Cuisine in Melaka


Malaysia/Melaka To Host World Tourism Conference 2013

PUTRAJAYA, July 15 (Bernama) — The Ministry of Tourism and Culture together with the United Nations World Tourism Organisation and the state government of Melaka will organise the World Tourism Conference 2013 (WTC 2013).

The three-day conference will be held at the Equatorial Hotel, Melaka, from Oct 21, the ministry said in a statement today.

It said the main objective of the WTC 2013 is to discuss and address current and relevant issues related to the tourism industry, where the key areas for discussion would be on innovative marketing and directions for tourism product development.

Themed,”Global Tourism: Game Changer and Pace Setters”, the conference is expected to bring together world leaders in tourism, high-level policymakers, specialists and experts from both the public and private sector to share experiences, while providing guidance for tourism development, the ministry said.

“Therefore, WTO 2013 should be attended by all travel and trade members in Malaysia, such as hoteliers, tourism officers, airlines and airport representatives, as well as tour operators among others, as they will get the opportunity to connect, share and learn during the event,” it added.

It said registration for the conference is now open and the public can visit for more details.

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Cuisine in Melaka


MELAKA- In 2008, UNESCO chose to register both cities of Melaka and Georgetown (State of Penang) into the World Heritage List. Both cities were seen as lively historical testimonies of 500 years of trading and cultural exchanges between East and West in the Straits of Malacca.

The UN agency for culture then acknowledged that few urban centres in Southeast Asia blended to intimately influences of Asia and Europe providing both towns with a specific multicultural heritage, both tangible and intangible. With its government buildings, churches, squares and fortifications, Melaka is a remarkable example of colonial architecture, which stretches back to the 15th-century Malay sultanate, continued with the Portuguese and Dutch presence from the early 16th century to finally become part of British Malaya before being part of the new independent Malaysia.

UNESCO then helped Melaka to preserve and renovate its blend of Chinese, European and Malay architectures as well as preserving its peculiar way of life. Over the last five years, old houses along the River have been renovated, some transformed into trendy cafes, eateries and hotels. In the evening special lighting effects turn also the city into an attractive night destination. 

Long considered as a sleepy outpost on the way from Kuala Lumpur to Singapore, Melaka is now reviving as tourists and domestic visitors rediscover the city since its UNESCO inception.

In 2011, Melaka recorded its highest number of visitors ever at 12.165 million. They generated tourism revenues of RM 7.06 billion (US$ 2.2 billion).

According to State Tourism, Culture and Heritage Committee chairman Datuk Wira Latiff Tamby Chik, growth in tourist arrivals was 17.5 per cent higher than in 2010.

During the first four months of 2012, growth continued unabated. Melaka welcomed during that period 4.11 million, a further rise of 13.3 % over the same months of 2011. From this number, 2.92 million were domestic tourists while the rest were foreigners.

Foreign arrivals grow faster than the domestic ones (37.3% versus 5.8%). The State government now believes that Melaka will welcome over 12.5 million visitors by year end. 

According to report by the State Tourism Department, Melaka top five foreign country tourist arrivals were China with 222,999 tourists followed by Singapore (185,277), Indonesia (16890), Taiwan (108,128) and Hong Kong (57,241).

Most popular attractions to the area are museums (312,058 visitors) followed by the Malacca River Cruise (279,338 visitors), Malacca Zoo (176,943) and Menara Taming Sari (169,340). 

A popular program in Melaka for foreign travellers is homestays with local people. Melaka offers 7 homestay programs officially registered with the Tourism Ministry. They welcomed last year 25,109 visitors, of which 8,883 were foreign guests. 

Among the new initiatives launched towards for travellers is a new website called ‘Welcome to Melaka’. The site provides travellers with everything about Malaysia’s capital city of culture by sharing some of Melaka’s best addresses, providing also web-surfers with articles and even discounts to selected shops. 

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1Malaysia Year-end Sale 2011

1Malaysia Year-end Sale 2011

The fanciful 1Malaysia Year End Sale (1MYES) has only started!

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

Organised by a Ministry of Tourism, a 1MYES 2011 sale deteriorate starts from 15 Nov 2011 to 1 Jan 2012.

This year there will be a horde of sparkling events, promotions and good deals for shoppers nationwide.  Some of a activities lined- adult include:


Apart from admiring a anniversary décor of a countless malls, a open also has a event to attend in a 1MYES Favourite Mall Contest to opinion for their favourite mall. They can expel their opinion during from 21 Nov 2011 to 1 Jan 2012 and mount a possibility to win appealing weekly prizes of transport vouchers. The many renouned mall will win prizes too!


MasterCard continues to prerogative a cardholders with some-more privileges and benefits, from present mall redemptions to precious experiences, for a arriving 1Malaysia Year End Sale 2011. With a smallest spend of RM250 on MasterCard branded cards, during participating malls nationwide, cardholders can get a event to travel divided with present redemptions. Also adult for grabs, in partnership with Pavilion KL and Qatar Airways, is a outing to declare a arriving Paris Fashion Week 2012, drifting on Business Class.  Cardholders, with a smallest spend of RM500 during Subang Parade Shopping Centre; will be authorised to win a  4 days 3 nights stay during a Rasa Premier Suite during Shangri-La Rasa Sayang Resort in Penang value RM11, 500. Other than that, there are a sum of 1,800 day passes to a Malaysia International Fashion Week to be redeemed during comparison malls. With this, remember, there are some things income can’t buy, for all else, there’s MasterCard.


