The Ministry of Tourism honoured several tourism industry players for their excellent performance at the Malaysia Tourism Awards 2008/2009 at the Putrajaya International Convention Centre on 9 January 2010.
Graced by the Deputy Prime Minister YAB Tan Sri Muhyiddin Hj Mohd Yassin, who represented the Honorable Prime Minister of Malaysia, the event was attended by over 800 guests from the travel and tourism industry.
A total of 39 awards were given out on that night to winners in 12 categories. The highlight of the awards was the Prime Minister's Tourism Award which went to YBhg. Tan Sri Dato' Seri Panglima Abdul Kadir Sheikh Fadzir who was the past Minister of Culture, Arts and Tourism. Meanwhile, the Minister of Tourism's Special Award was presented to Tuan Haji Sahariman Hamdan, President of the Malaysia Homestay Association. (Full list of awards recipients below).
YB Dato' Sri Dr. Ng Yen Yen, Minister of Tourism Malaysia, lauded the winners and finalists for their product and service excellence and also praised industry players who had shown innovativeness and creativity in their quest to enhance the tourism scene.
"As is our tradition for the last 16 years, tonight we honour Malaysia's brightest ‘stars' - outstanding individuals and organisations who are committed to growing a culture of excellence and who show the spirit of enterprise by continually innovating their product offerings. Their efforts have ensured that Malaysia remains competitive and attractive as the not-to-be missed destination to visit," said YB Dato' Sri Ng.
She believed that the Malaysia Tourism Awards is in line with the Honorable Prime Minister's aspirations for the nation's higher growth and development and urged all in the tourism industry to support the 1Malaysia concept.
She said, "As members of the tourism industry, I believe that we are the best people to exemplify and promote the spirit of 1Malaysia to our foreign guests. With our close and daily interactions with the locals and local culture in our daily work, we are, in essence, realising the 1Malaysia concept."
Through the packaging and presentation of Malaysia's diverse assets, industry players can offer tourists the experience in a variety of ways "through the sampling of ethnic cuisines; the study of architectural heritage of our cities; the participation in traditional culture and lifestyle such as dance and handicraft; the exploration of important historical sites; and the exposure to multi-ethnic communities and their ways of living," added YB Dato' Sri Dr Ng.
Overall, the Malaysia Tourism Awards covered 14 categories:
• Prime Minister's Special Award (new)
• Minister of Tourism's Award,
• Innovative Foreign Tour Operator,
• Innovative Tourism Magazine,
• Innovative Restaurant
• Innovative Shopping Outlet
• Innovative Homestay
• Innovative Tourist Attraction,
• Best Tour Operator,
• Best Hotel Services,
• Best Tour Programme,
• Best Tour Guides,
• Best M.I.C.E. (No winner)
• Creative Tourism Article on Malaysia (Winners to be announced at a special media function at a later date)
Recipients from each category were presented with a trophy and certificate each, while finalists received Merit certificates.
Complete Winners' List
- PRIME MINISTER'S TOURISM AWARD
YBhg. Tan Sri Dato' Seri Panglima Abdul Kadir Sheikh Fadzir,
Executive Chairman of Sazean Development Sdn Bhd and
Past Minister of Culture, Arts and Tourism
- MINISTER OF TOURISM'S SPECIAL AWARD
Tuan Haji Sahariman Hamdan,
President of the Malaysia Homestay Association
- WINNER FOR BEST FOREIGN TOUR OPERATOR
ASEAN -- FIVE STAR TOUR, SINGAPORE
EAST ASIA -- CENTURY HOLIDAY INTERNATIONAL TRAVEL SERVICES SHENZEN CO.LTD, CHINA
AMERICA -- MALAYSIA TRAVEL, USA
NORTH ASIA -- HANATOUR, KOREA
EUROPE -- MEIER'S WELTREISEN, GERMANY
WEST ASIA/AFRICA -- UNIQUE CHOICE, SAUDI ARABIA
