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Malaysia Tourism Award 2010/2011 Winners

Malaysia Tourism Award 2010/2011 Winners

Malaysia Tourism Award Winners 2010/2011 with a King and Queen

Congratulations to winners of a new Malaysia Tourism Award 2010/2011 !

The friendly participation of Yang di-Pertuan Agong, Tuanku Abdul Halim Mu’adzam Shah and Raja Permaisuri Agong Tuanku Haminah Hamidun positively done a Malaysia Tourism Award ceremony, a grand eventuality to remember.

First instituted in 1987, a Malaysia Tourism Award, is hold bi-annually. It is a top fame given, in approval to those who surpass in a growth of a country’s tourism industry.

Nominations for a eventuality had started progressing in a year, from 10 Apr to 4 June, 2011. This is a 17th year a endowment is running, with this year saying 35 endowment winners given a top fame in a tourism attention in Malaysia.

The endowment also celebrates Malaysia as a Top World Tourism Destination, appreciation for all a contribution, hardwork and loyalty of a captain and players of a tourism attention from a frontliners to a owners of a Tourism and Hospitality industries.

Among a categories embody innovative traveller attraction, innovative selling outlets, best debate programme, best hotel services and others.

The Minister of Tourism Special Awards were also given to Malaysia’s food ambassador, Datuk Redzuawan Ismail, popularly famous as Chef Wan and internationally acclaimed shoe couturier, Prof Datuk Jimmy Choo for compelling Malaysia abroad.

Here is a list of a winners :

1. Creative Tourism Article on Malaysia
Best Local Writer (Bahasa Melayu) “Agenda Selangor, Intip ‘Little England’”
by Norwahidah Che Musa, Majalah Libur
Best Local Writer (English) “Hooked On High Adventure”
by Zalina Mohd. Som, New Straits Times
Best Foreign Writer “The Jungle Gene”
by Cheryl Ann Couto, Lonely Planet Publications

2. Innovative Tourism Magazine

Local Magazine: LIBUR
Publisher : Kumpulan Karangkraf Sdn Bhd
International Magazine : SENSES OF MALAYSIA
Publisher: The Expat Group (Borneo Vision Sdn Bhd)

3. Best Hotel Services (For All Star-Rating)
5 Star Hotels (City) :Mandarin Oriental Kuala Lumpur
5 Star Hotels (Resort): Shangrila-La’s Rasa Ria Resort, Sabah
4 Star Hotels (City) :Holiday Inn, Melaka
4 Star Hotels (Resort) :Golden Sands Resort, Penang
3 Star Hotels Below :Cititel, Midvalley, Kuala Lumpur

4. Innovative Tourist Attractions
Excellent: Mulu National Park, Sarawak
Merit: Danum Valley Conservation Area, Sabah
Man-Made/Agro/Arts Culture
Excellent :Melaka River Cruise, Melaka
Man-Made/Agro/Arts Culture
Merit: Lost World of Tambun, Perak

5. Innovative Tour Program
Excellent:  Ulu Ai-Longhouse Life by Borneo Adventure Tours
Merit : A Nite @ Museum – Muzium Samudra by Perbadanan Muzium Melaka Naza Talyya Hotel

6. Best Tourist Guide
Excellent :Shaukani Abbas
Merit: Ahmad Redza Abdullah
Rising Star :Bobby Weslee Rohani

7. Innovative Shopping Outlets
Excellent: Sunway Pyramid
Merit :MidValley Megamall

8. Best MICE
Best MICE Event :
World Congress of Accountants 2010
Malaysia Institute of Accountants

9. Innovative Homestay
Innovative Homestay: Homestay Walai Tokou, Kundasang, Sabah
Best Contribution to Malaysia’s Rural Economy Homestay Banghuris, Sepang, Selangor

10. Innovative Spa
Innovative : The Spa during Four Seasons Resort, Langkawi, Kedah

1. Best Tour Operator
In Bound: Mayflower Acme Tours Sdn Bhd
Domestic : Pearl Holiday (M) Travel Tours Sdn Bhd

2. Innovative Foreign Tour Operator
America : GTS Globotours (USA)
Europe : Airways Travel GmBH (Germany)
West Asia/ Africa: Thompson Holidays (South Africa)
South Asia: D’Paul’s Travel Tours Ltd. (New Delhi, India)
East Asia : Guangdong Nanhu International Travel Services (Guangzhou, PR of China)
Oceania :New Horizons Holidays (East Perth, Australia)
ASEAN :Five Stars Tours Pte. Ltd. (Singapore)
Special Jury Award
Indonesia : Panorama Tours
Brunei : Pan Bright Travel Services
Thailand: Sunny Tours Co. Ltd

