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State to Pursue Connectivity Despite Setbacks

State to Pursue Connectivity Despite Setbacks

The State will continue to pursue connectivity to international airport hubs despite recent setbacks, assured the Assistant Minister for Tourism, Datuk Lee Kim Shin yesterday.

It is not easy to convince airlines especially foreign carriers to Sarawak as there are equally attractive destinations that they can look to, he said.

We are trying our very best and the ROUTES Asia 2019 sessions’ here has been a touch point to meet up with airline companies in the regions and we want to convince them that connectivity into Sarawak can be a viable business, he added.

Having scheduled meeting appointments and engagements with airlines and airports, we began to understand the business and that enables us to be wiser when dealing with the business professionals in the tourism industry, he continued.

Datuk Lee, who was leading the Sarawak Tourism Board’s delegation to the business gathering today met up with nine airlines especially companies mostly from the region and fours airport operators to obtain better insights into their business needs.

“We made headway today and with some promising results during the engagement session and that keeps our hopes up in securing better connectivity into the State, he enthused.

“We have to work hard and be able to give enough reasons to convince airline operators to consider mounting flight to Sarawak”, he added.

Today, the Sarawak team met up with at four more airline operators to wind up the session before calling it a day and return back.

Acknowledging that connectivity must be propelled by sufficient number of travellers, tourists and holiday makers, Datuk Lee said it must also be complemented by business travels and as such conducive business environment and attractive destination’s tourism products were sought for by airlines operators he explained.

ROUTES Asia, the region’s leading meetings of airlines and airport executives started on March 10 and will end today.

Datuk Lee (left) with Zainuddin Mohammad, Malaysia Airports Holding Berhad’s Senior Manager and sharzede (right) as the business meeting with representatives of Qatar Airways


Datuk Lee (right) presenting the Gunung Mulu National Park coffee table book to Min Yao, Director of International Planning of China Express Airlines. Seen from left is STB’s Chief Executive officer, Sharzede Datu Haji Salleh Askor and China Express’s International Business Manager, Meng Ling.

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1Malaysia Year-end Sale 2011

1Malaysia Year-end Sale 2011

The fabulous 1Malaysia Year End Sale (1MYES) has just started!

It was kicked off officially with a special launch at the Bukit Bintang Dome in Pavilion Kuala Lumpur, by Minister of Tourism, Malaysia,  Dato’ Sri Dr. Ng Yen Yen.

Organised by the Ministry of Tourism, the 1MYES 2011 sale season starts from 15 November 2011 to 1 January 2012.

This year there will be a host of exciting events, promotions and great deals for shoppers nationwide.  Some of the activities lined- up include:


Apart from admiring the seasonal décor of the numerous malls, the public also has the opportunity to participate in the 1MYES Favourite Mall Contest to vote for their favourite mall. They can cast their vote at from 21 Nov 2011 to 1 Jan 2012 and stand a chance to win attractive weekly prizes of travel vouchers. The most popular mall will win prizes too!


MasterCard continues to reward its cardholders with more privileges and benefits, from instant mall redemptions to priceless experiences, for the upcoming 1Malaysia Year End Sale 2011. With a minimum spend of RM250 on MasterCard branded cards, at participating malls nationwide, cardholders can get the opportunity to walk away with instant redemptions. Also up for grabs, in collaboration with Pavilion KL and Qatar Airways, is a trip to witness the upcoming Paris Fashion Week 2012, flying on Business Class.  Cardholders, with a minimum spend of RM500 at Subang Parade Shopping Centre; will be eligible to win a  4 days 3 nights stay at the Rasa Premier Suite at Shangri-La Rasa Sayang Resort in Penang worth RM11, 500. Other than that, there are a total of 1,800 day passes to the Malaysia International Fashion Week to be redeemed at selected malls. With this, remember, there are some things money can’t buy, for everything else, there’s MasterCard.


Johor Premium Outlets (JPO), South-East Asia’s first Premium Outlet Centre, is set to open on 11 December this year with more than 80 stores.

This upscale outlet is strategically located at the intersection of the North-South Expressway and the Second Link Expressway in Johor. It is the 70th outlet centre in the Premium Outlet portfolio – one of the world’s largest collections of upscale centres.


For the first time in Southeast Asia, the United Buddy Bear art exhibition – comprising 148 life-size fibreglass bear sculptures originally developed in Berlin, Germany – will be exhibited at the Bukit Bintang Entrance of Pavilion KL. Each bear is hand-painted skilfully in a variety of unique designs and represent countries acknowledged by the United Nations, bringing a message of peace and tolerance.



Legendary crooner Julio Iglesias will be in Kuala Lumpur to entertain 1,800 specially invited guests. Log onto and answer a few simple questions to win free tickets, or watch the show online via the YES website. Patrons of Jalan Bukit Bintang are also able to enjoy the concert from surrounding buildings like Pavilion KL, Grand Millenium Hotel, Fahrenheit 88 etc.


Malls will be decked in full festivity to usher in the Christmas celebrations. Look out for giant Christmas trees, carousels, Santa Claus, caroling performances and holiday shows.



Welcome the New Year with free concerts, live music deejays, hotel packages, gala dinners and a firework spectacular at Bukit Bintang and KLCC.


Beginning 1 January 2011, the Malaysian government had waived import duties on more than 300 goods in an effort to enhance Malaysia’s position as a duty-free shopping destination. The tax is waived to attract a wider range of principal brands to invest in Malaysia and in doing so, add variety to the product choice on the market.

Head over to Malaysia for the biggest 1Malaysia Year-End Sale ever, and enjoy more bargains with every ringgit spent!


For more information, kindly contact the Shopping Malaysia Secretariat at:

Tel          :               603 8891 8000

Fax         :               603 88918548

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