MALAYSIA on The Move!

The Centre’s roundup of some key industry news from Malaysia over the past quarter:
Malaysia was recognised as one of the top 10 best international destinations for business tourism at the ninth China MICE Industry Golden Chair Awards Ceremony in Beijing. According to Malaysia Convention & Exhibition Bureau (MyCEB) Chief Executive Officer, Datuk Zulkefli Sharif, the award is a testament to the nation’s capabilities and expertise in hosting business events on a global scale. In 2015, MyCEB supported 78 conventions, 112 corporate meetings/incentives and 24 trade exhibitions in Malaysia.
Kuala Lumpur retained its third spot in Cvent Inc’s list of top meeting destinations in Asia-Pacific this year. In addition, Malaysia ranked seventh among Asia-Pacific and Middle East countries in the International Congress and Convention Association’s (ICCA) recently published annual city and country rankings for 2015.
Kuala Lumpur ranked sixth among the top 10 happiest cities in the world by nationalgeographic.com/travel. Koh Samui (Thailand) took top spot, followed by San Sebastian (Spain), Auckland (New Zealand), Madison (United States) and Monterrey (Mexico). According to national geographic.com, Kuala Lumpur's development has transformed the former colonial capital into a thriving, multicultural, cosmopolitan centre with top-notch restaurants and services, dominated by the landmark Petronas Twin Towers.
The Tourism and Culture Ministry sponsored a 6-week lab to update plans to develop Malaysia’s tourism offering which were initially made in 2010 under the government’s Economic Transformation Programme (ETP). Overall, the lab proposed 65 tourism initiatives, of which 25 are new. Lab members explored 40 opportunities to improve current initiatives, expanding coverage and developing new offerings, facilities and incentives.
The Malaysian Association of Tour and Travel Agents (MATTA) launched its own digital online platform (www.matta.travel), a one-stop, online shopping centre for travellers to purchase Malaysia and international travel packages safely and securely. The strength of this platform is that it facilitates collaboration between the ministry, state tourism bodies, travel industry players and associations for the benefit of travel consumers locally and globally. www.matta.travel only allows travel agencies registered with the ministry and MATTA to operate on the platform, thereby safeguarding the interests of travel consumers.
The launch of an e-visa system (http://www.windowmalaysia.my) for Indian tourists travelling to Malaysia. Only available for tourism purposes, it takes between 24 hours and 48 hours (weekdays) to process the e-visa and the e-visa holder is entitled to stay for a maximum of 30 days. The e-visa will be valid for a single journey and for use within three months from the date of issue. Visit http://www.imi.gov.my for more information.
AirAsia X announcing additional flight frequencies to its existing routes to Melbourne, Sydney, Perth, Osaka, Sapporo, Beijing, Shanghai and Taipei. This means, in the coming months, AirAsia X will be flying to Melbourne to 14 times weekly, Sydney 11 times, Perth 14 times, Osaka nine times, Sapporo five times, Beijing 11 times, Shanghai 11 times and Taipei 14 times. For more information, visit www.airasia.com.
The Ampang and Kelana Jaya light rail transit (LRT) lines extension were launched. According to Kuala Lumpur Tourism Bureau General Manager, Noraza Yusof, the government's initiative to improve public transportation was seen as a step forward in providing wider access to tourists to explore the beauty and uniqueness of Kuala Lumpur. She said that apart from benefiting local commuters, the new lines also offered a cheap, easy, quick and safe transportation option for tourists to move from one location to another. The RM8 billion extension runs 46.4 kilometres across the city and is one of the development initiatives of the government to strengthen and integrate the city's public transport services.
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