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Cambodia marks Culture Day with traditional arts performance

Cambodia celebrated the 22nd National Culture Day with the show of traditional music and dances on Tuesday.

Cambodian Prime Minister Samdech Techo Hun Sen attended the event, which was held at the Diamond Island exhibition center with about 4,000 participants.

Speaking at the ceremony, Hun Sen said the cultural sector has been developed rapidly in the last two decades thanks to the country’s peace and political stability.

He said youth has been playing a very important role in helping to safeguard, preserve and develop the kingdom’s cultural properties.

“It’s a pride and honor for our people who were born and live in Cambodia-the nation that is rich in culture in Southeast Asia,” the prime minister said, expressing his profound gratitude to the ancestors for leaving countless cultural heritages for next generations.

Cambodia has so far had three tangible cultural properties and five intangible cultural heritages listed on the World Heritage List of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO).

The listed tangible cultural properties included the Angkor Archeological Park, Preah Vihear Temple and Sambor Prei Kuk Archeological Site, while the listed intangible cultural heritages are the Royal Ballet, Sbek Thom or Khmer Shadow Puppetry, tug-of-war game, Chapei Dang Veng, a long-necked, two-stringed lute, and Lkhon Khol, a masked dance-theater.

Source: China ASEAN Business Council

ERL LAUNCHES VISIT MALAYSIA 2020 HAPPENINGS @ KL SENTRAL

Kuala Lumpur, Express Rail Link (ERL) kicks off its Visit Malaysia 2020 Campaign support with a colourful and entertaining cultural performance for tourists and locals alike at KL Sentral Station today.

Dancers from the National Department for Culture and Arts (JKKN) perform popular traditional dances such as Zapin, Joget, Classical Indian Dance, Chinese Fan Dance, Ngajat and Sumazau at the launch of Visit Malaysia 2020 Happenings @ KL Sentral which was officiated by the Deputy Minister of Tourism, Arts and Culture Malaysia, YB Tuan Muhammad Bakhtiar Wan Chik.

This initiative is a collaboration between ERL and JKKN, and supported by Tourism Malaysia to showcase Malaysia’s diverse cultures to visitors arriving at KL Sentral. There will be a cultural performance twice a month (except in May and August) at the KLIA Ekspres Arrival Hall, starting 17th January 2020.

YB Tuan Muhammad Bakhtiar said, With global trends pointing towards experiential tourism, tourists today want to experience a destination through the rich cultural heritage and creative expressions of the local community. A study by Tourism Malaysia shows that activities related to the arts and culture such as heritage walking tours, traditional dance and batik drawing workshops, amongst others, are sought-after experiences.

Today, we witness the fruits of cooperation between ERL, Tourism Malaysia and JKKN as an excellent example of the private sector’s initiatives in support of VM 2020. I would like to urge more industry players and operators in the travel and tourism ecosystem to come forth and join us. The ministry and Tourism Malaysia look forward to supporting your initiatives and together, we can ensure a successful VM 2020 Campaign, he added.

ERL’s Visit Malaysia 2020 Campaign Support

ERL is taking several initiatives to support the government in achieving the targets of 30 million tourist arrivals and RM100 billion in tourist receipts this year.

Besides the cultural performances, ERL is also organising a Monthly KLIA Ekspres Ride & Win Campaign starting 1 February 2020 in collaboration with Tourism Malaysia and with the support of tourism partners for prize sponsorships to spice up the VM 2020 Campaign and create more excitement for inbound visitors. This new campaign is open to all KLIA Ekspres customers who buy train tickets during the campaign period and enrol online to win monthly grand prize sponsored by the tourism partners.

Noormah Mohd Noor, Chief Executive of ERL said: ERL will play our part to promote Malaysia as a preferred destination, and work together with Tourism Malaysia, hotels, travel agents and other partners to support the Visit Malaysia 2020 Campaign. We will continue to provide special promotions such as the Family Package and Group Saver as well as enhance our transport packages for tourists such as KL TravelPass and Discover Kuala Lumpur to better meet the tourist needs.

When tourists fly into Kuala Lumpur, one of their first Malaysian experiences will be on board our train as they make their way into the city. With our impeccable 99.7% on-time performance and safety record, we aim to provide a great first impression to these visitors, said Noormah.

