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Destination: Malaysia
03 July 2024 | Written by Chris Alexander

A Message from Panorama Destination Malaysia: 

Greetings from Kuala Lumpur!  

There’s been plenty of excitement around here recently, as the team celebrated our finance manager’s birthday and also said farewell to one of our Travel Designers, who is leaving for Australia. We’ve also welcomed plenty of new arrivals in recent weeks, with lots of European travellers making the trip. 

And the celebrations keep on coming. On 7 July we will celebrate the new Islamic year, called Awal Muharram. There will be a long weekend, with many domestic travellers taking their holidays and visiting their families. After that, on 27 July, there will also be Penang Bon Odori, which is a Japanese Buddhist festival held to honour the spirits of the ancestors.   

For those visiting Malaysia this July, I can strongly recommend the town of Perak for its historical treasures, picturesque lake, islands and religious sites. Our Rainforest Park in Perak tour is a wonderful way to experience the region’s natural wonders, as it allows you to stay at Belum Rainforest and experience Indigenous culture, while also exploring all the incredible flora and fauna in the surrounding landscape.  

Spring has sprung, summer has begun, and if you haven’t already booked something fun, there are plenty of spectacular destinations in Malaysia still available for you. We are also receiving bookings for the winter holidays already, so feel free to get in touch and start making plans with us. 

Natasha Jimin

Country Manager, Panorama Destination Malaysia.

Destination digest: Malaysia news in brief 

A selection of bitesize news stories currently making the headlines in Malaysia: 

Malaysia to extend visa exemption for Chinese tourists to end of 2026  

Malaysia has agreed to extend its visa exemption for Chinese tourists until the end of 2026, according to a joint statement between the two countries released today. This reciprocates China’s agreement to extend its visa exemption facility for Malaysian tourists until the end of next year, read the statement released after a meeting between Chinese premier Li Qiang and Prime Minister Anwar Ibrahim.  

(source: Free Malaysia Today

Sarawak Tourism Board to partner MAG for Visit Malaysia Year 2026  

The Sarawak Tourism Board (STB) will work with Malaysia Aviation Group (MAG) to bring in international visitors leading up to Visit Malaysia Year 2026. This comes after both parties signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) for a three-year partnership here on Wednesday (19/6).  

(source: The Star

Malaysia tourism soars with visa-free access from 134 countries  

It has been two years since Malaysia reopened to international tourists. The tourism industry continues to show positive signs of recovery as tourist arrivals doubled over the past year. Based on statistics from Tourism Malaysia, the country received 20.14 million international arrivals in 2023, as opposed to 10.07 million in 2022.  

(source: Travel and Tour World

Tourism Malaysia strengthens ties in Oman and Qatar  

Tourism Malaysia recently concluded a pivotal sales mission to Oman and Qatar, a crucial step in our ongoing efforts to strengthen tourism ties and showcase the latest travel offerings to the West Asian market. For this mission, Tourism Malaysia assembled a diverse delegation of 23 Malaysian tourism and hospitality providers. This group included 12 travel agencies, eight hotel groups, and a representative from the state government, each playing a vital role in promoting our country’s tourism. 

(source: TTR Weekly

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