Malaysia Forges Stronger Partnerships and Launches Visit Malaysia 2014 Campaign

I love Malaysia having been to Kuala Lumpur, Johor, Melaka, and Petaling Jaya in the past. I enjoyed all my trips there and look forward to seeing more of this beautiful country in the future. Nowadays, more and more Filipinos get to travel there thanks to Tourism Malaysia's efforts to offer the best tour packages to its local travel agents and partners.

Early this month, Visit Malaysia 2014 was launched at Solaire Resorts Manila. The colorful campaign is every bit as vibrant and fascinating as the sights I've seen so far in the country. The gala dinner, hosted by the ever energetic Drew Arellano, was well-attended by travel and tourism dignitaries as well as trade partners from both Malaysia and the Philippines

We were treated to a delightful night of cultural presentations, a sumptuous dinner, and raffle prizes that included free trips and hotel stays. Sponsors for those were composed of the Philippine Airlines, Malaysian Airlines, Air Asia Zest, Cebu Pacific, Star Cruises, and Berjaya Hotel.  

Madame Chong Yoke Har, Tourism Malaysia's Deputy Director General, invited Filipino travelers to visit her country in 2014. "Next year is the Visit Malaysia year. We have many events and programs lined up for our foreign guests year-round. Every month, there are various tourist events that are suitable for your participation," she described. "Come and celebrate with us."

During the program, Madame Chong presented to guests the exclusively bundled Visit Malaysia 2014 Packages - Philippine edition. These are said to give local travel agents the best business leverage and increased profit potentials. 

His Excellency Dato' Mohd Zamri Mohd Kassim, the Ambassador of Malaysia to the Philippines, likewise expressed his invitation to travelers to come to Malaysia and discover for themselves why more than half a million Filipinos went there in 2012. 

Department of Tourism (DOT) Undersecretary Danilo Corpuz spoke in behalf of DOT Secretary Ramon Jimenez and congratulated Tourism Malaysia for its noteworthy promotional initiatives.

The Malaysian delegation is comprised of 31 organisations including Johor Tourism Department, Sabah Tourism Board, Labuan Corporation, KidZania Kuala Lumpur, Legoland Malaysia, Sepang International Circuit, and Regency Hotel.

I admire the grace of the cultural performers who showcased their local dances and was impressed with the Roti Canai artist who exhibited his expertise on the delicate art of making the Indian-influenced flatbread of Malaysia. 

What fascinated me the most was the sand artistry that Joseph Valerio (aka Joseph The Artist) did. He "drew" various shapes and objects on sand and ended up with a great sand picture of the Petronas Towers. The Talentadong Pinoy grand champion also performed his winning piece in the said reality talent search that earned him the audience’s admiration.

Outside Solaire's Grand Ballroom was a 4D exhibit that showcased the beauty of Malaysia. There was a demonstration of making batik fabrics; tasting of Roti Canai and Teh Tarik, the authentic Malaysia milk tea that I've come to like when I last visited Kuala Lumpur; a display of Malaysian musical instruments, and a flatscreen TV on the floor that provided a virtual experience of Malaysia's diving destinations. 

Please read my other posts about Malaysia in this blog and see the many things you can appreciate in this beautiful country! Perhaps then, you'll be more inspired to also plan a trip there very soon! :)

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