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Air Asia introduce child free zones on flights


Malaysia based low-cost carrier Air Asia has outlined plans to introduce a quiet zone on its aircraft, effectively banning children from the first seven rows of economy class seats.

The airline hopes to get the scheme up and running by February next year, with passengers able to reserve a seat in the zone at no extra cost – for now.

On an airbus A330, the seats will make up seven rows of seating behind the Premium FlatBed class.

AirAsia argues passengers will experience minimal noise in the seats and soft lighting.

Any group containing a passenger younger than 12 will not be able to book these seats.

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Posted by on 27/09/2012 in Airlines

 

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Car Hire Malaysia – Malaysia visitor arrivals climb


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Malaysia recorded an overall growth of 1.2% in tourist arrivals with 9,438,592 tourists for the first five months of 2012 as compared to 9,323,827 for the same period last year, confirmed by the Tourism Minister, Dato’ Sri Dr. Ng Yen Yen. The Asean region contributed the largest number of tourists to Malaysia with 73.4% of the total arrivals.

Total receipts by tourists from January to May 2012 rose by +1.9%, generating RM21.8 billion to the country’s revenue compared to RM21.4 billion in 2011. The tourists’ per capita expenditure for that period is estimated at RM 2,309, an increase of 0.7% on 2011.

The minister added that in line with the Malaysia Tourism Transformation Plan 2020 towards achieving 36 million tourist and 168billion in receipts by 2020, it is important for Malaysia to shift its focus on growing yield per tourist rather than to rely heavily on growth in tourist arrivals. “To attract the higher yield segment, we will need to enhance connectivity to key priority markets.”

The successful Homestay Programme has been identified by the Ministry to develop rural tourism; the programme recorded a significant increase of 38.4% of occupancy rate compared to 24.9% for the same period last year. A total of 133,689 tourists visited a homestay from January to May 2012 of which 110,322 were domestic tourists and the rest 23,367 were foreign visitors. This is a 70.7% increase compared to the same period last year. Tourist receipts from the homestay programme for the first five months of 2012 also generated RM 7,376,446.50 (+53.1%) compared to RM4, 817,158.30 in January to May 2011. Increased spending by these tourists has stimulated the rural economy and the homestay tourism programme has encouraged local communities to be a part of rural based tourism whilst maintaining their traditions and identities.

Recognized as one of the National Key Economic Areas, the tourism industry remains as one of the major contributors to Gross National Income, foreign exchange earnings and employment. In 2011, tourism ranked seventh largest contributor with a GNI total of USD12.3billion and the third largest foreign exchange earner after manufacturing and palm oil. The Malaysian tourism industry in 2010 provided 1.8 million jobs (16% share of employment in tourism to total employment). Amongst the 12 Entry Point Projects are duty free shopping, luxury tourism, designating KLCC-Bukit Bintang area as a vibrant shopping precinct, improving business tourism and increasing the supply of 4 & 5 star hotel rooms.

The percentage of tourist shopping recorded from January to May 2012 shows 32.3% (RM7.04 billion) of the total tourist receipts, an increase of 30% on 2011. The covered walkway connecting Bukit Bintang and KLCC, completed early this year, to facilitate shopping has shown a positive impact.

To attract increased high yield tourists, the Ministry of Tourism has a target to increase the number of quality four & five star hotel rooms from 59,804 to 37,000 by 2020. Currently 71% of the target has been achieved with 2,123 rooms completed.

Malaysia prides itself as a world class destination for Meetings, Incentives, Conventions and Exhibitions (MICE). The Malaysia Convention & Exhibition Bureau (MyCEB) successfully secured 33 major events throughout January to May 2012, attracting total delegates of 50,770 and generating an estimated economic impact of RM499.9 mil. The International Congress and Convention Association (ICCA) Rankings 2011 ranked Kuala Lumpur number 21 in the world and number 5 in Asia Pacific. Malaysia ranked number 29 in the world and number 7 in Asia Pacific.

