Travel to Melaka


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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Sarawak Tourism Awarded For Travel Marketing Excellence

Sarawak Tourism Awarded For Travel Marketing Excellence

KUCHING, Thursday – The Hospitality Sales Marketing Association International (HSMAI) has honoured Sarawak Tourism with a Silver Adrian Award for Travel Marketing Excellence in Public Relations.  The Adrian Awards claims to be the “largest and most prestigious global travel marketing competition”.

Sarawak Tourism, which promotes and markets Sarawak as a globally recognised destination for culture, adventure and nature visitation, won the 2016 Adrian Award for its Public Relations work for the Rainforest World Music Festival (RWMF).

Sarawak Tourism won the HSMAI Silver Adrian Award for its Re-imaging Campaign in 2012, while RMWF has been voted as one of the top 25 World Music Festivals by Songlines Magazine for six years in a row.

“We are incredibly proud of our Rainforest World Music Festival for receiving another award on the eve of its 20th anniversary. The Festival has become an internationally recognised event,” said Mike Cannon, group managing director and CEO of Sarawak Tourism and Sarawak Convention Bureau.

Sarawak Tourism received the award at the HSMAI Adrian Awards Gala on February 21, 2017 at the New York Marriott Marquis, attended by more than 1,000 hospitality, travel, and tourism marketing executives.

“As we celebrate the 60th anniversary of the Adrian Awards, we are proud that the industry recognises the Adrian Awards as the most prestigious honour given in travel marketing,” said Robert A. Gilbert, CHME, CHBA, president and CEO of HSMAI.

Winning entries can be seen in the winner’s gallery on the Adrian Awards website and in a dedicated article. Visit for more information on the event and competition and to view the Adrian Awards Winners Gallery.

Adrian Award Logo Winner 2016

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MALACCA: Work to remove the walls and door guarding the alleged treasures of the Malacca Sultanate on Nangka Island is almost complete.

“We believe the door can be opened in two days’ time, thus providing the answer to whether the treasure truly exists or not,” Works, Public Utilities, Transport and Project Rehabilitation Committee chairman Datuk Abdul Ghafaar Atan told reporters after visiting the site.

He said work to excavate the walls, believed to be the main entry to the treasure, was 90% completed and the existence of any treasures will be known on Wednesday.

He said the search for the treasure was conducted by Smart Partnership International (M) Sdn Bhd through a four-month contract beginning last January till this April 30.

He said if the company failed to complete excavation works during the term of the contract, the state government would hand it over to another company.
Read: Hundreds of relics sighted inside cave

 “If Smart Partnership International succeeds in opening the door and does not find any artifacts, we will give them an extension to look for the treasure,” he said.

The company’s managing director, Mohammad Foad Khushairy Mohd Said, said the work to break down the wall was being done intensively by 36 workers round-the-clock.

“So far, we have not yet seen any indications and if we find any artifact or treasure, we will immediately inform of it in a special press conference,” he said.

Deputy police chief Datuk Shah Gzali Khan Shahadat said the Marine Operations Force and the General Operations Force will be stationed to guard the place if any artifact or treasure was found.

Nangka Island is an uninhabited island of about 20 hectares in size and located four kilometres from Pulau Besar, Jasin. – Bernama

Tourism Malaysia

The First Asia Legoland Water Park at Nusajaya, Johor.

The Legoland Water Park (N1.42755 E103.63188) is officially open for public on 21st October 2013, we were invited for the media preview 2 days before the date.

The Water Park contains over 3 million litres of water and has more than 20 unique water based rides. There are also over 70 specially built LEGO models. It is the largest LEGOLAND Water Park in the world and the only one which can be enjoyed either on its own as a stand-alone attraction or in combination with the Theme Park.

The entrance to the Water Park is located at the left from the main entrance to the Theme Park, the direction signage is clearly display if you stand in front of the Legoland Theme Park.

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The day ticket is having promotion for RM95 (adult), RM75 (child 3-11 years) and both having a RM10 food voucher each for the moment. For more information, please visit the Legoland official website :

The invited International media were from everywhere around the regions, everyone stand-by for the welcome speech (once the preview started) from the General Manager – Mr Siegfried Boerst and Managing Director – Mr John Jakobsen beside one of the Water Park’s highlights – Build-A-Raft River.

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After the speeches, once Mr Siegfried Boerst and Mr John Jakobsen threw the Lego bricks to the ‘river’, the party began at Build-A-Raft River!

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Then the group walked over to the next Water Park’s highlights – Joker Soaker.

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The two gentlemen company with a group of junior life saver and waiting to the water pour down…once everyone and all the cameras ready, here come the Big Splash!

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A giant bucket pours 350 gallons of water into the wade pool below that surprised everyone with the strong cooling breeze who stand beside and they were all wet! Again, we heard the happy shouting from the children who waited in the Joker Soaker and began their fun!

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After a short rest, we were having the questions and answers session next to the rides…

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The Tengku of Johor, Mr Siegfried Boerst and Mr John Jakobsen were professionally answer all the questions from the media. The session took about 30 minutes and the fun time began!

