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(From left) Reena Tan, Jaeger-LeCoultre South East Asia and Australia managing director Alexis Delaporte, YTL Group managing director Tan Sri Dr Francis Yeoh, tourism minister Datuk Seri Dr Ng Yen Yen, Jaeger-LeCoultre chief executive officer Jerome Lambert and Switzerland ambassador to Malaysia, ambassador Dr Rolf Lenz.
KUALA LUMPUR: Jaeger-LeCoultre reopened its outlet at Starhill Gallery recently. The refurbished outlet, relocated from the Adorn floor, is at the entrance of the mall.
Its chief executive officer Jerome Lambert said the outlet covering an area of 140 square metres showcases Swiss-made watches.
At the launch, museum pieces such as pocket watches from 1903, Atmos clocks dubbed the “Clock of Presidents” and a Jaeger-LeCoultre 101 watch worn by Queen Elizabeth II during her coronation were exhibited.
There were also ladies’ high jewellery and underwater sports watches on offer.
Present at the launch were Tourism Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ng Yen Yen, YTL Group managing director Tan Sri Dr Francis Yeoh, Jaeger-LeCoultre Southeast Asia and Australia managing director Alexis Delaporte, Jaeger-LeCoultre Malaysia country manager Reena Tan and Switzerland ambassador to Malaysia, Dr Rolf Lenz.
RAUB: Food and hawker centres in Malaysia have attractive decor and have become major draws for tourists – but their hygiene and cleanliness are often neglected, says Tourism Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ng Yen Yen.
“Although the food stalls are beautifully decorated, spacious, strategically located and offering all kinds of delicious meals, tourists may be turned off because of the poor hygiene and cleanliness,” she said here yesterday.
She added that the ministry was keen to help promote these food centres but the operators must first play their role by raising the standard of their cleanliness.
“Efforts to promote these centres for their good food and wide range of dishes will all be futile if the operators do not take heed of the cleanliness aspect,” Dr Ng told reporters after launching the 100 Best Kopitiams in Malaysia Guide here.
“They should meet the same standards of established restaurants and coffeeshop chains, which also offer attractive decor and service but are hygienic and clean.”
She said that hospitality and quality should be consistent with the standard of the meals served.
Regarding the kopitiam heritage in Raub, Dr Ng said it has become legendary, referring to their unique ambience of marble-topped wooden tables, aromatic, freshly-brewed coffee and tea, old-fashion cups and saucers and the servings of roti bakar (toasted bread), half-boiled eggs, nasi lemak bungkus and kuih muih.
“I am told the history of the kopitiam goes back to the early years of the 20th century when Hainanese migrants, who worked as cooks for their colonial masters, acquired a taste for coffee.
Malaysia-Singapore Coffeeshop Proprietors Association President Ho Su Mong advised members to apply for halal certificates from the relevant authorities to assure Muslim customers that the meals and drinks served are fit for their consumption.
KUALA LUMPUR, May 28 (Bernama) — Kuala Lumpur has moved up three places to the fifth place in the Asia-Pacific ranking of top convention cities for 2011.
It also jumped two places to the 21st place in the world ranking of convention cities based on the International Congress and Convention Association’s (ICCA) survey.
Malaysia Convention and Exhibition Bureau (MyCEB) chief executive officer Zulkefli Sharif said Kuala Lumpur was gauged from 78 international association meetings it hosted last year.
He said, however, Malaysia dropped one spot to the 29th place while maintaining its position among top 10 Asia-Pacific’s convention cities.
“Despite dropping one spot, the number of international association meetings hosted in the country grew from 119 to 126 last year,” he said in a statement.
Zulkefli said this proved the growing interest and confidence from global associations in Malaysia as a premier meeting destination.
He cited the hosting of the Institute of Internal Auditors International Conference 2011 in Kuala Lumpur as an example.
“Held for the first time in Asia, it was touted as the world’s largest gathering of internal auditors ever recorded outside the United States,” he added.
He attributed the growing number of meetings held in Malaysia to close cooperation and commitment among the Tourism Ministry, MyCEB and various industry partners.
