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Winners of the Sabah Tourism Awards 2015

Sabah Tourism Awards 2015 Winners

Winners of the Sabah Tourism Awards 2015 – The Eastern Sabah Security Command (Esscom) and Kinabalu mountain rangers were among the four recipients of the Minister’s Special Award at the 10th Sabah Tourism Awards 2015 here Saturday night, 21st November 2015.

Other recipients of the award presented by Sabah Minister of Tourism, Culture and Environment Datuk Seri Masidi Manjun were low-cost airline AirAsia and Kinabalu Mountain guides involved in the Ranau earthquake rescue operation last June.

The Sabah Tourism Awards, organised by Sabah Tourism Board and Sri Pelancongan Sabah, are being held every two years to recognise the contributions of individuals and organisations in the tourism industry. Masidi, in his speech, commended the Kinabalu mountain rangers and guides for their rescue efforts and courage during the Ranau quake, particularly senior park rangers Martin Moguring, Gregory Duanis and Mithun Jay Langgim.

“Our mountain guides and rangers are some of the bravest people in this part of the world. They were not only hardworking but able to deliver in the nick of time during the Ranau earthquake crisis,” he said. Masidi expressed gratitude to Esscom for their efforts in defending, enforcing and boosting maritime security in the east coast of Sabah to prevent terrorist activities in Malaysian waters.

He also commended AirAsia, which was named best airline at Saturday night’s event for increasing visitor arrivals to the State and developing business opportunities. “AirAsia will launch daily direct flights from Wuhan, Hubei province in China to Kota Kinabalu soon following the signing of a memorandum of understanding on establishing friendly ties between both cities in May this year,” he said.

Masidi called on the tourism sector to forge ahead with confidence in the face of challenges in the coming years and treat problems as opportunities. Another 31 winners in 12 other categories also received their award respectively.

Sabah Tourism Awards 2015 Night

Staff of the Sabah Tourism Perform for the closing of the Sabah Tourism Awards 2015.

Sabah Tourism Awards 2015 Winners;

• Best Tourism Attraction – Nature: Tabin Wildlife Resort,

• Best Tourism Attraction – Non-Nature/Man-Made: Mari-Mari Cultural Village,

• Excellence in Hotel Services – 5-Star: Shangri-La’s Rasa Ria Resort and Spa

• Excellence in Hotel Services – 4-Star and 3-Star: Four Pints by Sheraton Sandakan

• Excellence in Hotel Services – 2-Star and Below: Best Western Sandakan

• Excellence in Hotel Services – Nature Lodges: Sepilok Nature Resort

• Excellence in Hotel Services – Homestay: Misompuru Homestay Kudat

• Excellence in Hotel Services – Dive Resort: Lankayan Island Resort Sandakan

• Best Overseas Tour Operator – Japan: HIS Travel

• Best Overseas Tour Operator – Korea: Hanatour Service

• Best Overseas Tour Operator – Hong Kong: Wing On Travel

• Best Overseas Tour Operator – Taiwan: Comfort Travel Service

• Best Overseas Tour Operator – China: Guang Dong China Women International Travel Services

• Most Improved Wholesaler: Modetour Network

• Best Inbound Tour Operator: Amazing Borneo Tours and Events

• Best Inbound Tour Package: 4D3N Stay at Luxury Villa @ Borneo Rainforest Lodge, Danum Valley

• Best MICE Agent: Borneo Trails Tours and Travel

• Best General Tour Guide: Belle Betsy Chong

• Best Specialised Tour Guide: Muhammad Salehuddin Jais

• Best Tourism Article Published Overseas: Orphaned Orang Utan Returns to The Forest – Orang Utan Nursery (Jun Kumayama)

• Best Tourism TV Programme on Sabah Produced in Malaysia: Sg Mengkabong (RTM)

• Best Tourism TV Programme on Sabah Produced Overseas: Sabah Earthquake Decoded (Discovery Channel Asia)

• Best Blog Entry on Sabah: The Mountain is The Mountain, Tomorrow is Tomorrow, Reflections on Mt Kinabalu (Lucy Piper)

• Best Tourism Article in News Portal: Why I Keep Re-visiting Sabah (David Hogan)

• Best Restaurant – Hotel/Resort: Ferdinand’s, The Magellan Sutera Harbour Resort

• Best Restaurant – Stand Alone: Party Play Lifestyle Café, Gaya Street

• Best Shopping Complex: Suria Sabah Shopping Mall

• Best Night Spot Experience: Shenanigan’s, Hyatt Regency Kinabalu

• Best Spa Experience – Hotel/Resort: The Spa, Shangri-La’s Rasa Ria Resort and Spa

• Best Spa Experience – Stand Alone: Jari-Jari Spa, Tg Aru Plaza

• Best Airlines: Air Asia

• Minister’s Special Award – Kinabalu Park Rangers , Kinabalu Mountain Guides, Esscom, Air Asia

Malaysia Travel News would like to congratulate all the nominees and winners of this years Sabah Tourism Awards Winners. The next awards will be held in November, 2017. Article from Daily Express.

