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Malaysia year end sale, make most of it with Tourist Refund Scheme

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As the last quarter of the year approaches, Malaysia gears up to boost its shopping experience with some never-seen-before shopping offers. Malaysia has three major shopping seasons in a year, including 1 Malaysia Grand Prix, 1 Malaysia Sale Carnival and the Grand Year End Sale. To boost the grand retail finish and retain customer confidence, Malaysia brings forth the exclusive Tourist Refund Scheme.

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According to a survey conducted recently by Tourism Malaysia, tourists spend maximum on shopping and the country witnesses dedicated tourists for shopping across key market hubs. The survey shows that tourist expenditure on shopping took the top spot from accommodation as travel component for the first quarter of 2015, with an increase of 10.8% to RM4.9 billion against the same period last year.

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Royal Malaysian Customs Department (RMCD) has appointed IRIS Global Blue TRS Malaysia SDN BHDto implement the Tourist Refund Scheme which allows the shoppers to claim refunds from the participating 400 retailers across key shopping destination. With a minimum spend of MYR 300, customers can ask for GST Refund Form. In order to avail refunds, the customer simply has to present the Refund Form along with passport and with a simple verification process, the refund can be claimed before departure from the country. Customers may combine receipts from the same Approved Outlet over a three month period prior to their departure from Malaysia.

Eligible overseas tourists are allowed to claim tax refund on goods purchased and brought out of Malaysia via airfrom these airports where the approved refund points are located:

  • Kuala Lumpur International Airport and Kuala Lumpur International Airport 2
  • International Airport in Senai, Johor
  • International Airport in Kota Kinabalu, Sabah
  • International Airport in Kuching, Sarawak
  • Bayan Lepas, Penang International Airport
  • Sultan Ahmad Shah, Pahang International Airport
  • Sultan Aziz Shah, Selangor International Airport (Subang Airport)

With more than 350 shopping malls offering more than 100 million square feet of nettlettable area, shopping has been the most lucrative component of Malaysia tourism. Flexible norms and favourable exchange rates have helped Malaysia become the second best shopping destination in Asia Pacific region. Among the top 10 biggest shopping malls around the world, Malaysia has three of them including 1Utama, Mid Valley Megamall & Sunway Pyramid. With such customer friendly environment, Malaysia enjoys the presence of some of the best international brands in fashion, accessories, leisure, health and beauty including Algner, Armani Exchange, H&M, Banana Republic, Burberry, Calvin Klein, DKNY, Canali, Bvlgari, Canali, Coach, Cartier, Chopard, De Beers, Pandora, Longines, Montblanc, Rolex, Tissot, Tifany& MAC to name a few,

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 MALAYSIA TOURISM PROMOTION BOARD OR TOURISM MALAYSIA is an agency under the Ministry of Tourism & Culture, Malaysia. Tourism Malaysia focuses on the specific task of promoting Malaysia at all levels. Since its inception, Tourism Malaysia has grown by leaps and bounds and it has emerged as a major player in the international tourism scene. In 2014, Malaysia registered 27.4 million tourist arrivals and RM72 billion in receipts, making tourism its second largest foreign exchange earner.

Malaysia celebrated its fourth VISIT MALAYSIA YEAR (VMY) in 2014 with the theme “Celebrating 1Malaysia Truly Asia”. The promotion of the country continues with the MALAYSIA YEAR OF FESTIVALS (MyFEST) campaign in 2015 with the theme “Endless Celebrations” emphasising the various festivals celebrated by its multicultural society. Both campaigns are key drivers towards achieving the country’s target of 36 million tourist arrivals and RM168 billion in receipts by 2020, as outlined in the Tourism NKEA (National Key Economic Area).    

