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INDULGE TILL YOU FLY

The Indulge Till You Fly Campaign promotes a priceless airport experience evolving around fabulous shopping, delectable dining and blissful relaxation sessions—all at Malaysia International Airports. Campaign spans 6 months from 24th July 2010 to 6th January 2011. Passengers shopping at any five (5) of Malaysia Airports Holding Berhad’s (Malaysia Airports) international gateways are in for some exciting treats as retailers and food and beverage outlets at the airports seek to entice and indulge them with their offerings. In conjunction with the official launch of the Malaysia Mega Sale Carnival on July 20th, Malaysia Airports introduced a brand new campaign spanning for the very first time at all the international airports namely KLIA, Penang, Langkawi, Kuching and Kota Kinabalu. Passengers shopping and dining at any of these airports can enjoy a variety of special offerings at prices that are aimed to please. According to Puan Faizah Khairuddin (pictured in magazine cover below standing), Senior General Manager Commercial Services:

“Malaysia Airports is committed in our support of Tourism Malaysia to promote the country as an exciting lifestyle holiday destination. We are introducing an exciting new campaign which underscores that Malaysia airports are not merely functional, but are also lifestyle destinations with a wide variety of offerings to meet one’s ‘retail therapy’ needs. We want our passengers to know that great shopping are not confined to the city. It could begin or end at our airports.”

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Additing to the many firsts that I’ve experienced on this Mega Sale Carnival visit is an opportunity to have met Chairman Tan Sri Datuk Dr Aris Othman, Senior General Manager of Operations Dato Azmi Murad and Senior General Manager of Commercial Services Faizah Khairuddin. It’s also Convergence magazine’s first edition what an honour it is to have met them. Magazine picture © Malaysia Airports Holdings Berhad.

Our day of convergence and indulgence began with a visit to Kuala Lumpur Sentral Malaysia’s largest world-class transit hub offering global connectivity and seamlessly linking all urban and suburban residential, commercial and industrial areas. It is also a direct link to Kuala Lumpur International Airport, Putrajaya (the Federal Government Administrative Centre), Cyberjaya and key areas within the Multimedia Super Corridor. Such amazing connectivity has been established through direct access to six rail systems and links to major highways. Essentially, KL Sentral converges road, rail and air transports the latter of which allows international airline passengers a relatively short drive from their hotel within KL the convenience of early check-in [applicable to travellers on the following airlines: Malaysia, Royal Brunei, Cathay Pacific and Emirates].

TOUR OF THE KUALA LUMPUR INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT DCA TOWER
MORE PICTURES FROM KL SENTRAL & TOUR OF MALAYSIA AIRPORTS HOLDINGS BERHAD

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Mr Ng Ching Mun, Senior Exec of Express Rail Link, introduces the services and facilities of KL Sentral to international Media Fam participants.
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The KLIA Transit is a commuter service with three quick stops at intermediate stations, serving the key townships of Bandar Tasik Selatan (Cheras), Putrajaya & Cyberjaya and Salak Tinggi along the Multimedia Super Corridor. This service departs every 30 minutes and the journey from KL Sentral to KLIA takes 35 minutes.

Designed as an “airport in the city”, the Kuala Lumpur City Air Terminal (KL CAT) at KL Sentral station is truly an extension of the Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA). Air travellers can check-in for their flights in KL CAT, including baggage check-in just like in KLIA. The KLIA Express is a premium non-stop high-speed train service that connects Kuala Lumpur International Airport and the Kuala Lumpur city centre. Cruising at a top speed of 160 km/hr, the journey takes just 28 minutes, operating at 15-minute intervals during peak hours and 20 minutes during off-peak.

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I can’t say I’ve visited many stations quite like KL Sentral that converges road, rail and air passengers that has a homey feel to it. Shopping centres, cafes including a Tourism Malaysia office are all housed conveniently under one roof. Gone are the days of depressing departures and hello to a commuting with style.
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Helpdesk, conceirge or service counter (in case you’re lost of confused like I usually find myself in abroad) help is just a conversation away.
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We got there really early and most stores were only getting ready to open. In this photo, you see familiar names such as Starbucks Coffee, Secret Recipe, Kenny Roger’s Roasters and other eateries are located off the central grid so you can dine away from the madding crowd. Evident here is also an opportune ray-of-light moment on the young lady’s face that had pierced through from a skylight panel.
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United Daily News journalist Chai ready to indulge as he looks for a certain kind of chocolates. Light reflecting off the choc case adds a nice touch to Chai’s chin. This amount of chocolates would add more than a touch to his well-being 🙂
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Departing from KL City Air Terminal to KL International Airport by Express Rail Link (ERL) another first for me and it doesn’t stop here. In fact it’s only the beginning of an intoxicating mix of networking and enlightenment between media personnel from various countries.
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Put media personnel from various countries in one train and you never have a dull moment. Going from cabin to cabin and seat hopping from one end to the other inside the high speed yet comfortable ERL train, I had the time of my life getting willing participants to play tourists for the camera.

