WORLD HERITAGE DESTINATION

WORLD HERITAGE DESTINATION

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

General Information :

Per : Kempen Menderma Darah di Hotel Puri Melaka pada 11hb Julai 2010.

Untuk makluman tuan/puan, HOTEL PURI MELAKA julung-julung kalinya akan mengadakan kempen derma darah 1 MALAYSIA TAHUN 2010. Aktiviti ini akan diadakan seperti berikut :-

Tarikh                   :               11hb Julai 2010

Masa                    :               12.00 tengahari  - 4.00 petang

Tempat                 :               Galeri Café, Hotel Puri Melaka

Bagi menjayakan kempen ini, pihak Hotel Puri Melaka dengan kerjasama Jabatan Kesihatan Negeri Melaka menjemput tuan/puan untuk turut sama menyertai kempen yang mulia ini. Di minta tuan/puan yang berminat untuk mengikuti kempen Derma Darah 1 Malaysia dapat sertakan butiran nama penuh, alamat, nombor kad pengenalan dan nombor telefon di borang yang disediakan. Sila serahkan borang peserta kempen derma darah kepada Hotel Puri Melaka sebelum 30hb Jun 2010.

Untuk maklumat lanjut, tuan/puan boleh menghubungi Hotel Puri Melaka di 06-282 5588, atau En. Budyarif (016-6822429) atau Madam Tracy (016-3988818).

Kerjasama daripada tuan/puan amat kami hargai.

Yang benar,

Neezan Rastinee for Salasiah
Sales Department


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Types of blood donation
THERE are two ways you can donate blood:
1. Whole blood
This is the type of blood donation you usually see during mobile blood donation drives or campaigns. Through this type of donation, you donate all the components in your blood: red blood cells, white blood cells, platelets and plasma in a procedure that lasts seven to 10 minutes. The volume of blood you donate depends on your body weight and can range from 300ml to 500ml.

The blood collected through this method will be separated into its components later to be used for patients who need emergency transfusions (accidents), are undergoing surgery, or have chronic diseases that need blood transfusions (eg. thalassaemia, leukaemia, cancer, and even renal failure).
2. Apheresis
If you wish to donate only your plasma (plasmapheresis) or platelets (plateletpheresis), or both, you can do so in selected hospitals and blood banks. However, this option is only available for those who are above 55kg and have already donated whole blood at least twice (with the last donation not more than six months before undergoing apheresis). The procedure would take about one to two hours.
With this technique, your blood will be allowed to flow into an apheresis machine that isolates the components you wish to donate, and returns the rest of your blood into your body.
Reference: The National Blood Bank information webpage on the types of blood transfusion.
-The Star/Asia News Network


GENERAL INFORMATION:

Pantai Hospital Ayer Keroh and Hospital Besar Melaka will jointly organize a blood donation campaign on 8 th July 2010 (Thursday). It will be held at Pantai Hospital Ayer Keroh new wing’s lobby from 10.00am to 4.00pm (1.00noon to 2.00pm lunch break).

For further details, kindly contact our Information Counter at 06-231 9999 ext. 2415.

Thank you and best regards.

Pantai Hospital Ayer Keroh
Ng Yin Shin
Marketing Officer
Tel No: 606-232 1782 / 232 0072
Fax No: 606-231 9155



Saturday, June 26, 2010

From Yahoo Travel :

 Ayam Buah Keluak

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Nonya Cuisine is a must try in Malacca,
where you can find mouthwatering food combining
Chinese ingredients with Malay herbs and spices.
The Malaccan version of Nonya Cuisine favor the
use of coconut milk, and is therefore richer in taste.
Ayam Buah Keluak is a popular Nonya dish, which
is chicken stewed with black nuts. Don’t be put off
by the murky, ink-like gravy! The sauce is rich and
creamy, and mixes very well with the kepayang nuts
and chicken meat.