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

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


For a initial time in Southeast Asia, a United Buddy Bear art muster – comprising 148 life-size fibreglass bear sculptures creatively grown in Berlin, Germany – will be exhibited during a Bukit Bintang Entrance of Pavilion KL. Each bear is hand-painted easily in a accumulation of singular designs and paint countries concurred by a United Nations, bringing a summary of assent and tolerance.



Legendary crooner Julio Iglesias will be in Kuala Lumpur to perform 1,800 specifically invited guests. Log onto and answer a few elementary questions to win giveaway tickets, or watch a uncover online around a YES website. Patrons of Jalan Bukit Bintang are also means to suffer a unison from surrounding buildings like Pavilion KL, Grand Millenium Hotel, Fahrenheit 88 etc.


Malls will be embellished in full frolic to chaperon in a Christmas celebrations. Look out for hulk Christmas trees, carousels, Santa Claus, caroling performances and holiday shows.



Welcome a New Year with giveaway concerts, live song deejays, hotel packages, celebration dinners and a firework fantastic during Bukit Bintang and KLCC.


Beginning 1 Jan 2011, a Malaysian supervision had waived import duties on some-more than 300 products in an bid to raise Malaysia’s position as a duty-free selling destination. The taxation is waived to attract a wider operation of principal brands to deposit in Malaysia and in doing so, supplement accumulation to a product choice on a market.

Head over to Malaysia for a biggest 1Malaysia Year-End Sale ever, and suffer some-more bargains with each ringgit spent!


For some-more information, pleasantly hit a Shopping Malaysia Secretariat at:

Tel          :               603 8891 8000

Fax         :               603 88918548

E-mail    :     



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Life Sdn Bhd 7: Refugees

October 23, 2011 during 2:00 pm

How does it feel like to not be means to see your family or friends ever again? To be evicted from your possess nation even yet no crime was committed? This is what it means to be a refugee. As tangible by a United Nations Convention Relating to a Status of Refugees (UNCHR) of 1951, a interloper is tangible as a chairman who ‘owing to a probable fear of being persecuted for reasons of race, religion, nationality, membership of a sold amicable group, or domestic opinion, is outward a nation of his nationality, and is incompetent to or, overdue to such fear, is reluctant to relief himself of a insurance of that country‘. Some refugees live a normal and gentle life in their new homes, others do not transport so well. One common thing that all refugees share is their adore for their possess country.

Life Sdn Bhd 7: Refugees

In partnership with UNCHR, The Actors Studio presents Life Sdn Bhd 7: REFUGEES, a seventh Life Sdn Bhd array that has been receiving good response from a public. This array will underline 7 bold group and women from Myanmar, Somalia and Sri Lanka, who will share their honest and constrained stories of their lives as refugees in Malaysia. Though they might have mislaid everything, these refugees, like a other many refugees seeking preserve in Malaysia, uncover an implausible bravery and stability to sojourn indifferent and certain in their will to survive.

Joining a refugees on theatre is Deborah Henry, who is a interloper rights advocate, and Susheela Balasundaram of UNCHR, together with singer-songwriters Ariff Akhir and Ian Chow. The Life Sdn Bhd 7: REFUGEES array will be hold from 26th compartment 29th Oct during 8.30 pm AND 30th Oct during 3.00 pm. Tickets are labelled during RM 33 for adults and RM 23 for students and TAS label holders. Viewers attending a preview night on 26th Oct will be charged a prosaic rate of RM 23 per entry. For some-more information, call The Actors Studio during 03 2142 2009 / 2143 2009 or record on to a website here.

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Festival of Wings 2011

October 15, 2011 during 2:00 pm

It is that time of a year again where a swift friends embark on their prolonged debate from colder homes streamer to warmer climates. This annual eventuality is organized to foster a significance of a birds as a healthy indicator of a world Earth’s health. Bird lovers can design to see dozens of class of a feathered friends interlude by en track to their destinations.

Festival of Wings 2011

The Malaysian Nature Society (MNS) and Kuala Selangor Nature Park (KSNP) celebrates this yearly eventuality by organising a dual day Festival of Wings 2011 to be hold during Kuala Selangor Nature Park from 22nd to 23rd Oct 2011. As a premier eco-tourism site in Selangor, a eventuality also aims to emanate an recognition of a sourroundings as this year is aptly announced as a International Year of Forests by a United Nations (UN). Lots of fun and sparkling activities are in store for inlet lovers and a open to attend and enjoy. There will be a FOW-BATA Run 2011 hold on 22nd Oct during 7.00 am, bird examination sessions, mangrove stream cruises and tours and a firefly tour. It is truly an sparkling eventuality not to be missed. For some-more information, greatfully record on to MNS’ website here or call 03 3289 2294.

Photo (c) Malaysian Nature Society

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