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Mystical Eve Interview: Joe Flizzow

December 24, 2011 during 5:30 pm

The organisation sat down with Joe Flizzow, Malaysian swat artist and before partial of Too Phat recently during a Mystical Eve Countdown Party press conference. He was diversion adequate to share with us his thoughts about New Years. How does it feel to be invited to perform during a Mystical Eve Countdown Party during Encorp Strand?
Joe: we feel blessed… and unequivocally vehement given we feel that there is something special about The Strand. The place looks like it’s built for village formed and family oriented outings, so we wish that we can yield arrange of jubilee for those who are coming. It feels good to be behaving on theatre with Mizz Nina and Pop Shuvit.

Joe Flizzow before of Too Phat competence not trust in resolutions, though he loves to jubilee on New Years! Do we customarily do countdown parties?
Joe: we have been doing New Year’s eve parties for a past 15 years, so we consider I’m flattering gifted in that sense. What are your New Year’s resolutions? Or do we not trust in it?
Joe: Yeah, we do not trust in New Year’s resolutions actually. For me, we feel that we do not have to wait for new year to start something. It could be Mar and if we feel like we wish to collect adult a new sport, we do not have to wait until New Year’s to do it. Though we do not trust in resolutions per se, we do trust in a symbolism of a new year, like a imprinting of a new beginning. It is like we are gripping time, though during a same time we wish to constantly do improved than what we did final year. That for me is what New Year’s is all about. If we pronounce about New Year’s resolutions, that will always be my fortitude each year – that is to do improved than before and do large things in a entrance years. That sounds unequivocally good. So do we have any skeleton in store for a entrance year? Professionally, that is.
Joe:: Oh, we got a lot of large plans. we only expelled a new singular with another singer, Rosa. That strain is climbing adult a charts in Indonesia, so we theory we will be going behind there a lot. Will Malaysian fans get to hear it here?
Joe: It will be expelled here soon. we consider it’s already online, so we guys can check it out there. It is called ‘One Night Lover’, Rosa featuring Joe Flizzow. Indonesia is a large marketplace that we are looking during to dig actually. We have had some success with Indonesia with Too Phat before this, so that is a good thing. Do we cite to perform in English or Bahasa Malaysia?Or we are gentle with a mix?
Joe: Actually English is my initial denunciation for me as we grew adult abroad. My family speaks English during home. we am also equally gentle vocalization in Bahasa Malaysia. In fact, my whole subsequent manuscript is indeed in Bahasa Malaysia and a manuscript is called ‘Untukmu’. You will be astounded given many people know Joe Flizzow as an artist who started out with Too Phat and sang a lot of English songs. Since we pronounced we grew adult abroad, how was New Year’s jubilee for we when we were younger?
Joe: Ah, we was too immature to remember most when we lived in England. Actually, as a kid, New Year’s do not unequivocally register most given as a kid, we tend to get vehement over Christmas. Christmas was good given my father used to put adult a trees and a presents when we was sleeping, so by a time we arise adult in a morning it will all be there. When we are a child and when we are still personification with a toys we got for Christmas, New Year’s seems like another typical day. What about New Year’s jubilee during your teenage years or during college years?
Joe: When we are in college, we get accede to do things that college kids get to do. New Year’s is always good given we grew adult in Subang, a place where it felt like it was 1Malaysia even before a 1Malaysia judgment was created. New Year’s was good fun given it was a one time where we get to spend time with your friends. So do we skip that kind of New Year compared with a form of New Year that we are going by now?
Joe: There have been a lot of New Years that we have to missed out given we have been behaving recently, generally when friends go for vacations or travel. we am still in hit with a same friends that we grew adult with given when we was in school. It is not like we have a opposite set of friends now that we am a rapper. we do have some-more friends, though we still have a people that we started out and we am still tighten to a people that were tighten to me 15 years ago. Actually, this kind of loyalty is tough to find. Since we were observant that we have been behaving for a final 15 years, do we remember any noted or superb New Year’s eve performances?
Joe: we won’t contend each year… it’s some-more like on and off… maybe out of 15 years, it was like 8 or 9 years. we remember one opening with Too Phat during Menara Kuala Lumpur. They requisitioned adult a whole place and we had a whole organisation there, a break-dancers and others. That was early 2000… somewhere like 2002… 10 years ago. It was good given that was a initial time that they requisitioned a swat organisation to be a categorical act. Prior to that, we were perplexing to come adult in a subterraneous and infer ourselves. Being invited felt like we were finally removing a recognition. For us, that New Year’s was big.