Ikan Bakar

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The aromatic grilled fish dish is another must-try –
ikan bakar (literally, burnt fish in malay). The fish is
marinated in a myriad of spices, then wrapped in banana
leaf and grilled over charcoal fire. In Malacca, head
towards Perkampungan Ikan Bakar Terapung, 11 km
off Malacca Town, where you can get freshly barbequed fish
along with a good selecion of seafood such as cockles,
squids and oysters grilled on the spot.
Nasi Kandar
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Nasi Kandar is a popular northern Malaysia dish
that originated from the state of Penang, so its small
wonder you’ll find so many stalls around the state offering
this dish. This Malaysian staple comprises simply of plain
or flavored rice accompanied by side dishes such as fried chicken,
curried spleen, cubed beef, fish roe, fried prawns or fried squid.
A mixture of curry sauces is then poured on top, imparting a
diverse taste to the rice. Other than in Penang, Nasi Kandar is
also a popular dish in Ipoh, Malacca and more.
Nasi Lemak
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Perhaps the most popular and ubiquitous staple
of Malaysian cuisine is nasi lemak, a simple dish
comprising of rice cooked with coconut milk, ikan bilis
(fried anchovies), roasted peanuts, some vegetables and
a generous portion of a tasty sambal chilli.
This is a popular dish that can be found all over
Southeast Asia, each with their own local influences
in the dish.
About the Author
Nikolas Tjhin is the editor for Unearthing Asia, a travel zine focusing on Lifestyle,
Culture and Attractions all over Asia.
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(NON-HALAL FOOD REVIEW):
Gastronomy: Melaka, Malaysia

Four Friends Discover 


Great Food in Malacca

By Tiong Sue Lynn


Since Jeen was back in KL, we decided to go to Malacca for a day – 
just to eat! Initially, it was just Jeen, Rif and myself, but eventually, 
we managed to drag Brian along.


Upon reaching Malacca, we made a beeline for the kuay toew th’ng 
that Rif claimed was good. I am not exactly sure of the shop’s name, 
but it is right opposite the BAM (Badminton Association of Malacca)
in Jalan Tengkera.


The kuay teow came laden with large chunks of fried lard, 
slices of pork, fish balls and a generous sprinkle of fried shallots.
The lard was crispy and crackled slightly in the mouth. 
I found the tender pork slivers very tasty and the fish balls were springy. 
A standard bowl costs RM4.


After that satisfying start, Rif took us to a house in 
Jalan Tengkera to buy some Nyonya kuih. Apparently, 
only the locals know about Baba Charlie Nyonya Cake.
I went gaga at the sight of the colourful home-made kuih,
and bought a box of pineapple tarts (RM12), 
kuih bongkong (50 sen apiece), onde-onde 
(50 sen per pack) and kuih dadar (50 sen).


The onde-onde was three-quarters the size of a golf ball 
and coated with freshly grated coconut. I took a bite, 
and the thick, caramelised gula Melaka oozed out of 
the glutinous pandan-flavoured skin.


Absolutely lip-smacking! Kuih bongkong is not something 
commonly found in KL, so I always insist on eating it when
I am in Malacca. It has a soft, slightly chewy texture and
is drizzled with gula Melaka.


Baba Charlie Lee is located at 72, 
Jalan Tengkera Pantai 2,
75200 Melaka. It is closed on Thursdays.


Lunch was pork satay at Kedai Satay Xiang Ji in 
Jalan Portugis. The satay was delicious, with just the
right balance of meat and fat. The well-marinated chunks
of pork were meltingly tender. Again, we steered clear
of the usus (intestines) satay, but Rif eats it without fail when 
he is in Malacca.


Restoran Satay Xiang Ji is located opposite SRJK Pay Teck
(near Jonker Street). The address is 50, Jalan Portugis,
Jalan Hang Jebat,
Melaka.
At 3pm, we decided to go for chai tau kueh (fried carrot cake) at 
Jalan Tengkera. The stall is located under the huge Ketapang tree 
(there is only one tree). The fried carrot cake (chai tau kuih) is Rif‘s 
favourite while I love eating the char kuay teow with sweet sauce, 
so we ordered two plates of each. On top of that, we also ordered 
a plate of loh bak (Malacca style) to share.


The Malacca version of chai tau kueh has no bean sprouts,
uses lots of dark soy sauce and is crispier. The soft yet firm carrot cake 
got its piquant undertone from the famous Malacca chilli. It was not
overly spicy; just enough to tickle your taste buds. 
The distinct wok hei imparted a nice smoky flavour to the
slightly crisp carrot cake.


The sweet sauce (hae kor) was a contrasting
complement to thechar kuay teow and raw cockles. 
Very tasty and addictive! I thought the loh bak was mediocre.
Topped with a sweetish chilli-based gravy, it was quite greasy
and the batter was too thick. I like the Penang loh bak better.


