahang An Ideal Ecotourism Destination

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KUALA LUMPUR – Ecotourism products are one of the main things that foreign tourists love about Malaysia, and Pahang’s Ministry of Tourism and Culture (MOTAC) knows this. Its director Datuk Idros Yahya is hoping to capitalise on the state’s ecotourism attractions in the bid to turn the state into a year-long tourism destination. “Ecotourism is…

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Sabah Tourism Stakeholders Must Enhance Competitiveness

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KOTA KINABALU – Tourism industry players in Sabah should take the opportunity to enhance their competitiveness and service quality to meet the challenges ahead, said state Tourism, Culture and Environment Minister Datuk Masidi Manjun. He said the government had provided various assistance and facilities to assist them improve the quality of their services. “Among them,…

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State To Receive RM5 For Rvery RM10 Of Tourism Tax Collected

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KUALA LUMPUR – The government will increase the amount of tourism tax returned to state governments from RM1 to RM5 for every RM10 of tax collected, the Dewan Rakyat was told today. Tourism and Culture Minister Datuk Seri Mohamed Nazri Abdul Aziz said the repayment of the tax would be made fairly based the percentage…

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Malaysia, Senegal Sign MoU To Boost Tourism

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KUALA LUMPUR – Malaysia and the Republic of Senegal today signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to encourage and promote cooperation in the tourism sector. The MoU was signed by Tourism and Culture Minister, Datuk Seri Mohamed Nazri Abdul Aziz and Tourism Minister of Senegal, Mame Mbaye Niang at the Malaysia Tourism Centre (MaTiC), here.…

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‘Ipoh City’ A New Tourism Product

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IPOH – The Perak government is in the midst of branding ‘Ipoh City’ as a new tourism product in continuing the Visit Perak Year 2017 campaign. State Tourism, Arts, Culture, Communications and Multimedia Committee chairman Datuk Nolee Ashilin Mohamed Radzi said among the seven locations placed under the branding exercise were Dataran Dato’ Sagor, Gunung…

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Tourism Contributed RM73bil To Country Income In 2016

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PETALING JAYA: The tourism sector contributed RM73.3bil to Malaysia’s gross national income (GNI) last year, said Datuk Seri Nazri Aziz. “The Government’s decision to enable e-visa applications from China, including a visa free option, saw immediate results with a 26.7% increase in Chinese visitors last year. This facility was subsequently extended to other countries like…

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Voluntourism As New Tourism Product For Sabah

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  SEMPORNA – Voluntourism may be the next new tourism product for Sabah. “Tourists not only come here to see Sabah’s natural beauty but also to serve as volunteers in conservation of the habitat or coral reefs,” said Malaysian Tourism and Culture Ministry, Sabah director Awang Ahmad Zaki Abu Bakar at the ‘1Voluntourism End In Sipadan Bum-Bum Artificial Reefs’ media…

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Tourism Tax Will Not Affect Tourist Arrival In Melaka

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MELAKA – The introduction of tourism tax, scheduled to be implemented next month, will not adversely affect the arrival of domestic and international tourists in Melaka, said Chief Minister Datuk Seri Idris Haron. He said the move in introducing the tax by the Tourism and Culture Ministry was an initiative to find new source of…

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Sarawak Withdraws Participation In Malaysia Tourism Board

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  KUCHING – The Sarawak state government has decided to withdraw the participation of its representative in the Malaysia Tourism Board with immediate effect. A brief statement issued by the Chief Minister said the state government deemed that the participation of its representative in Tourism Malaysia was not necessary as this was duplicating the role…

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Tourism Tax To Be Enforced From July – Nazri

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KUALA LUMPUR – The ‘Tourism Tax’ which is set to see rates of between RM2.50 to RM20 charged for a night’s stay will be enforced as scheduled on July 1, said Tourism and Culture Minister Datuk Seri Mohamed Nazri Abdul Aziz. He thus rejected a report from a news portal which claimed the implementation of…

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Medical Tourism To Generate RM1.3b Revenue In 2017

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KUALA LUMPUR: The medical tourism industry in Malaysia is expected to achieve its targeted revenue of RM1.3 billion this year, said Malaysia Healthcare Travel Council (MHTC). Chief Executive Officer, Sherene Azli, said the industry was experiencing a 30 per cent growth year-on-year. “Malaysia has the ecosystem and infrastructure to provide quality end-to-end healthcare system and…

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China To Provide US$16 Million Aid To Syria

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DAMASCUS – Syria and China signed two cooperation agreements worth US$16 million to provide humanitarian aid and reactivate other ties in economic sectors, official sources confirmed here. In 2004, the two countries penned agreements on agriculture, tourism, oil and gas, among other sectors, which will be reactivated now, according to local media. Representatives of Syria’s…

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Travellers Will Be Going On Microadventures In 2017

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The interest in experiential travel and healthier lifestyles is carving out a new niche which industry experts are calling microadventure. Also known as soft adventures, the trend is characterised by short getaways filled with low-risk activities that require little training or experience and minimal gear. Activities like hiking, cycling, swimming, kayaking, ziplining and waterfall climbing.…

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Thailand: TAT Confidemt Tourism In Rayong To Remain Active

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BANGKOK – The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) revealed that tourism in Rayong provinces this year is seeing better growth than the previous year, Thai News Agency (TNA) reports. It targets that by 2017, the local tourism would become more popular in line with the ‘Following in the Father of the Land Footsteps’ project, which…

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Halal Industry Development Will Complement Tourism Sector

