Malacca has its own tourist special police force, men and women. The police – men are great at riding a horse and the police women can dance – cha-cha. They will greet you with smile at all famous Melaka tourist spot especially at Banda Hilir. Their presence everywhere in the street making tourist feel safe and making the snatch thief thinking twice.
From Friday to Sunday, my home is at Melaka International Trade Center because my unit is directly involve with the Melaka International Tourism Show. This year event is bit a bit smaller scale than last year in terms of the booth and the pavilion. Now is the time that everyone talking about cost effective. Focus more on the delivery and the content not spending lavishly anymore on window dressing. 3 days event is so gruelling but if you work in the tourism industry you must get used of it. And who says working with the government is so relax and zero stress!.
The fortress during Portuguese period from 1511-1641
Malacca once have a port first build by the Portuguese for controling all the main South East Asia trading routes to China after an army lead by Alfonso de Albuquerque defeated Malacca Sultan army in 1511. He not wait for any longer, fear for other European power will invaded this strategic location, Alfonso de Albuquerque with his troop build a fortress that was called A Famosa. In Portuguese it is Called Fortaleza de Malacca. In the early days of the fortress, about 500 soldiers were left as garrison. Demolish by British in 1806, the only visible ruins now are the A Famosa gate. Other new found building are Santiago Bastion (2003) and part of the Middelsburgh Bastion (2006).
Global scenarios that affect tourist arrival in Malaysia..
There is a new trend now that Terrorist tend to strike on famous tourism places. Latest is at Taj Mahal Hotel, Mumbai India. We know that terrorism is the most big threat to the industry since 9/11 tragedy. Before that, among famous Island in the world, Bali has been bombed by terrorist. Now every continent have their own terrorist threat from America to Africa, up to the Arab country, India and South East Asia region.
In any Melaka State Government event, apart from the officials VIP’s, we also got the officials drinks. An effort from the Melaka State Government to promote Melaka SME’s products. The products are ‘Misai Kucing Tea’ and ‘Melaka Delight Manggo Juice‘. Misai Kucing Tea if pronounce in English is ‘Cat Beard Tea’. A local herb that it’s flower is similar to the cat beard known to have specials nutrients to cure high blood pressure, diabetes and joint pain. Usually we also bring this lovely lady below in officials occasion and they are happy to show you the Melaka Move…
The result will be ‘Singapore Flyers’ is the tallest, but we still doing some marketing at Singapore to attract them to sit in the Eye on Malaysia @ Melaka and experience it. It is not just about tallest or lowest, but to be at that place. No matter how tall the wheel is, people want to see the view, bird eye view. From Singapore Flyers you can see Straits of Tebrau Johor, the metropolitan city and small island scattered at the approx. 40km distance. Where as riding on Eye on Malaysia, you can see the heritage city, the winding Melaka River, the busy strait of Melaka and are the atmosphere is clear enough we can see Neighboring Indonesia Island.