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Saturday, December 30, 2017

MELAKA RIVER CRUISE POPULAR WITH VISITORS

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The Melaka river cruise has become a must for visitors to the state.
The Melaka river cruise has become a must for visitors to the state.
MELAKA: Approximately 1.07 million visitors have cruised down the historic Melaka river via the Melaka River Cruise (MRC) service between January and now, compared to 991,108 visitors recorded in the corresponding period last year.
Melaka River and Beach Development Corporation chief executive officer Nazary Ahmad said the number was expected to continue to rise next year following the various infrastructural improvements being made to provide more comfort to visitors.
“We expect the number to rise by 10.03% as the MRC has become one of the must-visit attractions in Melaka,” he said at an event to announce the winner of the “Cruise and Win” lucky draw here.
Muhd Azam Muhd Said, 24, from Padang Jambu was the lucky winner of a Perodua Axia, the main prize for the lucky draw which was opened to all visitors who purchased their MRC tickets directly from the MRC counter.
The new price for Malaysian adult is between RM13 and RM18, non-citizens (RM18 to RM23), Malaysian children below 12 (RM6.50), non-Malaysian children (RM10), senior citizens, the disabled, students (RM10) and chartered boat (RM720 to RM920).
The new prices were introduced in line with the rising cost of operations, price of boats, workers’ salaries, boat maintenance and cleaning of Melaka river.
“This is the minimum increase upon review after 10 years,” he added. - Bernama

Read more at https://www.thestar.com.my/metro/metro-news/2017/12/29/melaka-river-cruise-a-big-hit-number-of-visitors-expected-to-increase-following-infrastructural-impr/#CyGVHlR7ljiRClre.99

Wednesday, December 27, 2017

MELAKA CHRISTMAS OPEN HOUSE HAS STARTED

10,000 expected at national-level Christmas celebration in Melaka today.

Kelly Koh
MELAKA: The national-level Christmas celebration is expected to draw some 10,000 visitors at the Proclamation of Independence Memorial here tomorrow night.
Tourism Malaysia senior director of domestic & events, Datuk Ammar Abd Ghapar said preparations are fully completed, with participants carrying out rehearsals today as Melaka plays host to the celebration which will officially begin at 8.30pm tomorrow.
"We are ready with decorations, stage performances, exhibition booths as well as food. We are just doing the final touches today and rehearsing for the event tomorrow.
"The venue has been decorated with a sea of green and red, in line with the colours of Christmas to enliven the atmosphere," he told the New Straits Times here today.

Khairuden Kathni, putting up Christmas ornament near the stage in conjunction with national - level Christmas Day at the Proclamation of Independence Memorial, Bandar Hilir. Pix by Muhammad Zuhairi Zuber
The event, organised by Tourism Malaysia under the Ministry of Tourism and Culture, will feature a series of activities which include exhibitions and demonstrations by 11 agencies under the ministry. Also on the cards are a Christmas idol competition, fashion recycle competition and performances by local artistes.
The highlight of the event is a lucky draw, with 100 prizes to be won. Apart from a motorcycle as the grand prize, other prizes include travel packages within Malaysia, and electrical items.

Sunday, December 24, 2017

MERRY CHRISTMAS AND HAPPY NEW YEAR 2018

Tourism-Melaka will like to express our Merry Christmas wishes to all Christians around the world.


May we also greet everyone a very Happy New Year 2018.

Peace,  Harmony and Happiness in 2018

Saturday, December 23, 2017

DANANG, HUE IMPERIAL GROUND - ANOTHER UNESCO CULTURAL SITE

Besides Hoi An, we visited Danang and Imperial grounds in Hue.

DANANG used to be a small fishing village before it was transformed into a modern city with a deep sea port.

The Dragon Bridge is one of the many bridges that crosses the Han River. The dragon head sprays out water and spits out fire every Saturday at 9.00 pm.


