Tourism Malaysia ties up with Expedia

Tourism Malaysia ties up with Expedia

PUTRAJAYA: Tourism Malaysia has inked a deal with American travel company Expedia Group which will see both sides collaborate to boost tourism promotion to Malaysia.

Tourism, Arts and Culture Minister Datuk Mohamaddin Ketapi said the partnership with Expedia will help support Malaysia’s target of achieving 30 million tourist arrivals and RM100bil tourist spending by 2020.

“Malaysia has just launched its fifth instalment of the Visit Malaysia series, Visit Malaysia 2020, and this is a timely strategic partnership which will benefit all parties.

“Expedia Group, as many of you would know, has over 200 travel booking websites in more than 70 countries around the world and work with thousands of lodging and flight partners to cater to the differing needs of modern travellers today.

“This partnership will collectively promote travel to Malaysia hence helping us grow our tourism arrival and income, empower our hospitality industry to be equipped with the right tools and services to help them grow their business locally, and be seen as a beacon in the sustainable tourism space, ” said Mohamaddin in his speech at the signing ceremony of the new collaboration, held at his ministry yesterday.

Mohamaddin said one of the agreements between Tourism Malaysia and Expedia Group will be focused on several global campaigns to promote inbound travel from the United States, Australia and Japan to Malaysia.

The three countries are among the biggest points of sale for Expedia Group.

“This partnership will see a joint execution of destination marketing campaigns to spotlight Malaysia’s hidden and unique tourist attractions as well as promote the variety of accommodation to Expedia Group’s 750 million plus monthly visitors globally, ” said Mohamaddin.

The collaboration will also see Expedia Group and Tourism Malaysia exchanging traveller insights, to help better understand tourist behaviours and home tourism strategies in line with the implementation of Visit Malaysia.

Expedia Group senior vice-president of commercial strategy and services Greg Schulze said the company found Malaysia to be a “progressively thinking destination” and was committed to help expose the country to travellers around the world.

“Tourism is an important contributor to Malaysia’s economy, accounting for almost 14.9% of the GDP (Gross Domestic Product) and 3.4 million jobs.

“As a world travel platform, Expedia Group is proud to be an online travel tourism partner to Tourism Malaysia, connecting Malaysia’s tourism industry to millions of travellers in our worldwide network, ” he said.

Among the travel websites under Expedia Group include Expedia.com, Trivago and Hotels.com.

~The Star~


Air quality worsens slightly in the country

Air quality worsens slightly in the country

The air quality in Peninsular Malaysia has worsened slightly with Rompin in Pahang Air Pollutant Index (API) readings jumping from “unhealthy” to “very unhealthy” zone.

According to Department of Environment (DOE) data, the API recorded in Rompin was at 223 as at 4pm, yesterday.

On Saturday, Rompin’s API was “unhealthy” at 125.

Conditions in Kuala Lumpur remained at moderate levels during the weekend, with the API at between 65 and 67.

In Selangor, Johan Setia saw a slight increase in the API readings.

The reading recorded was at 95 compared to 92 on Saturday.

Other areas in Selangor such as in Banting (82), Petaling Jaya (81), and Shah Alam (83) maintained its “moderate” readings.

The API readings in Kedah and Perlis also worsened from “good” to “moderate”, while Sabah maintained its “good” API readings.

Other places nationwide such as in Negri Sembilan, Johor, Perak, Penang, Kelantan and Terengganu recorded “moderate” API levels.

Meanwhile, in Sarawak, Sri Aman posted an API reading of 252 and generally the haze situation here and in Miri is still bad.

The API reading worsened compared to Saturday which was at 247.

The air quality in SK Kuala Baram 2 station and the Miri Industrial Training Institute station both improved.

SK Kuala Baram 2 station recorded an API reading of 80 from 119, while the Miri Industrial Training Institute station recorded a reading of 161 from 222.

As of yesterday morning, the DOE recorded one “hot spot” (forest fire) in Sarawak

An API reading of between 0 and 50 is good, while 51 to 100 is moderate, 01 to 200 is unhealthy, 201 to 300 very unhealthy, and 301 and above is deemed hazardous.

The public can also refer to the Department of Environment (DoE) website at or by downloading the MyIPU smartphone app on ‘Google Play’ to get hourly API readings

According to the Asean Specialised Meterological Centre (ASMC) weather and haze outlook posted on Saturday at 6.25pm, it noted that hotspot activities in Sumatra and Kalimantan are likely to persist in the country.

ASMC’s satellite monitoring system has also indicated in recent times that open burning is also coming from that direction.

