Malaysia Tourism should be hailed for their exemplary efforts in organizing mega FAM which is a platform for Ministers, Tourism Officials, Journalists, Bloggers, Travel Agents to interact and get to know what Malaysia has to offer for tourists. Their dedication towards making Malaysia a tourism friendly country is commendable. With this program our contingent of Bloggers – Bienu Verma Vaghela, Vinita S. Rajwade, Journalists – Swati Dekhane (Pudhari), Vishu Bhardwaj (Navbharat) and Supita Dev (Associate Editor – Express Travelworld) accompanied by Deepa Venugopal, VP, Beehive Communications left for Malaysian shores on the night of November 12 by Malaysian Airlines flight. The excitement was palpable…but before anything we started bonding at airport itself. So the stage was set for events to unfold. At KL airport we were accompanied by Jeevan, the guide for all nine days and believe me they turned out to be most memorable days of my life. We were treated like princess with minute to minute program being charted out which included malls, visit to some fine dining restaurants, MUD theatre, Bond Concert – License to Thrill, Art & Craft fare, Fashion Shows…UNESCO heritage site – Melaka and Johor Bahru – Angry Bird Park and Legoland.
I must admit, Malaysia has lot to offer for tourists travelling from all over the world, stuff is reasonably priced, honest people, transparent dealings, you have it all for making your trip memorable. For ladies, it is shopping haven with topping of fine dining, exquisite cuisines, great sight-seeing, for men many adventure sports and for kids places like Angry Bird Park, Hello Kitty Park and above all Legoland where I myself was reduced to a child. I wanted to have more time there, as I was unable to get enough of it what was on offer for children. Legoland Malaysia Resort’s Public Relations Executive Raja Yasmin took us around the LegoLand and enthusiastically shared many features of Legoland.
This year 277 participants from across the globe were part of super charged Destination Seminar of Tourism Malaysia’s Mega Fam Programme held on November 15, 2014.
They were comprised of international media and travel agents from 26 countries, namely Australia, Brunei, Bulgaria, Cambodia, China, Czech republic, Egypt, Germany, India, Indonesia, Iran, Italy, Japan, Kazakhstan, Korea, Myanmar, the Netherlands, New Zealand, the Philippines, Saudi Arabia, Thailand, Turkey, the United Arab Emirates, Uzbekistan, Vietnam and Yemen. The mega FAM participants got to see for themselves Malayasia’s vibrant shopping scene and experience the sights and sounds of the country.
Prior to the launching ceremony, the mega FAM participants attended a destination seminar at the Royale Chulan Hotal, Kuala Lumpur where we were briefed by Tourism Malaysia, themed attractions & resorts Malaysia, the Kuala Lumpur City hall, and express rail link (erl), on the country’s latest tourism developments and offerings. It was followed by a welcome luncheon hosted by the deputy general (promotion) of tourism Malaysia Dato’ Haji Azizan Noordin.
A detailed presentations was made on Express Rail Link ( ERL) during the destination seminar about which I would definitely like share with my readers. It is the fastest airport transfer in Kuala Lumpur. It is the operator of KLIA Ekspres and KLIA Transit High Speed train services that connect KL International Airport ( KLIA and KLIA 2) and KL Central Station in the city. Total journey time is 39 minutes and departures are every 20 minutes and every 30 minutes during off-peak hours. Here standard Single and Return trip fares are available for all sectors.
On 14 November, we mega fam participants enjoyed a tour of Kuala Lumpur’s shopping trail – the Bukit Bintang-KLCC (BBKLCC) walk, and also a musical production – Mud: out story of kuala Lumpur at Pangguang Bandaraya, aw well as license to thrill: a bond concert at Istana Budaya. The MUD and Licence to thrill were unique and one of its kind experience…more on these in my next blogpost.