Soon after that, we had durian cendol at Jeta Grooves,
near Mahkota Parade. Yes, we still had stomach space for that! 
The smooth ice-shaving concoction came with a generous serving of 
creamy coconut milk and decadent gula Melaka.


The durian was thick and creamy, with a slight bitter aftertaste.
This gave an interesting twist to the typical cendol
The creaminess and the pungent aroma linger on, so we were 
very careful not to burp in the car!


Jeta Groves is at 170, Taman Melaka Raya, 75000 Melaka.


We went for dinner at Ban Lee Siang, famous for its satay celup.
Satay celup is similar to lok lok, except that the skewered items are 
cooked in a pot of boiling hot peanut sauce instead of a pot of boiling water. 
The place was packed and there were even people waiting outside for tables.
The satay sauce packed a punch; I love its nutty, fiery taste.
Do ask for some bread cubes to dip into the sauce, as it absorbs the gravy better.


Restoran Ban Lee Hiang is located at 45-E, Jalan Ong Kim Wee, 
75300 Melaka.


Our final stop was Sin Yin Hoe at the end of Jalan Hang Jebat.
We shared a plate of oh chien (oyster omelette), or mee (oyster mee)
and soft-shell crabs. The oh chien came full of juicy oysters.
Don’t ask me to choose between this and Penang’s version; they are very
different and I like them both!


Cooked with small but juicy oysters and topped with bits of lard,
 the or mee was really good stuff. But the star of the show had to be
 the soft-shell crabs. Deep-fried till golden brown, the combination of 
delicate crabs and light batter simply melted in the mouth.
Restaurant Sin Yin Hoe is located at No. 135, Lorong Hang Jebat,
75200 Melaka.


I don’t think any of us had ever eaten that much within such a short span of time
(we were in Malacca from 10.30am till 8.30pm). Nevertheless, we enjoyed 
every bit of our trip! And, I did not dare step on the weighing scale for two whole weeks
after this crazy (yet satisfying) round of eating!

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Thursday, June 24, 2010

The new high-end ballgame

No.1609 ( Report Linked from TTG ASIA)


More players – established operators and newcomers alike – are cashing in on the luxury trend

Asian Trails, Thailand
Laurent Kuenzle, group managing director

The Bangkok-headquartered regional destination management company launched its VIP Treatment programme last  year.
Why we entered the luxury travel market We’ve handled the luxury travel segment since our foundation in mid-1999 but did not formalise our services until last year. We introduced our VIP Treatment programme to better cater to the needs of VIP clients.
Who our clients are Small specialist companies (travel agencies) or anybody who knows VIP clients. We have two levels – VIP Gold and VIP Platinum. Agents wanting to impress their client and clients with specific preferences can fill up a form on the service they need.
The most extravagant request we’ve received We’ve had many, mostly related to people. We held a 20-person birthday party on a mountain in Myanmar. Guests were driven in 4WD vehicles to the mountaintop and then changed into their tuxedos. We had to provide them with tailormade meals so we brought the chefs and all the cooking ingredients with us, and turned a mountaintop into a five-star venue.
Our proudest moment When our clients – mostly famous people, millionaires and Hollywood stars – walk up to us, shake our hands and thank us personally. Unfortunately, I cannot reveal who they are.
Biggest myth about the Asian luxury market That all clients are the same. It is key to know clients individually. It can be a Chinese millionaire, a Japanese top executive in a multinational company or a Hollywood star. We have that knowledge and that’s why we get many repeat VIP guests.


Thomas Cook India

Vishal Suri, COO, Leisure Travel - Retail

The Indian domestic and outbound giant launched Indulgence, its dedicated luxury travel division, in November 2009.
Why we entered the luxury travel market The hugely fragmented Indian market does not have a player who can cater to the needs of the luxury segment. As Thomas Cook is a powerful brand with a high degree of recall, it was appropriate for us to fill this need. Indulgence offers luxury holidays across the world and integrates critical travel essentials such as meet-and-assist services at airports, lounges across the world and home delivery of foreign exchange at preferential rates. One critical value addition is the service of a dedicated relationship manager per client.
Who our clients are We are concentrating our marketing efforts largely on below-the-line activities targeting select clients. We are also tapping our corporate database and are reaching out to the CXOs (chief experience officers) of companies we deal with in either our corporate travel or foreign exchange arms. We also intend to leverage on existing relationships with non-competing players in the upscale segment such as luxury cars, premium sports, private banks, jewellery, and the like.
Biggest myth about the Asian luxury market  That India is not as luxurious as other markets.

