Malaysia Airlines and Sabah Tourism sign on for new partnership campaign

Posted on : 09-11-2017 | By : sabah today | In : International News

LONDON: Malaysia Airlines Berhad (MAB) in London and Sabah Tourism Board (STB) signed a new partnership campaign for 2018 to continue to boost arrivals to Sabah and raise the profile of Borneo (Kota Kinabalu) in the United Kingdom.

Next year, MAB London will be conducting a series of trade and consumer activities and campaigns to promote Sabah and Malaysia through digital campaign promotions on the Malaysia Airlines UK/EU online portals, partnership with Kuoni, and travel trade partnership with key tour operator partners to launch the A350 route.

Signing the agreement at the World Travel Market London 2017 at ExCel London  were Tourism, Culture and Environment Minister Datuk Seri Panglima Masidi Manjun  and Adrian Keating, Malaysia Airlines Regional Manager UK, Ireland, and Europe and North America.

“This partnership will help to create even greater opportunities to increase the growing number of tourists and business travellers from UK and Ireland flying to Sabah,” said Masidi, adding that the statistics by Sabah Tourism Board revealed that in 2016, there were 35,901 arrivals from these key markets, a seven percent increase compared to 2015. The overall international arrivals in 2016 recorded more than 1.1 million visitors, a notable significant increase of 15.4 percent compared to 2015.

On Malaysia Airlines, visitors to Kota Kinabalu grew by 57% from January to September 2017 to reach 10,523 arrivals compared to the same period in 2016.

According to Keating, Malaysia Airlines is a brand that is embedded in the culture and diversity of Malaysia and we are delighted to renew our partner with the Sabah Tourism Board to showcase all that the region has to offer.

“Whether you want to explore the heights of Mount Kinabalu or relax on a paradise beach, Sabah is the perfect place to start your Malaysian adventure,” he added.

Also present were Suzaini Sabdin Ghani, Deputy General Manager of Sabah Tourism Board and Daniel Roman, Assistant Manager Marketing, Sabah Tourism Board (UK, Europe and US Market).

The Sabah Tourism delegation was led by Masidi and also participated by Borneo Nature Tours, Borneo Adventures, Shangri La’s Rasa Ria, Rustic Borneo, and Borneo Sandakan Tours.

World Travel Market London is the leading global event for the travel industry, generating more than ¢G2.8 billion of business contracts between attendees.

Over three days, the travel industry comes together as almost 5,000 exhibiting destinations, technology and private sector companies meet and network with 51,000 travel professionals, key industry buyers, journalists, digital influencers, students and tourism ministers.


Prince Charles’ kindness touches the people’s hearts

Posted on : 09-11-2017 | By : sabah today | In : National

GEORGE TOWN: Prince of Wales, Prince Charles’ kindness towards the people touched the hearts of many during His Royal Highness’ visit to the China House at Lebuh Pantai here today.

Sugar cane and coconut trader, Tan Teik Chuan said the prince was a “very down to earth person” when he willingly greeted and shook hands with the crowd at his shop located about 350m from the Sun Yat Sen Heritage Trail at Armenian Street.

Describing Charles as a kind-hearted and warm person, he said the prince enquired about his business and the source of the coconuts he sold at his shop.

“Prince Charles asked me about my business, as well as the price,” Tan told Bernama here. He has been operating his business for the past nine months.

For Devinda Kaur, 54, the opportunity to meet and shake hands with Prince Charles will last forever in her memory.

“I’m very happy and today is my luckiest day, having been able to meet His Royal Highness,” she said.

Earlier, attired in a light grey suit with black and red striped tie, the Prince of Wales visited the Sun Yat Sen Museum at Lebuh Armenian here.

Signing the visitors’ book, he spent about a few minutes before leaving for the World Fish Centre at Bayan Lepas.

Earlier, Charles and wife, Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall visited the Seven Terrace here at 12.40pm and was accompanied by the Island City Council’s (MBPP) mayor, Datuk Maimunah Mohd Sharif.

Seven Terraces is a contiguous row of Anglo-Chinese terrace houses located just behind the Goddess of Mercy Temple in Jalan Masjid Kapitan Keling here.

The row of houses is a sterling, splendid example of an adaptive reuse of heritage buildings that is of low density and low impact.

The visit of Prince Charles and Camilla to Malaysia is part of their 11-day tour of Singapore, Malaysia and India from Oct 30 to Nov 9.

Previous visits by the British Royalty here were by Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II and the Duke of Edinburgh who attended the official opening of the 16th Commonwealth Games in Kuala Lumpur in 1998, and the visit by Prince William and Kate Middleton, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge in September 2012.


Royal couple’s visit puts Sarawak on tourism map – Abdul Karim

Posted on : 09-11-2017 | By : sabah today | In : National

KUCHING: The visit by the British royal couple, Prince Charles, the Prince of Wales and Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall here yesterday has put Sarawak on the world tourism map.

Sarawak Tourism, Arts, Culture, Youth and Sports Minister Datuk Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah said this was due to the fact that the couple had wide world media coverage, especially in the United Kingdom.

“Wherever they go, the world media and especially media in UK will publish it. This puts Sarawak on the world tourism map,” he told Bernama here today.

Abdul Karim was impressed with Prince Charles’ passion for the environment and conservation, shown during the latter’s visit to the Semenggoh Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre and Sarawak Biodiversity Centre here.

“His Royal Highness seems fascinated with the orangutans at the Semenggoh Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre as well as the Sarawak Biodiversity Centre.

“He asked a lot of questions from the caretakers of the two centres and seemed very satisfied with what Sarawak is doing,” Abdul Karim said, adding that he was pleased with their visit here.

The visit was part of a seven-day visit to Malaysia to mark the 60th anniversary of bilateral relations between Malaysia and Britain.