Visit Kelantan Year 2016

Tahun Melawat Kelantan

This year is Visit Kelantan Year 2016 and not many travelers know of this year long event taking place in the north east state of Malaysia. Kelantan, if you should know is one of the very interesting places to visit as it offers some of Malaysia's unique arts, crafts, food and sightseeing.

Known also as VKY 2016, the theme is 'Menyusuri Warisan', where tourists will get to be enchanted by the cultural heritage of the people in the state.

Conceptualised back in 2015, the idea of having the Visit Kelantan Year 2016 or Tahun Melawat Kelantan 2016 saw a potential of attracting local and international tourist way up north which borders the South of Thailand.

A tourism target was set where the state was looking at six million tourist for VKY2016. This number was highly achievable due to the fact that from January to September 2015, a total of three million local and international tourist had already visited Kelantan. 

The state is also busy engaging in promotions abroad at places like Hatyai, Singapore and some other places while the main targets were mentioned as Singapore, Thailand, Brunei and some European countries.

During the event,  there will be 34 programs including cultural performances that are scheduled to be held every month during VKY2016 which is organised by the Kelantan Tourism Centre and the State Museum here.

Many would be visiting Kota Bharu in Kelantan as this is the capital of the the state and from here, visitors will then venture out to other districts and areas to experience what these places have to offer.

One of the must-not miss things to experience is also the amazing Wayang Kulit in Kelantan as this is one of the most unique cultural performances which is found at selected places. Below is also the list of activities and events in Kelantan for 2016. 

Visit Kelantan Year 2016 Events List
VKY2016 Program
Highlights of VKY2016

Apologies for the event list in the Malay language above. However, I have translated the important  or interesting ones to English here and they are;

International Top Spinning Festival
(Festival Gasing Antarabangsa Kelantan)
Date: 12-13 March
Venue: Stadium Sultan Muhammad IV, Kota Bharu

Kelantan International Kite Festival
(Pesta Wau Antarabangsa Kelantan)
Date: 30 May - 4 June
Venue: Geting Beach, Kelantan

Gunung Stong Eco Race
Date: 13 - 14 August
Venue: Dabong, Kelantan

Kelantan Arts, Craft Festival
(Karnival Seni budaya Kelantan)
Date: 30 August - 3 September
Venue: Stadium Sultan Muhammad IV, Kota Bharu

Kelantan Food Festival
(Pesta Makanan Kelantan)
Date: 16 - 18 September
Venue: Dewan Jubli Perak MPKB, Kota Bharu 

For more information, you can visit the website - http://www.come2kelantan.my/

In recent news, the Sultan of Kelantan, Sultan Muhammad V has urged all quarters, especially tour agencies, to provide a variety of packages to draw more visitors to the state in conjunction with VKY 2016.

The Sultan also highlighted the delicious and wide variety of food found throughout the state, which can also be the main packages for the tourism industry. To date, a number of events have already taken place for Visit Kelantan Year 2016 and hopefully, I will allocate some time to visit this state soon. 

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