Tag Archives: kuala lumpur

Amidst MH370 crisis Malaysia allays fears for tourism

Tourism Malaysia roadshow in Delhi
Tourism Malaysia roadshow in Delhi

Despite worldwide concerns on whereabouts of a flight with 239 passengers on board, Tourism Malaysia went ahead with its road show to  attract more Indian tourists. Four city roadshow  started from Kochi on 12th March and ended at New Delhi on 20th March 2014. Although it was  a scaled down effort, owing to impending situation- mysterious disappearance of Malaysian Airlines flight MH370 on Saturday 8th March, with no signs whatsoever so far, even after two weeks. Malaysian tourism minister was himself to attend the event but he had to skip.

A few trade visits have been cancelled from India  after the incident, but Tourism Malaysia Director General Dato’ Mirza Mohammad Taiyab dismissed possibility of major impact on tourism arrivals in Malaysia.  Malaysia is actually celebrating its fourth Visit Malaysia Year in 2014. India tourists are among top 10 of incoming tourists in Malaysia.  Malaysia has been very popular among Indian tourists. This year almost 8 lakh Indian tourists are expected to visit Malaysia.

redang islandMalaysia is popular as a dream travel destination all along the world. It is among the top 10 most visited countries in the world and second in Asia after China. Malaysia was also ranked no 1 in homestay programmes by UNWTO. What may attract shoppers about Malaysia is the fact that whole of Malaysia offers duty free shopping except for three items- cigarettes, liquor and crystals. If this is not enough, it can be interesting to know that among the top 10 largest shopping complexes in the world, three are located in Malaysia.  On the Globe Shopper Index for 2012 Malaysia was ranked as 2nd in Asia-Pacific region. CNN survey 2012 also declared Malaysian capital Kuala Lumpur as 4th best shopping city in the world.

Pavilion Kuala Lumpur is the defining authority in fashion, dining and urban leisure
Pavilion Kuala Lumpur is the defining authority in fashion, dining and urban leisure

Well shopping is not the only reason to be in Malaysia. It is the only country in Asia to be listed in Top 10 of Lonely Planet Best in Travel 2014. Penang has also been named as the top culinary spot in the world for 2014. CNN’s list of World’s  100 best beaches for 2013 included three from Malaysia- Perhentian Kecil island, Terengganu at No 13, Juara Beach in Tioman island, Pahand at no 21 and TanjungRhu in Langkawi, Kedah at no 49.

 

Advertisements

Go cruising this winter, huge discounts on offer!

Royale Promenade from Aft Atrium at Mariner of seas
Royale Promenade from Aft Atrium at Mariner of seas

Holiday time is fast approaching and its time to enjoy sea cruises too in south-east Asia. Sea cruises have been in huge demand particularly in Christmas and New year holidays. Hence, there are many cruise discounts on offer. Rush to avail a few of them.

Royal Caribbean International Cruises is launching 60/60 Offer on Singapore Sailings. Royal Caribbean International Cruises have launched the Singapore season of Asia’s largest cruise ship – Mariner of the Seas – with a 60/60 Special Offer. All Indian travelers may avail upto 60% off on select 3,4 and 5 night itineraries from Singapore, with prices starting from $60 per person per day. This announcement comes at a time when Mariner of the Seas begins her regular Singapore sailings from 10th November onwards, visiting exotic locales in Thailand and Malaysia, till March 2014. Mariner of the Seas defines a new standard of cruising within the region, being the largest and most innovative cruise ship in Asia this year. The special Singapore 60/60 Offer is applicable on multiple 3,4 & 5 Night sailings this December to January 2014, for bookings made by 15th November 2013.

Adventure activities at Mariner of the Seas
Adventure activities at Mariner of the Seas

Mariner of the Seas, with its 15 decks of activity, first-at-sea innovations, luxurious staterooms, entertainment and dining options, brings more opportunities for WOW! closer to home for guests. Recently emerged from a revitalization that added dining venues and bars, entertainment options and an array of technological upgrades, at 138,279 gross registered tons (GRT), Mariner of the Seas can carry 3,807 guests and stretches more than a thousand feet in length, making it the largest and most innovative cruise ship in Asia. Singapore, KL, Penang, Phuket and Langkawi are the most popular ports of call in this region.

Millennium at Hubbard Glacier - Alaska in Celebrity Solstice
Millennium at Hubbard Glacier – Alaska in Celebrity Solstice

On the other hand, Celebrity Cruises have also announced two special savings offers for per stateroom on outside categories and above, for all new bookings made until November 24, 2013, on select ships and sailings in 2014. The first promotion offers a 15% off on Cruise fares for Captain’s Club members, Classic tier and above, and 10% off for Non-Loyalty guests, on Ocean-view category and above, on all 2014 (4-night plus) Alaska, Europe, Bermuda and Caribbean cruises. This offer allows guests an average savings of $400 per stateroom. Captain’s Club is a premier recognition and rewards program that benefits the guests with more rewarding experience with each travel.

The second promotion allows guests to be supremely spoiled in the unspoiled land of Alaska by offering Cruise-tour On board Credits (OBC) for Alaska sailings only, where non-loyalty guests receive $200 USD and Captain’s Club members receive $250 USD OBC per stateroom, on Ocean-view category and above. With this special promotion, Celebrity Cruise tours offer the most scenic and relaxing way to get to some of the most spectacular corners of Alaska, as travelers sail to the edge of a six-mile wide glacier. Guests can revel in 360-degree views of the six-million acre Denali National Park, Canadian Rockies, and Whistler; or listen to tales of the land from guides who know this country like no one else. From the breathtaking sights of Hubbard Glacier to the pioneering spirit of Juneau, Celebrity Alaska is an expedition in rekindling your hidden, untamed soul.

A couple enjoying in the balcony of a Stateroom
A couple enjoying in the balcony of a Stateroom

With a fleet of 11 ships, Celebrity is one of the fastest-growing major cruise lines, and one of five cruise brands operated by global cruise vacation company Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. In addition to receiving consistently impressive scores from guest surveys, the cruise line has been recognized with some of the travel industry’s most coveted accolades since its inception. Over the recent years, Celebrity Cruises have received magnificent recognition across various segments like No.1 Large-Ship Cruise Line; Best Premium Cruise Line; Top 5 Large Resort Ships for the 8th Year in a Row; Best Health & Wellness Program; Best Big-Ship Debut of the Year-Celebrity Silhouette SM; Best Premium Cruise Line; Best Cruise Line Food and many more honorable titles.

Many tourists dead in road accident near Genting

Genting highlandsAt least 33 people were believed killed and 16 injured when a bus carrying tourists plunged into a deep ravine near the popular Genting Highlands resort in Malaysia on Wednesday, 21st August 2013. The nationalities of the victims could not immediately be ascertained though media reports said most of the passengers were Malaysians and some were believed to be from the Middle East.

The accident occurred on a steep and winding road when the bus carrying 49 passengers was going from Genting Highlands to Kuala Lumpur. The injured were taken to nearby hospitals. Genting Highlands, about an hour’s drive out of Kuala Lumpur, has a sprawling hotel, amusement park and a casino. It is a popular destination for almost all tourists visiting Malaysia.