Apart from Kuala Lumpur, other Malaysian cities, namely Penang was ranked 32nd, Kota Kinabalu (38th) and Melaka (68th) in Asia-Pasific by ICCA, he said.
Zulkefli said last year MyCEB supported 29 bids and 20 corporate incentive groups representing 35,750 representatives and an economic value of RM382 million.
He said it also assisted 130 meetings and conventions, six exhibitions and 62 corporate incentive groups, which contributed an economic impact of RM1 billion to the country.
FRANKFURT: As a rare gesture, Tourism Malaysia’s Frankfurt office has been allowed to profile Malaysia’s wildlife and nature at the reputed Frankfurt International Zoo which has a combined population of 18 orang utans.
The strategy of arousing public interest in Malaysia’s wildlife, using the zoo as a vehicle for promotion of tourism, has been lauded by tourism promotion experts here.
Indeed, there is tremendous public interest in the orang utan, which can help further enhance the level of interest and, thus, also boost tourism traffic to Malaysia.
The pitch will be made to children who, accompanied by their parents, are a common sight at the zoo, particularly on weekends.
Tourism Malaysia will make a presentation on Sunday, enticing children, helped by their parents, to participate in a quiz game called “Discover Malaysia and its Fascinating Nature,” said Syed Yahya Syed Othman, the director of the Frankfurt office of Tourism Malaysia in an interview with Bernama.
The quiz will include questions about Malaysia’s wildlife and its natural environment; the questions will be posed to children who, according to the Tourism Malaysia’s Frankfurt office, can induce their parents to take them to the real habitat of the animals, particularly the orang utan.
“Our strategy is very simple. We are trying to get children actively involved in the quiz game and also in the wildlife of Malaysia in the setting of the zoo.
“Once children see the orang utan in the zoo, and after participating in our quiz games, they will ask their parents to take them to the natural habitat of the animal,” he said.
Syed Yahya said in the course of their participation, Tourism Malaysia will seek the active participation of the children and, also the parents.
“This will enable them to not only see the animals but also motivate them to visit places in Malaysia where the orang utan live,” he said.
The full-day event could well open up new avenues of opportunities for promoting tourism to Malaysia.
“Europeans, particularly Germans appreciate nature and environment. We have organised a treasure hunt game for the children and parents can, of course, also join in.
“The children will provide answers to questions put to them, and this also indicate their level of knowledge about Malaysia,” Syed Yahya said, adding that the first prize is a free flight to Malaysia for two persons.
Syed Yahya said that Germany was a “promising market” with tremendous business potential inherent in nature tourism.
The idea of stepping up interest in Malaysia by organising an event at the zoo has, meanwhile, travelled far and wide, reaching Malaysian envoys in other countries as well.
Syed Yahya revealed that he had been asked by Malaysian ambassadors in Budapest (Hungary) and Prague (Czech Republic) to organise similar events at the zoos in the capitals of the two countries.
Syed Yahya, who recently held a meeting with German hoteliers inducing them to join in promotional work in conjunction with Tourism Malaysia, said that the idea of organising a wildlife quiz event was also well timed because of the success of the film “We bought the zoo” which has aroused public interest in wild life and nature.
RAUB: The Women, Family and Community Development Ministry has allocated RM1mil for 200 AZAM Niaga and AZAM Khidmat participants in Raub, Pahang.
Tourism Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ng Yen Yen said the allocations were given under the 1Malaysia People’s Welfare Programme (KAR1SMA) to provide start-up kits for participants from low-income households.
This would enable them to venture into business under the social enterprise and productive welfare approach to improve their standard of living in line with the Low-Income Households NKRA.
Dr Ng said the government’s effort also enabled the participants to be self-reliant while at the same time encouraged them to be involved in business activities.
She said the participants are eligible to apply for micro credit loans from Amanah Ikthiar Malaysia (AIM) to expand their business.
AIM is a smart partner of the Women, Family and Community Development Ministry in both AZAM Niaga and AZAM Khidmat, which are two sub-programmes under the 1AZAM programme.