Date: 5 – 7 September 2013
Location: Kuala Selangor, Kuala Lumpur and Bukit Tinggi Pahang
The leaning outcomes from the trip:
- Students in Global Tourism subject could understand and appreciate the beautiful nature and creatures of local eco-tourism at the Kuala Selangor Firefly boat ride and Colmar Tropicale, Bukit Tinggi
- Students in Event Operations and MICE subject could get an exposure about classic musical performance and gain knowledge on venue management at the Musical Philharmonic Orchestra hall
- Students in International Marketing subject could be able to perceive and comprehend how does the international brand and products should be positioned locally
Students of BA in International Hotel & Tourism Management (Year 2 Semester 2 and Year 3 Semester 1) went on an educational trip to Kuala Lumpur, accompanied by Miss Aishah Sulaiman, Miss Sumiko Cheng and Mr. Jeff Lim for a great 3 days 2 nights academic trip.
Our entourage arrived on the first day to Bukit Malawati, Kuala Selangor to see the panaromic view of Selangor Coastline and was lucky to be able to see The Straits of Malacca on a clear sunny day. Bukit Melawati is a great historical monument which was a fort built during the reign of Sultan Ibrahim from 1782 to 1826 to fight against the Dutch. There were concrete pieces left from past including the protective walls of the fort, a lighthouse, royal graves, a poisonous well and several cannons pointed towards Selangor River. The place is also popular with the Silver Leafed Monkeys and Long Tailed Macaques playing around this area.
|Pictures from left: The group walked towards Bukit Melawati,
Photos with the Silver Leafed Monkeys on the canon with a view of Selangor Coastline
Our next stop was dinner at Restoran Kuala Selangor for a scrumptious seafood dinner before experiencing the wonderful fireflies along the Selangor River. Fireflies are known as “Kelip-kelip” in Malay, are brightly shining all day but only able to see from human eyes at night and can only be found at “Berembang” tree. When the boat got closer to the trees, the motorboat’s engine has been turned off to avoid noise and we were warned that taking photos with flash is prohibited as it will distract the fireflies from winking. The effect of riding on the speed boat and watching the twinkling lights on trees was as if we were passing through Christmas trees by the river.
|Pictures from top left: Fisherman’s boat at Kuala Selangor River,
Butter Prawn with Chili served at Restoran Kuala Selagor, the group
with safety jackets ready for the ride, Kuala Selangor River during dusk.
Our itinerary on the next day was to the very famous landmark of Malaysia, The Petronas Twin Tower, and Kuala Lumpur City Center (KLCC). We had a chance to walk on the sky bridge between the two towers. After the astounding view from the tower, we went to the Petronas Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra (MPO) hall and met Encik Shafrin Sabri the assistant manager with his team. The briefing was full in content covering areas such as event operations, marketing and promotion and sharing real scenario example with the students. We also had an opportunity to watch the rehearsal the classic musical “The Art of Countertenor” which will be playing on the next day. A countertenor is a male singer whose range is that of a female alto voice. The orchestra band was led by a well-known talented musician from England, Bernard Lebadie and Robin Blaze from Germany as the countertenor.
After the rehearsal, our next stop was to IKEA, Mutiara Damansara. Students have been assigned to observe the IKEA in-house strategy in meeting Malaysians’ needs and preferences.
|Pictures from top left: On the Sky Bridge PETRONAS Twin Tower,
LED frames of the highest towers around the world along the
walkway to the Observation Deck at level 86th, the prestige Malaysia Philharmonic
Orchestra Hall, students listening to the operation
and marketing briefing in MPO hall, product signage in IKEA and the special IKEA meatball
Our final destination of the trip was to the Colmar Tropicale, Bukit Tinggi where the first French themed resort located at 2,700 feet above sea level. The resort symbolise a medieval French village with shops, restaurants, cafes and patisseries. There were a Japanese Village located in the tropical rainforest within the resort premise featuring attraction such as Japanese Tea House, spa, botanical garden and Japanese Restaurant. Tourist also may find other activities offered by the resort such as mountain biking, rock climbing and horse riding. Our journey continued with a happy and joy feeling heading back to KDU Penang right after we finished at Colmar Tropicale. We reached Penang at 9.30pm and everyone went back to their home safe and sound.
|Pictures from top left: Inside the Colmar Tropicale resort,
group photo at the entrance of Colmar Tropicale Resort,
the Japanese Tea House in Japanese Village, The Ryo Zantei Japanese Restaurant