The South East Asian tropical paradise is growing as a “winter getaway” destination for European travellers

We asked Abdul Rahim Haron, Director of Tourism Malaysia (France, Spain and Portugal), what makes Malaysia such a great value for money destination…

The currency exchange rate against the euro offers more value for each euro spent against the Malaysian Ringgit. Hence, visitors enjoy spending in hotels, restaurant shopping, food, rental of private villas, boats and visits to various places with the attractive exchange rate. Hotel rates are also comparatively very low.


Abdul Rahim Haron, Director, Tourism Malaysia (France, Spain and Portugal)

How is event tourism growing in importance for Malaysia?

Sports Tourism in the country is getting attention globally from events such as international marathons, mountain climbing, diving, golfing, biking/cycling, motor sports, sailing and regattas. Leisure groups and incentives are including sports into their activities or programmes. The country also hosts world’s best sporting events like the Petronas Formula 1 GP and the Motorcycle Grand Prix as well as the Ironman challenge in Langkawi, which will happen on November 12, and the Langkawi Regatta.

While many think increasingly of Sabah and the peninsula as destinations, Kuala Lumpur is increasingly popular. What are its main “USPs”?

Kuala Lumpur is a diverse capital city, full of contrasts. Urban tourism is on the rise as new generation travellers seek combinations of stay experience including city stays. The capital city of Kuala Lumpur is gateway to many other destinations in the country. It is home to the world’s tallest twin towers the iconic structure that places Malaysia well in the international map.

Kuala Lumpur is multi-cultural, the city recently introduced the KL Pass that allows travellers the convenience to visit the multiple attractions in the city; sky dining venues like Marini’s on 57, Skybar at Traders, Troika, with magnificent views of Kuala Lumpur, the hop-on hop-off bus that allows visitors to see the many places of attractions in the city. KL is connected by an express train (ERL) from KL International Airport in just 30 minutes, is 1 hour away from the historical city of Melaka and Port Dickson and 2 hours away to Pangkor Island and Taman Negara (National Park).