Visiting new places is one of my MUST DO things this year. Traveling is something that most people would say is a 'luxury' but it doesn't have to be one right?
One of the places I am thinking of visiting is Malaysia to which I was surprised to be invited in their holiday packages brochure launch last February 14 at the 2014 PTAA Travel Tour Expo 2014.
Tourism Malaysia has marked its grandest tourism celebration which they dubbed Visit Malaysia Year (VMY) 2014 in which Tourism Malaysia has stepped up its efforts to attract more visitors to its bubbling, energetic cultural melting pot that are filled with endless events, amazing festivals and exciting activities happening all year round.
Tourism Malaysia's theme 'Celebrating 1Malaysia Truly Asia' would position Malaysia as a premier destination in Southeast Asia.
Their introduction of their "Tara Na sa Malaysia" Holiday Packages Brochure features special Malaysia tour packages that have been put together with the help of their valued local travel agents from all parts of the Philippines. This will also be featured on major newspapers, as well selected magazines nationwide.
The event was graced with Mr. Mohd Akbal Setia, Senior Assistant Director of Tourism Malaysia (ASEAN Division) who enjoined the media and the thousands of attendees to come rediscover Malaysia and, for those who still haven’t visited the country, to finally experience its wonders for the first time.
According to Mr. Setia, "With Malaysia being one of the most accessible destinations for many Filipinos, we have created this vibrant new tourism campaign with our many wonderful partners to ensure that this figurative line that divides out two nations would remain a line drawn in sand, easily washed away by a tide of new and exciting experiences that would bind us closer as people. "
Also at the same event, Datò Mohd Zamri Bin Mohd Kassim, Ambassador of Malaysia, Manila, reiterated the invitation with this message:
“There are numerous reasons tourists will find Malaysia an irresistible must-visit holiday destination. Whether it's rich and colorful multi-cultural heritage, exciting shopping malls, theme parks, fabulous food, great mountains and rivers, lush green parks and gardens, idyllic tropical islands, palm-fringed beaches or million-year-old rainforests – you can find all these attractions here in Malaysia.”
The brochure is a thematic holiday package which is first ever to be created. It promotes tourist a fun-filled time with tons of exciting activities suited for your liking wheather its for yourself, barkadas, loved ones, or your family which shows to diversify the nation's tourism offerings.
The event was hosted by Joyce Pring and there were some performances by a Malaysian dance troupe and Ms. Barbie Almalbis.
The “Tara Na Sa Malaysia Holiday” Packages Brochure offers a range of unique packages that highlight the following destinations for the travel period of March to December 2014:
Kuala Lumpur: Being Malaysia’s capital city; it is a bustling metropolis with unique landmarks that are instantly recognizable worldwide. Iconic skyscrapers grace the city’s skyline, co-existing with remnants of history.
KL (as it is popularly known) is also a melting pot of races and cultures brimming with diverse entertainment options, exciting attractions and a comprehensive transportation system.
Putrajaya: Known as Malaysia’s administrative capital, which is also nicknamed the country’s “Intelligent Garden City.”
Possessing a refreshingly different urban landscape, the city is a clever combination of nature and state-of-the-art infrastructure.
Malacca: The birthplace of the nation’s historical and cultural heritage. Malacca has a long and illustrious past. Its remnants are well preserved and can still be seen today earning it the prestigious title of UNESCO World Heritage City in 2008.
Johor: Situated at the southernmost part of Peninsular Malaysia, it is the country’s southern gateway.The state is blessed with a diversity of natural attractions, which includes verdant rainforests, cascading waterfalls, thriving wetlands and beautiful tropical islands off its coasts.
Penang: One of the World’s top holiday destinations, Penang is a delightful fusion of nature, culture and history. Home to a UNESCO World Heritage City and one of the world’s longest bridges, Penang leaves an indelible mark on each visitor, leaving them wanting more with each visit.Also Penang is one of the foodie's paradise with its variety of Malay cuisines and also its street food. A must try for the foodie travelers for sure!
Sabah: Also known as “Land Below The Wind”, Sabah is made up of enchanting tropical islands, lush virgin rainforests and over 30 different ethnic communities.It is most well known for its icon, Mount Kinabalu, while its island of Sipadan is internationally recognized as one of the world’s best diving destinations.
Lankawi: This city is a part of an archipelago made up of 99 islands and is one of the country’s most popular holiday destinations.
It boosts some of the region’s best natural attractions, earning it a UNESCO Global Geopark status in 2007.
There were some individuals that were very lucky to win round trip tickets to Malaysia courtesy of Malaysia Airlines.
The Tara na sa Malaysia brochure package puts focus on the wide range of activities available to the visitors in Malaysia from theme parks visits for the kids, Shopping and nightlife for the young ones, Gastronomic adventures to the foodies, Honeymoon and romantic getaways for the newly weds and couples. Golfing, beach, cultural immersions and many others who are looking for an adventure and relaxation.
If you are planning your next travel escapade put Malaysia's travel package in mind, it is the perfect guide to help see, feel and experience Malaysia.
So....Tara na sa Malaysia? A Truly Asian adventure awaits for us this 2014.
For more information, you can visit www.tourismmalaysia.gov.my or LIKE Tara na sa Malaysia on Facebook.