Through the Tourism NKEA, collaborative efforts between the Ministry of Tourism and Culture, other Government agencies and the private sector have been enhanced to help secure Malaysia’s position as a leading tourist destination. The targets set under the Tourism NKEA will be achieved through the implementation of twelve Entry Point Projects (EPPs) clustered under five themes: Affordable Luxury; Nature Adventure; Family Fun; Events, Entertainment, Spa and Sports; and Business Tourism. 

 

Bollywood to Descend on Malaysia after 13 years for IIFA awards!

Malaysia has been chosen as the destination for the 16th edition of the mega-weekend celebrations of the international Indian Film Academy (IIFA) all set to take place from 5th – 7th June, 2015. IIFA spokespersons along with Bollywood stars, Anil Kapoor and Bipasha Basu, were in Malaysia to officially announce Kuala Lumpur as the host city for the IIFA celebrations in 2015.

IIFA 2015 returns to the culturally diverse country of Malaysia after 13 years where fans and cinema enthusiasts from around the world can expect to see their favorite stars descend on Kuala Lumpur during the weekend and witness Indian cinema’s most celebrated international event unfold in their city.

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Speaking about IIFA Awards to be held in Malaysia, Mr Manoharan Periasamy, Director,Tourism Malaysia, India, said, “We are glad to host IIFA awards in Malaysia once again. This year being a ‘Year of Festivals’ will bring double excitement for the tourists visiting Malaysia during the IIFA week with an exceptional experience, especially with the various pocket shows exhibited.”

Speaking about IIFA, longtime friend & supporter of IIFA, international actor, Anil Kapoor said, “As a member of the Indian Film fraternity and a friend of IIFA, I have been a personal witness to the growth of IIFA into an iconic platform for Indian cinema and culture globally. I am delighted to see IIFA return to the wonderful country of Malaysia. Kuala Lumpur is in for a spectacular weekend in June.”

Sabbas Joseph(IIFA Director), Andre Timmins(IIFA Director), Bipasha Basu, Anil Kapoor, Zulkefli Hj Sharif CEO MyCEB & Tony Nagamaiah - GM, MME and Mr. Mahmoud Skaf, GM Ritz Carlton KL1

Commenting on the occasion, Andre Timmins, Director – Wizcraft International Entertainment Pvt. Ltd. Said, “IIFA was here in Malaysia 13years ago and was overwhelmed by the beauty charm and the people of this country. The excitement and enthused fans saw the spectacular of IIFA then come alive in Genting Highlands. Now in 2015 we return with more celebrations, magic and the best of Indian cinema to Kuala Lumpur – the vibrant heart of Malaysia. This IIFA weekend is going to be action packed with music, fashion, and cinema and is all set to be attended by the Indian Film Industry.”

Dive into Tioman waters for an aquatic adventure, Malaysia

                  Tioman Island to host scuba diving event under 1Malaysia Green 1Malaysia Clean initiative

 The Malaysian island of Tioman has always been very popular with aquatic adventurers. Adding to the excitement is the upcoming scuba diving event titled START in Tioman , from July 11 to 13, 2014. An initiative of the Tourism and Culture office of the state of Pahang, this scuba-diving event invites international divers from across the globe in a conservation program to save the island of Tioman’s majestic reefs and undersea wonders. Hosted under the 1 Malaysia Green 1 Malaysia Clean Initiative, this event is also an opportunity for dive enthusiasts to obtain their diving licenses, encouraging scuba diving activities on this island.

 “Tioman Island is a favorite amongst divers as well as international visitors. There are some great holiday resorts to stay and people have a good time on the beaches, when not diving or snorkeling. Ranked amongst the best islands to visit in Malaysia by CNN, Tioman Island adds to the fun and adventure, Malaysia has to offer,” says Mr. ManoharanPeriasamy, Director, Tourism Malaysia, India.

