Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Visit Malaysia 2014, The Campaign Arm of Tourism Malaysia

In 2014, Malaysia will celebrate its fourth Visit Malaysia Year (VMY) with the theme "Celebrating Malaysia Truly Asia."  The VMY 2014 promotional campaign has started this year with a series of year-long special events and activities leading to VMY 2014.  It will contribute to Malaysia's target to receive 36 million tourist arrivals and RM168 billion receipts by 2020, as outlined in the Malaysia Tourism Transformation Plan (MTTP) 2020.  

In lieu of this, Tourism Malaysia have organized a special business session last October 3 at Solaire Resort Manila.  The said event have provided a platform for the invited travel trade members in the Philippines to network with Malaysian delegates, in an effort to encourage greater cooperation and formation for more tourism products and tour packages, particularly during VMY 2014.

Blessed by chance, I got to see first-hand what Malaysia has to offer to a mom like me who always make it a point to plan out a vacation for the family.  At the lobby of one of Solaire's spanking ballroom  a 4D mini-exhibit showcased the beauty of Malaysia.   Roti Canai and Teh Tarik, authentic Malaysia milk tea, were available for visitors to taste and savor.  Malaysian musical instruments were on display to showcase the festive culture of Malaysia.  And a flat screen television on the floor gave a virtual experience of diving right into Malaysia’s mystical diving destinations.

Amir Arshad, a Malaysian batik artist demonstrated the actual art of making batik fabrics.   Even Mr. Anthony Ballesteros Rivera, Marketing Manager of Malaysian Embassy, was there to get educated with it.

This is Ning's batik artwork in progress...but looks proffesionally made already!
My friend, Ning Buning and I were able to get our hands crafting with his help and I got to snag home  a batik art.

The guests were treated not only with spectacular games and prizes, everyone came expectant of a bounteous  Malaysian fare, and it was indeed another showcase of how vibrant Malaysian tradition is, even in its cuisine which was masterfully prepared by the best culinary artisans of Solaire Resorts Manila.


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