Another Award for Apollo Holidays Malaysia

Apollo Holidays Malaysia sdn bhd has been awarded as “Top Aces’s Achiever Travel Agent 2014″ by RW Genting Group Malaysia for their best performance towards the year of 2014. as the award was based on the Indian Market sales performance, Apollo Asia Travel Group Group CEO Mr.Presanth Chandra has Received the prestigious award and thanked all travel partners who has been continuously supporting the Group for its various destinations like Malaysia, Singapore & Thailand, with its own offices in india the group has made its presence vide in largely potential markets like india. he also said as a Thanks giving gesture the group has launched its one of its kind online booking system for its travel partners around the globe named http://www.apolloasiab2b.com this will make things easy for a travel agents to book packages on all above destinations, as a result they can save time and avoid errors, which will increase the productivity and cost saving. as a volume based market like india such a online tool was very much awaited by an overseas supplier and feedback is coming very positive from the partners.

Top Ace's achiever Travel Agent 2015

Top Ace’s achiever Travel Agent 2014 Award

Year of the Goat off to a good start

Fireworks illuminated the skies across China as millions around Asia ushered in the Year of the Goat on Thursday, kicking off festivities with an annual televised gala that got a thumbs down on social media for heavy Communist Party propaganda.

Wednesday night, or Lunar New Year’s eve, was marked by loud booms as people shot off firecrackers in various parts of the country, filling the air with the pungent smell of explosives.

Injuries involving fireworks in Beijing during the first hour of the New Year, however, declined 24% from last year as sales of the pyrotechnics dropped 34%, the official Xinhua news agency reported, citing local authorities.

But the detonations worsened Beijing’s notoriously bad air with “heavy pollution” reported at midnight, Xinhua added.

inside no 10Indoors, hundreds of millions of Chinese tuned in for the annual televised Spring Festival gala, which lasts for about four hours and is broadcast nationwide, featuring singing, dancing, skits and comedy performances.

Spring Festival, which sees Chinese pack flights, trains and automobiles to return to their hometowns for family reunions, is the Chinese name for the holidays.

Social media users, however, complained Thursday that the show was ruined by Communist Party sermons to root out corruption, which has been the pet policy of President Xi Jinping since he became head of the party and government.

The performance included comic dialogues criticising the endemic culture of bribe-taking.

“It was the most disgusting Spring Festival gala,” read a post on microblog Sina Weibo, a Chinese version of Twitter. “It was just for the state leaders, not for common people.”

“The gala is a political performance, the so-called anti-corruption-themed performances are for licking the shoes” of state leaders, another user said.

Ahead of the festivities, Xi proffered a Lunar New Year’s greeting to a gathering of more than 2,000 people inside Beijing’s ornate Great Hall of the People.

“We are proud of our great country and we are proud of our great people,” he said in the speech on Tuesday, which was also attended by other top leaders, including Premier Li Keqiang, Xinhua said.

In Shanghai, China’s bustling commercial capital, Chinese New Year celebrations were toned down with events cancelled and numbers of people limited at tourist spots after a stampede killed 36 people seven weeks earlier.

inside no 10.1Revellers, many of them young women, were trampled to death during a stampede at the popular historic riverfront, known as the Bund, 31 December.

The timing of the traditional New Year varies annually based on the lunar calendar which follows the cycles of the moon. It was celebrated last year on January 31, which marked the Year of the Horse. The lunar New Year’s Eve for the Year of the Goat (also called Year of the Sheep) was celebrated 18 February.

Traditional astrology in China attaches different animal signs to each lunar year in a cycle of 12 years.

Lunar New Year is also celebrated in other parts of Asia, including Hong Kong, Taiwan, North and South Korea, Mongolia and among ethnic Chinese communities throughout Southeast Asia.

Fortune tellers in Hong Kong said that the Year of the Goat, should be calmer in general than the previous Year of the Horse, which was characterised by catastrophic international air accidents, brutal terror attacks, global political upheaval, a resurgent Ebola virus and war.

In Taiwan, President, Ma Ying-jeou, prayed for “safety, health and happiness for the country” in the coming year while attending a religious ceremony in New Taipei city late Wednesday.

Singapore, a largely ethnic Chinese city-state, ushered in the New Year with a countdown party in the heart of Chinatown, Wednesday, culminating in a fireworks display at midnight.

Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, 63, was discharged from hospital Wednesday in time for the Lunar New Year celebrations after undergoing surgery for prostate cancer on Monday.

The Spring Festival signals a travel boom, with Chinese airlines putting on charter flights for the holiday period.

