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The Ministry of Tourism honoured several tourism industry players for their excellent performance at the Malaysia Tourism Awards 2008/2009 at the Putrajaya International Convention Centre on 9 January 2010.
Graced by the Deputy Prime Minister YAB Tan Sri Muhyiddin Hj Mohd Yassin, who represented the Honorable Prime Minister of Malaysia, the event was attended by over 800 guests from the travel and tourism industry.
A total of 39 awards were given out on that night to winners in 12 categories. The highlight of the awards was the Prime Minister’s Tourism Award which went to YBhg. Tan Sri Dato’ Seri Panglima Abdul Kadir Sheikh Fadzir who was the past Minister of Culture, Arts and Tourism. Meanwhile, the Minister of Tourism’s Special Award was presented to Tuan Haji Sahariman Hamdan, President of the Malaysia Homestay Association. (Full list of awards recipients below).
YB Dato’ Sri Dr. Ng Yen Yen, Minister of Tourism Malaysia, lauded the winners and finalists for their product and service excellence and also praised industry players who had shown innovativeness and creativity in their quest to enhance the tourism scene.
“As is our tradition for the last 16 years, tonight we honour Malaysia’s brightest ‘stars’ – outstanding individuals and organisations who are committed to growing a culture of excellence and who show the spirit of enterprise by continually innovating their product offerings. Their efforts have ensured that Malaysia remains competitive and attractive as the not-to-be missed destination to visit,” said YB Dato’ Sri Ng.
She believed that the Malaysia Tourism Awards is in line with the Honorable Prime Minister’s aspirations for the nation’s higher growth and development and urged all in the tourism industry to support the 1Malaysia concept.
She said, “As members of the tourism industry, I believe that we are the best people to exemplify and promote the spirit of 1Malaysia to our foreign guests. With our close and daily interactions with the locals and local culture in our daily work, we are, in essence, realising the 1Malaysia concept.”
Through the packaging and presentation of Malaysia’s diverse assets, industry players can offer tourists the experience in a variety of ways “through the sampling of ethnic cuisines; the study of architectural heritage of our cities; the participation in traditional culture and lifestyle such as dance and handicraft; the exploration of important historical sites; and the exposure to multi-ethnic communities and their ways of living,” added YB Dato’ Sri Dr Ng.
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