Recently, Goldleaf hotel at Jalan Kee Ann has been closed for renovation works.

Most likely it has been bought over by a new hotel operator, OldPenang Hotel.

Goldleaf hotel is a place for Indonesian visitors who come to Malacca for medical tourism.

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China Agents Responded On Sarawak Tourism Opportunities

China Agents Responded On Sarawak Tourism Opportunities

Kuching, Monday – 20 selected travel agents from Guangzhou and Shenzhen, China will be in the City to do tourism product inspection from December 28 to January 1 as part of the promotion initiative for Air Asia’s Direct Kuching-Shenzhen flight.

These top China agents are selected from the list of more than 70 agents that turned up at the Sarawak Tourism Board (STB) and Air Asia’s business sessions that were held in Guangzhou and Shenzhen on December 13 and 14 respectively.

The five-day familiarisation trip will enable the China agents to see and check for themselves the various Sarawak tourism product experiences and also the various hotel properties while at the same time they will be given opportunities to do networking sessions with local travel partners.

The Business sessions were being conducted by STB with five Sarawak hoteliers and eight travel agents attending to propose their tour packages to their China travel operators.

Meanwhile, Sarawak trade partners who participated at the two business sessions in Guangzhou and Shenzhen have expressed satisfaction on the outcome of the Roadshow trip.

The opportunity to meet up with quality big time China travel agents was intended to share business opportunities available in packaging the Sarawak tourism products and also a networking platform to discuss business potentials.

Meanwhile, the Assistant Minister for Tourism, Datuk Lee Kim Shin, who also led the roadshow delegation together with the Chairman of STB, Datuk Abdul Wahab Aziz, expressed satisfaction on the outcome of the trip.

“The Business sessions allow us to meet more than 70 China’s agents and they are very enthusiastic about Sarawak as it is seen as a new destination”, he said.

The proposed direct flight has given new window of opportunities for the industry and with the strong business support from these China based agents, we hope that it will turn a new chapter on China potential tourism market for Sarawak, he added.

He was optimistic that China’s huge tourism market will open up the travel and hospitality business in the State and bringing in tourism related investment opportunities to spur up development in the State.

“STB will continue to collaborate with Air Asia to tap the travel potential in South China especially now that we will have the direct flight and the need to sustain it,” he reiterated.

The Assistant Minister called on industry partners to prepare for the influx of China tourists with the availability of the direct flight and he equally hoped that more direct flight will be planned in the future connecting Miri to China as well.

Meanwhile, tourism promotion for the proposed direct flight was extended to Kalimantan Barat where Indonesians are expected to transit in Kuching to catch the flight to South China.

STB had earlier organised the Sarawak Travel Fair in Pontianak on November 17 to 18 and the proposed direct flight to Shenzhen which had received favourable acceptance to the Indonesians, said the Acting Chief Executive Officer, Mary Wan Mering.

Adding that it will be a double bonus to the state, the arrivals of Indonesian on transit to South China augurs well for the tourism arrival into the State, she said.

While admitting that air connectivity is crucial in getting the tourists into the state, she said   without it, a double hurdle challenge is in for us to promote the destination in the market place.

We are truly thankful to Air Asia for being able to look into our needs, she enthused.

China Agents

Picture show, the Sarawak delegation with Datuk Lee (front row fourth from left) with Datuk Wahab on his right with their China guests posing a thumb up photo opportunity   after finishing the Shenzhen business session.


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MELAKA: Melaka’s first full-fledged health-tourism centre, Satori Sanctuary in the City, will be developed in Bandar Hilir at a cost of RM300mil.

Chief Minister Datuk Seri Idris Haron said the mixed development project by Hatten Land Ltd, expected to be completed by 2020, would boost the state’s medical tourism industry.

The project, to be developed on 0.83ha, would house 50 nursing facilities and other healthcare services, besides a shopping mall, parking lots, 336 hotel rooms and 192 serviced residences.

“Some 160,000 tourists visit Melaka yearly for healthcare services and check in the private hospitals here.

“This project will add value or choice for tourists to seek more conducive treatment or healthcare services,” he told reporters after officiating the Satori-Sanctuary in the City in Melaka on Friday.

He said the project would also contribute to the increase in the state’s gross income and generate more jobs for the locals.

Meanwhile, Hatten Land group managing director, Datuk Colin Tan said Melaka was among the top three states in Malaysia that offered the best healthcare and personal care services, besides having a vast prospect in the medical tourism industry.

“The medical tourism industry in this country is booming every year and Melaka is among the best states in this industry,” he added. – Bernama

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Why can’t Melaka offer Melaka Riverside boat stay for tourists?

It can be another interesting tourist product other than normal stays in hotel rooms, guest houses or homestays.

Riverside boats with such facility can be berthed along a suitable place along the river.
London, Paris and Amsterdam have people living on river barges, so Melaka River can have them as well.

Food for thought?

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Try Ferringi Grill Restaurant in Penang for Western Food

If there is one thing Penang is known for, it is the wide range of local and international cuisines that it has to offer. Not only can you find the fanciest malls and the most exotic atmosphere, you will be excited to find that the city is actually a food heaven. You will find some really popular restaurants that serve scrumptious western food in Penang. As a visitor if you are not fond of local Malay cuisine then there are plenty of options of Western dishes to devour from.

Ferringi Grill

Penang has a popular tourist spot known as Batu Ferringi. The Ferringi Grill located on the greatest hotel of Batu Ferringi is widely known by the tourists for its amazing range of western food. This particular restaurant is situated on the ground floor of the Rosa Sayang Resort of Rasa Wing. Ferringi Grill is different from the other restaurants as it offers breathtaking views of the hotel grounds and gardens from its long windows.

Ambiance and Specialty dishes

The atmosphere of Ferringi Grill is quite cozy and appealing. The guests can experience an inviting ambiance and amazing quality food prepared by the famous chef, David Pooley. This is quite the reason why the restaurant ranks amongst the top rated ones. David Pooley offers tasty western food to customers of Penang. This Australian chef possesses a culinary experience of more than 10 years, and is skilled in creating exquisite flavours out of a wide selection of special ingredients.

Ferringi Grll is known for its most popular signature dishes which are loved by both visitors and locals. A known delicacy of the restaurant is the stuffed pastry with curd, with a layer of sugary cherry tomato, known as Brik Cannelloni pastry.

Location and Contact Information

The address of Ferringi Grill is as follows: 7-11 Batu Ferringi, 1, at Lorong Sungai Emas, 11100 in Pulau Pinang, Malaysia. For booking and further details you can call at +60 4-888 8888.

Photo Credit: Ferringi Grill FB

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