Tourism Malaysia recognizes travel industry players for tourism contribution
A total of 27 corporations from the local and international tourism industry were feted at a recent Tourism Malaysia event in recognition of their support for Malaysian tourism industry.
The corporations had contributed generously to the Tourism Malaysia Mega Familiarisation Programme (Mega Fam) throughout 2013 and were each presented a certificate of appreciation by the Minister of Tourism and Culture, the Hon. Dato’ Seri Mohamed Nazri Abdul Aziz.
The event took place at Hotel Shangri-La Kuala Lumpur during a dinner to welcome 219 Mega Fam participants from 26 countries who were in Malaysia for the Visit Malaysia Year Grand Launch.
Among the recipients were Malaysia Airlines, Air Asia and Firefly. Foreign airlines given the same recognition were: Air Mauritius, Cathay Pacific, Cebu Pacific, Egypt Air, Etihad Airways, Japan Airlines, Mahan Air, Oman Air, Qatar Airways, Singapore Airlines, Turkish Airlines and Xiamen Airlines.
Express Rail Link Sdn. Bhd., which is the high-speed train operator, was awarded for sponsoring ERL tickets to the Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA) for Mega Fam participants.
Other tourism counterparts who received the certificate of appreciation were KL Hop On Hop Off, Seri Pacific Kuala Lumpur, The Royal Bintang Damansara, Kidzania, Sunway Lagoon, Arch Collection Sdn. Bhd., I-City Berhad and Suria KLCC. Kuala Lumpur City Hall (Tourism Unit), Tourism Selangor and Tourism Sabah who organised pre tours for Mega Fam participants were also presented with certificates.
Background – Mega Fam
The Tourism Malaysia Mega Familiarisation Programme (Mega Fam) is a publicity initiative organised with the support from local and foreign airlines, Malaysian hotels and state governments. Its main objective is to heighten awareness among foreign media and tour operators about tourist destinations, products and services in Malaysia in order to increase tour packages and publicity on the country as a preferred leisure and MICE destination. The programme gives an opportunity to participants from around the world to experience Malaysian hospitality first-hand.
Since year 2000 when Mega Fam was first implemented, a total of 48,257 Mega Fam participants have been invited to Malaysia.
In conjunction with the Visit Malaysia Year 2014 Grand Launch, Tourism Malaysia had invited a total of 219 international travel agents and media from 26 countries to Malaysia to provide coverage of the event.