Registration of imported vehicles in Langkawi has been tightened via an integrated system between the Road Transport Department (RTD) and Royal Malaysian Customs, which was developed from July. RTD Director-General Datuk Seri Ismail Ahmad said the system would enable the two agencies to provide information directly regarding applications to register imported vehicles here. "There are many tricks (to avoid tax) because (we are still) using the manual (method). Now, it cannot be done because the system (computer) has been integrated with Customs.
BUSINESS for Gullivers Travel Associates (GTA) has grown more than twenty fold in Iran since it started trading in the market 15 years ago, with further growth expected for 2Q2016 following the recent lifting of international economic sanctions in the country. Top outbound destinations for GTA in 2015 included Istanbul, Dubai, Bangkok, Kuala Lumpur and Singapore, while Pattaya, Phuket, Koh Samui, Penang and Langkawi topped as secondary destinations. More bookings to Europe are expected this year, with London, Paris, Rome, Milan, Florence and main cities in Germany and Spain being the favourites for Iranians. GTA also hosted a trade dinner last month for about 90 Iranian travel agencies.
When I was 18, I told my father of my intention to cycle up from Kuala Lumpur to Langkawi on a bicycle. He stared at me and thought I was crazy. So I waited three years and worked part time during college to buy a bicycle. I did the ride and it was an experience of a lifetime.
With less than three weeks to go, the Tour's chief executive officer Emir Abdul Jalal revealed they are still short of about RM225,000 needed to organise the Feb 24-March 2 race. In the past, it cost between RM15mil and RM20mil to run the race. The race was almost cancelled at the end of the second stage.
With the introduction of new attractions, Langkawi's tourism revenue this year could hit RM6 billion, up from RM5.8 billion in 2015, says Langkawi Development Authority (LADA) Chief Executive Officer Khalid Ramli. The projected revenue is based on tourists' expenditure on accommodation and food, and does not take into account air fares, personal purchases and the like, he said. He was speaking to reporters after opening a Chocohauz outlet at Oriental Village in Langkawi Sunday. LADA plans to upgrade Oriental Village to make it the nation's best eco theme park, he added.
Umno's treatment of embattled Kedah Menteri Besar, Mukhriz Mahathir, was 'rude', says sacked Langkawi Wanita Umno leader Anina Saadudin. "Najib Razak, who uses a backdoor passage to sneak in and out of the building, is the one who should be expelled from Umno premises. Clearly, Najib is not the president of over three million Umno members. Instead, he is only president of the Supreme Council, division leaders, parliamentarians and state legislators."
From a report by the Sun, Customs director-general Datuk Seri Khazali Ahmad said, "we are studying various regulations and guidelines. It should not take more than three months." The cars were registered on the islands with the JPJ using false addresses and permission obtained from the Customs to leave the island for the mainland for 90 days.
"We are studying various regulations and guidelines. It should not take more than three months," Customs Department director-general Datuk Seri Khazali Ahmad told theSun. Luxuries cars registered in Langkawi and Labuan and seized on the mainland were worth millions, due to the unpaid duties and taxes. These cars were registered with false local addresses with the JPJ of the duty-free islands and then brought to the "principal customs area" to obtain permission to be driven on the mainland for 90 days.
Newly promoted into the World Tour, South Africa outfit Dimension Data will be back to Malaysia from February 24 to March 2nd to defend the title they claimed with Algeria's Youcef Reguigui under the colors of MTN-Qhubeha last year. Now a multinational team with a strong European and Australian flavor, Dimension Data will be fully African when they'll tackle Le Tour de Langkawi for the sixth straight time. "It was a huge achievement for us to win this race in 2015 and we're always delighted to come back", said team manager Douglas Ryder who was himself one of the pioneers as he took part in the very first LTdL with the South African national team in 1996 (5th overall) and was crowned the King of the Mountains in 1998. Reguigui won't be part of the line-up this time around but Malaysian fans will be able to discover Songezo Jim, 25, who completed his first Grand Tour last year with the Vuelta a Espana and is likely to make its debut at the Tour de France next July.
The Malaysian delegation to MATKA, headed by Dato' Hj Azizan Noordin, Tourism Malaysia's Deputy Director General (International Promotion), consisted of representatives from Sabah Tourism Board and Langkawi Development Authority. "This is a major tourism exposition held annually in January to promote the tourism industry in the Nordic regions and outbound tourism especially to the Far-East. This is the 22nd time Tourism Malaysia has participated in the fair and Malaysia's tropical weather during this sub-zero weather conditions here is always a big draw for visitors to the fair. It provides a great incentive for Finnish tourists to come to Malaysia for their holidays," said Dato' Azizan Noordin.
The par-72, 6750-yard course set in a dramatic jungle setting and spilling down to the Andaman sea on the island of Langkawi, was placed 83rd in the latest world ranking and was named top course in Malaysia. In the citation, Golf Digest said the course is the only one in the list without sand bunkers.