Tourism Malaysia Manila conducted a hybrid seminar for travel agents – a first in almost two years – to talk about some destinations in Malaysia with a topic focus on Langkawi on November 24, 2021. The seminar which was conducted online (via Zoom) and in-person at Citadines Bay City Manila, brought together the various travel agent associations, industry friends and partners, and members of the press.
There were presentations from:
Ms. Socorro “Suzette” Del Rosario and Ms. Alyssa Tinawin of Malaysia Airlines Philippines
Ms. Sharmini Violet – Director of Sales & Marketing, Mega Water Sports
Ms. Utami Fajar Sari – Marketing Communication Manager, Bayview Hotel Langkawi
Ms. Hasniza “Sue” Suid – Sales Manager, Pelangi Beach Resort & Spa
Ms. Yazlina Yahya – Director, Tourism Malaysia Manila
The name “Langkawi” is said to be derived from the word “helang” (eagle) and “kawi” (reddish brown). Not your ordinary island, Langkawi is an archipelago of 104 islands distinctly different and filled with myths and legends. Eco-adventure, island hopping, wildlife sighting, shopping, historical and cultural experience are just some of the many exciting things you can do at Langkawi.
The Langkawi international travel bubble was launched on the 15th of November 2021 where fully vaccinated individuals are allowed to travel into the island. Other than this, travel is only for those with special passes.
Standard Operating Procedures [SOPs]
Director Yahya also presented the Standard Operating Procedures (SOP) for all tourists entering Malaysia which includes the following procedures:
• Required testing prior to departure – a negative COVID-19 RT PCR swab test is required for all countries within 72 hours before arrival in Malaysia.
• Required testing upon arrival – Malaysia-bound passengers will undergo an addition swab test upon arrival in KLIA.
• Mandatory 7 or 10 days home quarantine (to apply 7010 days prior to travelling to Malaysia)
• Quarantine in hospitals designated by the Ministry of Health (if tested positive)
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Tourism Malaysia’s promotional efforts in the Philippines are expected to increase the number of Philippines tourists to Malaysia. It aims to promote greater awareness of Malaysia as an ideal holiday destination, besides fostering greater cooperation between tour operators and members of the tourism fraternity. This is in line with Malaysia’s efforts to boost arrivals from the Philippines once the borders have opened and leisure travel resumes.
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MALAYSIA TOURISM PROMOTION BOARD OR TOURISM MALAYSIA is an agency under the Ministry of Tourism, Arts & Culture Malaysia. It focuses on the specific task of promoting Malaysia as a preferred tourism destination. Since its inception, it has emerged as a major player in the international tourism scene. In 2018, Malaysia registered 25.8 million tourist arrivals and RM84.1 billion tourist receipts, placing it among the major tourism destinations of the world.