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The marine life in Tioman waters is abundant with big school of fishes, turtles, rays, reef sharks and beautiful coral reefs.  A famous spot for scuba divers is the Tiger Reef, with a brilliant variety of hard and soft coral. Most of the coral is in good shape and the reef is shallow and accessible by all divers. The topography of the dive sites is fascinating with swim-through between granite boulders, and small caves and canyons like the Fan Canyon spot. PulauTioman is also a good diving destination for underwater photography as the coral gardens are very colorful and one can easily find a vast and exotic sea life to capture through the lenses. Some of the popular diving sites in TiomanIsland include Bahara Rocks, Renggis Island, Malang Rock, Tulai Island, PulaiLabas, Soyak Island, TelukKador and Soyak Wreck. Best time to visit Tioman for diving is March to May and from September to November.

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While the island attracts divers from across the globe, Tioman has also been listed by CNN travel as one of the top best islands for a Malaysian Holiday. Also referred to as one of the world’s best kept travel secrets, the island shot to fame, when the dramatic topography of its teardrop- shape in the South China Sea was used as a backdrop in 1958 movie ‘South Pacific’ starring Mitzy Gaynor. Time Magazine named it one of the world’s most beautiful islands in the 1970’s. The island still retains, where many of its south East Asian contemporaries have lost theirs – the natural environment, aquatic and wildlife, which once made it famous.

Tioman lies off the East coast of Peninsular Malaysia, an hour’s flight from the capital Kuala Lumpur. The best way of reaching and moving around the island is to use the Mersing / Tioman Bluewater expressway ferry service.     

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Explore an unexplored world in the seabeds of Tioman Island.

 About Tourism Malaysia India

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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.

 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.

 

              

 

Missing Links of Malaysian Airlines crash

We are still waiting for the answers on how and why the tragedy occurred. I thought of sharing this news with my blog readers as it is a matter of international concerned which has saddened the people all over the world. Our heart goes out to travellers on board of this fated aircraft. 

There were few answers Sunday about the fate of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370, a day after contact was lost with the commercial jetliner en route from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing. An aerial search resumed at first light, with aircraft searching an area of the South China Sea for any sign of where the flight may have gone down, Azharuddin Abdul Rahman, the director general of civil aviation in Malaysia, told reporters “We have not been able to locate anything, see anything,” Rahman said. “There’s nothing new to report.”

The closest things to clues in the search for the missing jetliner are oil slicks in the Gulf of Thailand, about 90 miles south of Vietnam’s Tho Chu Island — the same area where the flight disappeared from radar early Saturday morning. A Vietnamese reconnaissance plane, part of a massive, multinational search effort, spotted the oil slicks that stretch between six and nine miles, the Vietnam government’s official news agency reported. Malaysian authorities have not yet confirmed the Vietnamese report, Rahman said. The reported oil discovery has only added to a growing list of questions about the fate of the plane carrying 227 passengers and 12 crew members: What happened to the plane, why was no distress signal issued, and who exactly was aboard?

Passenger manifest questioned

Bits and pieces of information have begun to form, but it remains unclear how they fit into the bigger picture, if at all. For instance, after the airline released a manifest, Austria denied that one of its citizens was aboard the flight. The Austrian citizen was safe and sound, and his passport had been stolen two years ago, Austrian Foreign Ministry spokesman Martin Weiss said.

Similarly, Italy’s foreign ministry confirmed none of its citizens were on Flight 370, even though an Italian was listed on the manifest. On Saturday, Italian police visited the home of the parents of Luigi Maraldi, the man whose name appeared on the manifest, to inform them about the missing flight, said a police official in Cesena, in northern Italy.

Maraldi’s father, Walter, told police he had just spoken to his son, who was fine and not on the missing flight, said the official, who is not authsorized to speak to the media. Maraldi was vacationing in Thailand, his father said.