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MELAKA – The rapid development of the halal industry in Malaysia will not only open up various opportunities but also spur the nation’s tourism industry, says Deputy Tourism and Culture Minister Datuk Mas Ermieyati Samsudin. She said many initiatives have been taken to ensure the tourism industry took advantage of the developments occurring in the halal…

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Land Of Pharaohs Experiences Slowdown In Tourism

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By: Nur Ashikin Abdul Aziz CAIRO – “This place used to be packed, with a busy market area in the courtyard. “But now as you can see, you have Edfu Temple all to yourself as if it is a private tour,” Mahmoud Ramadan explained as we explored the temple built during the Graeco-Roman period between…

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4 Ways To Find More Funds For Your Next Travel Destination

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Finding more time and money for travel is a common New Year’s goal. Aside from flexible employment schedules, extended travel possibilities are largely a function of location independence or financial means. While the first two can take some time to make happen, carving out extra travel cash can begin pretty much immediately. Here are some…

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Direct Flights To Bring In More Chinese Tourists To Malacca

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putrajaya: Malacca can look forward to more tourists from China from next month, says Transport Minister Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai. Liow said the Melaka Interna­tional Airport in Batu Berendam would receive the first direct flight from Guangzhou on Sept 29. Malacca, he told reporters here yesterday, was also poised for more economic cooperation with…

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7 Benefits of Airplane Travel You Won’t Find In Another Transportation Mode

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Nowadays, the airplane is no more exclusive. This transportation mode has become more popular with the more people choose the plane, not only for business but also for leisure travel. The users of this mass transportation no longer restricted for high-class society. The rise of low-cost carrier airlines summonses all classes of people to use…

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Thailand Wants To Shed Sex Destination Image

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BANGKOK: Thailand’s infamous sex industry is under fire, with the tourism minister pushing to rid the country of its ubiquitous brothels and a spate of police raids in recent weeks on some of the largest establishments providing sex services in Bangkok. Those who work in the industry say curbs on commercial sex services would hurt…

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Blossom Arts Festival 2016 Begins Tomorrow

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KUALA LUMPUR: The Blossom Arts Festival 2016, featuring hundreds of artwork, performances, traditional and cultural activities, will begin tomorrow. Organised by the Malaysian Chinese Culture and Arts Consul­tative Council (MCCACC), more than 100 organisations will showcase their talents at the month-long event held at Wisma MCA. Arts and cultural groups from Taiwan, China, Singapore, Japan…

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Tangkak Declared As Tourism District

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TANGKAK – Tangkak has been declared a tourism district in line with the Johor State Planning Master Plan 2016-2020 to turn the tourism sector as the main contributor to the district’s economic growth. Deputy Minister of Natural Resources and Environment Datuk Ir Hamim Samuri said Tangkak was lucky to have been blessed with wonders of…

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Sarawak Eyes 5 Million Tourist Arrivals This Year, Via Singapore, Hong Kong

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KUCHING: With a view to luring five million tourists to Sarawak this year, the state government will liaise with Singapore and Hong Kong to record the statistics from the two iconic Asian tourist hubs. State tourism minister Datuk Amar Abang Johari Tun Openg noted that last year, 60 per cent of the 25.7 million tourists…

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Romania Invites Malaysians To Explore Country

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KUALA LUMPUR: More international tourists are expected to visit Romania, including those from Malaysia, which will help boost the country’s tourism industry. Romania may not be as well-known as other European countries, but for the record, it is culturally rich and holds historical significance in the likes of a gymnast named Nadia Elena Comaneci who…

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Muslim-friendly Tourism Sends Clearer Message That It’s Not Exclusively For Muslims

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GEORGE TOWN: Muslim-friendly tourism is a more accurate term to send a clear message to the industry players that Islamic tourism is not exclusively for Muslims. Islamic Tourism Centre’s (ITC) director-general, Zulkifly Md Said said Muslim-friendly tourism took into account the views of their non-Muslim counterparts and how everyone could benefit from adopting the standard.…

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A Trip Back In Time At Panjiayuan Antique Market

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By Samantha Tan Chiew Ting Bernama’s correspondent in Beijing Samantha Tan Chiew Ting shares her take on China. This week she takes readers to the Panjiayuan antique market that evokes a feel of ancient China. BEIJING (Bernama) — “It is like going back in time”, perhaps this is the best expression to describe Panjiayuan Market.…

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Bukit Larut Popular In Current Hot Weather

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TAIPING: Known as the wettest area in Malaysia, Bukit Larut here is a popular choice during the school holidays especially in the hot and dry weather due to El Nino. Although the temperature nationwide has risen to 35 degrees celsius, on Bukit Larut the maximum temperature recorded so far was 27 degrees celsius. A visitor…

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The Thrill Of Flight Via Hot Air Balloon

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PUTRAJAYA (Bernama): The time was 6.15am. A group of people was seen unloading three hot air balloons and other equipments out of a trailer, in preparation for flight. The bulky items seemed weighty to handle, but the group, which included three pilots, were very experienced. It took them less than 45 minutes to set up…

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Food Diplomacy Enhances Culture, Food In Foreign Land – Envoy

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KUALA LUMPUR: Promoting Malaysian food in a foreign country is not all about satisfying one’s appetite, it is also about enhancing the Malaysian culture and food in a foreign land. Malaysian Ambassador to Chile Datuk Dr Mohamad Rameez Yahaya believed in this. “I believe in food diplomacy as a means to enhance one’s own culture…

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