Qunar, a Chinese online travel service, announced a 350% jump in overseas flight bookings for the Lunar New Year holiday period in 2015 compared with last year. Southeast Asia were the top destinations but there have been sizeable increases in travel to the US.

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Malaysia Declares MH370 an Accident, but Search Still Continues

On Thursday, Malaysia officially declared the disappearance of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 an accident. The search for the plane will still go one, but, in the meantime, the airline will proceed to pay compensation to the victims’ families.

According to a report by Reuters, the Department of Civil Aviation (DCA) released a statement officially declaring the disappearance of the flight as an accident.

“We officially declare Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 an accident … and that all 239 of the passengers and crew on-board MH370 are presumed to have lost their lives,” Department of Civil Aviation (DCA) director-general Azharuddin Abdul Rahman said in the statement.

MH 370 disappeared from radar on March 8 last year. The plane was carrying 239 passengers and crew.

The search for the missing plane is still ongoing in the Indian Ocean.

Ten-year master plan to boost tourism in KL

THE Kuala Lumpur Tourism Master Plan 2015-2025 is expected to spur the capital’s growth as an emerging tourist destination.

Kuala Lumpur mayor Datuk Seri Ahmad Phesal Talib said the city was Malaysia’s top generator in tourism spending.

“We are seeing record numbers of visitors growing on a yearly basis and they are spending more time and money to discover the city.

“The overall number of visitors has increased by 18% over the last 10 years,” he said in his speech at the launch of the masterplan at Sasana Kijang in Kuala Lumpur on Thursday.

Ahmad Phesal said for the tourism sector to grow, there was a need for a concerted, well-coordinated approach to manage it.

“The masterplan gives guidance to the fledging tourism industry.

“It is a 10-year strategic agenda and action plan that is prepared by experts in both the public and private sectors.

“We want both sectors to be involved to make its implementation a success,” he added.

Ahmad Phesal added that the aim was to articulate the industry’s interests clearly, not only as a guide for the tourism sector itself, but also to explain to others where tourism in the capital city was heading over the next 10 years and what help was required.

He said the plan identified and developed strategic directions and an action plan for the tourism sector to spur both immediate and long-term growth.

“Through the masterplan, we hope to encourage innovation and allow existing tourism operators as well as potential investors to identify business ventures,” he said.

Ahmad Phesal added that a structured approach was undertaken by Roland Berger Strategy Consultants to formulate the masterplan.

“Input and comments from more than 150 stakeholders were obtained through workshops and interviews. Issues, challenges, new opportunities and 200 ideas were identified,” he said.

The masterplan articulates Kuala Lumpur’s vision to be the top destination for exciting and diverse urban experiences delivered through world-class infrastructure and services.

It contains 47 initiatives across 10 tourism segments and enablers including culture, heritage, places of interest, shopping, entertainment, nature and adventure, luxury travel, sports as well as medical and wellness.

The masterplan has identified five key opportunities that can drive growth of the tourism industry in Kuala Lumpur.

They are to fully capture the demand for distinct multicultural experiences, strengthen premier shopping destination position, establish Kuala Lumpur as a nature and adventure tourism destination, enhance the city’s position as the preferred value-for-money business, education and medical destination as well as ensure provision of world class infrastructure and tourism products that are well maintained.

With the implementation of the plan, Kuala Lumpur’s tourism industry has the potential to nearly double the number of foreign tourist arrivals to 16 million and tourism receipts in the city is expected to achieve RM79bil by 2025.

The average length of stay of visitors to Kuala Lumpur is expected to increase from 3.1 nights currently to 5.5 nights in 2025.

Federal Territories Minister Datuk Seri Tengku Adnan Tengku Mansor who launched the masterplan, said several issues needed to be addressed to attract tourists to the city.

“For example, Chinatown is not Chinatown anymore. It is now filled with Bangladeshi and Nepalese as locals are subletting their business licences to them,” he pointed out.

The masterplan can be viewed at http://www.kltourismmasterplan.com/

Kuala Lumpur launches two new tourism initiatives

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia – Kuala Lumpur is expected to receive 16 million foreign tourists annually by 2025, with an expected growth of 4% each year, Kuala Lumpur mayor Datuk Seri Ahmad Phesal Talib said.

To ensure tourists experience the best the city can offer during their stay, Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL) has launched two new tourism initiatives — the KL Tourism Ambassador program and the KL Tourist Guidebook.

“Kuala Lumpur is voted one of the New7Wonders Cities of the World in an international survey. To maintain a good global reputation, we need to improve and enhance our products, services and infrastructure.