DANANG Bay has a very long beach and is very scenic.

Overlooking DANANG Bay is a 65 meters high of Kwan Ying, Goddess of Mercy. It glows at night where fishermen can see her from South China Sea.




Hue used to be the Imperial capital of Vietnam before it was colonised by the French in 1858.

Entrance into Hue Imperial Grounds. A most surrounds the entire palace grounds.

Vietnam pushed out the French in 1950s.

Friday, December 22, 2017

MELAKA MONORAIL ATTRACTS PASSENGERS

Malacca monorail attracts 10k tourists since it resumed operations


 (Updated )The monorail service has managed to attract 10,000 local and foreign tourists since it resumed operations on Dec 4, 2017, said Malacca Chief Minister Idris Haron.
Melaka Monorail in operation

The service was suspended in 2013 due to technical problems.
He said the state government has a 50 percent share in the revenue from the services provided by Monorail Theme Park and Studios Sdn Bhd, which was projected at RM1.2 million per year.
“Hence, maintenance must be given priority to avoid any technical problem that would affect the monorail service and jeopardise the investment,” he told reporters after officiating the Monorail Tour Ride at the Tun Ali Monorail Station in Malacca today.
Also present were Deputy Tourism, River, Beach and Island Development Committee chairperson Ghazale Muhamad and MBMB mayor Zainal Hussin.

Read more at https://m.malaysiakini.com/news/406362#Fy9HbeEuR9rEWrGw.99

Friday, December 15, 2017

CHECKING OUT HOI AN UNESCO CULTURAL HERITAGE IN VIETNAM

We visited Hoi An, UNESCO Cultural Heritage city in Central Vietnam.

Hoi An Heritage area




Wednesday, December 13, 2017

MELAKA MONORAIL RECEIVED GOOD RESPONSE

Good response a positive sign for Melaka monorail



MELAKA: The city council expects to recoup
its investment in the tourist monorail
based on the volume of passengers
using the train since it resumed
service on Dec 4.

Prior to this, it had been lying
idle for more than four years.
In less than a week, it had
attracted 2,050 ­passengers, exceeding
the initial projections set by
the Melaka Historic City Council,
which operates the service.
Mayor Datuk Zainal Hussin said
the council was confident of
getting back its investment on
the monorail if this positive
response
conti­nues until the middle of
next year.
Each ride takes about 30
minutes at a speed of 10kph,
circling scenic Sungai Melaka.
“Currently, one locomotive is
being utilised and a second
train is expected to be operational
by next year. The train can carry
24 passengers per trip.
On Saturday, we recorded our highest total
volume ever – 650 passengers,” he added.
The Melaka Monorail is the
only tourist monorail in the
country, connecting Taman Rempah to
the Hang Tuah Station in
Jalan Bunga Raya, a distance of
1.6km.
The RM15.9mil service started
operations on Oct 20, 2010, but
stalled about 100m from its
main Hang Jebat station with 20 pioneer passengers.
A year later, 18 tourists from
Hong Kong, along with their
tour leader and guide, were
also left stranded 300m from the
same station.
This led to the Land Public
Transport Commission suspending
the service.
The China-made monorail line is
part of the state’s plan to draw more
tourists here.

Read more at https://www.thestar.com.my/news/nation/2017/12/12/good-response-a-positive-sign-for-melaka-monorail/#W1kPU7JkHb4Cb45b.99

Saturday, December 9, 2017

MELAKA HSR STATION

Planned High Speed Rail Melaka station a modern take on state’s historical past



MELAKA: The design of the proposed
Kuala Lumpur-Singapore High Speed Rail
(KL-SG HSR) station in Ayer Keroh here
has received the most praise
from the public as compared to the
other six stations along the 350km route.

