Tourism Malaysia’s – ‘MyFEST 2015’ at Oberoi Grand, Kolkata

By: Rajdeep Bhattacharjee

February 15, 2015

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Notwithstanding the possible hike in airfare post the general budget, tourism Malaysia recently concluded its roadshow in the city, with a focus on the luxurious getaway options in both Peninsular Malaysia and Malaysian Borneo.

 

According to Tourism Malaysia, 643,335 Indian tourists visited Malaysia between January and October 2014, compared with 532,964 during the same period in 2013 and the authorities are optimistic of positive figures in the new fiscal as well.

 

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The theme of the roadshow is Year of festivals – endless celebrations, and speaking on the event, Deputy Director General of Malaysian Tourism Promotion Board, Mr. Dato Azizan Noordin said the new initiative to organise more world class festivals will boost the tourism sector. Selected media, suppliers, agents and industry contacts were updated on the variety of experiences and products on offer across the destination. The event marked Malaysia’s official entry into the basic as well as high end travel market of Eastern India and was aimed to tap new and emerging markets in this part of the country. The number of visitors from India to Malaysia has continued to grow due to improved connectivity, close proximity, long-standing trade and social ties and affordable hotels.

 

The main objective of the road show was to acquaint the travel and trade fraternity with the new products and services that Malaysia offers; to widen the base of agents promoting Malaysia as a destination; and talk about new segments in India like luxury travel packages, luxury marketing and new luxury products.

 

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Mr. Dato reiterated that the ‘Year of Festival’ would spur tourists to stay longer in Malaysia to shop and travel due to the diverse products available during the festivals. He also added, “Be it budget holidays or the luxury seven-star experience, Malaysia offers a huge variety of hotel, luxury apartments and homestay programme for every tourist. Marriage packages, honeymoon packages, business travel, family vacations or sports holidays – accommodation in Malaysia caters to every pocket and occasion.

 

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Tourism Malaysia recorded 28 million tourist arrivals last year with revenue of RM 75 bil. The figures are expected to rise to 29.4 million with estimated revenue of RM 80 bil this year.

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About Rajdeep Bhattacharjee

A ravenous eater, a thirsty drinker, an enthusiastic traveller and a very sound sleeper – once a wannabe hacker and now a Government employee, is an aspiring food critic and travel blogger. He hates the loose use of the word ‘foodie’ and prefers, instead, the expression ‘food devotee’. For him, good food and honest people are the biggest motivators.

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1915940_101100699948573_1759232_nRajdeep Bhattacharjee wears many feathers in his cap. A ravenous eater, a thirsty drinker, an enthusiastic traveller and a very sound sleeper – Rajdeep, once a wannabe hacker and now a Government employee, is an aspiring food critic and travel blogger. He hates the loose use of the word 'foodie' and prefers, instead, the expression 'food devotee'. For him, good food and honest people are the biggest motivators.

He is the founder of Gourmets Travel Guide, a website devoted completely to food and travel. Rajdeep is an avid blogger and one can find many of his sojourns aptly expressed on the website www.gourmetstravelguide.com.

Rajdeep had been recently chosen by the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) to board the inaugural flight from Kolkata to Bangkok (TG – 336) and received accolades for wonderfully recounting the experience, from start to finish, in his blog. In fact, his travelogue was featured in Hangla Hneshel, one of India's foremost Bengali magazine dedicated completely to food and travel. Rajdeep doesn't stop there! One of his undersea walks also got featured in The Telegraph, one of India's leading dailies. He is also one of the chief curators and a selector for chefs and restaurants for Channel One's Resto Ranna episodes.

Zomato ranks Rajdeep among the top ten food connoisseurs in the city. He has also been ranked number 5 and 6, in this year's Network 18 and Burrp surveys respectively, as one of the discerning food critics in the country.

Rajdeep loves eating out at different restaurants. A true blue Bengali at heart and gut, experimenting with food and palates come naturally to him. And he doesn't mind leaving an endearing word or two for chefs who have displayed their talents on the plate and the restaurant management for the inviting ambiance of an eatery.

Rajdeep counts is as his forte the wonderful rapport he shares with different media houses. Thus his writings have already been picked up by top food journals and news dailies apart from the exposure he has to talk about them on social media. Reputation management of his clients come naturally to him be it on the virtual platform or in print.

He has been blogging for the last three years. When he is not writing on food and travel or working as a Government employee, you can most certainly catch him with a camera slung around his neck and travel gear ready to satisfy his inner wanderlust.