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24 September, 2014

PATA Grand and Gold Award Winners 2014

PATA Grand and Gold Award Winners 2014
The Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA) is pleased to announce the winners of the 2014 PATA Grand and Gold Awards. Proudly supported and sponsored by the Macau Government Tourist Office (MGTO) for the last 19 years, this year's awards recognize the achievements of 20 separate organisations and individuals.

PATA will present 28 Grand and Gold Awards to such organisations as Capilano University, Canada; Garuda Indonesia; Khiri Travel; Korea Tourism Organization; and Travel +Leisure magazine. The awards luncheon and presentation will take place at Diamond Island City Hall, on Friday, September 19, 2014 during the PATA Travel Mart, September 17-19 and PATA Executive Board and Board Meeting, September 19 - 21, 2014

The PATA Grand Awards are presented to outstanding entries in four principal categories: Marketing; Education and Training; Environment; and Heritage and Culture. Open to both PATA and non-PATA members, this year's Awards attracted a total of 181 entries from 66 travel and tourism organisations.

Grand and Gold winners for the PATA Awards 2014
The Grand and Gold winners for the PATA Awards 2014
PATA Grand Awards 2014

Education and Training
Vietnam Ethnic Hill Tribe Community Tourism Partnership
Capilano University, Canada

Man and Nature in Perfect Harmony
Jetwing Vil Uyana, Sri Lanka

Heritage and Culture
Banteay Chhmar Tented Camp
Khiri Travel

100% Middle-earth, 100% Pure New Zealand
Tourism New Zealand

PATA Gold Award 2014 

Marketing – Primary Government Destination
Hold My Hand in Hong Kong
Hong Kong Tourism Board

Marketing - Secondary Government Destination
Open Up to More – Melbourne
Tourism Victoria, Australia

Marketing - Carrier
Immigration on Board
Garuda Indonesia, Indonesia

Marketing – Hospitality
Rosewood A Sense of Place
Rosewood Hotels & Resorts, Hong Kong SAR

Marketing – Industry
Making Holidays a Priority for Indians
Kuoni Travel (India), India

Environment - Ecotourism Project
Elpitiya Plantations Excursions
Aitken Spence Travels, Sri Lanka

Environment - Corporate Environmental Programme
Accor Asia-Pacific

Environment - Environmental Education Programme
My Land, My Water, My Home
Palau Visitors Authority

Corporate Social Responsibility  
Kumarakom Responsible Tourism
Kerala Tourism, India

Garuda Indonesia Experience
Garuda Indonesia, Indonesia

Wonder Full Water and Light Show at Marina Bay Sands
Laservision Mega Media Ltd, Singapore

Education and Training
Building Futures
Accor New Zealand

Marketing Media - Consumer Travel Brochure
Shop Guam Festival Travel and Shopping
Guam Visitor Bureau, Guam

Marketing Media - Travel Advertisement Broadcast Media 
Kuoni Travel (India), Making Holidays a Priority for Indians

Marketing Media – Travel Advertising Print Media 
Living Canvas
Rosewood Hotels & Resorts, Hong Kong SAR

Marketing Media – Travel Poster
Korean Royal Court Cuisine and Bibimbap
Korea Tourism Organization, Korea SAR

Marketing Media – Promotional Travel Video
Malaysia Truly Asia – The Essence of Asia
Tourism Malaysia, M&C SAATCHI (M) SDN BHD

Marketing Media – Public Relations Campaign
Hong Kong Tourism Board
2013 Visa go Hong Kong Super Shopper

Marketing Media – Social Media
Thailand Only
Tourism Authority of Thailand

Marketing Media – Web Site
New Website Creation
Rosewood Hotels and Resorts, Hong Kong SAR

Marketing Media – E-Newsletter  
Kerala Tourism, India

Travel Journalism – Destination Article
Hong Kong Now
Written by Peter Jon Lindberg and photographed by Adam Friedberg
Travel & Leisure Magazine, October 2013, USA
Travel Journalism – Industry Business Article
Team On Board
Written by Ms Raini Hamdi
TTGMice, November 2013, Singapore 

Travel Journalism – Travel Photograph
Footprints on the Beach
Tourism Authority of Thailand

Travel Journalism – Travel Guidebook
Colours of the Sky
Tourism Authority of Thailand

The listing above is taken from the official PATA Website announcing the PATA Grand and Gold Award Winners 2014. 

