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Tourism Malaysia: Top 7 in September

Mid-Autum Festival
When: George Town, Penang
Where: Sept 15

Also known as the Lantern or Mooncake Festival, this is a very popular celebration in East Asia. Traditionally, it was a harvest festival. Nowadays, Penang transforms itself into a magical place of colours and lights. Lions and dragons dance on the street and people eat the traditional Mooncake sweets. The lantern parades, like the “River of Lights” in George Town, are enchanting. Discover the Wushu competitions and have fun at the Pesta Tanglung Carnival. Every corner in the city will be a party!

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Yap Qin  Yap Yi at JB Art Festival 1JB Arts Festival
When: Johor Bahru
Where: Sept 1 – 30

All the culture and arts you can imagine in one month! The whole family will enjoy this event. Music, theatre, dance or comedy, contemporary or traditional: there is a performance for every taste and age. Professionals can learn and enjoy in one of the many workshops. Browse the programme and book a seat for your favourite spectacle!

More information: [email protected]

 

 

Songket Weaving
ASEAN Songket Weaving Exhibition
When: Sept 15 – Dec 31
Where: National Textile Museum, Kuala Lumpur

Arts and crafts lovers will enjoy this exhibition on the production and art of songket. This typical brocade textile is wide spread around Malaysia, Borneo and Indonesia. It consists of gold or silver thread patterned on silk or cotton. It can be a good opportunity to discover the National Textile Museum in Kuala Lumpur, a jewel of a museum in the heart of the city. A beautiful explosion of colours and fabrics.

More information: http://www.muziumtekstilnegara.gov.my/

 

 

Borneo Safari Black Backed Kingfisher
Borneo Bird Festival 
When: Sept 15 -17
Where: Rainforest Discovery Center, Sandakan, Sabah

The island of Borneo is home for 688 bird species, four of them are not found anywhere else in the world. Nature lovers and bird enthusiasts will descend on Sandakan in Sabah to spot these marvellous creatures. Visitors can take part in the Bird Race or in the photo contest. Just enjoying the colourful feathers and humming of the birds is also an option. For something slightly different check out the the best bird imitators in the Bird Mimic Contest.

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Congkak
Festival Permainan Rakyat Traditional Games Festival
When: Sept 17 – 18
Where: Titiwangsa Lake Gardens, Kuala Lumpur

In the times of internet and video games, this festival is a breath of fresh air and a beautiful way to spend the weekend. Children and grown-ups will enjoy this opportunity to discover traditional Malaysian games like the Congkak or Batu Seremban which were played by their grandparents. One of the most entertaining ways to discover the local culture and heritage.

More information: Cultural Arts Development Division — [email protected]

 

 

Sarawak Borneo Bintulu International Kites Festival
Borneo International Kite Festival (BIKF)
When: Sept 19 – 27
Where: Old Airport, Bintulu, Sarawak

Malaysians love their kites! This festival has taken place since 2005 and focuses on the creativity and performance of this beautiful art. Visitors can gaze at the most stunning kites entered in the Kite Championship. The Kite Festival is a good moment to discover the traditional Malaysian kites, known as Wau. The old airport of Bintulu, a former fishing village in Sarawak, is the perfect location for this exhibition where land meets sky.

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KL Tower International Jump Malaysia
When: Sept 30 – Oct 3
Where: KL Tower, Kuala Lumpur

More than 100 extreme sports enthusiast will gather to jump from the city’s iconic landmark. BASE jumpers will make a three second free fall before opening their parachutes. A breathtaking and beautiful spectacle full of adrenaline and amazing views of the city.

More information: www.menarakl.com.my • Image source

 

 

 

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Cruise transport grows in Asia

A Princess Cruises boat in Alaska. The association will work from Singapore subsequent yearto yield short-haul convenience tripsA Princess Cruises boat in Alaska. The association will work from Singapore subsequent year
to yield short-haul convenience trips

The segment will have some-more journey transport options subsequent year with a entrance of a mega-cruise company.

