Malaysia will move into the spotlight as William and Kate, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, are set to arrive in the popular destination on Thursday as part of their Diamond Jubilee tour.
As well as attending state functions and talks in Malaysia, William and Kate will visit iconic tourism sites such as the Petronas Twin Towers, the KLCC (Kuala Lumpur City Centre) and Danum Valley in Sabah, Borneo.
This will be the latest stop in the royal couple’s Asia Pacific tour to mark the 60-year reign of the HM Queen Elizabeth. Yesterday William and Kate visited Singapore and after the Malaysia tour they will head to the Solomon Islands and Tuvalu.Singapore.
Tourism Malaysia said in a statement: “The people of Malaysia are looking forward to welcoming the Royal couple with open arms and treating them to Malaysia’s renowned friendly hospitality to ensure they thoroughly enjoy their stay and remember their trip for years to come.”
Home to 1.6 million people, KL is a melting pot of multiculturalism and home to the world’s tallest twin towers, the Petronas Towers which are housed within the Kuala Lumpur City Centre (KLCC) precinct.
KL is also home to Tun Abdul Razak Heritage Park which encompasses the Orchid & Hibiscus Gardens, the Deer Park, Butterfly Park and the ASEAN Sculpture Park.
In addition The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will experience Malaysia’s adventurous side when they visit Sabah in the rainforests of Malaysian Borneo.
Home to the Danum Valley Conversation Area, Sabah’s largest protected lowland rainforest boasts one of the richest conservation areas in the world with 43,800 hectares of pristine and undisturbed tropical flora and fauna.
The rainforest is home to more than 340 species birds, 124 species of mammals, 72 species of reptiles, 56 species of amphibians and 200 species of plants per hectare.
Top attractions in Sabah also include Mount Kinabalu which towers 4,092 metres high, dive destination Sipadan and the Orangutan Rehabilitation Centre in Sandakan.
In recent months, visitor numbers to Malaysia have been rising steadily.
Malaysia welcomed 11,632,483 tourist arrivals for the first six months of 2012, registering a growth of 2.4% compared to 11,362,862 arrivals for the same period last year.
ASEAN region continued to be the largest contributor of tourist arrivals with 73.8% share of the total arrivals.