Making our way to the Satellite Building of KLIA where media personnel register and congregate for the Malaysia Airports Mega Fam/Malaysia Mega Sales Carnival presentation, stopped by an authentic Cuban cigar rolling demonstration.

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Thumbs-up from Bangladesh media. It’s always entertaining to have a journalist who’s also an actor on board. Though not regionally associated with Bollywood films, Imtu (left) fills the ambiance with plenty of Bollywood vibes.
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How this for indulgence after a tiring morning? Media personnel enjoys relaxing foot massage at the Satellite Building courtesy of Malaysia Airports. Full rejuvenating experience are available at the Reflexology & Massage Centre

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To recharge the tired mind, free flow of Starbucks coffee on-tap by these on-the-go Starbucks refillers.
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Journalists sample an assortment of fine chocolates by Eraman Malaysia including durian flavoured offering.
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Puan Sri Sherina Aris, wife of Malaysia Airports Chairman, checks out the Mega Sale showcase at KLIA before the welcome speech by Chairman Tan Sri Datuk Dr Aris Othman
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Imtu entertaining Puan Sri Sherina Aris to the delight of  Faizah Khairuddin and guests around them.

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Traditional Malay dance performance to entertain the guests amid a bustling atmosphere of international journalists, travel agents and TV crews from 19 countries.
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Tan Sri Datuk Dr Aris Othman, Chairman of Malaysia Airports Holdings Berhad in his Mega Fam speech, “More than being recognized for our operating expertise, Malaysia Airports, in building a world-class airport business, also want to showcase the fact that our airports are not just great, functionally and operationally or are the pit stops before boarding the plane, but are destinations in themselves—lifestyle destinations to meet the varied expectations of a cross section of travellers.”

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International guests consisting of 119 participants from 19 countries listening to Dato Azmi Murad’s presentation
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“We have performed to excellent standards because of the passion we feel for our jobs” said Dato Azmi Murad, Senior General Manager of Operations in Convergence magazine feature.
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Besides ‘Reflexology & Massage’ located on Passenger Level, Satellite Building, rejuvenating massage is also available at the Plaza Premium Lounge.

It’s the world’s first “Pay-In Lounge” where all travelers, irrespective of airlines or travel class can enjoy the luxury experience of a business-class traveler. It was only then I found out that Plaza Premium Lounge operates at more than 40 locations in 12 international airports – Beijing, Guangzhou, Hong Kong, Hyderabad, Johor, Kuala Lumpur, Muscat, New Delhi, Shanghai, Singapore, Toronto and Vancouver! Operating 24/7, this airport lounge network which is located on the Mezzanine Floor at the Satellite Building was the first to achieve the ISO 9001:2000 certification. Check out Plaza Premium Lounge for more information.

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Chairman Tan Sri Datuk Dr Aris Othman and Faizah Khairuddin join the media in tour of the facilities.
Easily Malaysia’s most famous delicacy, we sampled delicious satay at the Satay Club before we regrouped for sumptuous lunch hosted by Malaysia Airports. 
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An airport hallway transformed into a dining gallery that isn’t an established eatery is quite an experience. Good company takes dining to a whole new level.

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I cannot forget this incredible dessert yet I can’t remember its name. It’s a combination of rich flavoured cheese (that’s to say it’s very cheesy) served with unsweetened barley/sago and when savoured together, they go oh so well. And this brings us to the end of our morning’s itinerary leaving us with a great, memorable aftertaste! Following this is a tour of the KLIA DCA Tower!

TOUR OF THE KUALA LUMPUR INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT DCA TOWER
MORE PICTURES FROM KL SENTRAL & TOUR OF MALAYSIA AIRPORTS HOLDINGS BERHAD

About Malaysia Airports Holdings Berhad
Malaysia Airport Holdings Berhad operates 39 airports in Malaysia—5 international, 16 domestic and 18 Short Take-Off and Landing Ports (STOL Ports). Malaysia Airports has won numerous awards in the past 5 years. In 2009 alone, Malaysia Airports received 12 awards in recognition of operational efficiency, customer satisfaction, corporate responsibility and corporate governance including receiving the prestigious Eagle Award for Best Airport from IATA in special recognition of outstanding performance in customer satisfaction, cost efficiency and continuous improvements. Malaysia Airports objective is to provide excellent service to its passengers and airline customers.

For more information about events or places of interest in Malaysia,
contact Tourism Malaysia Brunei office

MALAYSIA TOURISM PROMOTION BOARD
Unit 1.14 – 1.15, First Floor, The Rizqun International Hotel
Gadong BE3519,  Negara Brunei Darussalam
Tel: 673-2381575 / 673-2381576 | Fax: 673-2381584
Official Tourism Malaysia website

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