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Desaru Coast set to welcome Indian business and leisure travelers in 2018

Malaysia’s First Premium Integrated Destination to increase Tourist Receipts with New Offerings

 “India has always been an important market for Malaysia. In 2016, a total of 6,38,578 Indian travelers visited Malaysia, maintaining its position as the sixth top tourist generating market to the country. Desaru Coast will definitely make the Indian excited and thus giving a boost to arrivals to the country” said Mr. Mohd Hafiz Hashim, Director – Tourism Malaysia, Mumbai. He was speaking during the exclusive preview of Desaru Coast here in Mumbai recently.

Speaking on the occasion, Mr Philip Whittaker, Chief Executive Officer of Integrated Theme Parks & Attractions and Chief Commercial Officer of Themed Attractions Resorts & Hotels Sdn. Bhd. Said, “  “Desaru Coast’s India tour will open doors for us to connect with buyers of all sectors within the travel-value chain commerce whilst positioning Desaru Coast as the destination of choice amongst holidaymakers and business travelers alike within the region. We look forward to sharing a preview of the destination that will appeal to international travelers with its myriad of offerings.”

 Ms. Olivia Ooi, Senior Vice President, Destination Sales & Marketing, 2. Mr. Philip Whittaker, Chief Executive Officer of Integrated Theme Parks & Attractions and Chief Commercial Officer of Themed Attractions Resorts & Hotels Sdn. Bhd.
3. Ms. Kristine Lim, Vice President, Destination Sales & Marketing

Developed by Desaru Development Holdings One Sdn. Bhd., Desaru Coast is located at the south-eastern region of Malaysia, spanning over 3,900 acres along an unspoiled 17km beachfront facing the South China Sea. The destination is easily accessible via land, ferry, and air. Desaru Coast is home to four globally renowned hotels and resorts, two world-class golf courses, a themed water park, a retail village as well as a conference centre.

Anchored by Desaru Coast Adventure Waterpark, one of the world’s biggest water parks with the largest wave pool in Southeast Asia, the attraction also presents visitors with a Malaysian fishing village atmosphere. Visitors can also experience the first water coaster in the region and a unique mix of wet and dry rides.

The fully-integrated beach-front destination will encompass globally renowned hotels and resorts namely The Westin Desaru Coast Resort, Anantara Desaru Coast Resort & Villas and Hard Rock Hotel Desaru Coast.

Adding to the vast array of leisure and holistic offerings is Desaru Coast Riverside, a 23-acre water-front landscaped retail and lifestyle village located in the heart of Desaru Coast that delivers an all-inclusive leisure experience, including a range of retail, eateries and entertainment outlets. Completing the unique blend of experiences that the multi-billion-dollar integrated destination has to offer is the Desaru Coast Conference Centre, an equipped multipurpose venue with a banquet area and exhibition space that can host up to 1,000 participants. The conference centre is furnished with meeting and breakout rooms, VIP lounges, a pre-function area, and courtyard to cater to MICE events, corporate functions and entertainment events.

Golf aficionados will get the chance to tee-off at the first Els Club in Southeast Asia, the third in the world, The Els Club Malaysia in Desaru Coast. The Els Club Desaru Coast comprises two championship golf courses, the 27-hole Ocean Course and the 18-hole Valley Course. Managed by Troon Golf, the Ocean Course was designed by 4-time Major Champion, Ernie Els, while the Valley Course was designed in collaboration with Els’ long-standing friend and major champion, Vijay Singh. Golfers can be guaranteed a world-class golf experience with an incredible view.

Desaru Coast is set to unveil its destination offerings in stages, with the opening of The Els Club Desaru Coast – Ocean Course in September 2016 and The Els Club Desaru Coast – Valley Course in March 2017, followed by the remaining components from end June 2018.

The Indian travel community and visitors are welcomed to find out more about the latest updates on Desaru Coast developments at SATTE, New Delhi, Booth no. E170, Hall 1 (January 31st – February 2nd, 2018).

For more information, visit www.desarucoast.com

Malaysia: Come Home for a Holiday

Picture yourself waking up by the serene mountains, soaking in the hot springs, long evening walks along the sea, feeling the sand between your toes and watching the sunset by the water. If you plan to relax after a stressful career or  are just planning to take a break from the monotony of life, Malaysia is the destination for all that your leisure checklist comprises.

From youth to retirees, people are devoting ample amount of time for their leisure and relaxation needs and opting for a new settlement, overseas. Keeping in mind such changes and trends in lifestyle, Government of Malaysia has initiated ‘The Malaysia My Second Home Program (MM2H)’.  Initially catering to foreigners who are seeking for a long term social visit in Malaysia, the programme now welcomes foreigners to reside and retire with a social visit pass in Malaysia.

The MM2H programme is becoming increasingly popular amongst the foreigners who plan to settle overseas, primarily because of the various facilities and privileges offered to them. Under the social visit pass, which is often for a period of 10 years and renewable, participants can travel freely in and out of Malaysia.  They are entitled to own property, purchase cars, apply for domestic help and avail education facilities for their children upto a certain age. Many people prefer continuing with work or investing in the career of their choice, all of which is facilitated under this programme.  A participant can register a business or opt for a part time employment in Malaysia as well.

Malaysia is bustling with tourists all around the year and even a period of 10 years falls short to discover this beautiful country entirely. Over this social visit to Malaysia, the participants can closely witness various cultures and their customs, participating in one of many workshops of the local tribes in Sarawak, East Malaysia. They can experience an array of adventurous activities, from trekking through the pristine rainforests or a boat tour of the mangroves in Langkawi. Over the weekends, one can escape into a luxurious lifestyle of Johor Bahru or simply head to Sunway Lagoon theme park in KL. For a day of thrills and fun, take a tour to Sipadan Island and discover the treasure trove of some of the most amazing wildlife species. Truly said, Malaysia is a land of endless opportunities and a treat to the eyes for everyone who visits.


“For the past two consecutive years, Malaysia is the third best country to emigrate after Nicaragua and Panama, ranked by international living Inc. We look forward to welcome our friends from overseas to come and experience the unparalleled hospitality in Malaysia and feel at home”, says Mr. Manoharan Periasamy, Director-Tourism Malaysia, India.

You can expect fresh air, clean water and a relaxing lifestyle as well as first-world health care, modern infrastructure and friendly locals who speak English. Malaysia offers numerous options and reasons to retire from the hustle bustle of daily life. There’s no need to rush because you don’t need to be anywhere or accomplish your targets by a certain time.

Savor a quality life, come home to Malaysia.

 About Tourism Malaysia India


Malaysia Tourism Promotion Board, popularly known as Tourism Malaysia, was established to promote Malaysia as a top-of-mind tourist destination showcasing Malaysia’s unique wonders, attractions and cultures; develop domestic tourism and enhance Malaysia’s share of the market for meetings, incentives, conventions and exhibitions (MICE). Tourism Malaysia’s objective is to promote Malaysia as an outstanding tourist destination and make the tourism industry a major contributor to the socio-economic development of the nation. In India, Tourism Malaysia offices are conveniently located in cities like Mumbai, Delhi and Chennai.

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 In 2014, Malaysia celebrates its fourth VISIT MALAYSIA YEAR (VMY) with the theme “Celebrating 1Malaysia Truly Asia”. The VMY 2014 promotional campaign has started this year with a series of year-long special events and activities leading to VMY 2014. It will contribute to the Government’s target to receive 36 million tourist arrivals and RM168 billion in receipts by 2020, as outlined in the Malaysia Tourism Transformation Plan (MTTP) 2020.