~News courtesy of The Star~


Hot and dry weather in M'sia until October

Hot and dry weather in M'sia until October, says the weatherman

KUALA LUMPUR (Bernama): Malaysia is expected to experience hot and dry weather with less rainfall until October, says Deputy Energy, Science, Technology, Environment and Climate Change Minister Isnaraissah Munirah Majilis.

She said apart from Malaysia, neighbouring countries Singapore and Sumatra in Indonesia are expected to experience the same weather pattern.

"We expect to experience a shortage of rainfall with warmer and drier weather this year without the El Nino and La Nina phenomena until October, " she said when asked about the essence of the 21st Technical Working Group (TWG) Meeting and the Ministerial Steering Committee Sub-Region on Cross-border Haze Pollution in Brunei.

She said this when contacted on the Bernama News Channel (BNC) talk showroom programme here Wednesday (Aug 7) night.

Commenting on the meeting, Isnaraissah said the five countries involved had presented measures taken to address fires and haze in their respective countries.

"Among the information shared was to carry out continuous monitoring of weather and hotspots, enforce the law and have the equipment prepared, mobilise human resources and co-ordinate fire-fighting, " she said.

The annual meeting involving four other Asean countries, Brunei, Indonesia, Singapore and Thailand, was held to monitor and detail the steps taken in addressing cross-border haze.

The initiative to address the Asean haze problem began following a serious episode of pollution in 1997 that led to the Asean Convention on cross-border haze signed by 10 countries in Kuala Lumpur on June 10, 2002. - Bernama


Pasar Payang's operations ends at midnight tonight

Pasar Payang's operations ends at midnight tonight

Operations at Pasar Payang, a tourist attraction in Terengganu, will come to a standstill at midnight tonight before a large section of the building, which was built 51 years ago, is to be demolished for redevelopment.

A Bernama survey at the market which is renowned for its batik and ‘keropok’ found that over 90 per cent of the about 1,000 traders had emptied their shops and moved to the temporary Pasar Payang 2 about 80 metres away.

The atmosphere at Pasar Payang was quiet since morning and only some elderly traders were seen chatting and looking at their shops as if seeking the strength to leave.

It is understood that Pasar Payang would be closed from midnight tonight and a fence would be put up around it to enable construction work to be carried out to give a fresh breath by introducing a more modern and a cleaner outlet.

A kitchenware and household equipment trader Hamad Senik, 65, said the atmosphere at Pasar Payang started to become gloomy after a large number of traders started to move out and operated in stages at the new venue since several weeks ago.

However, he said that there were still some traders operating at Pasar Payang on the last day as they wanted to savour the final sweet moments before returning in two or three years.

‘’I have started packing up and sending my goods to the new market since two weeks ago, but the work has not been completed until today because I have quite a lot of stock. I am only assisted by my wife, Khadijah Sulaiman, 60.

‘’I have kept some of the stock at home because the shop at the temporary outlet is only half the size of the one here,’’ he said.

Meanwhile, a batik trader, Hashimah Hashim, 65, said after 40 years of making her living in Pasar Payang, she wanted to reminisce about her ups and downs by keeping her shop open until the final day before it closed officially tonight.

‘’I feel reluctant to leave this shop which has contributed much to my family. But for the good and future of the traders, we agree to move out and hope trading at the new location will be as smooth as here,’’ said Hashimah who spent about RM4,000 to renovate her new shop.


Terengganu sets up committee to handle security issues in tourism

Terengganu sets up committee to handle security issues in tourism

A crisis management committee will be set up in all districts in Terengganu to promptly address security issues in the tourism sector.

State Tourism, Culture and Information Technology Committee chairman Ariffin Deraman said it would be set up under the respective district’s Tourism Development Committee so that quick and integrated action could be taken in the event of any untoward incidents, like an incident last Wednesday when three resort workers were reported missing at sea.

“I was informed that in such a case, there are many weaknesses that could delay the search and rescue (SAR) operation because of bureaucratic red tapes.

“For example, to track the global positioning system (GPS) in the telephone, it’s going to take one or two days because it requires police approval. The time taken will only make the SAR more difficult because within only half an hour, the boat will be drifting farther," he said when met by the media at the operation centre at Jeti Aking here today.

Ariffin said the setting up of the crisis management committee was necessary to ensure that such incidents would not adversely affect the state’s tourism sector since most of the popular tourism products in Terengganu are islands and beaches.

He said the committee would be headed by the District Officer of the respective districts and the members comprising the various agencies, including health and welfare authorities.

Apart from security issues, the state government is also working on upgrading the telecommunications system at all tourism locations, especially on islands, he said, adding that there are altogether 13 telecommunications towers at the resort islands in Terengganu, including Kenyir.

The facilities have to be upgraded to function properly, he added.