Holiday in Style, Hong Kong
Jacqueline Kung, managing director

Hong Kong DMC, The Events Team, set up its luxury travel arm earlier this year.
Why we entered the luxury travel market Hong Kong does not have an operator that is dedicated to just luxury travel. Right now, this market is catered to by agents who also sell group tours and therefore may lack the personalised and customised attention to detail that this segment requires. Operators misjudge this sector and think it is just another market segment. To be successful in this field, you need to have specific knowledge of destinations and what would work for the jetset crowd. I’ve been in the travel industry for 28 years and have that knowledge. Our aim really is to fill the market with enthusiasm about individual luxury travel.
Who our clients are We will go after wealthy expatriates and high net-worth individuals in Hong Kong and China. This is a very big market. For instance, we’re preparing a 20-person tour to Finland that costs HK$80,000 (US$10,281) for 10 days with airfare. Most of the takers are expatriates living in Hong Kong. We will build our base through word-of-mouth and our website will be up and running in three months’ time.

Lightfoot Travel, Singapore

Simon Cameron, managing director

Lightfoot Travel set up shop in the Lion City last September and prides itself on its executives’ thorough and intimate knowledge of luxury haunts and local travel tips in the destinations it sells.
Why we entered the luxury travel market We noticed a lack of inspiring, service-oriented travel operators in Asia. This region has a plethora of high-earning and discerning locals and expatriates who take frequent trips. While Europe and America have several well-established boutique tour operators, Asia has a huge gap in this market. Our company was thus born from the demand for a premium travel service and a brand that inspires and wows.
Who our clients are From Asia residents to honeymooners from afar, looking for honest and impartial advice for individually-designed escapes. They are cash-rich but time-poor, with demanding jobs and busy lives, so they need travel professionals who know their budget and understand their specific needs – be it the best family-friendly villa with babysitting services or a sunset dinner on a sailboat in the Mekong Delta.
The most extravagant request we’ve received A client wanted to try out our spear-fishing course in Lombok. He wasn’t keen on travelling by boat or serviced flight so we got a private helicopter charter to transport him to a beach in Southern Lombok. From there, he was picked up by a long tail boat for a few hours of spear-fishing with an expert guide. After a lunch of freshly barbequed fish, we choppered him back to the Amankila in Bali.
Our proudest moment Coming to the rescue of a distraught honeymoon couple. They had booked their honeymoon to Thailand but the recent unrest in Bangkok forced them to cancel. With just a day’s notice, we sent them off to Sri Lanka where they stayed in the Ambalana beachfront boutique hotel, had a private elephant safari and visited the cultural triangle. Our proudest moment was receiving a handwritten letter from them upon their return, thanking us for the “honeymoon of their dreams”.
Biggest myth about the Asian luxury market  That Singaporeans are always on the lookout for a cheap deal. The modern Singaporean now looks for more than an off-the-rack package tour. The unique quality of their experience is more important. They’re willing to spend big bucks on travel and are more discerning when choosing who to travel with. They want to ensure they’re getting an exceptional holiday at the right price, and want value-added services such as tailormade itineraries, personal consultants and someone to call in an emergency.

Dynasty Travel, Singapore

Clifford Neo, managing director

Dynasty Travel’s new Signature Tours product line offers more than 20 premium and customised itineraries. It is expected to deliver S$20 million (US$14.3 million) to S$25 million in sales in its first year of operation, and eventually account for 50 to 70 per cent of revenue. The agency will unveil its S$500,000 Royale Dynasty luxury travel outlet at Marina Bay Sands later this year.
Why we entered the luxury travel market People are getting more affluent and selective. Singapore’s conducive business environment has led many top companies to move their head offices here, creating a constant inbound flow of business tycoons and investors. Big events such as the Singapore Air Show also attract top-notch delegates who demand the best accommodation, finest dining experiences and limousine transfers. Some fly in on their private jets; others on first or business class. There definitely is a market for a dedicated luxury travel operator and this jives with our objective to seek out new business opportunities.
Who our clients are Singapore has become a second home for the rich and famous. This segment of the market is used to exotic and luxurious travel. There are also those who come to Singapore to enjoy the perks of luxury, such as prestigious club memberships and high-end personalised shopping. We can help these high net-worth individuals integrate in Singapore’s affluent community. Singaporeans have likewise grown in stature and wealth, thus luxury travel has become part of their lifestyle.
The most extravagant request we’ve received A party of eight asked us to book an executive jet to fly them to an exclusive beach villa in Central Vietnam.
Our proudest moment Every satisfied customer we’ve handled.
Biggest myth about the Asian luxury market  That our resorts in Asia are not up to mark, compared to those in the west. Now, we have exceeded all expectations.

