Dr. Ng Yen Yen appointed Chairman of Tourism Malaysia

Dr. Ng Yen Yen

Ng Yen Yen New Chairman of Tourism Malaysia

YBhg. Dato’ Sri Dr. Ng Yen Yen has been appointed Chairman of Tourism Malaysia effective 17 June 2013. “Dato’ Sri Dr. Ng is no stranger to the tourism industry having served as Minister of Tourism from 2009 until 2013, and before that as Deputy Minister of Culture, Arts and Tourism from 1999 to 2003. I have full confidence in her to lead the industry,” says Minister of Tourism and Culture, YB Dato’ Seri Mohamed Nazri bin Tan Sri Abdul Aziz.

During her tenure as Minister of Tourism, tourist arrivals to Malaysia continued to rise from 23.65 million in 2009 to 25.03 million in 2012. Today, Malaysia is the 10th most-visited destination in the world according to the United Nations World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO).

Her tourism initiatives such as the 1Malaysia Contemporary Art Tourism Festival, 1Malaysia International Shoe Festival and 1Malaysia Green 1Malaysia Clean campaign are now permanent features in the annual tourism calendar.

With her vast experience in the tourism industry, she is now in a closer position to steer the Tourism Board towards the realisation of the Malaysia Tourism Transformation Plan’s goals, as well as the immediate target of 26.8 million tourist arrivals for 2013 and 28 million arrivals for the upcoming Visit Malaysia Year 2014.

Dato’ Sri Dr. Ng succeeds YBhg. Datuk Dr. Victor Wee as the 7th Tourism Malaysia Chairman (or 12th since the establishment of Tourist Development Corporation). Datuk Dr. Victor Wee, in his tenure as the Chairman from 2009 to 2013, had been active in the international tourism arena, holding key positions such as in UNWTO, while stewarding the Board effectively and efficiently.

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Port Dickson Helicopter Tours in Malaysia

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Port Dickson Helicopter Tours in Malaysia is a new product that is available on weekends at the PD Waterfront in the township of Port Dickson in Negeri Sembilan. This exciting and adventurous ride will have you fly in the air overlooking the coastal township of PD, seeing resorts, roads and homes from a birds eye view. Started in March 2013, you can go directly to the PD Waterfront and seek the helicopter tours tent which is located right next to the PD McDonald’s Drive Thru. Below are pictures of the Helicopter Tour in PD and also information at the end. All pictures are used with permission from Malaysia Asia.

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Avilion Port Dickson view from the air

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Avilion PD

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Helicopter landing after the tour

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Aerial view of PD town

 

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PD Waterfront view from the helicopter

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Port Dickson Resorts aerial view

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Aerial view of the PD Water Festival 2013

To book this PD Helicopter Tour, please look for the white tent at the open air car park next to the McDonalds at the PD Waterfront.

  • Price: RM250 per person
  • Duration: 12-15 minutes
  • Availability: Weekends only (Subject to weather conditions)

PD is well known for their beaches, picnics and also resort style living with many new accommodations available. The newly launched PD Waterfront is also one of the latest attractions there which cater to all kinds of people. This is more of a modern lifestyle area minus the beach. If you are heading to Port Dickson in Negeri Sembilan, you can consider this experience especially if you have never sat in a helicopter before, this would be a good time to try out the Port Dickson Helicopter Tours in Malaysia.

Malaysia Wins Travel and Leisure India and South Asia’s India’s Best Awards 2012

Malaysia Wins Travel and Leisure India Awards

Malaysia Wins Travel and Leisure India and South Asia

Malaysia has once again proven itself as a leading tourist destination in the region by winning several accolades at Travel + Leisure India and South Asia’s India’s Best Awards 2012. The Felicitation and Awards ceremony took place at the Taj Lands End in Mumbai on 23 April 2013. Malaysia won the award for Best Green Destination (World) while Langkawi was awarded the Best Honeymoon Destination (World). The Kuala Lumpur International Airport received the award for Best Airport (World), Runner-Up.

Other categories in the awards include best emerging destination, best cruise, best business hotel, best airport, best luxury train, and best spa and honeymoon destination.

Travel + Leisure is a premier travel and lifestyle magazine based in New York, with a readership totaling to 4.8 million. It has been conducting the iconic World’s Best Awards for over 12 years, and after five successful years in the South Asian region, Travel + Leisure India & South Asia launched the first India’s Best Awards in 2011, and again in 2012.

The awards come as a proud addition to a string of other accolades that Malaysia garnered recently. Last year, Kuala Lumpur was ranked the second best shopping destination in Asia Pacific by Globe Shopper Index, while CNN listed it as the 4th best shopping city in the world. Earlier this year, a survey carried out by Crescentrating, a Singapore-based Muslim travel consultancy, placed Malaysia as the top Muslim-friendly holiday destination, ahead of Egypt, United Arab Emirates, Turkey, Saudi Arabia and Indonesia.

This is a good indicator of Malaysia’s booming tourism industry, which has seen a steady growth in terms of tourist arrivals and receipts over the last decade. Last year, its tourist arrivals rose to 25 million, registering a growth of 1.3%, while its tourist receipts climbed to RM60.6 billion, which was an increase of 3.8%.