CARNIVAL, a world’s largest journey group, denounced a Asian enlargement plans, presaging a informal marketplace for convenience voyages will grow dramatically within a decade.

South-East Asia in sold will be a pivotal focus, a association pronounced as it announced that one of a brands, Princess Cruises, will work from Singapore by subsequent year to yield short-haul convenience trips.

“Carnival is unequivocally investing a lot in Asia. We are perplexing to kindle a direct of a market. Today, it’s a bit still as cruising is not good known,” Pier Luigi Foschi, authority and arch executive of Carnival Asia, said.

“South-East Asia is a pivotal marketplace to rise cruising since it is a year-round experience. The seas are typically ease and a vicinity are beautiful, quite for short-haul cruises.”

Carnival’s brands embody Carnival Cruise Lines, Holland America Line, Princess Cruises, Seabourn, AIDA Cruises, Costa Cruises, Cunard, Ibero Cruises, PO Cruises in Australia and PO Cruises in Britain.

Foschi, vocalization on a sidelines of a press conference, cited attention forecasts that journey liners will see a sum of 7 million passengers a year by 2020 in Asia, adult from only above one million now.

The Sapphire Princess will be deployed to Singapore from Nov 2014 to Feb 2015. The oppulance liner, that can lift 2,670 passengers, will pierce travellers from Singapore to cities and outlandish destinations in countries like Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand and Vietnam. Carnival already has a participation in China by a Costa Cruises brand, while Princess Cruises is environment adult emporium in Japan this month.

“As journey lines are being deployed into a market, a marketplace starts to develop. Slowly during first, though afterwards they strech a vicious mass,” pronounced Alan Buckelew, arch executive and boss of Princess Cruises.

“Our ships pierce to where we trust a direct is strongest.”

Singapore, a informal aviation hub, has also taken stairs to benefit a bigger cut of a flourishing journey transport market. In Oct final year, it non-stop a new journey depot able of berthing a world’s biggest oppulance liners. – AFP

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Legoland Malaysia prepared to accept visitors

Legoland Malaysia will open a doors to a open soon, approach brazen of schedule.

Many of us can remember spending hours of a childhood building structures from charming Lego pieces. With a splash of creativity, elementary Lego bricks were deftly built to erect vehicles, buildings and even cities, withdrawal many with lustful memories of a construction toys.

Nonetheless, a initial proclamation in 2008 about a attainment of a Legoland thesis park to a shores elicited reduction than eager responses from some quarters.

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Beautiful creation: The gates of Legoland Malaysia will strictly open Sept 15.

In fact, a Malaysian Tourist Guide Council primarily voiced beating as a Legoland park was an unknown code in a segment and attention players were awaiting thesis park icons like Disneyland to be set adult in Iskandar instead.

But, after some-more than dual years of changing a minds of sceptics and efforts to attract a public, Legoland Malaysia is prepared to acquire enthusiasts and cynics comparison to take a fun float come Sept 15, 2012.

“We are opening progressing than approaching so that is a good thing,” Legoland Malaysia ubiquitous manager Siegfried Boerst said.

The thesis park was creatively slated to open in 2013.

Legoland Malaysia is a initial Legoland in Asia and a sixth in a world. The 76 hactare thesis park facilities 7 themed areas with some-more than 40 interactive rides, shows and attractions.

Legoland started compelling a pre-opening annual passes late final year and Boerst remarkable that there was outrageous seductiveness in a thesis park from a open as good as trade partners. Much to a pleasure of Boerst, some-more than 45,000 annual passes have been snapped up.

Legoland

Magnificent: A tiny of a Sultan Abdul Samad Building featured in Legoland Malaysia.

“I trust seductiveness will grow with word of mouth quite when we open and people start entrance to knowledge what Legoland has to offer,” Boerst said.

The thesis park is targeting over a million visitors annually in a initial few years and Boerst expects caller numbers to strike 1.8 million by 2020. On average, annual pass holders are approaching to revisit Legoland 4 to 5 times a year.

The bulk of a park’s trade will especially be internal and Singaporean visitors, though skeleton are stirring to pull some-more general tourists.