By Ollie Quiniquini, Sirima Eamtako, and Anand and Madhura Katti

Sunday, June 20, 2010


PM calls for tourism niche market

June 19, 2010
MELAKA, June 19 — Datuk Seri Najib Razak said the national tourism industry should not only be developed in general but a special niche market should be looked into that can enhance the industry’s potentials and attraction.
The prime minister said that last year, Malaysia had recorded a very encouraging tourism growth and the country was among only three nations in the world to record an increase in tourist arrivals.

“The Tourism Ministry estimated that we have received 23.6 million tourists, which yielded a total of RM53.4 billion in revenue,” he said when launching the Philea Resort and Spa at Ayer Keroh, here tonight.
He said the figure was significantly higher than the 5.5 million tourists and a revenue of RM8.5 billion recorded in 1998.
Najib said the tourism industry had contributed nine per cent to the gross domestic product (GDP) and the industry was among 11 sectors that had been identified as National Key Economic Activities (NKEA).
By 2015, the industry is expected to contribute RM115 billion to the GDP and create two million job opportunities.
The prime minister said the government planned to attract “quality tourists” who would stay eight nights and spend between RM4,000 and RM5,000 on the average per trip.
Currently, the tourists generally stayed an average of 6.7 nights and spent RM2,300 per trip.
On the tourism industry in Melaka which is considered to have great potentials, Najib said that under the 10th Malaysia Plan, the government had approved an allocation for a further extension of the “Melaka River Cruise”.
The Sungai Melaka tourism project currently stretches for about four kilometres from Taman Rempah and ending at the Quayside, at the Sungai Melaka Estuary.
The Philea Resort and Spa is the largest log resort in Asia, developed on a six-hectare site at a cost of RM140 million and owned by Majestic Hotels and Resorts Sdn Bhd. — Bernama

Saturday, June 19, 2010

Advert by AsiaRooms .com

Malaysia's food and drink industry will meet with their counterparts from around the world in Kuala Lumpur next month.

(OPENPRESS) June 18, 2010 --


Culinary connoisseurs who are keen to mingle with the leading lights of Malaysia's food and drinks industry while they are staying in accommodation in Kuala Lumpur should be sure to check out the Malaysian International Food and Beverage (MIFB) trade fair.

The event is set to take place at the Putra World Trade Centre in the city between July 22nd and 24th 2010 and is being billed as the country's leading event for the sector.

Now in its 11th year, MIFB aims to provide a showcase for all the latest innovations, products and services to have come out of the food and beverage industry over the past 12 months.

People who decide to head to the show while they are staying in accommodation in Kuala Lumpur will find they are far from the only ones planning to attend - visitors are expected from across the country and around the world.

Anyone who has connections to the industry should certainly consider checking it out, as the organisers have said it will offer a window of opportunity for potential trade and investment agreements to be negotiated.

Events of this nature are popular in Malaysia, with the country also celebrating the national Food and Fruit Fiesta throughout next month.

Posted by Delia Jones

Thursday, June 17, 2010

Inspirational Speaker (Worth Listening to!)





World’s second most expensive casino opens in Singapore


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The US$5.5 billion Marina Bay Sands, the world’s second most expensive casino after MGM Mirage’s CityCenter in Las Vegas, has opened in Singapore.
The casino-resort – built by US gaming giant Las Vegas Sands - is expected to generate as much $US1 billion in annual profit.
Marina Bay Sands has teamed up with coach operators to offer 130 daily trips from various Malaysian cities to its doorsteps.
Singapore gave the green light for casino gambling in 2005, setting off a construction frenzy that went ahead despite the city-state slipping into recession in 2008 because of the global financial crisis.
Its first casino, the $US4.4 billion Resorts World Sentosa, opened for business on February 14 this year.
The complex’s opening included the casino and 963 out of 2,560 hotel rooms, a portion of the shopping mall, some restaurants, an exhibition centre and the events plaza.
The remaining hotel rooms and suites, a skypark and more shops will open on June 23, while a museum, theatres and other stores will start operations later in the year, the management said.
Officials hope the casinos will help Singapore achieve a target of attracting 17 million visitors a year, generating over 21 billion US dollars by 2015, boosting the services sector and reducing the role of manufacturing in the economy.
Marina Bay Sands is designed to cater to the corporate and convention crowd, while Resorts World is aimed at families.
Singapore, now with its two mega casinos, is unlikely to overtake Macau as an Asian gaming haven, but may steal some “high-rollers” from China as operators shift premium business to the city-state where they face an effective tax rate of 12 per cent compared with about 39 per cent in the Chinese territory.
Excerpt taken from - http://www.letitflow.com

