Malaysia’s leading luxury resort, The Datai Langkawi, will embark on an extensive renovation from September 4th next year, signifying the most substantial enhancement project since its inception over 23 years ago. To ensure the resort retains its much loved ‘Datai DNA’, the management has appointed renowned interior designer Didier Lefort of DL2A, who, along with visionary Australian architect Kerry Hill, was responsible for the original designs in 1993.
Star Cruises has confirmed the return of SuperStar Libra to Penang, Malaysia as her new homeport. From September 23rd until the end of the year, the one-night High Seas Cruise and three-night Penang-Phuket-Krabi Cruise will return. A liberated resort experience at sea awaits on SuperStar Libra, with the sophisticated setup in over 700 staterooms, to state-of-the-art amenities, such as karaoke lounge and outdoor swimming pool, everything is on offer.
The Department of Civil Aviation in Malaysia has revoked the air operator certificate Rayani Air. The carrier, which had branded itself as the first sharia compliant airline in the world, will subsequently lose its right to fly in and out of the country.
Oakwood Asia Pacific has confirmed a partnership with Plenitude Berhad to open the first Oakwood-branded property in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia in the second half of 2016. Signing the agreement are Elsie Chua, chairman of the board of Plenitude Berhad and Dean Schreiber, managing director of Oakwood Asia Pacific.
Changi Airport has been voted Asia’s Leading Airport for an unprecedented tenth year in succession at the World Travel Awards Asia & Australasia Gala Ceremony 2015. Teng Hwee Onn, Senior Vice President, Changi Airport, received the trophy on behalf of the Singaporean gateway during a glittering event at the InterContinental Grand Stanford Hong Kong this evening.
Minor Hotel Group has revealed additional details of its joint venture with Malaysian partner, Themed Attractions Resorts & Hotels, to develop an Anantara resort in Desaru Coast in south-east Malaysia. Scheduled to open in 2018, the new-build Anantara Desaru Resort & Villas will be located in the heart of the new beachfront development in Desaru Coast and will have 123 keys comprising a 103-room resort with deluxe guest rooms and villas and 20 three- and four-bedroom Villas.
Etihad Airways and Tourism Malaysia have signed a global partnership agreement to boost inbound tourism to Malaysia by leveraging the airline’s global passenger network. Under the agreement, the national airline of the United Arab Emirates and Tourism Malaysia will put into effect a range of joint marketing activities targeting Malaysia’s leading inbound visitor markets – the UK, US, and Europe.
Officials in Malaysia have revealed plans to launch a new airline having signed a $1.5 billion deal with aircraft manufacturer Bombardier. The deal will see Malaysia purchase 20 CS100 aircraft, with options for an additional 20, for use by the new airline, flymojo. The carrier will be based out of Johor Bahru in the south and Kota Kinabalu in east Malaysia.
The Ascott has stepped up its presence in Iskandar Malaysia by securing a contract to manage its third property in Nusajaya. Slated to open in early 2019, the 214-unit Citadines Medini Nusajaya has a prime location in Nusajaya’s main business and leisure district. Ascott, the world’s largest international serviced residence owner-operator, has been awarded the contract by UMCity Medini Lakeside Development, a wholly-owned subsidiary of United Malayan Land.
Hotel owner Minor Hotel Group has announced that it has entered into a collaboration agreement with Destination Resorts & Hotels to develop an Anantara resort in Malaysia. Under the collaboration agreement, both parties will identify a suitable location to co-develop a luxury resort and residences under the world-renowned Anantara brand, bringing its legendary hospitality and service in the environment of Malaysia’s rich cultural and architectural diversities.
Dato’ Azizan Noordin, deputy director general, Tourism Malaysia talks to Breaking Travel News on Day 3 at World Travel Market 2014.
Ernie Els will cut the ribbon on his first golf course creation in south-east Asia later this month with the official launch and grand opening of The Els Club Teluk Datai. Situated in Malaysia’s tropical Langkawi archipelago, the four-time Major Champion’s design is one of the world’s most highly-anticipated golf course openings in recent times.