The expansion in caller numbers, Boerst said, will be upheld by a flourishing tourism attention here.

“We wish to daub into a 40 million tourists a year approaching to come into Malaysia. We wish to be a partial of a attractions for new visitors as well,” he said.

Legoland Malaysia a partial of a tourism landscape

According to Tourism Malaysia, there were 24.7 million available traveller arrivals final year, with tourism profits totalling RM58.3bil. The Malaysia Tourism Plan 2020 is targeting 36 million traveller arrivals and RM168bil in tourism profits by 2020.

Legoland parks typically residence tiny Lego structures built around themes such as Star Wars as good as mini villages with landmarks in a area. Other Legoland parks are located in Denmark, Germany, a UK and a US.

Legoland

Hop on: A sight that runs by a park.

The heart of Legoland Malaysia is Miniland, that facilities several Asian landmarks recreated regulating some-more than 25 million Lego bricks.

Apart from Legoland’s possess features, Boerst believes that adult and entrance attractions circuitously will expostulate visitors to a Iskandar segment and by extension, to Legoland.

“Legoland fits good with a tourism post of Iskandar. There is a good judgment for Iskandar and we are operative with other attractions in a closeness to offer appealing packages,” Boerst said.

The Puteri Harbour Family Theme Park in Nusajaya is scheduled for a Nov opening with attractions such as Lat’s Place and a Sanrio Hello Kitty Theme Park among other things. Iskandar Malaysia is looking to supplement some-more thesis parks for a segment to boost tourism activity there.

Some have been discerning to indicate out that Legoland is no compare for Singapore’s integrated resorts, that have stronger products to offer. The attractions during a resorts embody Universal Studios Singapore, a casino and a Marine Life Park that support to a far-reaching operation of visitors compared to Legoland’s aim assembly of immature children.

Legoland

Legoland Malaysia indication builders Muhammad Khairul Zainon Noor (left) and Stefan Bentivoglio putting on a final square of a tiny Petronas Twin Towers.

But Boerst believes that Singapore’s resorts are not approach competitors.

“It is always good to have healthy competition, though we trust we can distinction from any other. Legoland’s participation here adds to a whole tourism captivate in this partial of South-East Asia and tourists on longer stays can revisit parks in both countries,” he said.

Additionally, a H2O park and Legoland Hotel are slated to be non-stop in 2013 and 2014 respectively, that would meant some-more integrated offerings for Legoland. This will pull longer-staying visitors and supplement to Legoland’s revenue.

Legoland expects to beget some-more than RM100mil in income in a initial year of operations. This will come from all a attractions in a park, restaurants as good as sell outlets.

“We should see operational distinction in a initial year itself, though to redeem a full investment will count on a long-term expansion of a park that customarily takes about 15 to 20 years,” Boerst said.

The total cost of a thesis park and designed H2O park is RM720mil, that is entirely saved by a Malaysian government, while a construction of a hotel will cost RM190mil.

Boerst said, nonetheless Legoland radically usually manages a park in Malaysia, UK-based Merlin Entertainments Group, a owners and user of a other Legoland parks, will demeanour into appropriation during slightest a 20% interest in Legoland Malaysia relocating forward.

This will boost Merlin’s strech in Asia, that is approaching to be a new stadium for thesis park operators as a North American and European markets mature and caller numbers plateau.

A news by Pricewaterhouse-Coopers foresee Asian thesis park assemblage to grow to 290 million in 2012 from 249 million in 2007, while spending in that duration is approaching to arise from US$6.4bil (RM19.93bil) to US$8.4bil.

Market investigate association Global Industry Analysts Inc estimates that a tellurian thesis parks marketplace could strech US$29.5bil by a year 2015 and US$31.8bil by 2017, charity copiousness of room for expansion in Asia.

Boerst pronounced Legoland might try into other Asian markets and is already in negotiations for a thesis park in South Korea.

Legoland

Sneak peak: A perspective of Miniland

“In Asia, a marketplace is outrageous and it is comparatively untapped. In a past, internal players tend to miss a financial strength and imagination to set adult unequivocally good thesis parks. But a marketplace is prepared for that now,” he said.