After the launch, the Deputy Minister took the opportunity to meet and greet arriving KLIA Ekspres passengers from KLIA, and presented them with goodies in conjunction with the upcoming Chinese New Year.

The free cultural performance will be held on the following Friday dates in 2020:

17 & 24 JAN

14 & 28 FEB

13 & 27 MAR

10 & 17 APR

12 & 26 JUN

10 & 24 JUL

11 & 25 SEP

9 & 23 OCT

6 & 20 NOV

4 & 18 DEC

Time: 3:45pm � 4:30pm

Venue: KLIA Ekspres Arrival Hall, KL Sentral Station

For more information on the Happenings @ KL Sentral and KLIA Ekspres Ride & Win Campaign, visit www.KLIAekspres.com.

Source: Malaysia Tourism Promotion Board

ERL LAUNCHES VISIT MALAYSIA 2020 HAPPENINGS @ KL SENTRAL

Kuala Lumpur, Express Rail Link (ERL) kicks off its Visit Malaysia 2020 Campaign support with a colourful and entertaining cultural performance for tourists and locals alike at KL Sentral Station today.

Dancers from the National Department for Culture and Arts (JKKN) perform popular traditional dances such as Zapin, Joget, Classical Indian Dance, Chinese Fan Dance, Ngajat and Sumazau at the launch of Visit Malaysia 2020 Happenings @ KL Sentral which was officiated by the Deputy Minister of Tourism, Arts and Culture Malaysia, YB Tuan Muhammad Bakhtiar Wan Chik.

This initiative is a collaboration between ERL and JKKN, and supported by Tourism Malaysia to showcase Malaysia’s diverse cultures to visitors arriving at KL Sentral. There will be a cultural performance twice a month (except in May and August) at the KLIA Ekspres Arrival Hall, starting 17th January 2020.

YB Tuan Muhammad Bakhtiar said, With global trends pointing towards experiential tourism, tourists today want to experience a destination through the rich cultural heritage and creative expressions of the local community. A study by Tourism Malaysia shows that activities related to the arts and culture such as heritage walking tours, traditional dance and batik drawing workshops, amongst others, are sought-after experiences.

Today, we witness the fruits of cooperation between ERL, Tourism Malaysia and JKKN as an excellent example of the private sector’s initiatives in support of VM 2020. I would like to urge more industry players and operators in the travel and tourism ecosystem to come forth and join us. The ministry and Tourism Malaysia look forward to supporting your initiatives and together, we can ensure a successful VM 2020 Campaign, he added.

ERL’s Visit Malaysia 2020 Campaign Support

ERL is taking several initiatives to support the government in achieving the targets of 30 million tourist arrivals and RM100 billion in tourist receipts this year.

Besides the cultural performances, ERL is also organising a Monthly KLIA Ekspres Ride & Win Campaign starting 1 February 2020 in collaboration with Tourism Malaysia and with the support of tourism partners for prize sponsorships to spice up the VM 2020 Campaign and create more excitement for inbound visitors. This new campaign is open to all KLIA Ekspres customers who buy train tickets during the campaign period and enrol online to win monthly grand prize sponsored by the tourism partners.

Noormah Mohd Noor, Chief Executive of ERL said: ERL will play our part to promote Malaysia as a preferred destination, and work together with Tourism Malaysia, hotels, travel agents and other partners to support the Visit Malaysia 2020 Campaign. We will continue to provide special promotions such as the Family Package and Group Saver as well as enhance our transport packages for tourists such as KL TravelPass and Discover Kuala Lumpur to better meet the tourist needs.

When tourists fly into Kuala Lumpur, one of their first Malaysian experiences will be on board our train as they make their way into the city. With our impeccable 99.7% on-time performance and safety record, we aim to provide a great first impression to these visitors, said Noormah.

After the launch, the Deputy Minister took the opportunity to meet and greet arriving KLIA Ekspres passengers from KLIA, and presented them with goodies in conjunction with the upcoming Chinese New Year.

The free cultural performance will be held on the following Friday dates in 2020:

17 & 24 JAN

14 & 28 FEB

13 & 27 MAR

10 & 17 APR

12 & 26 JUN

10 & 24 JUL

11 & 25 SEP

9 & 23 OCT

6 & 20 NOV

4 & 18 DEC

Time: 3:45pm � 4:30pm

Venue: KLIA Ekspres Arrival Hall, KL Sentral Station

For more information on the Happenings @ KL Sentral and KLIA Ekspres Ride & Win Campaign, visit www.KLIAekspres.com.

