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  • Celebrating the 207th Anniversary of Penang’s Lebuh Acheh Mosque

    The light is on for Penang’s Lebuh Acheh Mosque, one of the oldest mosques in the state, for a nationwide celebration of its 207th anniversary.

    Slated to be held on Saturday, 2 May 2015, The Festival 207 is a one-day event organized by Penang’s Islamic Foundation (Yayasan Islam Pulau Pinang) – a tribute to the iconic mosque’s legacy that has been shaping the life and history of Penangites for generations.

    Built in 1808 by Tunku Syed Hussain, Lebuh Acheh Mosque has been the symbol of unity and heritage treasured and shared by not only Muslim but also to the non-Muslim community in Penang.

    The Festival 207 will be officiated by YB Dato’ Seri Nazri Abd Aziz, Minister of Tourism and Culture Malaysia. Also set to be launched at the festival is  Lebuh Aches Mosque tour program and an Islamic art exhibition entitled “Haluan” at Penang’s Khat Gallery.

    Tourists and locals alike are invited to join in the colorful celebration all day at the mosque and its surrounding areas. The festival will be packed with activities such as “silat” and “wayang kulit” shows, youth forum, art exhibition, workshops, photography exhibition and, of course, food bazaar.

    For more information visit www.yipp.gov.my. Check out the Festival 207 official Facebook page at facebook.com/Festival207

     

     

     

  • First Venezuelan Exhibition at Islamic Arts Museum Malaysia

    Kuala Lumpur, MALAYSIA — The Embassy of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela in Malaysia in cooperation with Islamic Arts Museum Malaysia (IAMM), presents a photo exhibition aiming to visualise the presence of Islam in Venezuela, “Honour Kalbhi – Muslim Communities in Venezuela” by Venezuelan photographer, Laila Saab Chemekh. Read More

  • ITC’s “Seminar Industry Halal” – The Klang Valley Edition

    Seminar Industri Halal was first organised last year during Ramadhan to educate and raise awareness amongst officers within the Ministry of Tourism and Culture (MOTAC) and its agencies on the importance of Halal and how it will affect the Islamic tourism sector. The feedback received at the seminar was positive with some commenting that the event should be held for all tourism stakeholders in Malaysia and not just limited to MOTAC and its agencies’ officers, as Halal plays a very important role in the Islamic tourism segment.

    As a result, ITC organised the first Seminar Industri Halal of 2015 with the theme Perspektif Kepada Pelancongan Islam in Kuala Lumpur. The seminar was held in Bahasa Malaysia with aims to highlight issues such as Halal certification and at the same time gave a broad overview of Halal in the context of global Islamic economy and special focus on Islamic tourism. Three experts were invited to speak on three specific areas of Halal i.e. regulation, Malaysia’s initiatives and an industry’s success story.

    The final number of registration on the event day was 225 participants, comprising of Government Ministries and agencies, Travel and Tour operators, Hoteliers, F&B outlet operators, Airliners, NGOs, Private sectors and Private and Public Higher Learning Institutions. This number does not include the speakers, ITC staff and members of the media. Local media present to cover the event was Utusan Malaysia, Kembara Online, Santai Magazine, My Tourism TV and Langkawi Story. My tourism TV interviewed several of the participants including ITC Director-General for their views of the seminar.

    ITC Director General, Mr. Zulkifly Md. Said delivered the welcoming speech and moderated a panelist cum Q&A session. ITC’s 2015 Muslim-friendly Malaysia promotional video was also aired at the beginning of the seminar. Ustaz Mohd Amri Abdullah, Principal Assistant Director of Halal Hub Division, Department of Islamic Development Malaysia (JAKIM) was the first speaker and presented a topic entitled “Pensijilan Halal Malaysia: Proses Pensijilan, Akta Perihal Dagangan 2011 dan Logo Halal Malaysia”. To enlighten the audience about Malaysia’s initiatives on Halal, Mr. Romzi Sulaiman, Senior Manager of Global Halal Support Centre, Halal Industry Development Corporation (HDC) presented a paper entitled “Malaysia Halal Hub Dunia: Sejauh Mana Kita Mendominasi Industri Bernilai USD2.3 Trillion”. Tn. Hj. Ghazali Sayed Ibrahim, Hotel Manager of Grand Bluewave Shah Alam was the last speaker and shared his hotel’s success story in adopting Muslim friendly services as the company’s operational focus.

    A special 10-minute introduction of the Malaysia Islamic Tourism Association (MITRA) was presented by its Chief Executive Officer, Mr. Zulkafli Daud. He gave a quick overview on the association’s functions, activities, website and the ways and benefits of becoming a member of the association.