QUONGDONG TO INVEST IN MALACCA

Updated: Tuesday September 22, 2015 MYT 7:05:07 AM
Guangdong eyes Malacca

Strengthening tiesNajib observing the ‘Friendly State and Province’ MoU signing between Idris and Zhu at the Perdana Putra building in Putrajaya. Looking on are (back row, from left) Prime Minister’s Special Envoy to China Tan Sri Ong Ka Ting, Transport Minister Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai, Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Datuk Seri Wee Ka Siong and China’s Ambassador to Malaysia Dr Huang Huikang. — Bernama
Strengthening tiesNajib observing the ‘Friendly State and Province’ MoU signing between Idris and Zhu at the Perdana Putra building in Putrajaya. Looking on are (back row, from left) Prime Minister’s Special Envoy to China Tan Sri Ong Ka Ting, Transport Minister Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai, Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Datuk Seri Wee Ka Siong and China’s Ambassador to Malaysia Dr Huang Huikang. — Bernama

MALACCA: The state has a great potential to be an international sea port by 2025 with fiscal commitment from Guangdong, China.

Chief Minister Datuk Seri Idris Haron said Guangdong provincial government was interested to construct harbour facilities to turn Malacca into a top nautical hub in this region on par with Singapore.

“We are talking about a huge investment by the Chinese and once materialised, Malacca will be recognised as the largest port in this region,” he said here yesterday.

Besides the port, Idris said Guangdong was looking at unveiling another airport here as a catalyst to tourism and industrial development in Malacca.

Guangdong governor Zhu Xiaodan, he added, had also expressed interest during his working visit to Malacca on Saturday in focusing on man-made Pulau Melaka’s potential as a tourist port project as well as to cater to the needs of the maritime industry.

“Zhu is looking at the long-term, progressive development here as the state has potential as new growth area for Asean,” he said.

Idris also revealed that Zhu toured the Melaka Gateway residential and commercial property project in Pulau Melaka during his visit.

“Zhu is also passionate about bringing our bilateral ties to greater heights as well as being enthusiastic about a win-win strategy for both governments,” he said.

The state government, said Idris, had created a new portfolio known as International Trade helmed by State Transport and Project Rehabilitation Committee chairman Datuk Lim Ban Hong.

Museum: Maritime Museum Phase II

The Maritime Museum is located at the old Guthrie warehouse
after it was extensively renovated by the Public Works Department. The building
is next to the replica of the Flora de La Mar that houses The Maritime Museum.
The Maritime Museum Phase II is a modern museum incorporating computer
technology and focuses on a variety of maritime themes such as maritime life,
exploration of the oceans and seas, treasures from the sea and others.

Melaka History

Overview
a-famosa

It was in the fourteenth century that the fishing village of Melaka gained the attention a Hindu prince named Parameswara from Sumatra. He was the last ruler of ancient Singapore who was of Malay origin. The ruler decided to make this place a permanent settlement and named it ‘Melaka’ after a tree. A special position is occupied by Melaka Sultanate when it comes to history of Malaysia. The discovery of this new place led to the emergence of new Malayan Empire. Melaka served as the perfect platform on which the Dutch, Portuguese and English played their roles towards shaping the history of this beautiful place. The industrious nature of Parameswara along with chiefs made this place a powerful maritime trading destination attracting traders from different parts. Muslim traders from India and West Asia shifted their attention towards Melaka from other trading places. The strategic location of Melaka made it a popular trading centre with merchants and ships arriving from India, Japan, China, South Africa and Arab.

In the year 1511, Melaka was captured by the Portuguese which soon shifted to the hands on the Dutch in the year 1641. It was in the year, 1795 the British took control of Melaka to prevent French occupancy. However, after treaty of Vienna came into effect, Melaka was again handed over to the Dutch. Following the year 1826, British East India Company together with Penang and Singapore started to govern the place. The place was ruled by the Dutch for more than a century which is prominent from the fine buildings that exist still today. The red Christ Church which is a prominent feature of Melaka city was built with pink bricks that were imported from Holland. Local red lacerite was then used to give the structure that red appearance. The European presence is constantly reminded by some of the famous structures like the St. Paul’s Church and A Famosa.


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