In order to grow the tourism industry, efforts have intensified towards enhancing existing tourism products and developing new, creative and innovative tourism products. This included the “1Malaysia International Shoe Festival 2012”, “1Malaysia International Tourism Exchange 2012”, “1Malaysia Contemporary Art Tourism 2012” and the most recent “1Malaysia International Tourism Night Floral Parade 2012”.

The Ministry of Tourism’s ‘Malaysia: Truly Asia’ branding is recognised worldwide and the United Nations World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO) has ranked Malaysia the ninth most travelled to destination in the world.

 
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Posted by on 04/08/2012 in Tourism News

 

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Avis expands Asia network with launch of Taiwan operations


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Avis Car Rental has officially entered the Taiwan market with the opening of three rental locations in Taiwan, making Avis the first international car rental company currently operating on the island. The new Avis facilities, located at Tao Yuan International Airport, downtown Chu-Pei City and downtown HsinChu City serve the Taiwan community and visitors with a “one-stop” mobility solution. Taiwan residents and visitors benefit from Avis’ world-class products and services, including a wide range of well-maintained, late-model vehicles, short- and long-term rentals, personal and corporate car leasing programs, premium chauffeur and transfer services, all backed by Avis’ world-renowned ‘We try harder’ service.

“Taiwan’s fast-growing economy and increasing car rental demand make this the perfect time to launch our Avis brand here,” said Patric Siniscalchi, president, Latin America/Asia-Pacific, Avis Budget Group. “We’re excited to further expand our global footprint and, in doing so, deliver against one of our strategic objectives. Now, more business and leisure travelers can enjoy our world-class products and services.”

In Asia, Avis is a leading provider of vehicle rental services, vehicle leasing and limousine/premium chauffeur services with operations in more than 300 locations through a network of wholly owned subsidiaries, joint ventures and licensee agreements. Avis’ legacy in Asia can be traced back to 1970, when the Company opened its first location in Hong Kong. Operations in Singapore, the Philippines, Malaysia, Indonesia, Brunei, Pakistan and Sri Lanka followed in 1972. Operations have grown steadily throughout the region ever since and Avis now has locations in 18 markets including India, Mainland China and Vietnam.

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Routes Asia Heads to Sarawak in 2014 – Car Hire Malaysia


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It was announced today that in 2014 Routes Asia will return to Malaysia when the event takes place in Kuching, the capital of the Malaysian state of Sarawak, jointly hosted by Sarawak Tourism Board and Malaysia Airports Holdings Berhad.

This will be the fifth time that a Routes event has taken place in Malaysia.  In 2003 the first Routes Asia event, also the first ever Routes regional event, was held in Sepang hosted by Malaysia Airports Holdings Berhad who went on to host Routes Asia for the following two years and World Routes 2008 in Kuala Lumpur.  Since these early days Routes Asia has gone from strength to strength welcoming 672 delegates in Chengdu earlier this year.

Sarawak, known as the Land of the Hornbills, is the largest of the Malaysian states and is situated on the island of Borneo.  Home to the world’s oldest tropical rainforests it is abundant in wildlife including rare and endangered species such as the orang utan and the hornbill.  The historic capital city of Kuching has a population of around 600,000 and dates back hundreds of years when traders from China and the West would travel there to trade the exotic treasures of the rainforest.  Today Kuching remains the central hub and gateway to Sarawak.

“We are delighted that Routes Asia will be in Sarawak in 2014,” Said David Stroud, Executive Vice President, UBM Aviation Routes continuing:  “Our regional events began in Malaysia almost 10 years ago and once again the passion and commitment of the airport and stakeholders impressed our selection team. Sarawak though will offer delegates an experience like no other, a real ‘once in a lifetime’ location unlike any place we have ever held a Routes event. A stunning choice for the 12th Routes Asia event.”

Tan Sri Bashir Ahmad, Managing Director of Malaysia Airports Holdings Berhad commented:  ” We are delighted and honoured that Routes Asia will once again reach the shores of Malaysia in 2014 but this time to the majestic and enthralling city of Kuching, Sarawak.  Malaysia Airports looks forward to partner with the State of Sarawak in ensuring a greatly successful forum which will be productive and fondly remembered by all delegates.”

 
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Posted by on 25/07/2012 in Tourism News

 

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