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The Launching of ‘Batang Ai – Rainforest, Wildlife and People’

‘Batang Ai – Rainforest, Wildlife and People’ was launched internationally at the Malaysia Pavilion at the World Travel Mart 2015 (WTM) on November 2.  The book takes readers on a visual journey through the remarkable beauty of the greater Batang Ai region in the State of Sarawak, Malaysia.

Published by one of Malaysia’s renowned tour operators, Borneo Adventure, the book features the captivating areas at Batang Ai, the indigenous Iban heartland of the tropical rainforest and one of a few remaining viable habitats for the Orang Utan in Sarawak.

The book focuses on the inter-related mix of flora and fauna and the local inhabitants, with chapters devoted to conservation and the development of the local community’s involvement in the tourism industry.

Batang Ai’s patchwork of primary and secondary rainforest, interwoven with fast flowing rivers, is home to a range of wildlife as well to a number of Iban communities who live on the fringes of the rainforest.

The book is co-authored and edited by Philip Yong and Robert Basiuk.

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WTM-2015 | ‘Batang Ai – Rainforest, Wildlife and People’ book introduction for Minister of Tourism Malaysia by Philip Yong – Chairman Marketing sub-committee.


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WTM 2015 | ‘Batang Ai – Rainforest, Wildlife and People’ book lucky draw.


WTM 2015 batang ai book

WTM 2015 | ‘Batang Ai – Rainforest, Wildlife and People’ book lucky draw winner.


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Impression Melaka’ Launched Next Year As Iconic Tourism Product

KUALA LUMPUR, Sept 3 (Bernama) — The ‘Impression Melaka’ project, to be launched in October next year, is set to become one of the iconic tourist attractions for Visit Malaysia 2014.

Tourism and Culture Minister Datuk Seri Mohamed Nazri Abdul Aziz said ‘Impression Melaka’ was the latest entry point project within the Tourism National Key Economic Area (NKEA).

“In line with NKEA, this RM213.2 million project is estimated to attract 1.2 million tourists per annum, generating RM179 million GNI (Gross National Income) into the economy,” he told a press conference here Tuesday.

Mohamed Nazri said the project would also create approximately 500 direct, and thousands of indirect job opportunities to locals, apart from attracting foreign investments, and boost local livelihood.

He noted that the project was the first and only Mega Outdoor ‘Impression’ Series outside China, and exclusive in Malaysia, as the first location in the Southeast Asia region.

“This project will add a key highlight to Malaysia and contribute to making Malaysia a preferred destination,” said the minister.

‘Impression Melaka’, he said, would showcase a perfect combination of natural environment as the background, whilst utilising the latest light and sound technology, modern art concepts and huge number of cultural performers.

He said ‘Impression Melaka’ would host two or three shows every night, with each show lasting between 70 and 90 minutes, with rotating audience seating which could accommodate up to 2,000 visitors per performance.

“This unique tourism product will feature a mega outdoor performance directed by world-acclaimed Zhang Yimou, Wang Chaoge and Fanyue, the directors of the 2008 Beijing Olympic opening and closing ceremony,” said Mohamed Nazri.


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25 million visited Malaysia last year

25 million visited Malaysia last year

Going green: Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Tan Sri Nor Mohamed Yakcop and Dr Ng planting trees when launching the ‘My Beautiful Malaysia Day’ cleaning campaign at the national park in Telok Bahang, Penang.

They also spent more time in the country compared to previous years, Tourism Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ng Yen Yen said.

“I am extremely happy that the tourism industry has consistently registered growth year after year,” she said. “Last year, tourist arrivals to the country were 25,032,708 – an increase of 1.3% from 2011. And tourist receipts were RM60.6bil compared to RM58.3bil in 2011,” she added.

“This showed that the ministry’s strategy to make tourists spend more in Malaysia was successful.”


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Cultural makeover for Kuala Lumpur

Parts of central Kuala Lumpur will soon be given a makeover to better reflect Malaysia’s cultural heritage. Information, Communications and Culture Minister Datuk Seri Dr Rais Yatim said his ministry was in discussion with the Federal Territories and Urban Wellbeing Ministry and the Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL) to put together a proposal to be presented to the Cabinet for approval.

“We already have a Little India in Brickfields and a Chinatown in Petaling Street which does well to represent the Indian and Chinese cultures respectively. We hope to transform some areas in KL, such as the stretch from the KTMB building to the Sultan Abdul Samad building, to better reflect other cultures which are also part of our national heritage,” he said, adding that the makeover would include Jalan Melayu to better portray Malay culture.

Dr Rais said he hoped the initiative would instill patriotism and greater appreciation for the nation’s cultural heritage, especially among the younger generation. The minister said this while officially declaring 154 National Heritage items, including nine living persons at the Sultan Abdul Samad building here yesterday. Among the nine recognized for their contributions to the country as a part of our national heritage are Nyonya Tan Abdullah for her dondang sayang, Eyo Hock Seng for his work in wayang kulit and mak yong practitioner Mek Jah Deris.

The other items listed are iconic buildings, archaeological and natural sites, traditional games, martial arts, traditional cuisine, local arts and craft, dances, as well as traditional medical practices. At the event, Rais also witnessed the official flag-off of the Jejak Warisan (Heritage Footsteps) Program which was participated by 450 students from schools in KL and Selangor. The minister said programs such as these were important to ensure the country’s heritage is not forgotten by the younger generation. “Our heritage is our identity as a nation. We need to pass on the stories, the arts and culture which makes us who we are, to the generations after us,” he said. Source:

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ASEAN Tourism Forum 2012


The city of Manado, capital of the province North Sulawesi – famous for its friendly people, fantastic diving and wonderful food,  – is set to welcome the hundreds of government and private sector delegates and participants to the ASEAN Tourism Forum – ATF 2012.

To be held at the Golden Kawanua Convention Center from 8th to 15th January 2012, ATF is the first in the series of annual events in the global tourism industry agenda.

ATF brings together Tourism ministers from all 10 ASEAN countries and senior government officials, and has as important adjunct the annual ASEAN Travex, the BtoB forum bringing global tourism business to the entire ASEAN region.

Carrying the theme: ASEAN Tourism for Global Community of Nations, the opening ceremony will take place on Thursday, 12 January 2012, at the Novotel Manado Convention Center, to be officiated by Indonesia’s Minister for Tourism and Creative Economy, DR. Mari Elka Pangestu.

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