MyHSR Corp Sdn Bhd commercial
director Tonny Yeap said the findings
was based on an unofficial poll conducted
by the company involving 500 respondents 
from across the country.
He said the Melaka station has struck
the right balance between the image of a 
merchant ship symbolising the entrepreneurial 
spirit of the local communities and the modern 
aspect of the design.
“A lot of people, both Malaysians as well as
international experts, have expressed their 
appreciation for the design of the HSR Melaka 
station.
Also present was MyHSR project delivery director Mark Loader.
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The unique design of the HSR Melaka station in Ayer Keroh has received the thumbs-up from the majority of the 500 respondents in an unofficial poll conducted by MyHSR Corp Sdn Bhd.
The unique design of the HSR Melaka station in Ayer Keroh has received the thumbs-up from the majority of the 500 respondents in an unofficial poll conducted by MyHSR Corp Sdn Bhd.
Yeap said the unique design of the station bodes well for Melaka, which was widely known for its historical city status.
“To see a design which can incorporate all of this and yet looks very modern and attractive is something that the people really appreciate,” he said.
The other six HSR stations will be located in Bandar Malaysia, Bangi-Putrajaya, Seremban, Muar, Batu Pahat and Iskandar Puteri.
On another matter, Yeap said the HSR route between Melaka and Singapore was expected to record one of the highest ridership once the service commences in 2026.
He said the route between KL and Singapore will record the most number of passengers while the Melaka-Singapore route would be among the top three popular routes.
Meanwhile, Loader said the KL-SG HSR project had received overwhelming support from the people of Melaka.
He said 95% of respondents in Melaka had provided positive feedback on the project via the public inspection exercise that began on Nov 1.
“A total of seven permanent and temporary public inspection booths are located in Melaka throughout the public inspection period, which will end on January 31, 2018,” he said.
He said further information regarding the KL-SG HSR project and the ongoing public inspection exercise were available at www.myhsr.com.my

Read more at https://www.thestar.com.my/metro/metro-news/2017/12/09/building-design-draws-praise-planned-high-speed-rail-melaka-station-a-modern-take-on-states-historic/#GrcCrrL0JoSHovy4.99

Thursday, November 30, 2017

MELAKA MONORAIL TO START ON 4. 12.2017

Our Melaka Monorail will start on 4th. December 2017.



Prices start from RM 10.00 only and is operation daily from 10.00 am to 10.00 pm. For Friday and Saturday, operating hours start from 10.00 am to 12.00 midnight.

The monorail travels around the Melaka River and has a good view.


Wednesday, November 29, 2017

CHRISTMAS OPEN HOUSE IN MELAKA ON 26.12.2017

Melaka to host national-level Christmas celebration on Dec 26 2017



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The issue of Christ the Redeemer statue has been resolved and the national-level Christmas celebration will be held in Melaka.
The issue of Christ the Redeemer statue has been resolved and the
national-level Christmas celebration will be held in Melaka.
MELAKA: The national-level
Christmas open house celebration
will be held in Melaka,
said Chief Minister Datuk
Seri Idris Haron.

He confirmed that the event
will be held here on
Boxing Day.
“There will be numerous
performances to showcase
 the rich cultural diversity of
 Melaka,” he said.
Earlier, there were news circulating
that Melaka was not in the
running to host the celebration
following the Christ the Redeemer
statue issue.
Idris said he had called for
a temporary halt to the
demolition of the statue and
for an amicable solution
through talks between the
Portuguese Settlement
leaders and Melaka
Historic City Council (MBMB).
“We want the leaders of the
community to find a solution.
We acted according to the by-laws
of the local government
and have no intention of
demolishing the statue without the knowledge of the community,” he said.
He said sufficient time
was given to the leaders
of the community to
resolve the matter w
ithout MBMB’s
intervention.
“However, the leaders
were unable
to find a solution
and MBMB issued
notices according to
the existing by-laws,”
he said.
Idris said the state
authorities have been
blamed for not allowing
the structure to be built,
when the problem arose
due to the failure of those
involved to get approval for
their project.
He said those involved
in building the statue had
agreed to relocate it
recently without the
involvement of MBMB.
He said volunteers were
given two options -
to relocate the statue
or apply to convert the site
where the statue of Christ
the Redeemer was supposed
to be erected into a
landscaping project.
Idris said the 7.5m-high statue
should not be built at a site
where space was limited
or at a public square.
The Portuguese community
leaders had wanted to put up
the statue which is based
on the iconic Christ the Redeemer statue built on the Corcovado mountain in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, and as a
monument to enliven the annual
Christmas celebrations
at its settlement this year.
The proposal was submitted
to MBMB in September
but construction work was
carried out without the council’s
approval.
Mayor Datuk Wira Zainal Hussin,
in a press statement, had
said the matter has been
settled as the volunteers
had agreed to relocate
the statue to another
site within the settlement.