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Segala-galanya ada di Melaka

Posted under Berita Harian,Tempatan, Unik ; by Syedz


14/7



PENGUNJUNG ke Melaka akan disambut dengan slogan, Melawat Melaka Bersejarah Bererti Melawat Malaysia. Slogan itu jelas tertera di pintu gerbang ketika memasuki negeri itu di Lebuh Raya Ayer Keroh-Jalan Tun Razak.
Benarkah apa yang ada di seluruh Malaysia ada di Melaka? Secara amnya, banyak produk pelancongan ditawarkan kepada pengunjung baik dari segi kemudahan awam, tempat kunjungan, pusat beli-belah, hotel, institusi pendidikan, pantai, pulau dan sebagainya.
Melaka juga bercirikan 1Malaysia, kata seorang peserta rombongan ketika berkunjung ke Melaka baru-baru ini. Dia menegaskan, pendapatnya itu berdasarkan nilai-nilai yang ketara di mata kasarnya.
Dari segi perpaduan dan penerimaan, sejarah membuktikan Melaka sudah lama menerima kewujudan pelbagai kaum.
Dari zaman pedagang Cina dan India, hinggalah ke zaman Kesultanan Melaka kemudian ke zaman penjajahan seterusnya era sebelum dan selepas merdeka.
Kini, keluarga Baba Nyonya, Portugis dan Chitti hidup dalam suasana aman damai di tengah-tengah kelompok komuniti Melayu, Cina dan India. Nilai kepelbagaian itu jelas mempunyai kuasa tarikan untuk pelawat domestik dan pelancong asing.
Keistimewaan diiktiraf
Bandar raya Melaka bagaikan bandar dalam taman, kerana di celah-celah sistem jalan raya yang teratur dan bangunan tinggi serta moden, mata akan dipukau pemandangan indah landskap taman dan bunga-bungaan yang ditata rapi dan bersih.

WARNA merah bangunan Stadhuys ini menjadi antara ikon kegemaran untuk peluang fotografi.

Melaka yang dinobatkan negeri maju pada Oktober ini telah diiktiraf oleh Pertubuhan Pendidikan, Saintifik dan Kebudayaan Pertubuhan Bangsa-Bangsa Bersatu (UNESCO) sebagai Bandar Raya Warisan Dunia.
Seramai 8.9 juta pelancong melawat Melaka pada tahun lepas iaitu melepasi sasaran 7.4 juta orang, manakala pada 2008 seramai 7.4 juta orang melawat negeri bersejarah itu.
Melaka terkenal dengan aset sejarah peninggalan zaman Kesultanan Melayu Melaka, Portugis dan Belanda yang terletak di sekitar Bandar Hilir.
Terdapat lebih 20 muzium termasuk Muzium Baba Nyonya dan Muzium Chitti yang menceritakan secara terperinci khazanah sejarah ini.
Pelawat juga boleh mengunjungi perkampungan Portugis di Ujong Pasir, perkampungan Chitti di Jalan Gajah Berang dan Kampung Morten iaitu perkampungan Melayu di tengah-tengah bandar raya Melaka.
Pelbagai taman disediakan untuk dilawat tetamu selain Zoo Melaka, iaitu Taman Mini Malaysia dan Asean, Taman Buaya, Taman Rama-Rama, dan Taman Botanikal Melaka.
Tidak ketinggalan, Kampung Buku Malaysia Melaka, Muzium Lebah dan Taman Seribu Bunga menawarkan pengalaman istimewa. Semua lokasi tersebut terhimpun di sekitar Ayer Keroh.
Produk pelancongan lain yang patut dilawati ialah menyusuri sungai Melaka dengan bot Melaka River Cruise, Menara Taming Sari, Eye On Malaysia, Duck Tour, Water Taxi dan Kompleks Planetarium.
Jika beberapa negeri di Malaysia bangga dengan pantai mereka, Melaka juga mempunyai pantai yang indah dan bersih seperti Pantai Puteri dan Pantai Tanjung Bidara di samping Pulau Besar.
Kolam air panas di Gadek dan Bemban serta air terjun di Asahan, menambahkan lagi tarikan Melaka. Peminat agropelancongan pula boleh ke daerah Alor Gajah dan Jasin untuk meninjau produk di sana.
Syurga beli-belah
Melaka diibaratkan syurga kepada mereka yang gemar membeli-belah daripada produk kraf tangan hinggalah pelbagai barang berjenama terkemuka.
Pengunjung boleh berjalan kaki dari satu bangunan ke satu bangunan untuk memasuki pusat beli-belah seperti Kota Fesyen di Pusat Dagangan Antarabangsa Melaka (MITC), Batik House dan Dataran Pahlawan Megamall.

