Friday, March 09, 2007

Teh Tarik Man and Masseur Promoting Malaysia at ITB Mart

BERLIN: Malaysia has two attractions to grab the attention of tourist promoters at the annual International Tourisme Borse – teh tarik demonstrator Mior Sazali Mat Ali and masseur Mahdi Faozi Barakbah.

The two were on their feet for almost eight hours on the first day of the travel mart, which started here on Wednesday, where tour operators from about 180 countries have gathered to sell their tour packages.

With an estimated 800 million tourists projected to travel across the globe this year, Malaysia is eyeing at least 20.1 million visitors to rake in some RM44.5bil in revenue.

Delegates were seen making a beeline to the Malaysian pavilion, which supplied a free flow of teh tarik and a taste of traditional massage.

Attractions: Mior Sazali showing off his skills while Mahdi demonstrates a traditional massage at the Malaysian pavilion in Berlin yesterday.
Mior Sazali, from Perak, said he served about 1,000 cups of teh tarik on the first day, adding that he drew his inspiration from the overwhelming response to the Malaysian booth.

“I am happy when people especially foreigners like our teh tarik,” he said, adding that he had been to about 20 countries since 1995 to promote the brew as part of Malaysian tourism.

Mior Sazali said he had many interesting poses and teh tarik stunts to keep the excitement up over the five-day event.

Mahdi, from Kuala Lumpur, said this was his third assignment abroad to promote Malaysian tourism.

A full-time masseur since 12 years ago, the community college trainer had previously been to Japan and Saudi Arabia.

“Foreigners especially the Japanese like traditional massage,” added the part-time actor, who is best remembered as Ustaz Hashim in the TV1 drama series Cinta Madinah in 2005.

Leading the 150-strong Malaysian delegation to the travel mart is Deputy Tourism Minister Datuk Donald Lim Siang Chai.

Source : STAR
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