    The success of the seminar will be emulated into other parts of Malaysia to reach greater audience outside Klang Valley. As per ITC’s annual plan of activities, the seminar was intended to be organised in a series on quarterly basis throughout 2015 in central, north, east and south region of Peninsular Malaysia.

    All new information on Halal gathered at the seminar, especially those relevant to the Islamic tourism sector, will be disseminated to industry players and general public via ITC’s website and social media. Information such as HDC’s Halal smartphone/tablet app and Halal widget will be useful for tourists and industry players alike in getting the latest list of Halal certified premises and products in Malaysia.

  • ITC at World Halal Summit 2015

     

    World Halal Summit (WHS), formerly known as World Halal Week, is the world’s largest congregation of international Halal players and one of the most important Halal initiatives by Ministry of International Trade and Industry (MITI) to solidify Malaysia’s dominance as the thought leader in the global Halal economy that has been estimated to carry a value of USD2.3 trillion annually.

    The format of the event has been revised in 2015, capturing a bigger and wider audience of global Halal stakeholders. With Malaysia International Halal Showcase (MIHAS) as an anchor tradeshow for international and local buyers, this year the Summit had six sub-events running parallel namely the WHS Unified Session, World Halal Conference (WHC), JAKIM’s 6th International Halal Certification Bodies Convention, Scholars Forum, Certifiers Forum, Business Forum and Academics Forum.

    The Prime Minister of Malaysia, YAB Datuk Seri Najib Tun Abdul Razak officiated the World Halal Summit at Kuala Lumpur Convention Planery Hall packed with foreign ministers, ambassadors, dignitaries and international Halal players.

    Director General of ITC was invited to be one of the panelists at the 4th session of the Summit’s Business Forum with a topic entitled ”Taking Off with USD145 billion – The Halal-Friendly Travel Sector”. The session was moderated by Hajjah Jumaatun Azmi, Managing Director of KasehDia with fellow panelists that include Mr. Fazal Bahardeen, CEO and Founder of CrescentRating of Singapore and Mr. Safdar Khan, Group Country Manager for Indonesia, Malaysia and Brunei; Group Head, Islamic Payments, Southeast Asia, MasterCard

    The Islamic tourism session at the Summit’s Business Forum was attended by 60 participants mostly international delegates from the Halal and tourism industry. Mr. Bahardeen presented the CrescentRating MasterCard Global Muslim Travel Index (GMTI), which debuted in March that had Malaysia sitting atop of international rank as the most popular destination for Muslims in the world.

    The theme of the session brought forward a further understanding of Islamic tourism beyond its novelty. The involvement of mainstream mega company such as MasterCard has been viewed by experts and many tourism players as a game-changer. It was a giant leap that had led the sector to achieve a global recognition with Malaysia being modelled as the catalyst and success story.

    DG of ITC in his remarks highlighted the significant contribution of Muslim tourists to Malaysia’s overall tourism revenue, underscoring top five spenders from Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Oman, United Arab Emirates and Iran – all of OIC country’s origin. Malaysia’s advantage in becoming a top Muslim friendly destination was marked beyond its top notch facilities and availability of Halal food. The country’s friendly business environment has spruced up many public private partnerships not only in Halal but also in the tourism industry. This was elaborated by DG of ITC, citing the collaboration between Visa and Tourism Malaysia as one of the prime examples.

    During the question and answer (Q&A) session, Malaysia was asked about common activities undertaken by Muslim tourists visiting the country especially those of Middle East. DG of ITC explained that shopping continues to dominate as the top choice for this category of tourists. Also, the fact that Muslim tourists from Middle East are usually travelling in a group of family and their preference to stay with close proximity to city centre, Muslim friendly hotels such as PNB Darby Park has been reaping the benefit of such travel behavior.

    After the forum, DG of ITC was interviewed by My Tourism TV (MyTTV), an online news portal for Malaysia’s tourism industry. In the interview, DG of ITC shared his observation on the positive new development amongst non-Muslim countries such as Japan, Korea and Taiwan towards their effort to cater the Muslim travel’s market.

  • National Craft Day Celebration 2015

    Kuala Lumpur, MALAYSIA — Kraftangan Malaysia an agency under the Ministry of Tourism and Culture, will hold the National Craft Day Celebration begining 26 March to 7 April from 10.00 am to 10.00 pm at Kuala Lumpur Craft Complex, Jalan Conlay. The National Craft Day theme is the Eco-Craft : The Investment & Sustainability. Read More

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