“The KL Tourism Ambassador Project (KLAP) is a collaboration between DBKL and 1Malaysia for Youth (iM4U), in which 40 youths volunteer as KL Tourism Ambassadors and have a deeper involvement in the tourism industry,” Ahmad Phesal said during the launch at the Kuala Lumpur Library.

He added that the program was modeled after similar programs implemented in Melbourne, Vancouver, Berlin and Hong Kong.

The international voting was conducted by the Zurich-based non-governmental organisation New7Wonders Foundation which, according to its website, has the aim “to create a global memory by garnering participation worldwide.”

Each clad in a red vest, white cap and a Visit KL bag, the ambassadors can be found in high-traffic tourist areas all over Kuala Lumpur to assist tourists with information on attractions, general directions, events and dining, as well as suggest options of places to see and things to do.

These volunteers will represent Kuala Lumpur in promoting tourism opportunities and attributes in a positive manner while enhancing the visitor’s experience.

iM4U chief operating officer Azlan Rudy Malik said the ambassadors had gone through screening and interview processes to qualify.

“To prepare for duty, the ambassadors underwent a six-day training program to arm them with the right skills and attitude,” he said, adding that their service period ranged between three and six months.

Meanwhile, the KL Tourist Guidebook which was also launched at the event, is an effort by DBKL to enhance the overall consistency, depth and experience delivered by tour guides to tourists.

“We collaborated with the KL Tourist Guides Association to develop the 150-page book to provide comprehensive facts, descriptions and anecdotes of tourists spots in the nation’s capital.

“Being the first of its kind in Malaysia, the KL Tourist Guidebook is designed to be a complete manual for tourists and has been categorised according to six strategic zones, namely City Centre, Wangsa Maju-Maluri, Sentul Menjalara, Bukit Jalil-Seputeh, Bandar Tun Razak and Sungai Besi to enable the user to explore the city with ease,” said Ahmad Phesal.

Also present during the launch were AirAsia X chief executive officer Azran Osman-Rani, Bumitra president Datuk Syed Mohd Razif Syed Yasin, Pacific Asia Travel Association (Pata) life member and KL Tourism Development Council co-chairman Tunku Datuk Seri Iskandar Tunku Abdullah, DBKL deputy director-general (management) Datuk Normah Malik, Visit Malaysia Year 2014 secretariat general manager Nor Yahati Awang, Roland Berger Malaysia managing partner Anthonie Versluis, Malaysian Tourist Guide Council president Jimmy Leong Wie Kong and KL Tourist Guides Association chairman Wong Hing Tuck.

The KL Tourist guidebook will be available from this month and will be translated into other languages to facilitate non-English speaking tourist guides and tourists. It will also be made available on the DBKL-managed official website for the city, www.visitkl.gov.my

THE GRAND LAUNCH OF MALAYSIA YEAR OF FESTIVALS (MYFEST) 2015 IS POSTPONED

PUTRAJAYA, 29 December 2014 – The Grand Launch of the Malaysia Year of Festivals 2015 or MyFest 2015, scheduled for 10 January 2015, has been postponed to a later date.

The Minister of Tourism and Culture, Malaysia YB Dato’ Seri Mohamed Nazri Abdul Aziz said it was due to unexpected circumstances such as the heavy flood in several states and the missing Air Asia Indonesia airplane. The Ministry had also expressed sympathy for the flood victims and the family members of passengers onboard the airplane that was reported missing.

“The Ministry of Tourism and Culture had earlier cancelled its Christmas Open House celebration which was scheduled for 27 December 2014 at Pavilion, Kuala Lumpur. The event was instead replaced with 1MOTAC Flood Relief Charity Event which managed to raise donations totalling RM22,000 and other essential items for flood victims,” he added.

The tourism industry had also been affected as Kelantan, Terengganu, Pahang, Kedah, Johor and Negeri Sembilan were among the states which had recorded the highest number of tourist arrivals in 2013.

However, Dato’ Nazri was optimistic that the states affected by the flood would recover and had pledged that the Ministry and its agencies would increase tourism promotion of these states overseas.

MyFest 2015 is a national mission that was announced by the Prime Minister of Malaysia YAB Dato’ Seri Najib Tun Razak in his 2015 budget speech. The campaign is a follow up to Visit Malaysia Year 2014 and aims to maintain Malaysia’s position as a major destination of choice for tourists worldwide and to attract 29.4 million tourist arrivals with tourism receipts of RM89 billion.

Themed “Endless Celebrations”, MyFest 2015 will focus on promoting the country’s diverse cultures, heritage, festivals and attractions.

 

For more information, please contact Corporate Communications Unit, Ministry of Tourism and Culture at 03-8000 8000 or email info@motac.gov.my.