23 September, 2014

Jazz Festivals in Malaysia

Jazz Festivals in Malaysia

Jazz Festivals in Malaysia seem to have grown tremendously over the last ten years or so. No longer a selective or niche music genre, jazz in Malaysia has become more commercialized with the introduction of local and international festivals held throughout the country, over here in the peninsular and also in Sabah and Sarawak Borneo. Apart from that, music schools and universities have also contributed much to the success of jazz knowledge among its students over the years too. 

So if you are a jazz lover or music lover, this article highlights the many jazz festivals held around Malaysia throughout the year where some of them are over three days long and others may be a single day event. 

Penang Island Jazz Festival

Penang Island Jazz Festival 

The pioneers of jazz festivals in Malaysia was conceptualized after the seed of an idea of a jazz festival on an island was planted in 1996 and 8 years later, the idea was realized with the birth of the 1st Penang Island Jazz Festival in 2004, and in Malaysia too. 

An independent festival fully owned and organized by The Capricorn Connection, the Penang Island Jazz Festival began as a 2 day / 1 stage event with a number of workshops and a mini Jazz Gallery. With the intention of creating a festival experience, many other supporting activities such as Fringe Stages, “Jazz With A Heart” Charity, Island Jazz Forum, Community Drum Circle, After Hours Jazz Jam and others have been added on in subsequent years.

Held annually on the beautiful island of Penang every first weekend of December, the festival (which has been built on a “foundation of friendship” through the support of family and friends of the festival), has through the years seen many local and foreign acts from USA, UK, Australia, South Korea, Japan, Indonesia, Germany, Norway, Netherlands, Sweden, Brazil, Hungary, China, Taiwan, Vietnam, etc. performing on its “Jazz By The Beach Stage”.

The jazz event has grown through the years and established itself to be one of the more highly anticipated and important music festivals within the region. More information on the Penang Island Jazz Festival 2014

Borneo Jazz Festival 2014 - Image from LeonHart90.blogspot.com
Borneo International Jazz Festival 

The Borneo Jazz Festival was originally started as the Miri International Jazz Festival back in 2006 and this was the second major Jazz Festival in Malaysia which was staged here in the resort city of Miri, Sarawak. The overall branding change was made to reflect the growing stature of the festival among leading jazz festivals in the region. ‘Borneo’ gives a unique positioning of Sarawak among jazz music aficionados.

Created by the Sarawak Tourism Board or STB, this international level jazz festival saw all sorts of top jazz performers from around the world coming here to perform over the years. Held at the same venue of the Everly ParkCity Hotel by the sea, jazz lovers from Brunei and across the region make their way here to enjoy this festival. The Borneo International Jazz Festival or BIJF is also usually held in the month of May or June here in Miri Sarawak. For more information, see the Borneo Jazz Festival website

Kota Kinabalu Jazz Festival

KK Jazz Festival 

Over in North Borneo, the Kota Kinabalu Jazz Festival or KK Jazz Festival (KKJF) is an annual fund raising jazz extravaganza jointly organized by the Rotary Club of Kota Kinabalu (RCKK) and the Society of Performing Arts Kota Kinabalu, Sabah (SPArKS). Held yearly in the City of Kota Kinabalu, Sabah, the jazz festival brings together a musical melting pot of talents from around the world. 

The KK Jazz Festival is headed to its ninth edition in 2015 since it was started in 2007 as the third jazz festival in Malaysia. A series of fringe events are usually held for the days leading up to the two-night main event every year and the turn out is quite decent as a number of 4000 people show up for the event. 