The police official said Maraldi had reported his passport stolen in Malaysia last August and had obtained a new one. But U.S. law enforcement sources told CNN that both the Austrian and Italian passports were stolen in Thailand. “No nexus to terrorism yet,” a U.S. intelligence official said, “although that’s by no means definitive. We’re still tracking.” Malaysian authorities have been in contact with counterterrorism organizations about possible passport issues, Malaysia’s transportation minister Hishamuddin Hussein said. He did not state how many passport issues there are, saying authorities are looking at the whole manifest. The U.S. government has been briefed on the stolen passports and reviewed the names of the passengers in question but found nothing at this point to indicate foul play, said a U.S. law enforcement official, who spoke on condition of anonymity.

Of the two passports in question, the Italian one had been reported stolen and was in Interpol’s database, CNN Law Enforcement Analyst Tom Fuentes said, citing sources at Interpol. Additionally, no inquiry was made by Malaysia Airlines to determine if any passengers on the flight were traveling on stolen passports, he said. Many airlines do not check the database, he said. During the news conference in Kuala Lumpur, Rahman declined to say whether the airline or Malaysian authorities had checked the database.

Malaysian authorities reiterated during a news conference that they are not ruling anything out regarding the missing aircraft. The Boeing 777-200ER departed Kuala Lumpur International Airport at 12:41 a.m. Saturday in good weather, and it was expected to land in Beijing at 6:30 a.m., a 2,300-mile (3,700-kilometer) trip. Air traffic controllers in Subang, outside Kuala Lumpur, lost contact with the plane about 1:30 a.m., Rahman said. Earlier, the airline said the jetliner lost contact at 2:40 a.m. The pilots did not indicate to the tower there may be a problem, and no distress signal was issued, the airline said.

It may be days, possibly weeks or months, before authorities can offer any firm answers.

It took five days for authorities to locate the wreckage of Air France Flight 447 when it crashed June 1, 2009, in the Atlantic Ocean, killing all 228 on board. It took four searches over the course of nearly two years to locate the bulk of Flight 447’s wreckage and the majority of the bodies in a mountain range deep under the ocean. If Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 went down in the Gulf of Thailand, the recovery may be a bit easier because it is a relatively shallow area of the South China Sea, according to marine officials. Hussein, who in addition to being Malaysia’s acting transportation minister is also its defense minister, said that the search area has been expanded because of the possibility the plane had turned back.

China, Vietnam, Singapore and Malaysia were conducting search and rescue operations south of Tho Chu island in the South China Sea, according to the airline and reports from Xinhua, China’s official news agency. Ships, helicopters and airplanes are being utilized. The USS Pinckney, a destroyer conducting training in the South China Sea, is being routed to the southern Vietnamese coast to aid in the search, the U.S. Navy said. The United States is also sending a P-3C Orion surveillance plane from Japan to provide long-range search, radar and communications capabilities, the Navy said.

Meanwhile, the Chinese Coast Guard has ordered on-duty vessels to aid in the search, Xinhua reported, citing government officials. China also sent a diving and salvage team to the area where the airplane is suspected to have gone down, the news agency reported.

Because of the Americans aboard the flight, the FBI has offered to send a team of agents to Malaysia to support the investigation into the disappearance if asked, a U.S. official familiar with the issue told CNN on condition of anonymity. Earlier, an official had said FBI agents were heading to the area. The FBI is not ruling out terrorism or any other issue as a possible cause in the jetliner’s disappearance, the official said. Officials appeared resigned to accepting the worst outcome. “I’d just like to say our thoughts and prayers are with the bereaved families,” Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak said during a news conference.

Grief, especially in China

The plane carried 227 passengers, including five children under 5 years old, and 12 crew members, the airline said. At the time of its disappearance, the Malaysia Airlines plane was carrying about 7.5 hours of fuel, an airline official said. Among the passengers there were 154 people from China or Taiwan; 38 Malaysians, and three U.S. citizens. Relatives of the Chinese citizens on board gathered Saturday at a hotel complex in the Lido district of Beijing as a large crowd of reporters gathered outside.

News courtesy: Kuala Lumpur Malaysia CNN