Monday, December 23, 2019

Tourism Malaysia Fetes Media & Industry Partners In Appreciation of 2019 Support

Last week, Tourism Malaysia organized a special appreciation dinner to acknowledge the support received from members of the media and tourism industry player throughout 2019. We were honoured to be invited along with 350 guests from the media industry as well as local tourism players comprising editors, journalists, bloggers and social media content editors and writers, as well as hoteliers, tourism associations, travel agents and tourism product owners to this special event held at The Glasshouse at Seputeh in Kuala Lumpur.

Reunited with my travel buddies. #mylabuanstory

Serving also as an important networking platform for Tourism Malaysia officers to engage with the media and industry players, the occasion was hosted by Director General of Tourism Malaysia, Datuk Musa Yusof, with YB Tuan Muhammad Bakhtiar Wan Chik, Deputy Ministry of Tourism, Arts and Culture, as guest of honour.

During the welcome speech, Datuk Musa Yusof said "It seems fitting to end this successful year in this way as an acknowledgement of the strong support given by our media and industry partners for al the events we have organised throughout the year."

He noted the positive exposure on Malaysia provided by the Malaysian media and thanked them for their professionalism. He also expressed gratitude to the industry players for promoting Malaysia internationally through the "Malaysia Truly Asia" brand, and domestically with the "Cuti-Cuti Malaysia" campaign.

He said, "By working together, we all reap the rewards from tourist arrivals and tourist expenditure, and along the way, reinforce Malaysia as a diverse, harmonious and beautiful tourist destination. Please continue to stand with us in ensuring the success of Visit Malaysia 2020," he urged.

A sincere thank you to Tourism Malaysia for this beautiful plague. (Pic credit Backpackerz)

Meanwhile, YB Tuan Muhammad Bakhtiar said "Now that news can travel all over the globe thanks to social media platforms and the power of the Internet, media players shoulder a heavier responsibility in reporting, and need to be more sensitive to the repercussions of their words on the global stage."

He added, "I look forward to even closer working ties with everyone next year during the Visit Malaysia 2020 to welcome 30 million tourists and RM100 billion receipts. We should be proud to showcase to visitors from all over the world, Malaysia's peace-loving, multi-cultural society, comprising of more than 200 ethnic communities who have lived in harmonious unity all these years."

The Deputy Minister also said, "The Ministry of Tourism, Arts and Culture and Tourism Malaysia are planning to kick off the Visit Malaysia 2020 campaign in a big way. I take this opportunity to formally invite all of you to take part in welcoming the New Year and the 2020 campaign." According to him, the Malaysia Open House Christmas, New Year and the launch of Visit Malaysia 2020 will simultaneously be celebrated at Dataran Merdeka on 31 December.

'Twas a lovely evening! Thanks for having me, I'm really glad to be a part of #MYtravelmediabuddy.

For the year 2019, Tourism had organised various media familarisation trips, industry briefings, press conferences and networking programmes to maintain good relations with the media and industry players. Not to mention on 1st January 2020, senior officials of the Ministry of Tourism, Arts and Culture along with Tourism Malaysia will head to various air, land and sea entry points in Malaysia to welcome the arrival of the first tourists to Malaysia. How sweet is that?

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