To support Tourism Malaysia‘s promotions efforts locally, Tourism Malaysia Deputy Director General, Dato’ Azizan Noordin, is currently leading a delegation of Malaysian trade and state government officials to Australia, and participating in a series of Roadshows targeting key travel agents and media across Sydney, Perth and Brisbane from 11 to 13 August, 2015.
Tourism Malaysia Australia (NSW, VIC and QLD) Director Roslan Abdullah is thrilled to welcome Dato’ Azizan to Australia. Says Mr Roslan, “Dato’ Azizan Noordin is the Deputy Director General (International Promotion) for the Malaysia Tourism Promotion Board (Tourism Malaysia) and is responsible for overseeing the promotional activities of the entire organisation. So we’re delighted that he’s here to help reinforce our efforts in promoting Malaysia to Australian travellers. It’s also an exciting opportunity for Australian agents to talk directly to one of the key architects of Malaysia’s inbound tourism strategy and the direction that is heading in the next twelve months.”
The 2015 Oceania Roadshows provide the perfect platform for Dato’ Azizan to network with some of Australia’s leading travel agents and media outlets. Addressing Sydney guests last night, Dato’ Azizan launched Tourism Malaysia’s latest initiative with Malaysia Airlines to encourage and incentivise travellers to spend at least a night in Kuala Lumpur on stopovers to and from all destinations beyond Kuala Lumpur. From 13 August to 12 September 2015, airfares booked with Malaysia Airlines (ex-Perth and Sydney) will now include one night’s accommodation in KL (terms and conditions apply). Travelling period between 1October to 31 December 2015.
“Not only does this give travellers the option of breaking up a long haul journey, it’s such a fantastic way for Australians to sample the life and colour of KL as part of a bigger itinerary, and we know that they won’t be disappointed,” says Dato’ Azizan.
Dato’ Azizan is no stranger to Australia, having been here to promote Malaysia as an ideal destination for Australian travellers on many occasions. He is relishing the opportunity to promote his beloved country, Malaysia to local agents. “Malaysia is an ideal travel destination for Australians to visit,” he says. “It’s close, safe and Malaysia also offers value for money – with the favourable Australian currency exchange rate. And the Year End Sale in November and December offers shoppers the perfect opportunity to shop to their heart’s content.”
Offering an incredibly diverse mix of experiences including, eco-tourism, luxury and island escapes. There is something to appeal to virtually every type of tourist. Not to mention the renowned Malaysian hospitality which include friendly people, great food – and of course, great shopping, what’s not to like!”
With more than 37 years experience in the travel and tourism industry, Dato’ Azizan Noordin has headed up the Tourism Malaysia overseas offices in Seoul, Korea, and Jeddah, Saudi Arabia before being appointed as Deputy Director General (International Promotion), a role he has held since 2010.
The steady rise in inbound tourism numbers to Malaysia, despite the various incidents in 2014 has been a positive sign of things to come. “Australians have continued to support us strongly, with more than 571,000 visiting Malaysia in 2014 – an increase of 6%” he said, “and we look forward to welcoming even more Aussie tourists in 2016 and beyond.”
Other delegates at the Sydney Roadshow included representatives from: Sabah Tourism Board; Terengganu State Government; Malaysia Healthcare Travel Council; Malaysia Airlines, and representatives from Malaysian hotels and resorts also presented to attendees at the roadshow.
Tourism Malaysia and key suppliers on the night rewarded guests with a selection of lucky draw prizes, which included a major prize of airline tickets and accommodations in Kuala Lumpur and other key destinations in Malaysia.