Let me show some of the attractive Water Park’s rides one-by-one…

Build-A-Raft River
This is one of the popular ride where everyone relax sitting on the rubber tube (dinghy) and float through the lazy river. Along the way, you can collect many soft bricks on the water and built your own raft…

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We met the media filming from Hong Kong…

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Just look at the face of children, they were so relax and enjoyed the ride…

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Joker Soaker
The Joker Soaker is a fun interactive play structure where children can aim water cannons at one another. A fun, interactive playground with various lengths, heights and types of slides that offer something different for every member of the family. Guests can wade in the surrounding pool and be surprised with a torrential spill from a 300-gallon bucket.

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I believe my daughter will stay in this fun area for at least 2 hours…

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LEGO Wave Pool
Families can catch a gentle wave or simply cool off in this perfectly sized wave pool where the waves are just big enough for all ages to enjoy.

This big pool is interesting and many peoples like to soak themselves into it.

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I saw many kids happy and enjoyed themselves in the pool with full of laughter! That was a great moment!
The Beach ‘N’ Brick Grill is just located next to the Wave Pool, convenience for those who want to fill up the stomach and jump back to the pool…

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Red Rush
A family tube slide where up to four people can ride together down a
312-foot-long curving track on an 11-foot in diameter half pipe.
This was fun and with a long queue…

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Some actions captured on the ride…

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I was impressed by the motorized automation which bring up the rubber tube from the bottom to the top…

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Next to the Red Rush is the – Splash Out.
The thrill seekers of the family can ascend to the tallest point of the
water park attraction and choose from one of three unique slides, then
speed down a 60-foot drop and “splash out” into the water below.
“The following swimwear is not permitted: cotton t-shirts, exposed
zippers, wet suits, water shoes, or any lose articles that may get
damaged during the ride, such as hats or sunglasses.”

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Next – Splash ‘N’ Swirl

The others ride of Brick Blaster, Wave Rider and Tidal Tube are also available from the same queue and same platform.

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The end part of the other two rides Wave Rider and Tidal Tube are located at the same area…

LEGO Slide Racer
Race down the slides with 5 others on a mat and see who reached the fastest. A thrilling ride for the whole family.
“The following swimwear is not permitted: cotton t-shirts, exposed zippers, wet suits, water shoes, or any lose articles that may get damaged during the ride, such as hats or sunglasses.”

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The LEGOLAND Water Park view from the highest ground, the LEGOLAND Hotel is at the back of the park which just soft opening on the 29th November 2013.

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Some of my friends asked me how was fun the Water Park… well, I replied…it was a Great Family Theme Park and we shouldn’t judge how fun it it, let the children do the talking and you will realize the joyful moment they have and I say that is “Priceless!”

Please bring your family and children to the LEGOLAND Theme Park and Water Park during this school holiday to enjoy your priceless family moment!

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Tourism Malaysia

Scuba show

An interesting range of talks will be held during the Malaysia International Dive Expo (MIDE) from July 5 – 7.

These include:

Stories Behind The Picture by Michael Aw, the director/publisher of Ocean Geographic.

It’s a Small Blue World – Miniature Life Underwater by Jason Isley, managing director of Scubazoo Images.

I’m Bent – Now What? by Chris Wachholz, deputy CEO of Divers Alert Network Asia-Pacific.

Marine Mammals of Malaysia by Louisa S. Ponnampalam, co-founder of The Marecet Research Organization.

Underwater Photographers – A Nuisance? by Julian Hyde, general manager of Reef Check Malaysia.

Sharks in Sabah and Sea Turtles in Malaysia by Rohan Perkins, a conservationist.

Photographing Marine Animal Behaviours by William Tan, and underwater photographer.

MIDE was initiated in 2006 and has been held yearly since then. The objective is to promote Malaysia and its surrounding waters as one of the word’s best diving destinations.

MIDE is a trade, consumer and conservation exhibition.

It also aims to develop a new generation of divers to take an interest in environmental issues. Major brands of products and services are also being promoted.

Besides that, visitors will get a chance to have temporary body art tattoos by the artist Empayar Kukubesi. They (including the children) can also express themselves via canvas or T-shirt painting and colouring, activities which will be guided by artists Anuar, Orkibal and Jefferson from Canvas of Nature.

Photo exhibitions including True Colours of Redang (by AB Lee), Picture of The Year (by Ocean Geographic Society) and Natures Photo Art (by Imran Ahmad) will also be on display.

There will also be scuba pool demos and tryouts.

Out of Malaysia’s population of 27 million, there are now approximately 120,000 certified Malaysian divers and MIDE aims to accommodate the needs of both the industry professional and the amateur diver.

The BE A DIVER program has been initiated to create more awareness of the dive industry and to encourage college students and young graduates to take up diving as a hobby, sport and even a career.

MIDE also established the Dive Divas Fanclub last year for women divers to encourage and empower them to build careers and businesses in the industry. To date, there are some 100 members in the fanclub.

One of MIDE’s corporate responsibility initiatives is to help conserve the marine environment. Conservation groups such as Sea Shepherd International (France), Shark Savers Organization (United States), Reef Check Malaysia, WWF, Malaysia Nature Society and Project Aware Foundation (Australia) will be among those which will be represented at the exhibition.

For more information on MIDE, visit or call 03-7980 9902/9.

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