Celebrating one Malaysia

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Saturday, March 1, 2014

IT WAS a good start for the new year when Tourism Malaysia invited media and travel agents from the Philippines to witness the Visit Malaysia Year (VMY) 2014. It was Malaysia’s another way of saying “we have great places to explore” and “thank you for being one of the top generating markets in Malaysia.”

Tourism Malaysia (TM) is aggressive in its promotion as 219 international travel agents and media from 26 countries all over the world, from its neighbouring countries in Asia up to the western edge of Europe, witnessed the stirring preparations of Malaysia to its tourists.

Hailed as 10th most popular tourism destination in the world in 2012, Malaysia is gearing up to another year of fun, grandeur, and festivity.
TM revealed another promising year for 2014.

Its capital, Kuala Lumpur, is still a major hub for shopping and the area of Bukit Bintang, with 10 big shopping malls, has become popular among tourists. From classy shopping malls to budget-type electronic malls, one can simply roam around, pick some stuff, and complete what’s in the what-to-buy list.

But it’s not all shopping mania in Malaysia. TM has prepared the yearly major international events that will take place in Malaysia.

For the first half of the year, Malaysia has prepared for the Royal Langkawi International Regatta where more than 50 yachts compete in highly-charged racing classes. The annual World Kite Festival is all set in February where kite makers from over 30 countries will showcase their colorful and creative kite designs and incredible flying skills.

Other international competitions such as the adrenaline-pumping Formula 1 Petronas Malaysia Grand Prix race and the famous Future Music Festival Asia (FMFA) are set to take Malaysia by storm in March.

The second quarter will come with a bang as festivals will unite Malaysia and other countries. For April alone, four festivals will simply take your breath away. Malaysia has the Royal Belum World Drums Festival to coincide with the birthday of the Sultan, the Malay Archipelago Drum Festival to concur with the Melaka World Heritage City celebration, Penang World Music Festival to gather local and international musicians, and Malaysia Water Festival Labuan to pull domestic and international water sports enthusiasts.

The next months will still be celebrated with glorious festivals such as Borneo Jazz Festival, Sunset Music Festival, and Rainforest World Music Festival.

Even the birds and the crickets will find their way as they will be judged according to their pitch, melody, volume, and the melodious chirping and endurance in the Bird & Bush Cricket Festival in June.
The second half of the year is full of showcase of the rich and diverse cultures in Malaysia. There are the Borneo Cultural Festival, KL Arts & Cultural Festival, and Malaysia Open House Celebration where it brings together people from all walks of life to celebrate the country’s various festivals and to foster the unity and harmony of one Malaysia. As this will happen in December, this will become an unforgettable way to end the year.

TM is targeting more tourist arrivals from the Philippines as Filipinos have become the top 7 tourist generating markets to Malaysia last year with 277, 378 arrivals from January to June.

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