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Influx of tourists in Pahang - June 30, 2017

KUANTAN: Tourist arrivals in Pahang in the first six months of this year rose to eight million compared to six million during the same period last year.

State Tourism and Culture Committee chairman Datuk Seri Mohd Sharkar Shamsudin said the increase followed continuous aggressive campaigns to attract visitors in conjunction with Visit Pahang Year 2017.

“Apart from the continuous campaigns via social sites as well as through television and radio, we also held many activities and new events to attract tourists to the state.

“As a result, the number of tourists visiting the state in the first six months of this year grew considerably and we are optimistic of achieving 15 million tourists as targeted earlier,” he said.


He said new tourism products being promoted included Che Minah Sayang Recreation Park in Maran which was formerly known as Lubuk Ujid, the Black Water Jewel of Pekan as well as the Merapoh Run in Lipis.

Apart from that, he said events in the state’s annual tourism calendar such the Kuantan 160 Century Ride, Royal Pahang Billfish Century Ride International Challenge and Start in Tioman diving event also drew local and foreign visitors.

“Lately, we found sports tourism has a big following and we hope to create more events in the future,” he said.

At the same time, he said the state government would continue to promote 2017 Visit Pahang Year with road shows nationwide.

“We have already carried out the campaign for the southern zone and after this we will be going to the northern and eastern zones before going to Sabah and Sarawak.

“We will also be going to Kazakhstan, China and Turkey following requests for us to hold promotions there,” he said. – Bernama

MATTA Fair coming back to town - June 16, 2017

KUALA LUMPUR: The MATTA Fair will be held from Sept 8 to 10 at the Putra World Trade Centre.

“A total of 1,333 booths have been taken up for the event which is expected to generate RM200mil worth of bookings and related expenditure domestically,” Malaysian Association of Tour and Travel Agents (MATTA) CEO Phua Tai Neng said.

“We are confident that holiday makers will find the best deals for their families,” he said.

Speaking to reporters at the exhibitors balloting session at Wisma MATTA yesterday, Phua said that despite the strength of the US dollar against the ringgit, members of the public had generally accepted the situation and were proceeding with their holiday plans.

The MATTA Fair, which will cover 24,000sq m, is one of the “choicest” platforms for travel and tour agents to display their products.

MATTA, Phua said, had 3,300 registered travel and tour agency members who would be taking part in the fair.

Travel agencies from Japan, South Korea, Macau, Taiwan, Sri Lanka, Indonesia and Turkey are also coming.

For domestic travel, Sabah, Sarawak, Negri Sembilan, Putrajaya, Terengganu, Perak, Selangor, Pahang, Johor, Kedah, Melaka and Labuan have confirmed their participation.

Additionally, Sarawak has been selected as Malaysia’s Favourite Destination for the fair. The biggest exhibitor is Sabah Tourism Board with 16 booths.

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1,000 cyclists expected at event - June 15, 2017

KUANTAN: The 160km Kuantan Century Ride is back after taking a hiatus, last year, but is renamed Visit Pahang Century Ride 2017 (VIPCR17) in conjunction with Visit Pahang 2017.

State Tourism and Culture Committee chairman Datuk Seri Mohd Sharkar Shamsudin said the upcoming event on July 9, was expected to attract 1,000 cyclists.

At present, 600 cyclists have signed up. He said this year the 160km distance would cover areas in the Kuantan, Maran and Pekan districts compared to the previous events where the ride was within Kuantan only.


Mohd Sharkar said the event carried the concept of “by riders for riders” as it was organised by the Pahang Cyclist Association and recognised by the National Cycling Federation of Malaysia under the cycling for all programme.

He said among the international cyclists who have booked their berths were Singaporeans, Japanese, Chinese, Britons, Canadians, Germans and South Africans.

“There are also cyclists from Bangladesh who have confirmed participation and we expect more foreign participants as well as locals,” Mohd Sharkar said after chairing a meeting involving volunteers and sponsors of the event here.

Tourism and Culture Ministry Pahang director Datuk Idros Yahya and Tourism Pahang general manager Datuk Ishak Mokhtar were also present.

Mohd Sharkar said medals, trophies and other kinds of tokens of appreciation would be given out to cyclists as the event was not a race.