Tata, Singapore Air venture Vistara to take off on January 9

Singapore Airlines Ltd’s Indian joint venture with the Tata conglomerate, Vistara, will start flying from January 9, the airlines said.

Based in New Delhi, the full service Vistara will begin operations with a fleet of new Airbus A320-200s with 148 seats, Tata SIA Airlines Ltd said in a statement late on Thursday.

Vistara will offer flights to Mumbai and Ahmedabad initially, it said.

The announcement comes in the middle of a particularly testing week for the airlines industry in India, with budget carrier SpiceJet struggling for survival.

The Tata Group and Singapore Airlines announced the plan to launch Vistara on September 19, adding a deep-pocketed player to a fast-growing but competitive Indian aviation sector where most operators lose money.

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Greetings from Champion travel & tour, Chennai

We like to extend our sincere thanks & gratitude for the fine services & care during the recent group visit to KUL from 15 – 17 Dec. We appreciate all the arrangements made and the group had a splendid time in KUL.

Mona, our special thanks for personally taking good care of the group in every aspect & ensuring convenience & comfort from the start to the end.

We will certainly be recommending Apollo holidays to several travel companies here in Chennai. Our MD Mr Baskar will also put in a word to his peers / friends in the travel trade as well.

Once again our special thanks to you Mr Presanth Sir & Mona for being of help especially to our MD. Grateful for the care and assistance extended.

We will certainly be in touch with your office as we frequently receive requests for Malaysia & expect your fullest support to us with the best.

Have a blessed day ahead.

regards — Prabhu

MyFest takes over from VMY

KUALA LUMPUR, 18 November 2014: Malaysia Year of Festivals 2015, or MyFest 2015, will spearhead the country’s tourism promotions following on from Visit Malaysia Year 2014, the Ministry of Tourism and Culture confirmed recently.

MyFest 2015 will be the country’s biggest ever fiesta of celebrations, events and happenings.

Working together with industry players and stakeholders, the Ministry of Tourism and Culture Malaysia has identified key events, attractions, focus products and marketing strategies.

inside no 8Destination marketing strategies include Putrajaya’s upcoming year-long Skyride Festival, which is a hot air balloon theme park and Marina Putrajaya’s musical fountain.

New events include Asian Symphonies, International Festival of Shadow Plays, Truly Asian Street Food Festival, Kuala Lumpur Lake Gardens Festival, BBKLCC World Fiesta MYOF 2015 and the 1st Craft International Festival. Other strategies include MyFest travel packages and the Countdown to MyFest 2015 and the Grand Launch event.

MyFest 2015 should be a key driver to achieve the National Key Economic Areas goal of 36 million tourist arrivals and RM168 billion in tourist receipts by 2020. The target set for MyFest 2015 is 29.4 million tourist arrivals and RM89 billion in tourist receipts.

The 2015 budget of MYR316 million covers various tourism promotion programmes to strengthen the country’s position as one of the top 10 destinations to visit.

To promote MyFest 2015 and create strong engagement with industry players and stakeholders, the Ministry of Tourism and Culture Malaysia is organising a series of nationwide meeting sessions up to January 2015. The events will disseminate the vision, targets and branding guidelines of MyFest 2015 to gain feedback from the travel industry.

Malaysia Airlines together with Tourism Malaysia offer irresistible fares for India travellers

Malaysia Airlines together with Tourism Malaysia will be offering irresistible fares to travel to Malaysia. Travellers can enjoy attractive fares to various exciting Malaysian destinations through this promotion.

Holiday makers from India can book their journey from Delhi, Mumbai, Hyderabad, Bangalore, Chennai and Kochi to popular Malaysian destinations like Penang, Langkawi and Kota Kinabalu . Guests can book their tickets from 6 November 2014 to 18 November 2014 for travel period up to 31 May 2015.

According to Malaysia Airlines’ Regional Senior Vice President, South Asia and Middle East Mr. Azahar Hamid, “After the success of the previous Visit Malaysia Year offers, we are delighted to bring the promotion back specially for the Indian market. These best-in-class deals allow holiday makers to book now and travel within six months’.. We encourage Indian travellers to take advantage of these wonderful deals and take some time-off with their loved ones to enjoy Malaysia’s beauty and attractions.”

Mr. Manoharan Periasamy, Director, Tourism Malaysia said, “The announcement comes at the right time as Indians love to travel during this time of the year. There will be festivities in the air and it will be raining discounts in Malaysia with the Malaysia Year End sale until January. It’s the perfect time to be in Malaysia.”

news courtesy :travelandtourworld