Kuala Lumpur Malaysia , July 11 – Tourism Malaysia hosted the second edition of ASEAN Media Bloggers Tourism Hunt 2017 which commenced on 11th until the 14th of July. A total of 50 prominent media, travel bloggers and social media influencers from 10 ASEAN countries (Malaysia, Philippines, Thailand, Indonesia, Vietnam, Singapore, Myanmar, Cambodia, Laos and Brunei) participated in this event which led us on a tourism trail featuring some of Malaysia’s best tourist destinations.
This year’s edition of the Hunt is themed “Malaysia on Wheels” to highlight the concept of self drive holidays in Malaysia utilising Malaysia’s network of highways and road systems, particularly the PLUS Highway which connects Malaysia from north to south.
The ASEAN market remains as the largest contributor of tourist arrivals to Malaysia. In 2016, a total of 20.3 million tourists from ASEAN countries visited Malaysia, constituting 75.8% of the country’s total arrivals of 26.8 million. Tourist receipts from the ASEAN market amounted to RM56.2 billion, which is 68.4% of total tourist receipts in 2016.
For the first quarter of 2017, Malaysia has already received 5.03 million tourists from ASEAN countries, signifying an increase of 2.4% against the same period last year. This is an encouraging trend towards meeting Malaysia’s ultimate goal for 2017, which is to attract a total of 23.1 million ASEAN tourists this year. [Press Release]
(From L- R) Datuk Seri Mirza Mohammad Taiyab, Director General of Tourism Malaysia, The Honourable Dato Seri Mohamed Nazri Abdul Aziz, Minister of Tourism and Culture and Tuan Syed Yahya Syed Othman, Director of ASEAN Division Tourism Malaysia.
With The Hounourable Dato Seri Mohamed Nazri Abdul Aziz, Minister of Tourism and Culture.
With Vietnam peeps.
With Team Myanmar.
Flaged off 20 Proton cars by Honourable Dato Seri Mohamed Nazri Abdul Aziz
We began our four-day drive from KL visiting iconic landmarks such as the Merdeka Square (Dataran Merdeka)and Batu Caves. It is formatted as a photo Hunt, a race and social media contest that aims to introduce and promote Malaysia’s unique culture, heritage , cuisine and other tourist offerings to the ASEAN market and publicise Malaysia by utilising social media platforms such as Instagram and Facebook.
DATARAN MERDEKA literally Independence Square. It is Kuala Lumpur’s best known landmark.
BATU CAVES is a limestone hill that has series of caves and caves temples in Gombak, Selangor
After the exciting photo hunt activity, we get to tried some of Malaysia’s popular food such as Sate Katanga Haji Samuri. Then we headed north to experience the offerings in Ipoh and Kuala Kangsar, Perak, which is celebrating the Visit Perak Year 2017.
Here’s a quick pull over to fuel up. Thanks to my colleagues from PH and Vietnam .
Yes, it is actually my first time to drive a right hand vehicle and I could say, I survived diving from Selangor to Ipoh.
We arrived for dinner at Ipoh around 8PM. I felt so honored to have dinner discussion at the table of Dato Nolee Ashilin, Perak State Executive Councilor for Tourism and Tuan Syed Yahya Syed Othman, Director of ASEAN Division Tourism Malaysia. Dinner was held at Pakeeza North India Restaurant.
To rejuvenate after a long day , we relaxed in this contemporary urban Weil Hotel .
I’m excited to share more photos and the wonderful experiences I had. Watch out for my next articles -AMBTH 2017 Day 3, 4 & 5.