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Monday, January 9, 2012

NEW YORK TIMES RECOMMENDS MELAKA AS ONE OF 45 CITIES TO VISIT

Monday January 9, 2012

Malacca among 45 ‘must-visit’ places

KUALA LUMPUR: Malacca has been listed by influential The New York Times as one of the 45 places to visit this year. “With its lantern-lighted canals and silent, narrow streets lined with decades-old ornate temples and shophouses, few places in South-East Asia conjure romantic images of the past as effectively as Malacca,” it said in a write-up which became its second most-read story of the day. Under the heading “

The 45 Places to Go in 2012”, it said that Malacca, as a Unesco World Heritage site, had been captivating “record numbers of tourists lured by its unusual architecture and cuisine, which reflect centuries of foreign influences”. “When you’re not exploring places like the 17th-century former Dutch town hall or Jonker Street’s antique shops, gorge on

Malacca’s outstanding local specialties, like creamy, piquant nyonya laksa at the family-run Donald & Lily’s.”World heritage: According to ‘The New York Times’, Malacca offers tourists unusual architecture and cuisine which reflect centuries of foreign influences.

Other Asian places which it recommended were Myanmar, Tokyo, Lhasa (Tibet), Halong Bay (Vietnam), Moganshan (China), Kerala (India), Koh Rong (Cambodia) and South Korea. Besides recommending the always popular cities such as London (The Olympics! The Queen! Charles Dickens turns 200!), Vienna and Florence, it also recommended a number of places less travelled such as Antarctica. It described Antarctica as “still remote and exotic. Now, luxurious too”.

But the clincher was its suggestion for a trip to space. “It’s not just the imaginings of science fiction geeks. Pretty soon anyone with US$200,000 (RM620,000) will be able to travel to the last frontier.” It noted that Richard Branson founded Virgin Galactic in 2004 with the goal of pioneering commercial flights to space.

“Last year, the company began test-flying SpaceShipTwo, an aircraft that will enable two pilots and six passengers to travel to suborbital space. “Although no launch date has been confirmed (a 2012 date was pushed to 2013), about 450 people from around the globe have already purchased tickets – the first passengers will be (surprise!) Richard Branson and his two children, Sam and Holly.” E-mail this story Print this story  

2 comments:

TW Kang said...

Hope to see more Americans to visit Melaka in 2012.

Most visitors are from Australia, China, Singapore, Thailand, Indonesia and UK.

We can do more by attracting tourists from South America where countries speak Portuguese and Spanish. Maybe more effort by authorities in promoting Melaka to Brazil as they speak Portuguese.

TW Kang said...

IT was really heartening to see Malacca being listed by the influential New York Times as one of the 45 places to visit in 2012. Being named among the likes of London, Tokyo, South Korea and Helsinki (just to name a few) is really a high honour and will definitely boost tourism in Malacca even further. I believe this achievement is not by chance. It was through the many years of hard work by the state government, its tourism board and the people that secured for Malacca many accolades, awards and recognition. Malacca should continue to work hard to further enhance its potential. Although there is not a Top 10 list, it should now be its goal to propel itself to among the crème de la crème of tourist destinations worldwide. Analyse, learn and take references from the best to excel. And, it would have been even more delightful if another destination, or more, in our country had made it into the New York Times list. Therefore, I call on all other tourist destinations in this country to rise up to the challenge. I remembered Malacca started off by developing a nucleus location that was along the Stadhuys or Red Square, then slowly extending to Jonker Street, the Malacca River Cruise, Ayer Keroh and onwards. I believe with aspiration and planning, many other destinations can, and will make, the list. The onus is on the other state governments and their respective tourism boards to take up the challenge. Let us in concert make Malaysia the Best in Asia. We can do it. And, remember, tourism is a multi-billion ringgit industry. K.T. TEH, Kuala Lumpur.