He remarkable that a party attention in East Asia quite is not jam-packed and as infrastructure improves and disposable income increases, a segment is branch out to be an critical market.

He combined that Legoland parks did not see most of a slack during a mercantile downturn notwithstanding views that consumers would cut down on convenience pursuits.

“We have seen a good 10% expansion in visitors and sales annually for a whole of a Merlin Group. we am certain that if everybody focuses on what needs to be finished here, we will see investments flourishing in Iskandar and that can usually be profitable for Legoland Malaysia.

“This is a new marketplace for us so we are optimistic,” he said. – By Joy Lee, Photos by Abdul Rahman Embong
and Kevin Tan

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Bangsar, Kuala Lumpur

Bangsar is a high-income suburban area that is also a renouned for a restaurants, watering holes and clubs. The area is busy by many of Kuala Lumpur’s ostracise community. Midvalley, that is related directly to Bangsar around an overpass, is a comparatively new growth that has turn unequivocally renouned for shopping, interjection to a eternally packaged MidValley Megamall and a higher-end prolongation called The Gardens. Besides shopping, a dual malls and surrounding areas also offer copiousness of eating options.

Shopping

Although there are 3 malls in Bangsar, a area still offers some-more of a community selling experience. Midvalley, on a other hand, is all about mall selling and attracts a masses, generally during weekends.

Bangsar Shopping Centre, Jalan Maarof – Better famous as BSC, this mini selling centre is a favourite among expats and a locals staying around a Bangsar Damansara Heights neighbourhood. Plenty of cafes restaurants – a good mark to accommodate adult with friends. BSC also facilities speciality stores and a Cold Storage Supermarket.

Bangsar Village, Jalan Ara – This is another favourite with those staying around Bangsar Damansara Heights neighbourhood. Bangsar Village 2 is related to a strange Bangsar Village by a lonesome walking bridge.

Mid Valley Megamall – This unequivocally is “mega” with over 430 shops congested into what claims to be one of South-East Asia’s largest selling malls. Anchor tenants embody large dialect stores and hypermarkets such as Malaysian arm of AEON Japan called Jusco, internal store Metrojaya and French hypermarket Carrefour. If we need to change money, a reduce belligerent building has several income changers. The Megamall is connected to a upmarket The Gardens during Mid Valley. (KTM Komuter: Mid-Valley)

The Gardens during Mid Valley – This mall is anchored by a high-end selling gallery (anchor tenants embody Isetan, Robinson’s and Market Place), dual landmark bureau towers, five-star Gardens Residences and five-star Gardens Hotel. The mall is related to a Abdullah Hukum LRT station. (KTM Komuter: Mid-Valley)

Eating Drinking

Bangsar has been a grill district for utterly some time, interjection to a high ostracise numbers. Midvalley with a malls also offer an extraordinary array of food choices.

Bangsar has prolonged been one of a busiest places in KL past midnight and a movement is around centred on Jalan Telawi and a side streets. Midvalley has a few pubs and coffee places.

Getting There

Although there is a Bangsar hire on a Kelana Jaya light rail movement line, it is situated along Jalan Bangsar and not nearby a grill and celebration area of Bangsar Baru. From a station, you’ll have to locate buses RapidKL No U87 to get we to Bangsar Baru. This sight also goes past MidValley.

The easiest approach to get to Midvalley is to locate a KTM Komuter sight to Midvalley station. The hire is related to a Mall around a lonesome corridor with escalators. The other choice is to locate an LRT to Bangsar hire and send onto a Midvalley giveaway convey sight (which runs each half hour) or RapidKL sight No U87/U85/B105/B110 (which runs each 30-60 mins during off-peak hours).

Another approach to transport to Bangsar is by Taxi. There is an contentment of them in Kuala Lumpur and many of them will not demur to move we over to Bangsar. The fares will change depending on where we are entrance from and should not cost some-more than RM10.00 to RM15.00 from a core of town.

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