Tuesday, March 6, 2018

Resorts World Genting honoured in Forbes Travel Guide

Resorts World Genting honoured in Forbes Travel Guide

It is the first time Kuala Lumpur debuted in the 2018 Forbes Travel Guide Star Rating with Resorts World Genting bagging two accolades in the international ratings.

The success was commendable as only three Malaysian hotels were cited in the annual survey.

The flagship Genting Grand Hotel was honoured with a coveted four-star rating while Maxims Hotel at Resorts World Genting gained a Recommended citation.

Genting Grand Hotel’s four-star achievement was the only Malaysian hotel to “hit the jackpot for a restful retreat”. It required an average score of 80% to 89% from Forbes Travel Guide inspectors.

The Forbes Travel Guide described the hotel as a “luxury retreat outside of Kuala Lumpur” and praising it for its “plush accommodations, gorgeous views and friendly staff”.

Maxims Hotel’s Recommendation listing required an average score of 70% to 79%.

It added that if Resorts World Genting was considered an out-of-this-world vacationing experience, then Maxims Genting might be its “brightest star”.

In a statement, Resorts World Genting deputy chief operating officer of resort operations Paul Baker said it was an honour to get the two accolades.

“To see our hard work recognised by the Forbes Travel Guide is gratifying, especially to all our staff who go out-of-their-way to provide the best service to our guests,” he said.

The Forbes Travel Guide Star Rating is released annually in the first quarter of every year.

Reviewing both the service and the quality of the property, Forbes Travel Guide Star Rating follows standards that focus on graciousness, thoughtfulness and a sense of personalised service to craft a list of five-star, four-star and recommended sites.

Genting Grand Hotel is the only hotel out of the 513 hotels in Malaysia that is awarded four-star status by Forbes while Maxims at Resorts World Genting is one of two hotels accredited in Malaysia.

So far, there is no five-star awarded to any hotel in the country.

~News courtesy of The Star~

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

‘ECRL project will take environs into consideration’

‘ECRL project will take environs into consideration’

There will be adequate environmental protection in the construction of the East Coast Rail Link (ECRL) rail line, said Malaysia Rail Link Sdn Bhd (MRL).

Its chief executive officer Datuk Seri Darwis Abdul Razak said the ECRL project team has been working closely with the Natural Resources and Environment Ministry (NRE) for over a year to improve the project alignment and design to minimise its impact on the environment and wildlife.

“It is important for the development of ECRL to be implemented with the environment in mind.

“We firmly believe that development and the environment must go hand-in-hand.

“A Wildlife Management Plan has also been formulated through MRL’s collaboration with the Department of Wildlife and National Parks (Perhilitan),” he said in a statement yesterday.

Darwis said a special steering committee, chaired by the NRE’s deputy secretary-general, has also been set up to ensure that all matters related to natural resources and environment regarding the project will be addressed.

The ECRL project, said Darwis, is said to be among the “most challenging engineering and construction” projects in Malaysia as the 688km rail line is not on a flat terrain but cuts across the hilly terrain of the Titiwangsa Range and dense forest.

“As the ECRL traverses through various forests and wildlife habitats, it is crucial to explore the means to ensure the development incurs minimal damage.

“We are pleased to say that the scrutiny in protecting the environment has resulted in a more environmentally-friendly design and measures to ensure the welfare of the wildlife,” said Darwis.

The MRL, together with main contractor China Communications Construction Company Ltd (CCCC), will be implementing various environmentally-friendly initiatives, he added.

The ECRL project team and the NRE have also made design improvements to reduce the loss of forests.

The original design, said Darwis, could have involved the loss of over 2,000ha of forest reserves but modifications to the alignment and provisions of 45 tunnels with a total length of about 49km have managed to reduce the loss of forests by 90%.

Wildlife underpasses will also be built at 29 strategic locations so that wildlife can move freely despite the railway line passing through.

~News courtesy of The Star~

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

DPM: Vmy2020 to help boost tourism

DPM: Vmy2020 to help boost tourism

Visit Malaysia Year campaign will be held again in 2020, says Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi.

“The campaign seeks to ensure that Malaysia remains a desirable destination for visitors from all over the world,” he said.

“Visit Malaysia Year 2020 (VMY2020) is a national mission. It will be the catalyst to drive the tourism industry further and achieve the visions outlined in the Malaysian Tourism Transformation Plan.

“I want all ministries and agencies to give their full support towards this programme,” he said after chairing the Cabinet Committee on Tourism meeting yesterday.

~News courtesy of The Star~

Monday, January 15, 2018







Navy to rescue stranded tourists on Tioman Island

Navy to rescue stranded tourists on Tioman Island

The Royal Malaysian Navy (RMN) has been deployed to rescue 93 tourists who have been stranded on Tioman Island for several days following bad weather and rough seas.

A total of 54 foreign tourists and 39 local tourists have been stranded on the island since Jan 11.

Tioman assemblyman Datuk Seri Mohd Johari Hussain said Navy ship KD Terengganu is expected to arrive on the island at 10pm Monday (Jan 15).

"Tomorrow morning (Jan 16) at 7.30am, we can start transferring people from the marina," he told The Star.

Mohd Johari also said seven locals will be allowed to board the ship as they had urgent matters to attend to on the mainland.

The monsoon season in Tioman Island starts from October to March every year.

Mohd Johari also said when the monsoon season starts, the Government constantly reminds people of the situation and the risk that they may face on the island.

"During this period, fewer tourists will visit the island due to the weather but there are those who take the risk to go to Tioman with the hope that they would be able to board the ferry when the weather improves," he said.

He said this time, ferry services remained inoperable for a longer period and as such, tourists and locals were unable to leave the island.

~News courtesy of The Star~