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Malaysia Airports To Champion Proudly Malaysian Labels

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Malaysia Airports today launched a new initiative aimed to champion Malaysian labels and entrepreneurs. The airport operator will be leveraging on its strategic role to provide Proudly Malaysian products and Malaysian talents the platform and channels to promote their offerings to an international audience.

Called #ProudlyMalaysian, the Campaign will be Malaysia Airports’ commercial division’s key focus for the long term. The Campaign was launched officially today in conjunction with the nation’s 59th Merdeka and 53rd Malaysia Day celebrations.

Malaysia Airports’ Senior General Manager, Commercial Services, Mohammad Nazli Abdul Aziz said, “Airports are often the first and last destination for visitors and Malaysians coming in and leaving the country. As the gatekeeper of these key entry and exit points, Malaysia Airports is well positioned to champion all-things Malaysia.”

Malaysia Airports #ProudlyMalaysian Campaign

“Within KLIA and klia2, we have a variety of brands and outlets that are Malaysians or Malaysian-owned. Some are established names locally and internationally. Even as we celebrate these well-known home-grown labels, let us not forget that there are also up and coming local names that deserve our attention and support. Many of them design and produce fabulous and uniquely Malaysian products. It is our objective to give these deserving Malaysian names the recognition they deserve.
“We want to come alongside these dynamic Malaysians, help to promote and nurture them so that they can go out and shout that they are proudly Malaysian and we can be proud of them because they are Malaysians,” added Nazli.

Under the #ProudlyMalaysian Campaign, Malaysia Airports will provide Malaysian entrepreneurs and social-preneurs the platform and opportunity to bring their products to market in the international setting of its airports. The airport operator will also offer enterprising Malaysians a platform for ideas and business exchange to further equip them for the challenges ahead.

Nazli added, “Going forward, we want to encourage Malaysian retailers at the airports to offer specially-packaged ‘#ProudlyMalaysian’ products at their outlets so that visitors can buy and appreciate Malaysian products with ease. We want Malaysian products to be easily identifiable and proudly displayed to heighten awareness and instill pride.”

To celebrate the launch, Malaysia Airports has also initiated an online #ProudlyMalaysian contest. Participants are encouraged to take photo at the Proudly Malaysian photo booths located at the Main Terminal Buildings of KLIA and klia2, hashtag #ProudlyMalaysian and upload via Twitter and/or Instagram with a caption in 140-characters or less ‘#ProudlyMalaysian because ...’

Participants will receive discounted e-vouchers and stand the opportunity to win customized #ProudlyMalaysian prizes. Fifty-nine (59) prizes will be given away throughout the duration of the campaign to commemorate 59 years of independence.

The celebration will also see Malaysia Airports giving away 59 cash vouchers worth RM59 each to 59 lucky visitors and Malaysians during the launch, on 31 August and on 16 September.

Malaysia Airports’ inaugural #ProudlyMalaysian Campaign will run from August 29, 2016 till September 16, 2016.

The Charm of Penang Await Participants of The World Tourism Conference 2016

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Penang, ranked 4th in Lonely Planet's Top 10 Cities list for Best in Travel 2016, will be the fourth state in Malaysia to host the World Tourism Conference 2016 (WTC 2016) from 17 to 19 October 2016 after Melaka (2013), Kota Kinabalu (2010) and Kuala Lumpur (2007).

Listed as the UNESCO World Cultural Heritage Site since 2008, George Town in Penang was aptly chosen as the venue for WTC 2016. This capital city of Penang pulsates with life and receives many visitors from all over the world who wish to experience its unique architectural and cultural townscape, which is without parallel anywhere in East and Southeast Asia. It also offers everything for a successful meeting, incentive, conference and exhibition.

There is no shortage of quality hotels and holiday resorts in Penang either, allowing participants the convenience of staying in the same location as the conference. Penang as a whole is a compact island, just under 300 kilometers square, which makes the island such an attractive destination as it is easy to get from one place to another. Year-round sunshine makes Penang a favourite location to combine social events or outdoor activities with a conference or business meeting.

This diverse island offers something for everyone, be it cultural heritage, natural environment or man-made entertainments.