MUZIUM Samudera di Bandar Hilir paling diingati kerana reka bentuknya adalah berdasarkan replika kapal Flor De La Mar.

Mereka yang menyukai barang antik boleh mengunjungi Jonker Walk. Premis menjual produk kraf tangan terdapat banyak di pusat bandar dan di kawasan khas serta di tepi-tepi jalan.
Bagi mereka yang mencari tempat untuk menjamu selera, Melaka kaya dengan keistimewaan makanan seperti asam pedas dan ikan bakar.
Malah, tidak sempurna kunjungan kalau tidak pergi ke medan ikan bakar Melaka di Umbai, Kuala Duyung, Serkam dan Alai.
Melaka turut berbangga dengan variasi kemudahan sukan yang disediakan kepada umum di tempat bertaraf dunia seperti Pusat Bowling Antarabangsa Melaka, Sirkit Sukan Pemotoran Antarabangsa Melaka dan padang golf.
Bagi menjadikan Melaka pusat pendidikan terulung, kerajaan negeri menyediakan pelbagai kemudahan pendidikan dari peringkat rendah hingga tinggi. Kemudahan pendidikan itu juga terbuka kepada pelajar antarabangsa.

KREATIVITI hiasan beca dan keramahan pengayuh beca di Melaka pasti meninggalkan kenangan istimewa buat pelancong.

Antara institusi yang mempunyai reputasi terbaik ialah Universiti Teknikal Malaysia Melaka, Universiti Teknologi Mara (UiTM), Universiti Multimedia, MCET UniKL Alor Gajah dan Kolej Teknologi Islam Antarabangsa Melaka.
Begitu juga dengan Kolej Komuniti, Politeknik, Kolej Yayasan Melaka, Kolej Antarabangsa Sains dan Teknologi Melaka, Kolej Stamford, Kolej Antarabangsa DMDI dan Kolej Risda.
Kecemerlangan Melaka yang banyak dikongsi dengan pelancong, menggerakkannya untuk menawarkan kemudahan pelancongan kesihatan yang boleh diperoleh di hospital dan klinik kerajaan serta swasta negeri ini.
Melaka juga sedang berkembang dalam bidang teknologi maklumat dan komunikasi (ICT) dengan yang terbaru dilengkapi perkhidmatan jalur lebar berkelajuan satu gigabit per saat.
Bioteknologi pula ialah bidang yang semakin berkembang sebagai penjana pendapatan baru kepada Melaka, termasuk penubuhan Perbadanan Bioteknologi Melaka dan Institut Bioteknologi Melaka.
Sebagai usaha mewujudkan insentif menarik kepada pelabur, Melaka turut menyediakan kawasan perindustrian untuk pelabur yang ingin membuka kilang di negeri ini.
Jika bukan kerana pelancongan rekreasi, Melaka juga merupakan destinasi terbaik mengadakan pameran, bengkel, seminar dan konvensyen antarabangsa.

MENYUSURI Sungai Melaka dengan bot pesiaran Melaka River Cruise memudahkan orang ramai mendalami sejarah pembangunan negeri itu.

Ini berikutan kemudahan yang terdapat di MITC, hotel dan resortnya. Chalet dan konsep inap desa turut disediakan kepada pengunjung untuk memastikan mereka tidak hanya singgah, tetapi bermalam di Melaka.
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