Want to see Joe Flizzow rapping? Then be during ENCORP Strand this New Year’s Eve! How has this year been for you? Was it good?
Joe: 2011 is a good year. we schooled that infrequently we can't do things alone. As most as we wish to micro-manage things, I’ve learnt to trust my team. I’ve learnt to trust a younger era and to commission a girl given we trust that a girl have got good ideas and can do something. Sometimes they only need a bit of certainty for them to shine. That has been 2011 for me. So it is like we are mellowing, and holding a lot of coach roles…
Joe: we won’t contend mellowing, though yeah.. in a lot of ways. When it comes down to operative as a team, while it is critical to be a good leader, it is also critical that a personality learns to trust a people that is operative underneath him.

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Mystical Eve Interview: Pop Shuvit

December 23, 2011 during 2:00 pm

Two members of Pop Shuvit were speckled during a Mystical Eve Countdown Party press discussion recently. AJ and JD were kind adequate to answer a questions we lined adult for them. Enjoy! How does it feel to be invited to perform during a Mystical Eve Countdown Party?
JD: Definitely excited. we am unequivocally vehement given we have never played here before in a new environment. Usually, New Year’s eve parties are always hold during a common places, so this year it is going to be opposite and better!

AJ: It is also going to be a 11th year personification together as a group. I’m happy that we are still being invited to play for New Year’s eve after so long!

Pop Shuvit, a good Malaysian indie rope is set to perform during Mystical Eve during ENCORP Strand What are your New Year’s resolutions?
JD: The million dollar question…
AJ: For Pop Shuvit, it would substantially to get a Grammy, as we have always been aiming for one. We aim big, so each year we try to get closer and closer to that.
JD: So we substantially set one outrageous and impractical goal, though along a approach we substantially set smaller goals. So each year we set those small goals that brings us closer to a large idea of winning a Grammy. Do we have any personal goals or any personal resolutions?
JD: *Jokes* we wish to be a solo singer-writer like Reza Salleh! Or maybe we wish to do a K-Pop manuscript and sell millions! *laughs during his comment* Or maybe we do not trust in resolutions?
AJ: Personally we don’t, though it is good to have something like that. Like in my case, me and my mother are awaiting a baby in 3 months’ time, so we wish to be a good daddy and yield for him as many as we can. Based on your experience, has any of your New Year’s resolutions came loyal in a past?

JD: Hmm… routinely by Jan 31st we will be like, ‘What did we put as my resolutions this year?’. *laughs* Any skeleton in store for a entrance year? As a organisation Pop Shuvit?
JD: Despite all personal stuff, for a organisation we devise to take a song and enhance it internationally. Our code new manuscript is out, it’s called Cherry Blossom Love Affair, so we will try to foster and get it distributed by some of a informal factories in Indonesia and a Philippines. We also wish to secure a lot some-more tours in United States and Europe as well. If Pop Shuvit fans in Malaysia would like to get their hands on your latest album, where can they go to get it?

JD: The manuscript is now being sole in any vital record stores like Rock Corner or Speedy Video. It is retailing for RM29 during a impulse and there are 12 songs in a album. Before your Pop Shuvit days, how did we spend your New Year’s eve? And are we guys customarily bustling behaving during New Year’s eve?
JD: For a past 10 years during least, we have been bustling doing a uncover roughly each New Year’s eve. That is fundamentally a memory of New Year’s eve, behaving on theatre and doing a countdown with a rope mates, who are like a family.
AJ: At slightest they turn a ‘brothers’ on a 31st of Dec each year… *laughs* You mentioned that we did a lot of performances during a New Year’s eve. What would be your many noted New Year’s eve performance?
AJ: Our initial opening actually…
JD: Where was it? Was that a initial New Year’s eve performance? we don’t remember… Tell us about a one that we remember a most…
AJ: we remember one time, during one of a progressing performances and it was hold during Bukit Bintang. There was this HUGE throng from a front of Starhill where we were personification right adult to a finish of Jalan Alor! It felt so cold to finally play for such a large crowd, for all a Malaysian fans. Was that a biggest audience that we guys have played to so far?
AJ: There were bigger crowds after that, though that was a one that left a biggest impression. We stopped Bukit Bintang from handling their normal business hours. How has a year been for Pop Shuvit?
JD: This year has been unequivocally unequivocally good. We had a smashing initial half of a year given we started recording a manuscript given center of final year and we managed to finish it in a initial entertain of 2011. The manuscript was expelled in center of this year. Running adult to that, we also had a unequivocally large uncover this year that was a MTV World Stage that was hold during I-City in Shah Alam. That was a large uncover where we got a full on set and played with large names like Thirty Seconds to Mars, Neon Trees and Beast. The biggest thing was that a opening was that it was promote to about 60 million households. It was unequivocally outrageous broadside for a group. So that done 2011 a good year for us.
AJ: And that also kind of put Malaysian song on a universe map. We agree. Pop Shuvit has contributed a lot to a Malaysian indie song stage over a years…
JD: We are substantially one of a initial eccentric groups to done it.
AJ: We took it and did it ourselves and done a name.
JD: Before there was an Indie blast in a Malaysia song industry…
AJ: Yeah, before Indie song became cool!

