Malaysia’s travel industry is discovering Kenyir Lake as an attraction for small and even large visitor groups. A large selection of modern houseboats is now available for tours. Kenyir Lake covers more than 209,000 hectares.
This man-made lake with its hydroelectric dam supplies the country with electricity. It is also a tourist attraction and a destination for the MICE industry, which has recognised its potential for smaller events and incentives. Over 340 islands, once mountaintops and hills, are dotted around its surface. The...more
Strong involvement in the booming medical tourism market: ITB Berlin partners with the 9th HTI Conference in Brussels
The medical tourism market is becoming more and more important for the global travel industry. Now, the World’s Leading Travel Trade Show is reiterating its commitment to this segment with a new partnership.
From 26 to 27 November 2018 ITB Berlin will be partnering with the HTI Health Tourism Industry Conference (www.hticonference.com), which is being held for the ninth year in succession and will take place in the Belgian capital Brussels. This is the largest specialist event of its kind in Europe and the number one...more
Agreement signed by both parties at WTM in London
After Malaysia in 2019, the next partner country of ITB Berlin has now been officially decided upon. A corresponding statement of intent regarding a partnership in 2020 had previously been given at ITB Berlin 2018. This was followed at WTM in London by the ceremonial signing of an agreement by Dr. Martin Buck, Senior Vice President Travel & Logistics, Messe Berlin and Ahmed bin Nasser Al Mahrizi, Minister of Tourism Oman.
As the official partner country of the show Oman will organise the opening ceremony...more
Every year, the annual ITB Book Awards recognise the latest and most interesting publications from Germany and abroad, mainly written in German, but also in German translation. In the run-up to ITB Berlin 2019 Martina Kraus, geography expert and manager of Friedrichshafen bookstore RavensBuch, and a member of the jury, picked two outstanding travel calendars. “Featuring photographs which are almost from another world and breathtaking wildlife images, the National Geographic wall calendars Magic Moments 2019 and Wildlife 2019 (both of which are available...more
Interview with Anthony Wong, Group Managing Director, Asian Overland Services Tours & Travel, AOS Conventions & Events, Frangipani Hotels & Resorts, Frangipani Natural Farms, Eco Green Design & Construction and Construction Wetland.
Anthony Wong is one of Malaysia’s pioneer inbound tour operators, working adventure tours from the 1970’s. We asked him how he got into the business.
When I left high school, I didn’t have money to go to university, so at the age of 19, I started a travel company, Asia Overland. I had an Australian partner,...more
Royal Belum - The Land Before Time: Malaysian authorities are working on opening up the country’s oldest and largest state park to the public
With Belum literally meaning “Land Before Time”, Royal Belum State Park is still one of Asia’s best kept nature secrets. It is part of Malaysia’s largest and oldest forest reserve – Belum Temenggor – in the northern part of the Malaysian Peninsula. Being contiguous with the smaller Bang Lang National Park and Hala-Bala Wildlife Sanctuary in South Thailand, this makes the entire area one of Asia’s largest biodiversity basins.
Opening up the park to the public entails treading a fine line between ensuring the protection of the local environment, while enabling people from around the...more
- Exhibition space sold out by mid-August following overwhelming response this year
- Over 1,000 exhibitors and 1,000 buyers to feature on show floor
- 20% increase in new exhibitors signing up for this year’s show
- More than 125% growth in number of hotel groups signing up as part of the Buyers Programme Partners
ITB Asia, ‘Asia’s Leading Travel Trade Show’, opened its doors today at the Sands Expo and Convention Centre in Marina Bay Sands, Singapore. The three-day conference and exhibition will run until Friday 19...more
Interview: Deputy Director Tourism Malaysia Southern Region – Aaron Gan Chai Heng
Johor state is one of the least-known destinations for foreign visitors heading for Malaysia. But that is changing quite rapidly. We asked Aaron Gan Chai Heng how the state is evolving in international markets.
We in the state of Johor have started to progress as an emerging market for Malaysia. The trend started in 2010. That was when the regional development authorities started a major project on what is now known as Legoland. It was a huge project...more
Visitors to Penang’s virgin rainforest now have an extra way to enjoy the breath-taking surroundings, thanks to a 230-metre canopy bridge opened in 2018.
The Habitat is a world-class eco-tourism facility located on the fringes of a 130-million-year-old rainforest on Penang Hill. This rainforest precariously exists side-by-side with urban Penang and its environs.
The Habitat’s eco-friendly attractions include an historical 1.6km Nature Trail built in the early 1800s by the British East India Company. Additional eco-friendly Canopy Bridges, a Tree Top Walk and...more
Dato’ Haji Azizan Bin Noordin is the CEO of Langkawi Development Authority (LADA) and is Vice Chairman of PATA and Chairman of the organisation’s Government Destination Sub-Committee. We firstly asked Dato’ Azizan to explain to us the key roles of LADA.
LADA was formed in 1990, and it was to oversee the development of the island, primarily to attract investments, as well as to build tourism, and to develop the local community. Since I came in, I have been putting a lot of emphasis on the “low lying fruits”, and especially on events. We had 35 events last...more