Among the latest attractions in Penang include:

  1. The Skyway on Penang Hill, a newly-built observation deck that enhances the hilltop forest experience;
  2. Entopia (formerly known as the Penang Butterfly Farm), which will become the world’s first butterfly, dragonfly and firefly sanctuary park when it is fully completed in 2018. Its phase one which consists of the butterfly and dragonfly sanctuary as well as an indoor invertebrates discovery centre has been open to public since May 2016;
  3. The Habitat in Penang Hill, which provides a wide range attractions to explore like the Nature Trail, Canopy Walk, Tree Top Walk, Red Garden, Butterfly Bank, Yellow Garden, Purple Garden, Ginger Grove and Fragrant Garden. 

Visitors can move around in Penang easily by using its Hop On Hop Off bus, which is
Rapid Penang CAT, which is a free shuttle bus service that ply
the streets of George Town.

WTC 2016 is expected to bring together world leaders in tourism, high-level policy makers,
specialists and experts from the public and private sectors, academicians and media representatives to exchange ideas and knowledge as well as share experiences to enhance tourism development further.
The conference is exclusively organised by the Ministry of Tourism and Culture of Malaysia, in collaboration with the World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO). Registration fee is not required for those who are interested to participate in the conference.

For further information and registration, please visit the conference’s official website at Any enquiries can be addressed to the Secretariat via email at 

Emirates, The Official Airline Partner for MATTA Fair 2016

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Malaysians will be able to enjoy great fares on Emirates across its vast destination network during the upcoming Malaysian Association of Tour and Travel Agents (MATTA) Fair which takes place from 2ndto 4th September 2016.

These fares, which cover popular destinations in Europe, the Americas, and the Middle East are offered in conjunction with Emirates’ participation as the Official Airline Partner at this year’s MATTA Fair. Bookings have to be made between 26th August 2016 and 12th September 2016 for travel between 2nd September 2016 and 31st March 2017.

All-inclusive Economy Class fares start at RM2,299 to the United Kingdom, RM2,679 to Ireland, RM2,339 to Europe, RM2,199 to the Middle East and RM3,929 to the Americas. Business Class fares start at RM10,409 to the United Kingdom, RM10,639 to Ireland, RM8,839 to Europe, RM6,739 to the Middle East and RM12,779 to the Americas.

“We are very pleased to provide Malaysians with more opportunities for seamless connections and world class travel experiences across the globe at very attractive prices. This year marks Emirates’ 20th year in Malaysia, a significant milestone as we continue to be committed to this dynamic market through partnerships with local industry players such as MATTA. This fair is a good platform for us to reward our loyal customers as well as reaching out to new ones,” said Andrew Bunn, Country Manager, Singapore, Malaysia and Brunei, Emirates airline.

MATTA’s President, Datuk Haji Hamzah Rahmat elaborated, “We are delighted to have Emirates as the Official Airline Partner for this year’s fair and we would like to thank them for their commitment to MATTA Fair. Our line-up this year is an exciting one and we hope that through this partnership we are able to attract more visitors to attend as there will be a myriad of travel choices to choose from this year.” 

As Emirates continues to grow its footprint within the local market, partnerships such as the codeshare agreement with Malaysia Airlines, provides passengers with more seamless travel options to cities in Malaysia with a convenient connection in Kuala Lumpur. It also benefits travellers from the region with an expanded network including over 90 destinations in Europe, the Middle East, Africa, and the Americas. 

On Emirates’ flights, passengers can enjoy gourmet cuisine, tune in to the award-winning ice, Emirates’ inflight entertainment system, and utilise free onboard WiFi available on all A380 and select Boeing 777 aircraft.  Families with young children are also in for a treat, with special meals, toys and dedicated children’s channels to keep children entertained throughout the journey.

On Emirates‘ A380, First Class passengers can look forward to quiet luxury in the comfort of their private suites and enjoy the Onboard Shower Spa. First Class and Business Class passengers can socialise and sample canapes and cocktails at the popular Onboard Lounge.

As with all Emirates flights, passengers benefit from a generous baggage allowance of up to 35kg in Economy Class and 40kg in Business Class. From onboard lounge and flat-bed seats in Business Class to extra room and custom lighting in Economy Class Emirates provides quality products and value like no other.

Tickets will be sold via Emirates’ travel and tour agents throughout the 3-day event taking place at Putra World Trade Center. To make bookings and for more information, contact Emirates’ participating agents or visit our website, Emirates Facebook page at or MATTA’s website