The money raised from the KK Jazz Festival is used to fund deserving community projects by the Rotary Club of Kota Kinabalu – The Clean Water Project, Literacy Program and Eye Screening and Environment Protection. Some of the rural communities benefited from such initiative includes Kg. Timbou (Tuaran), Kg.Tamburan (Kota Belud). Kg. Kokol. More more information on the last KK Jazz Festival 2014

Kuala Lumpur Jazz Festival

Kuala Lumpur Jazz Festival 

The 2-day KL Jazz Festival has seen some very big international names like Lee Ritenour, Ernie Watts, Lisa Young Quartet and many other international names from the world over. Having only started in 2012 based on the success of the Borneo Jazz and Penang Island Jazz, it was seen fit to have a jazz festival in Kuala Lumpur. 

At the KLJF, jazz aficionados can expect a convergence of contemporary jazz, smooth jazz, straight ahead jazz, classic jazz, jazz rock, R&B, swing, funk, classic rock and blues which is played throughout the two day event. 

The last Kuala Lumpur International Jazz Festival (KLIJF) took place at the Universiti Malaya grounds on Sept 14, 2014 while much has been abuzz for the next KLJF 2015 and who is coming to the city to perform. Find out more about the KL Jazz Festival

World Youth Jazz Festival Malaysia

World Youth Jazz Festival

The World Youth Jazz Festival (WYJF) works jointly under the initiatives of the Malaysian Minister Of Youth And Sports and Jazz Community Malaysia (JAZZCOMM). Running in their 3rd year, this event held at Putrajaya, showcases 20 jazz bands and performers from around the world and also Malaysians. 

The objective is straight forward where the youth of the world would not only be able to showcase their jazz talents but to also integrate, collaborate, interact and network between themselves and established jazz musicians from all over the world not only among jazz lovers but with other lovers of other genres of music, towards world peace and harmony.

Besides the annual World Youth Jazz Festival, there would be constant jazz events and happenings to make Malaysia the true home of World Youth Jazz. Prior to the main event annually, the organizers hope that a series of mini jazzfests would be held in Putrajaya and other cities in Malaysia to keep jazz alive and growing. More info on the previous World Youth Jazz Festival 2014.  

Malaysia Jazz Piano Festival

Malaysia Jazz Piano Festival 

An inaugural jazz event held for 3 days at various locations saw Ee Jeng Hin, Justin Lim and Cheah Wei Li from UCSI take part in this festival. The piano clinics were free admission and held at the university while the main events were held at No Black Tie in Kuala Lumpur with solos, duets and trios performances. More information on the last Malaysia Jazz Piano Festival 2014

This article was specially made for all jazz lovers in Malaysia and around the world as traveling to see jazz concerts or festivals is one way of seeing the world. If you have any other information about any jazz festivals around Malaysia, please feel free to contact me or use the contact form below and I will add them into the list here. Thank you and see you at any of the Jazz Festivals in Malaysia. 

22 September, 2014

Borneo Bird Race 2014 Video

For those who would like to know more about the Borneo Bird Race 2014, here is a special video made by Cede Prudente of the Sandakan Borneo Bird Club (BoBC) from Sandakan, Sabah. The BoBC is also the organizer for the upcoming Borneo Bird Race which covers three regions on the island of Borneo - Sabah, Sarawak and Brunei. 

This video gives an overall view of the Borneo Bird Race 2014 while it also explains why Borneo is one of the ideal places for birdwatching and other birding activities. If you have ever wanted to know more about birdwatching or nature, this is one platform where you can easily start with. Below is the video of the bird race. 

Borneo Bird Race 2014 Video

Borneo is also home to a number of endemic birds and you can see them here in this article of Endemic Birds of Borneo and if you want to know more, there is another article on What is the Borneo Bird Race

Any other enquiries about the Borneo Bird Festival or Bird Race, you can contact the Sandakan Borneo Bird Club. For those attending this unique Ecotourism event here in Borneo, see you there while for those who are interested in this, I hope you liked the Borneo Bird Race 2014 Video.



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