MALAYSIA on the Move!

The Centre’s roundup of some key industry news from Malaysia over the past quarter:
MALAYSIA on The Move!
  • Malaysia named Asia’s top destination over Macau, Singapore and Thailand at the World Travel Awards. Read more

  • The Malaysian Aviation Commissions (MAVCOM) announced the revision to the Passenger Service Charges (PSCs) for airports in Malaysia. The revised rates will come into effect on 1 January 2017. The new PSC tier for ASEAN is now RM35 per departing passenger. PSCs at Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA) and KLIA2 have been revised to RM11 and RM35 for domestic and ASEAN flights respectively; and PSCs for flights beyond ASEAN will be revised to RM73 and RM50 at KLIA and KLIA2 respectively. Read more

  • According to PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) “Cities of Opportunities” report - Kuala Lumpur is ranked 20th among the leading cities in the world, alongside cities such as London, New York, Hong Kong and Singapore. Read more

  • The Ministry of Tourism and Culture has introduced a 'kampung stay' programme as a new tourism product to attract tourists to the country. Its minister Datuk Seri Mohamed Nazri Aziz said vacant houses in villages can be used as accommodation for tourists visiting the country. Mohamed Nazri, said the ministry would also help the government in reducing poverty in rural areas as well as care for the environment. Read more

  • According to Lonely Planet’s annual Best in Travel list, Perak has been listed as among the Top 10 'must visit' regions in 2017. Perak ranked 9th after Choquequirao (Peru), Taranaki (New Zealand), The Azores (Portugal), North Wales (United Kingdom), South Australia, Ayse´n (Chile), The Tuamotus (French Polynesia) and Coastal Georgia, USA. Read more

MALAYSIA on The Move!
  • Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA) passengers can now enjoy KLIA Premier Access service. The service, starting from RM68, provides passengers some light refreshments and free Internet services at the KLIA Premier Access Lounge. Passengers can also be buggy-driven from the kerbside to the departure gate and fast tracked through check-in, immigration and customs. The service is available for passengers departing from or arriving at KLIA. Read more

  • According to the sixth annual MasterCard Global Destinations Cities Index 2016, Kuala Lumpur was ranked 7th out of 132 cities for international overnight visitor arrivals, with 12.02 million. Read more
MALAYSIA on The Move!
  • Foreign tourists leaving Sabah via the Kota Kinabalu International Airport (KKIA) can now claim a refund of the Goods & Services Tax (GST) on purchased items that are hand-carried. This is the second Tourist Refund Scheme (TRS) GST Refund Verification Counter opened in the country. When making a TRS claim at the GST Refund Verification Counter, they must bring the items that they have purchased, present their passports and boarding passes, purchase receipts as well as the GST refund form which needs to be filled in. Tourists must be 18 years old and above to make claims and the GST can only be claimed for purchases of RM300 and above. Read more

  • Malaysia Airlines launched a rapid expansion into China, which will see the carrier serving eight new destinations and 11 new routes with 35 additional frequencies between Malaysia and China beginning early 2017. Malaysia Airlines’ new routes will be KL-Haikou, KL-Nanjing, KL-Fuzhou, KL-Wuhan, KL-Chengdu, KL-Chongqing, Kota Kinabalu-Tianjin, Penang-Shenzhen and Penang-Shanghai. The airline will also add a second daily flight between Kuala Lumpur and Shanghai subject to slots in April 2017. Read more

  • AirAsia has been named the World’s Leading Low-Cost Airline for the fourth year in a row and World's Leading Inflight Service at the 23rd World Travel Awards (WTA) Grand Final. Asia's largest low-cost carrier beat contenders from five continents to secure the award. Read more

  • The government is targeting 30.5 million tourists in 2016 and as at end-June this year, a total of 13 million tourists had visited Malaysia. An important initiative to attract tourists this year is the online visa application system which was implemented on 1 March 2016. The e-visa is available for nationals of Bangladesh, China, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Myanmar, Nepal, Pakistan and Taiwan. As at end-August, a total of 113,930 e-Visa applications have been processed. Read more

  • The government will continue to focus on promoting and enhancing tourism facilities with an allocation of RM400 million under Budget 2017. According to Prime Minister, Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak, the allocation among others was for ‘clean air’ and ecotourism initiatives. He said the extension of the eVisa to South Asia region and Balkans countries will also be a plus. Read more

  • Mitsui Outlet Park could become Southeast Asia’s largest factory outlet park upon the completion of its Phase 3 in 2020, says MFMA Development Sdn Bhd Deputy Managing Director T J Cheah. Phase 2 was recently launched and has a gross development value of RM60 million and will take up 27,500 sqm next to Phase 1. The 2-storey building will add another 10,000 sqm to Phase 1’s 25,000 sqm and is expected to be completed by January 2018. Read more
MALAYSIA on The Move!

MALAYSIA on The Move!
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