Source: Malaysia Tourism Promotion Board

Malaysia Showcases VM2020 Campaign At ASEAN Tourism Forum (ATF) 2020

BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN, Malaysia kick started Visit Malaysia Campaign 2020 (VM2020) by participating in the ASEAN Tourism Forum (ATF) 2020 in Bandar Seri Begawan, Brunei Darussalam from 12 to 16 January 2020. The Malaysian delegation was led by YB Minister of Tourism, Arts & Culture, Datuk Mohamaddin bin Ketapi, accompanied by the Secretary General, Ministry of Tourism, Arts & Culture, Dato’ Dr. Noor Zari bin Hamat and Director General, Tourism Malaysia, Datuk Musa bin Haji Yusof.

This year marks the 39th anniversary of the event with the slogan Together Towards a Next Generation of Travel. During the forum, a series of meetings among ASEAN Tourism Ministers and Senior Officials are held from 12 to 16 January 2020. A joint media statement by the ASEAN Ministers of Tourism will be issued on 16 January 2020 to state resolutions and relevant decisions in developing the tourism industry in the ASEAN region as decided during the bilateral meetings.

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK

MALAYSIA SHOWCASES VM2020 CAMPAIGN AT ASEAN TOURISM FORUM (ATF) 2020

BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN, Malaysia kick started Visit Malaysia Campaign 2020 (VM2020) by participating in the ASEAN Tourism Forum (ATF) 2020 in Bandar Seri Begawan, Brunei Darussalam from 12 to 16 January 2020. The Malaysian delegation was led by YB Minister of Tourism, Arts and Culture, Datuk Mohamaddin bin Ketapi, accompanied by the Secretary General, Ministry of Tourism, Arts and Culture, Dato’ Dr. Noor Zari bin Hamat and Director General, Tourism Malaysia, Datuk Musa bin Haji Yusof.

This year marks the 39th anniversary of the event with the slogan “Together Towards a Next Generation of Travel”. During the forum, a series of meetings among ASEAN Tourism Ministers and Senior Officials are held from 12 to 16 January 2020. A joint media statement by the ASEAN Ministers of Tourism will be issued on 16 January 2020 to state resolutions and relevant decisions in developing the tourism industry in the ASEAN region as decided during the bilateral meetings.

In addition to attending the bilateral meetings, Malaysia also participated in ATF 2020 TRAVEX exhibition to engage with Malaysian tourism industry players and organizations which received tremendous support from buyers and media at Tourism Malaysia’s booth. This particular year, ATF witnessed participation from 160 international buyers and 109 international and local media.

A total of 37 delegates from 22 Malaysian tourism industry players including hotels, tour operators, tourism organizations and airlines participated in ATF 2020 TRAVEX. Tourism Malaysia set up a 54-square-foot pavilion to facilitate Malaysian sellers to hold discussions with buyers and provided updates on tourism products and other tourism-related information in Malaysia.

To further enhance VM2020 promotional activities, the Minister of Tourism, Arts and Culture, Malaysia had launched the campaign on 15 January 2020 with the objective to cultivate the enthusiasm and interest of tourists from ASEAN countries especially Brunei to travel to Malaysia in 2020.

Malaysia’s participation in the ATF 2020 is expected to attract more international tourists to Malaysia in order to achieve the campaign targets of 30 million tourists and USD 24.44 billion (RM100 billion).

As a member state of ASEAN, Malaysia is looking forward to the next decade of a more prosperous and relevant ASEAN and will continue to collectively innovate and seek meaningful initiatives to increase tourism growth in the region by incorporating the digitalization tourism while retaining the heritage, tradition and identity that make ASEAN unique for future generations.

Apart from participating in ATF 2020, Tourism Malaysia, in collaboration with Horizon Restaurant, Brunei is also organizing the Malaysian Food and Culture Festival for a week from 13 to 21 January 2020. The festival gives opportunity for local citizens, international expatriates and foreign tourists to witness Malaysian cultural performances and savour Malaysian food during the event.

