Feb 10, 2016

MITA LION DANCE PERFORMANCE


Today being the third day of Chinese New Year had me up early and headed over to the Malaysia Tourism Centre (MaTiC) at about 9.30am . 

This was because the Malaysian Inbound Tourism Association (MITA) invited me over there. They had organized a series of Lion Dance Performance there to surprise and greet the tourists who were in Kuala Lumpur for the Chinese New Year holidays, there.....




This would be the fourth time MITA was organizing a Lion Dance Performance since 2013! MITA is known to invite tourists to celebrate festive seasons, such as Hari Raya Aidil Adha, Deepavali as well as Christmas, besides this Chinese New Year surprise for tourists...


"MITA is confident that the number of tourist arrivals will be improve a lot more than last year due to the increase of tourists from China," Uzaidi Udanis, the Deputy President of MITA told members of the media during the Lion Dance Show....


This would be because of our Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak's announcement recently on the visa exemption for Chinese tourist beginning March 1st 2016 to the December 31st 2016....

MITA is hopeful in being able to draw 8 million tourists from China annually over the next 5 years, which will bring in an estimate RM22.1 billion income to the country. Thus, MITA is all out to work hard hand in hand with the Ministry of Tourism in achieving this target.



MITA congratulates Deputy Prime Minister of Malaysia, Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi for his recent visit to China and for successfully ironing out the kinks on the implementation of the visa exemption and e-visa facility for Chinese tourist to Malaysia.


During the closing of Malaysian Inbound Tourism Association (MITA) Tourism Fair , held at the KL Convention Centre recently, Dauk Seri Zahid Hamidi had mentioned he would be tabling the proposal for three types of incentives to the cabinet , to enable tourism companies in attracting more foreign tourist to Malaysia.


Among these proposals would be special allowances to the company's representative who brings in foreign tourist following a joint promotion with Tourism Malaysia, Corporate Tax Reduction for tour operators and agencies which succeeds in attracting foreign tourists and special provisions for tour operators and agencies to cover printing and advertising material costs for promotions.


Since MITA strongly believes tourism is an important sector in contributing to the national income, and a fast way to help revive the nation's economy, MITA is going all out to support these proposals.


MITA is also proud on having successfully organized the first MITA Tourism Fair which had been held from the 29th to the 31st January at the KL Convention Centre. A whooping 12,508 visitors were recorded and more than RM1.6 million sales were made....


Uzaidi Udanis, the Deputy President of MITA mentions that MITA will be soon organizing a series of #GoDomestic post events such as Webinar Travel Fair and a Nationwide Roadshow in the hope that fellow Malaysians will choose local destinations for their next vacation, since Malaysia has so much to offer....


For more details, please check out : MALAYSIAN-INBOUND-TOURISM-ASSOCIATION-MITA FB or call MITA's secretariat office at 03 2166 0877 or Uzaidi Udanis at 019 238 1875 or email : mitamsia@gmail.com


The event was definitely a light hearted one and I had a great time getting to know members of the MITA as well as partake in the joyous occasion. It was fun getting to see the surprise and thrilled expressions on the tourists faces. 

The tourists naturally took the opportunity to take photos and selfies with the lions and the monkey king ...

Thank you to the Malaysian Inbound Tourism Association for having me there.... and Gong Xi Fa Cai to everyone......


20 comments:

  1. I hope this initiative works an it will boost the tourism industry in Malaysia, the cost of living there has changed a lot. Most of the people i meet here in Vietnam keep saying its expensive to travel there

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    1. While I agree that cost of living here is expensive, it all depends on the individual as here in Malaysia you can actually get a meal for USD1-2 ... I think it is pretty cheap in comparison to many other places as well....

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  2. May all the efforts will strengthen the economy and the country relationships. Malaysia Boleh!

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  3. How wonderful it is to bring culture to tourists like this. I bet it was an eye-opening experience, particularly to those who are from countries will small or zero Chinese community.

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    1. absolutely... it was priceless seeing the faces of these tourists who came and were greeted by the lions and the monkey king... heheh

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  4. wow! nice one from MITA to inspire more CNY feeling in a way to promote different culture in Malaysia for tourism :) bravo! cheers, siennylovesdrawing

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  5. Happy to see different ethnic also celebrate together Chinese festival. I love this event

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    1. Me too.... it is great getting to be a part of it....

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  6. so nice that they decided to have a lion dance at MITA :) Gong Xi Gong Xi!

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  7. Somehow I really like Lion Dance they were so cute! Great to see many people was really anticipate on this event too!

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    1. I agree... it is also amusing to see the emergence of the Monkey King or Monkey God in this year's lion dances...

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  8. Always admired lion dancers as it isn't easy to pick up this skill, takes alot of dedication and fearlessness to perform those stunts!

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  9. Lion dance is indeed a new experience for all the people who have not seen it.

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  10. Cute and small looking lion dance. Thank God they don't go put a monkey's face onto a lion dance head. That will be disastrous.

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  11. Joyful CNY's vibes with the presence of lion dance. Huat ah!

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  12. I always enjoying watching lion dance performance :)
    I once trief it and it seriously not easy!

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  13. lion dance performance is famous in Malaysia.
    happy Fire Monkey year to you and family :D

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  14. I think MITA is missing the point. Chinese tourists are not attracted to go to Malaysia because of the perceived safety in this region. A China friend of mine told me that in forums, they say that Malaysia is not a good place to travel. MITA should reallyh consult locals and not just their brains on how to boost the tourist arrivals.

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