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Thursday December 22, 2011
Malacca Christmas fairyland comes alive

MALACCA: Come Christmas, the Portuguese Settlement here turns into a large fairyland. Having hosted the national Christmas open house celebrations twice, no expense is spared to make this time of year special.

Many homeowners have outdone each other in their Christmas decorations, especially lighting.

According to the settlement’s regedor Peter Gomez, some have spent up to RM10,000 to decorate their homes.

“We maintain the true spirit of Christmas as the birth of Jesus Christ brings light to the world, and want to ensure that visitors who come here are truly captivated,” he said.

Meanwhile, the Malacca Government’s Portuguese community advisor Joseph Sta Maria said the community was hoping that a Minister for Minority Affairs would be appointed.

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Mystical Eve Interview: Reza Salleh

December 22, 2011 during 2:51 pm

The group was propitious adequate to mark Reza Salleh during a Mystical Eve Countdown Party press discussion recently so we asked him a integrate of questions. Here is what he has to contend about New Year: How does it feel to be invited to perform during a Mystical Eve Countdown Party?
Reza: I feel unequivocally celebrated that they like my song and wish to embody me in this and I’m unequivocally excited. New Year’s Eve shows are a lot of fun and we adore fun gigs.

Rexa Salleh is behaving on Mystical Eve during ENCORP Strand What are your New Year’s resolutions?
Reza: My New Year’s resolutions are to work on a subsequent manuscript and to learn another language, preferably Japanese. Any other languages other than Japanese?
Reza: we consider one denunciation during a time is adequate for a moment. Maybe tfor he year after 2012 I’ll consider of another denunciation to learn. Did any of your New Year’s resolutions came true?
Reza: You know, a humorous thing about these resolutions is that we don’t remember them, so we wouldn’t be means to answer that. we don’t know if they did, so maybe they didn’t. I’d like to consider that they did though. *laughs* Any skeleton in store for a entrance year, we know… career wise, other than a new album?Or maybe we can tell us some-more about a new album?
Reza: Oh… a new manuscript is kind of sitting on a shelf during a moment. we have a materials for it, though it’s usually a matter of removing a right resources together to lift it off as good as a formulation concerned in producing an album. These are a things that we am operative on during a moment. Also, we am meditative of expanding my song to a informal level, something that we have taken a lot of seductiveness recently. Playing in other countries is a lot of fun! we am looking to personification some-more shows in Bandung, Japan and Korea. How was a accepting there in Japan and Korea?
Reza: It was excellent! They didn’t know who we was and we consider they didn’t know what we was singing, though we was unequivocally overwhelmed with their comfortable response in both countries. When we were younger, how did we spend your New Year’s eve? Like during your teenage years, or maybe even college years… Any noted things that comes to your mind?
Reza: The usually thing that comes to mind about New Year’s eve is being stranded in a jam. *Laughs out loud* we remember one year, we did a countdown in a car. You know how when we were younger, we would like to go out and jubilee or something, so and when everybody is going out during a same time, it causes a unequivocally bad jam. But thankfully in new years we have opted for a some-more low key, cold out kind of celebration. Other than being held in a jam, do we remember any noted New Year’s eve? celebrations? Something that is good and sweet… that we will still speak about compartment this day.
Reza: At a finish of a day, it unequivocally is spending time with friends that matter. When we have that kind of still time, that unequivocally creates my my year worthwhile. At a finish of a day, these are a things that are critical to me – my music, my family, my friends and my desired ones. One final doubt before we let we go! Was 2011 a unequivocally noted year for you?
Reza: Absolutely!! It’s an violent year since we launched my manuscript in Nov 2010, that was a finish of final year. So this whole year has been crazy for me, as we was compelling my manuscript on tip of personification during 5 opposite festivals as good as doing performances in Singapore, Japan, Korea and Indonesia. we suspicion Dec might have been a still month, though it incited out to be otherwise. It’s still an overwhelming experience.

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