Source: Malaysia Tourism Promotion Board

GRAND RECEPTION AT MAJOR ENTRY POINTS IN CONJUNCTION WITH VISIT MALAYSIA 2020

KUALA LUMPUR, Tourism Malaysia kicked off the highly anticipated Visit Malaysia 2020 (VM2020) Campaign on the first day of the year with a special reception at major entry points to welcome domestic and international tourists as a symbolic gesture indicating the commencement of the campaign.

Minister of Tourism, Arts and Culture of Malaysia Datuk Mohamaddin bin Ketapi was at the Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA) which was one of the venues chosen for the welcome reception. Similar welcome receptions were held concurrently at 22 entry points throughout the country as listed in the Attachment.

Apart from welcoming tourists to Malaysia on the first day of 2020, the special reception is intended to spread the excitement of Visit Malaysia 2020 campaign, said the minister to members of the press at the special welcoming ceremony.

The welcome reception was also made possible with the support provided by state governments and corporate agencies related to the tourism industry who joined in the celebration at the major entry points by providing full support and contributions in the preparation of the event as well as special tokens for tourists.

To spice up the celebratory mood, the first batch of international and domestic tourists arriving at all major entry points were greeted with cultural presentations from traditional dancers and also traditional music such as gamelan and sape. Tourists were presented with special tokens that represent Malaysia with delicious snack such as dodol and a special VM2020 scarf as a sign of Malaysian hospitality.

Malaysia is targeting 30 million tourist arrivals and RM100 billion in tourist receipts for 2020. Armed with the slogan Visit Truly Asia Malaysia 2020, the campaign promises colourful celebrations with an impressive line-up of special and exciting events throughout the year.

Source: Tourism Malaysia

Sudan Declares Christmas Public Holiday

KHARTOUM, SUDAN – Sudan’s transitional government has declared Christmas a public holiday for the first time in years. A Sudanese minister said the decision is in line with the freedoms enshrined in the country’s constitution.

Religion Affairs and Endowments Minister Nasraddeen Mufreh said the decision is a result of the historic political changes in Sudan this year. Sudan’s military leaders ousted President Omar al Bashir in April after months of nationwide protests. Later, after a deadly crackdown by the military on demonstrators in Khartoum, opposition groups and military leaders agreed to form a joint transitional government.

Mofreh said the transitional government is committed to guaranteeing all freedoms enshrined in the constitutional declaration signed in August.

The United States recently dropped Sudan from its list of nations that severely violate religious freedoms, signaling its increasing support for Sudan’s transitional government.

Mofreh welcomed the U.S. decision.

We really thank them for recognizing our efforts toward respecting freedom of worship in Sudan. They have now realized that we are a civilian government after the revolution of the great Sudanese people, Mofreh told South Sudan in Focus.

Before South Sudan became an independent country in 2011, Christian civil servants and students in Sudan would get three paid days off from work at Christmas time. But when South Sudan and its large Christian population seceded, Sudanese authorities said the country was 97 percent Muslim and imposed restrictions on religious pluralism, including restrictions on Christmas celebrations.

The secretary-general of the Sudan Council of Churches, Father William Deng, says declaring Christmas a public holiday was the proper thing to do. He says providing more rights and freedoms in Sudanese society will encourage citizens to participate in rebuilding what was destroyed during the 30 years of Bashir’s autocratic rule.

We are not Muslims, we are not Christians, we are not Arabs, and we are not Africans, we are Sudanese. And within this Sudan, there are Muslims, there are Christians, there are Africans and there are Arabs. Sudan is for the Sudanese and these Sudanese people are faithful to different religions, Deng told VOA’s South Sudan in Focus.

Khartoum resident Imman Kamaluddeen, who is from a Muslim family, said the transitional government is fulfilling a promise it made to the people.

There is a need for all groups to enjoy the freedom of worship, and what I am seeing in this latest decision by our government to grant Christmas as a public holiday is something good and it indicates that our government is respecting freedom of worship of all Sudanese religion, Kamaluddeen told South Sudan in Focus.

Clara Ismael, a member of Sudan’s Episcopal Church, said she is grateful to the government for declaring Christmas day a public holiday again, and she will use the occasion to visit friends and neighbors, including Muslims.

This is something worth honoring, and we really thank the transitional government and we wish them all the best for the peace process in Sudan. People need to get stability. God is great and he will bless every step, Ismael told South Sudan in Focus.

Source: Voice of America