One year and 12 reasons to visit Malaysia in 2014
October 27, 2013
Situated in the midst of the Asia Pacific region, Malaysia enjoys a strategic location and a year-round tropical climate. Whatever your definition of a holiday may be, Malaysia has all the necessary elements: scenic fishing villages and pristine beaches in Perak, a rich tapestry of cultures and history in Penang, world-class modern facilities in Selangor, an array of local foodstuff in Kelantan, and a long list of shopping hotspots (and of course the majestic Petronas Twin Towers in Kuala Lumpur.
Last year, more than 25 million foreign tourists visited Malaysia, of which more than 500,000 were Filipinos. Arrivals from the Philippines for the first half of 2013 were 277,378, an increase of 16.5 percent from the same period in 2012.
According to Tourism Malaysia deputy director general Madame Chong Yoke Har, this special liking of Filipinos for Malaysia is something the agency truly values.
And with the celebration of Visit Malaysia Year (VMY) 2014 just around the corner, Madame Chong, together with a Malaysian delegation comprised of 31 tourism organizations including Johor Tourism Department, Sabah Tourism Board, Lubuan Corporation, KidZania Kuala Lumpur, Legoland Malaysia, Sepang International Circuit, and Regency Hotel recently came to the Philippines to raise awareness on the exciting events happening in Malaysia in 2014.
“What’s special about VMY 2014 is that we lined up a list of programs and events where all the tourists can participate. On 2014, there are monthly scheduled events happening that are suitable for the participation of the tourists that the Minister of Tourism especially organized and put up to keep the tourists entertained,” Madame Chong said.
For VMY 2014, Tourism Malaysia is targeting 28 million foreign arrivals and Madame Chong is hopeful that there will be at least a 15-20 percent increase of Filipino tourists to Malaysia on that year. To further boost awareness of VMY 2014 in the Philippine market, here are 12 exciting reasons, one for each month of the year, to visit Malaysia in 2014.
•January 2014 – Sabah Golf Masters Tournament, Kota Kinabalu, Sabah
Sabah Masters, a popular tournament on the Asian golf calendar, will make a return as an event in the ASEAN PGA Tour.
• February 10-16, 2014 – Pasir Gudang World Kite Festival at Bukit Layang-Layang, Pasir Gudang, Johor
The internationally acclaimed festival is said to be the largest-of-its-kind in Asia and the world. Last year’s event attracted 180 kite-flyers from 25 countries. Be amazed by the amazing variety of kites while enjoying parades, contests, kite-flying demonstrations, and kite displays.
• March 21-24, 2014 – Putrajaya International Hot Air Balloon Fiesta at Monumen Alaf Baru, Precinct 2, Putrajaya
This four-day event features hot air balloons in a profusion of colors and designs as they take to the skies in Putrajaya. Participation includes countries such as Belgium, Germany, and France. For more information visit: www.myballoonfiesta.com
In line with Malaysia’s position as one of the world’s top shopping cities, the festival features leading and international and homegrown shoe brands. Highlights include fashion shows as well as special appearances by celebrities and designers, particularly world-famous shoe designer, Professor Datuk Jimmy Choo.
• May 25, 2014 – Colours of 1Malaysia at Dataran Merdeka, Kuala Lumpur
The biggest cultural extravaganza in the country, Colours of 1Malaysia is a dazzling showcase of Malaysia’s multiracial population and their cultures. Visitors and locals alike can enjoy grand parades and processions, colorful cultural shows, and a great variety of programmes.
• June 28-29, 2014 – Sunset Music Festival at Tanjung Simpang Mengayau, Kudat, Sabah
Be serenaded with classical favorites and contemporary tunes as the sun sets across the horizon. You won’t want to miss this unique experience in one of Sabah’s most breathtaking locations.
• July 2014 – Kuala Lumpur Festival
Held since the year 2006, this event is a platform to showcase culture, arts, recreation and tourism. Visitors can experience the local culture and visit the touristic and recreational spots around the city.
• August 22-24, 2014 – Matta Fair, Melaka
The biggest tourism fair in Melaka, this event offers great holiday packages locally and abroad.
Lively and colorful, this festival offers activities and programs that showcase the traditions of the Chinese community. Delight in watching multi-hued lanterns, float processions, lion and dragon dances, traditional dances, and fireworks displays.
The climbathon adventure series is a challenging new and longer 23-kilometer route, taking competitors up the Summit Trail to Layang Layang before descending to Mesilou and onwards to the finish line in Kundasang town. The race course offers spectacular views of Kinabalu Park’s tropical and sub-tropical mountain forest with vistas of the summit peaks and river valleys.
Beginning in Tanjung Harapan, Port Klang and ending in Phuket, Thailand, this regatta is a prestigious event among the sailing fraternity. The regatta has achieved world recognition and a strong participation from yachtsmen all over the world.
• December 5-7, 2014 – Cherating International Surfing Competition at Cherating Beach, Pahang
The scenic beach of Cherating in Pahang turns into a bustling destination every year with this competition. Cherating’s idyllic setting and year-round high waves make surfing a popular activity here.