Japan's Taxi Association Visits Malaysia

The Minister of Tourism and Culture Malaysia Dato’ Seri Mohamed Nazri Abdul Aziz hosted a dinner to welcome 50 members of Sango Taxi Association from Osaka and two members each from Kobe and Fukuoka’s taxi associations at the Shangri-La Kuala Lumpur Hotel today.

This is the second visit to Malaysia organised by Sango Taxi Association to enable their members and taxi associations from other cities to get first-hand experience of the country’s tourism attractions.

During the dinner, Dato’ Seri Mohamed Nazri expressed his appreciation to the members of the Japan’s taxi associations for their assistance in promoting Malaysia to their passengers and clients in Japan.

“It is amazing to see that the members of these taxi associations have taken the initiative to visit Malaysia at their own expenses in an effort to get to know the country better so that they can share their experiences with their family, friends, and passengers in Japan. At the same time, they can also be a spokesperson for Malaysia,” he said.

The Minister of Tourism and Culture also said that such commitment shown by them is exemplary and should be applauded and appreciated.

Their weeklong tour to various parts of Malaysia, beginning today, is organised by Tourism Malaysia. It includes a Destination Seminar and a tour to Genting Highlands, Kuala Lumpur, and Melaka.

Japan Taxi 2016

The artwork on the Japan Taxi for Visit Malaysia.

Tourism Malaysia has been collaborating with various taxi associations across Japan in eight of its major cities, namely Osaka, Tokyo, Kobe, Yokohama, Kyoto, Fukuoka, Nagoya, and Sapporo, in an advertising campaign called Taxi Wrapping, which involves 1,060 taxis. It is part of Tourism Malaysia’s continuous efforts to promote Malaysia’s tourist destinations to Japanese tourists.

Tourism Malaysia is the only National Tourism Organisation allowed to carry out the taxi wrapping campaign in Japan due to the close diplomatic, economic and cultural relations between Malaysia and Japan. The taxi wrapping campaign is more cost-effective compared to other terms of mainstream advertising, besides producing high recall and response levels from consumers.

 Japan is one of Malaysia’s top ten tourist generating markets. Malaysia recorded a total of 149,951 Japanese tourists for the first four months of 2015. This year, Malaysia aims to attract 600,000 Japanese tourists to the country in conjunction with the Malaysia Year of Festivals (MyFest).

With better connectivity between Malaysia and Japan through direct flights by Malaysia Airlines, AirAsia X, Japan Airlines, and All Nippon Airways from Tokyo (41 flights per week), and Osaka (14 flights per week), Tourism Malaysia foresees higher passenger traffic between the two countries in the future.

Free Visa for Malaysians to China
Malaysians may soon be able to visit China without any visa requirement, said Chinese ambassador to Malaysia Dr Huang Huikang. Speaking during the Malaysia-China Chamber of Commerce’s 25th anniversary dinner here, Dr Huang promised that China would fully cooperate with Malaysia to make the dream of travelling to the country visa-free come true. “When you want to go, you can go anytime without any visa requirement. Let us work together towards this goal,” he said.

However, he hoped the Malaysian Government would reciprocate, by taking a bigger step to ensure everyone from mainland China could visit Malaysia visa-free as well. Dr Huang said the Chinese people loved visiting Malaysia for its culture and environment and the good relationship between both nations. “In spite of the MH370 incident, Chinese tourists are still coming to Malaysia and we hope the Malaysian Government can move forward in exempting the visa,” he said.

Dr Huang believed that both sides could come up with a conclusion to open up their countries’ gates to each other soon. “Now, the Malaysian Government is providing visa-free travel for tour groups on a temporary basis. We want Malaysia to make a final decision and do away with the requirement for all Chinese tourists. Then, we can sit down to discuss how we can take some reciprocal measures for Malaysia,” he said.

Dr Huang said the Chinese embassy and its consulates-general in Kuching, Kota Kinabalu and Penang were taking measures to make travel more convenient for Malaysians to China. “It is time for both sides to do away with the visa but not now,” he said.

It was reported that the Government had agreed to grant visa exemption for Chinese tour groups on a trial basis for one year. Home Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi had announced that the move was decided by the Cabinet last week and the implementation date would be announced by Tourism and Culture Minister Datuk Seri Nazri Aziz.

Tourism Malaysia industry development division director Saidi Bundan had said more work needed to be done to attract Chinese tourists back to Malaysia following the MH370 incident. He said the case had cast a pall over arrivals from China, which recorded a 27% drop in the first three months of this year compared to 2014. – TheStar.

Beautiful Malaysia Photo Contest

A travel photo contest has been launched by Tourism Malaysia called #beautifulMalaysia where participants can upload photos that depict anything beautiful in Malaysia via popular social media platform Instagram.

This travel photo contest under the hashtag #beautifulMalaysia will run for 6 weeks beginning 15th June till 20th September 2015 and the rationalization behind this is that any time of the day, there is always something happening around Malaysia, especially with so many festivals and events taking place around the country.

This contest will highlight and discover the beauty of Malaysia through the eyes of those who have experienced, but also for them to share their own version of a beautiful Malaysia via this travel photo contest.

To join this contest, please visit official beautifulMalaysia website:

The duration of the #beautifulMalaysia contest will be 12 weeks from 15th June 2015 to 20th September 2015 and it is open to entrants worldwide, aged 13 years and above.

To enter, participants simply need to submit a photo that best encapsulates the beauty of Malaysia in any of the following categories: places, festivals, food or shopping.

Participants can opt to post the photo on Instagram by including the hashtag #BeautifulMalaysia, or upload directly on to the campaign website. Photos will then be compiled, moderated and displayed in the contest gallery.

Beautiful Malaysia Photo Contest

Beautiful Malaysia Photo Contest – Photo by W.Steve

For the Beautiful Malaysia Photo Contest, there will be one grand prize and three consolations prizes up for grabs each week. The photos will be judged based on creativity and relevance to the campaign, and the best photo of the week will be picked by Tourism Malaysia. Grand prizes include a GoPro Hero 4, iPad Air 2, Canon EOS 100D DSLR Camera and OPPO Find 5 Smart Phones.

Special Campaign Postcards

To further promote the #BeautifulMalaysia campaign, Tourism Malaysia will also be releasing specially designed #BeautifulMalaysia postcards that will be placed at selected airports around Malaysia. The winners of the contest will also have their winning photos displayed on the postcards at the end of the campaign. You can also get more information from the official website of Tourism Malaysia.