MALAYSIA FLORA FEST 2008 MEGA FAM DINNER

SPEECH BY

YB DATO’ SRI AZALINA DATO’ OTHMAN SAID

MINISTER OF TOURISM, MALAYSIA

 

MALAYSIA FLORA FEST 2008 MEGA FAM DINNER

 

25 JULY 2008

JOHOR BAHRU, JOHOR

 

 

Salutations:

 

Welcome:

 

1.     Good evening. I’m happy to wish each and every one of you a very warm Selamat Datang or welcome to Malaysia.  Thank you for accepting our invitation to this programme which offers participants a personal experience of the true spirit of Malaysia Truly Asia.

 

2.     I must say that the Mega Fam programme has been a major promotional effort to instill a positive perspective of Malaysia in the minds of foreign tourists. This year, it is even more critical for us to have this positive exposure as we are aiming for 22.5 million tourist arrivals.

 

About Malaysia Flora Fest 2008:

 

3.     This is the second edition of the Malaysia Flora Fest, with the first one last year held in conjunction with Visit Malaysia Year. Several flower-themed programmes have been organized throughout the festival including a photography competition, a flower-themed fun run and the much-anticipated float parade.

 

4.     Besides the Malaysia Flora Fest 2008, other on-going and future events of note are the Malaysia Mega Sale Carnival from now until 1st September, the KL Samrah Festival showcasing Arab music and concerts until 9th August, the Malaysia International Fireworks Competition from 15th until 31st August, and the Merdeka Month Celebration of Malaysia’s Independence Day in August. The recently-concluded Rainforest World Music Festival in Sarawak is an example of a successful annual event which has attracted bigger international crowds.

 

About Malaysia as a holiday destination:

 

5.     Malaysia may be small – only 330,000 sq km – but its compact size holds a wide variety of world-class attractions that appeal to a diverse group of people. Fraser’s Hill is home to some 250 species of wild birds, while Tanjung Tuan is the best place to watch migratory raptors in March each year.

 

6.     The historic cities of Melaka and George Town have recently been listed on the UNESCO World Heritage Sites, joining two other Malaysian destinations that are also listed, the Gunung Mulu National Park and the Kinabalu Park.

 

7.     Places like the islands off the Johor and Terengganu coasts have excellent marine life and coral reefs for snorkeling and diving. In fact, here off the Johor coast, we have the Seribuat Archipelago made up of more than 60 volcanic islands.

 

8.     Sipadan Island in Sabah, located at the heart of the biodiverse Indo Pacific basin, offers some of the best wall diving in the world. The water’s edge presents a drop of more than 609.6m.

 

9.     About 55.7 per cent or 18.31 million hectares of Malaysia is still under forest cover, supporting a habitat of rich and biodiverse flora and fauna, and providing tourists with fascinating ecotourism adventures.

 

10.    All in all, we have beautiful islands, rainforests, exotic culture, delicious food, friendly people, a population of about 28 million comprising of about 60 ethnic groups, all living in peace and harmony with each other, just waiting to be experienced.

 

Conclusion:

 

11.    Finally, may I wish every one a pleasant stay in Malaysia. I look forward to your continued support. Please tell your readers and clients the good memories and stories of Malaysia, Truly Asia.

 

Thank you.

 

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