Read more at https://www.thestar.com.my/metro/metro-news/2017/11/25/melaka-to-host-nationallevel-christmas-celebration-on-dec-26/#DhuVTbiDcB7dMFU4.99

Sunday, November 26, 2017

MELAKA MONORAIL TO OPERATE DECEMBER 2017




Tourist monorail in 

Melaka to resume 

operations soon


The monorail will begin operations after engineers give it the green light. — filepic
The monorail will begin operations after engineers give it the green light. — filepic
MELAKA: The only tourist
monorail in the country that
circles Sungai Melaka here
will resume operations in
a month’s time after lying idle for four years.

Chief Minister Datuk Seri Idris
Haron said the state
government was making
efforts to revive operations.
“The tourist monorail is a
project that we cannot afford to
 ignore as a lot of money has been spent on it.
“The service will resume once
engineers checking on the monorail give us the green light,” he said.
Soon after the RM15.9mil
monorail service began on
 Oct 20, 2010, it stalled about 100m from its main Hang Jebat station with
about 20 passengers on
board.
A year later, 18 tourists
from Hong Kong, their tour
leader and guide were also
 left stranded 300m from
the Hang Jebat station.
This led to Land Public
Transport Commission’s
move to discontinue the
service.
The China-made monorail line,
spanning 1.6km from Taman
Rempah in Pengkalan
Rama to Kampung Bunga
Raya Pantai along the
Melaka River, was part of
the state’s aim to draw
 more tourists.
The project is a joint venture between Melaka Historic City Council, state subsidiary Kumpulan Melaka Bhd and Agibs Engineering and Construction Sdn Bhd.

Read more at https://www.thestar.com.my/metro/metro-news/2017/11/18/tourist-monorail-in-melaka-to-resume-operations-soon/#h7b50Cq2Qm68lf1v.99

Thursday, November 23, 2017

MYHSR ROUTE FROM KL TO SINGAPORE

Here is a map showing the route from KL to Singapore.














Sunday, November 19, 2017

MELAKA DRAGON BOAT RACE

Dragon boat race attracts 672 local and foreign participants to Melaka


Dragon boat participants race on the Melaka River. — Bernama photo
MELAKA: The dragon boat race held in conjunction with the 11th Melaka River International Festival at the Melaka River estuary has drawn 672 participants from 48 teams.
Melaka River and Coastal Development Corporation (PPSPM) chief executive officer Nazary Ahmad said the winners who would take home the ‘Asian Dragon Boat Award’ and a cash prize of RM2,000 would be known late yesterday evening.
He said the race is divided into two categories with the open category for teams outside of Melaka including foreigners while the closed category is for teams from the state and the champions of each category would battle for the challenge trophy.
“The dragon boat race is among 10 international events organised to attract tourist arrivals during the festival,” he told reporters after flagging off the race here yesterday.
He said among the local teams taking part included from Police, Malaysian Maritime Academy, Universiti Teknikal Malaysia Melaka, Universiti Multimedia and Universiti Kuala Lumpur while international participants are from Singapore, Brunei and Thailand. — Bernama