He said there would be five main water stations throughout the route which would begin from Bukit Gambang Resort City, passing through Lepar, Felcra Sri Makmur, Kampung Belimbing, Kampung Serengkam, Kuala Sentul, Lubuk Ujid, Maran town, Kampung Luit, Kampung Sri Jaya and back to the resort city.

Mohd Sharkar said the state government was thankful to the main organiser and its sponsors, including Pasdec Corporation, UMW Toyota, Motors, 100 Plus isotonic drink, Ranger the energy food supplier, tourism magazines Santai Travel and Gaya Travel, telecommunications company Red One and also the government agencies involved.

He said villagers, through their security and development committees had volunteered to handle the event in their respective villages while some would also take part as cyclists.

Mohd Sharkar said there was no age limit as the ride was based on the concept of fun, family bonding and the whole tourism experience.

Premium Outlet opens in Genting - June 16, 2017

Genting Highlands Premium Outlets opened its doors to the public yesterday.

This is Malaysia’s second premium outlet after Johor Premium Outlets. It is also South-East Asia’s first hilltop Premium Outlet Center.

Developed at a cost of RM200mil, Genting Highlands Premium Outlets sits on 55,741.8sq m of land and will feature more than 150 designers and brand name stores offering shoppers impressive savings of up to 65% off daily.

To celebrate its soft opening, shoppers were offered several promotions.


The first 50 customers received Polo Ralph Lauren RM100 off with purchase of RM1,000 or more while the first 100 customers enjoyed 50% + 30% + 10% savings on Coach Mickey items.

In addition, Baskin-Robbins and Starbucks Coffee offered complimentary ice cream and ice-blended coffee respectively for the first 250 customers.

The first 100 customers who spend RM200 or more at the centre will be given complimentary tickets for Awana Skyway from June 15 to 24.

Serving the Central-Eastern Malaysian market, the Premium Outlets’ strategic location within Genting Highlands enhances Genting Highlands’ attraction as a major tourist and holiday destination that draws approximately 20 million visitors annually.

Conveniently located just 45 minutes from downtown Kuala Lumpur, Genting Highlands Premium Outlets features many brand names. Food and beverage are also available.

Genting Simon Sdn Bhd chief operating officer Jean Marie Pin Harry said he was excited that the centre would complement Resorts World Genting’s offerings.

“Genting Highlands Premium Outlets is a key component of the Genting Integrated Tourism Plan and an illustration of private sector participation under the Economic Transformation Programme as well as a catalyst for the tourism industry in the East Coast Economic Region,” he said.

Genting Highlands Premium Outlets is a 50:50 joint venture between Genting Plantations Bhd and Premium Outlets, the outlet division of Simon Property Group.

Genting Highlands Premium Outlets is open daily from 10am to 10pm.

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Move to boost agro-tourism - May 25, 2017

KUANTAN: The Pahang government hopes to boost the agricultural sector in a move to promote agro-tourism.

State Rural Development, Agriculture and Agro-based Industry Committee chairman Datuk Shafik Fauzan Sharif said Pahang had various agricultural areas with the potential to be developed as tourist destinations.

For example, he said Periok, Jerantut, and Bukit Tinggi, Bentong, had aquaculture development centres; Semuji Resort in this district was an agricultural centre; Raub was famous for the Musang King durian and Temerloh was known for ikan patin.

“Agro-tourism has the potential to draw tourists, especially students on study tours and tourists from abroad.

“However, to realise this, we have to develop and maintain facilities such as accommodation and easy access,” he said.

Some of these destinations have hostel facilities but these have to be upgraded if they were to be opened to tourists so as to ensure their security and comfort, he said.

Shafik Fauzan represented State Tourism and Culture Committee chairman Datuk Seri Mohd Sharkar Shamsuddin in launching the Pahang 2017 edition of the Malaysian Association of Tour and Travel Agents (MATTA) Fair here.

Also present at the event were Tourism Pahang general manager Datuk Ishak Mokhtar; Tourism and Culture Ministry’s Pahang director Datuk Idros Yahya; Tourism Malaysia Pahang director Mohd Faharuddin Hatmin and Pahang edition MATTA Fair chairman Burhanuddin Ghazali.

Burhanuddin said the 11th edition of the Pahang MATTA Fair targeted sales of RM2mil and five million visitors over three days.

He said 56 booths had been set up to promote domestic and overseas tour packages as well as Visit Pahang Year 2017. — Bernama


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