SOUTH ASIA -- KUONI TRAVEL (PTD) LTD, INDIA
- BEST TOUR OPERATOR
INBOUND -- ASIA EXPERIENCE TOURS SDN BHD
INNOVATIVE -- PING ANCHORAGE TRAVEL & TOURS SDN BHD
- WINNER FOR BEST HOTEL SERVICES
5 STAR CITY -- SHANGRI-LA HOTEL KUALA LUMPUR
5 STAR RESORT -- FOUR SEASONS RESORT LANGKAWI
4 STAR CITY -- IMPIANA KLCC HOTEL & SPA KUALA LUMPUR
4 STAR RESORT -- SWISS GARDEN GOLF RESORT & SPA DAMAI LAUT
3 STAR CITY -- CITITEL MID VALLEY, KUALA LUMPUR
3 STAR RESORT -- SUTRA BEACH RESORT & SPA, TERENGGANU
2 STAR -- PRESCOTT HOTEL, KLANG
- WINNER FOR INNOVATIVE HOMESTAY
KUALA MEDANG, PAHANG
- WINNER FOR INNOVATIVE RESTAURANT
MALAY -- THE GULAI HOUSE, THE DATAI, LANGKAWI
CHINESE -- DRAGON-I, PAVILION, KUALA LUMPUR
INDIAN -- D'TANDOOR RESTAURANT, MENARA KUALA LUMPUR
WESTERN -- FERINGGI GRILL RESTAURANT & BAR, SHANGRI-LA RASA SAYANG, BATU FERINGGI, PENANG
ORIENTAL -- KINGS & I THAI RESTAURANT, KINGS HOTEL AYER KEROH, MELAKA
INDIAN MUSLIM -- NO RECIPIENT
WEST ASIA -- NO RECIPIENT
INTERNATIONAL -- CINNAMON, ONE WORLD HOTEL PETALING JAYA
FUSION -- MAGENTA, KUCHING
- WINNER FOR INNOVATIVE SHOPPING OUTLET
SHOPPING COMPLEX -- PAVILION KUALA LUMPUR
DEPARTMENT STORE -- PARKSON PAVILION
SPECIALTY STORE -- KENKO REFLEXOLOGY & FISH SPA SDN BHD
- WINNER FOR INNOVATIVE TOUR PROGRAMME
ADVENTURE & NATURE -- NOMAD ADVENTURE SDN BHD
- MOUNTAIN SCHOOL
HERITAGE & CULTURE -- DESA PAKU GARDEN - DESA PAKU GARDEN
SPECIAL INTEREST -- NORTH BORNEO SAFARI - PHOTO SAFARI
- WINNER FOR INNOVATIVE TOURISM PUBLICATION
SENSES OF MALAYSIA, EXPAT GROUP
- WINNER FOR INNOVATIVE TOURIST ATTRACTION
MAN-MADE ATTRACTION -- MENARA KUALA LUMPUR
NATURAL ATTRACTION -- LOST WORLD OF TAMBUN, IPOH
HERITAGE & CULTURE ATTRACTION -- NO RECIPIENT
AGRO-TOURISM CONSERVATION ATTRACTION -- DESARU FRUIT FARM, JOHOR
ECO-TOURISM CONSERVATION ATTRACTION -- MARINE ECOLOGY RESEARCH CENTRE, GAYANA ECO-RESORT SABAH
- WINNER FOR BEST TOURIST GUIDE
CITY GUIDE -- MR. HAMEED JAAFAR MOHD ABDULLAH, TG 2289 (PENANG)
NATURE GUIDE -- MR. LOH BOON HOR, TG 7288 (PAHANG)
- WINNER FOR BEST MICE
- WINNER FOR CREATIVE TOURISM ARTICLE ON MALAYSIA
WINNERS WILL BE ANNOUNCED AT A SPECIAL MEDIA NIGHT FUNCTION AT A LATER DATE
First introduced in 1987 by the Ministry of Culture, Arts and Tourism, it was originally called the "Malaysia Tourism Gold Awards" but was renamed "Malaysia Tourism Awards" in 1993 to better reflect the distinction of the awards and the corporate image of Tourism Malaysia.
This prestigious awards is a tribute to those who have excelled and supported the development of tourism in Malaysia. It also acts as an incentive for participants to strive for the highest level of professionalism and quality in both products and services.
The Malaysia Tourism Awards is the highest accolade for individuals and organizations, whose outstanding contributions play a significant role in the success of Malaysia's tourism industry. Into its 16th year, it has expanded from a tourist-and-travel centric recognition programme into one that encompasses all service industries and where local patronage is equally relevant.
It also honours industry players who break new boundaries to take risks in creating distinctive products and services that offer unique and memorable experiences of Malaysia.
The 2000 Malaysia Tourism Awards marked the first awards ceremony to give recognition to foreign partners in the tourism industry who had equally contributed towards the success of Malaysia's tourism industry by promoting Malaysia overseas. The awards offered during this particular year for foreign participants were Best Tourism Article, Innovative Tourism Publication and Best Foreign Tour Operator (covering Europe, West Asia/Africa, South Asia, ASEAN, East Asia, America and North Asia).
Source : Tourism Malaysia
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