60 participants to take in sights and sounds of Silk Road towns with celebrity chef

HERE is a rare opportunity; visit Uzbekistan, one of the fascinating countries located along the Silk Road of Central Asia with celebrity chef Datuk Redzuawan Ismail, better known as Chef Wan.

As part of efforts to attract more Malaysian tourists to Uzbekistan, the Uzbekistan Embassy in Malaysia, together with tour company Apple Vacations & Conventions Sdn Bhd and Chef Wan, will be hosting a special tour package catered to fans of the popular chef.

Taking place from March 18 next year, 60 participants will get to experience Uzbekistan’s unique culture, food and history.

The 10-day trip will also include visits to famed Silk Road towns of Samarkand and Bukhara and a ride on the country’s new high-speed train network.

“This trip will be an opportunity to discover the little-known wonders of the country and I hope my fans will be excited too, ” said Chef Wan.

Participants will also be able to experience the Nowruz Festival as well as a fashion show.

Uzbekistan Ambassador to Malaysia Ravshan Usmanov said this was one of the many efforts to boost tourism to Uzbekistan.

“Malaysia is one of the nations that can enjoy visa-free access to the country and with a direct flight from Kuala Lumpur, we have seen an upward trend of Malaysian visitors, ” he said during an MOU signing between the three parties.


The Gur-e-Amir in Samarkand, Uzbekistan is one of the notable places to visit.


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Apple Vacations & Chef Wan – A Perfect Combination of Travel-Gourmet Explore Uzbekistan 2020

Kuala Lumpur, Nov 11 – The dazzling celebrity Chef Wan and Apple Vacations signed a MoU at the Uzbekistan Embassy today, 11am 11th November.

2nd from right – Ambassador of Uzbekistan to Malaysia, HE Ravshan Usmanov.
from left – Uzbekistan Airways GM Sherzod Akmalov, Chef Wan and Lee-san.

Apple Vacations & Chef Wan
A Perfect Combination of Travel-Gourmet Explore Uzbekistan 2020

Kuala Lumpur, Nov 11 – The dazzling celebrity Chef Wan and Apple Vacations signed a MoU at the Uzbekistan Embassy today, 11am 11th November. Collaborating with Apple Vacations, Chef Wan will explore this mystical Central Asian country with foodie travellers!

Regardless of whether you are a foodie or not, Malaysian food ambassador and international celebrity chef – Dato Redzuawan bin Ismail or fondly known as Chef Wan is a certainly household name to us. Taking off on March 18, 2020 Chef Wan is set to lead a 10 days 7 nights culinary tour to this exotic place. Besides visiting the famous attractions, the group will get to savour the flavours of local cuisines which includes a Nowruz celebration (the local New Year celebration which means “new day” or “new light”), hands-on cooking class, Uzbek Ikat fashion show, exploring the ancient city of Bukhara and more.


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The inaugural MATTA Awards 2019 presented the trophies to 8 winners and 1 lifetime achievement award on 30 June 2019 in Kuala Lumpur. The awards were presented by MATTA President Datuk Tan Kok Liang and accompanied by Deputy Minister of Tourism, Arts and Culture, YB Tuan Muhammad Bakhtiar bin Wan Chik and Tourism Malaysia Director General Datuk Musa bin Yusof.

From Left: Datuk Tan Kok Liang, Dato’Sri Koh Yock Heng, YB Tuan Muhammad Bakhtiar bin Wan Chik and Datuk Musa bin Yusof.


Best Tour Operator (Outbound)
Apple Vacations & Conventions Sdn Bhd
Dato’ Sri Koh Yock Heng, Group Managing Director:

We give thanks to all the customers who have continuously supported us as we value their patronage and confidence in us. I would also like to thank all the “Applenian” who played their roles in a responsible, accountable manner.


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Seoul (23 September, 2019) –Korean Air organised World Cleanup Day 2019 in Kota Kinabalu, Sabah, Malaysia, on September 21.


Located on the northern tip of the island of Borneo, Sabah has become one of the most popular tourist destinations for South Koreans. In 2018, South Korean tourists accounted for the second highest international tourist arrivals in Sabah at 24.8%, an increase of 8.5% compared with 2017. Currently Korean Air has two daily codeshare flights operated by its sister company, Jin Air, connecting Seoul-Incheon and Kota Kinabalu.

In the spirit of giving back to the local community, employees from the Korean Air Kuala Lumpur office, along with Trash Hero Borneo, organized the World Cleanup Day 2019 event in Tanjung Lipat Beach in Kota Kinabalu, Sabah. More than 1,000 volunteers participated in the event, which was organized for the second time in Sabah.

Besides government agencies, those from non-government agencies (NGO), schools and individuals joined the beach cleanup, collecting trash washed up on Tanjung Lipat Beach. “Through this cleanup activity, we hope to raise awareness for environmental protection. With joint efforts, we can preserve the beautiful beach of Sabah,” said Mr. Jeon Young Do, the Korean Air Country Manager for Malaysia, Brunei and Bangladesh.


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Promoting Taiwan tourism at the recent MATTA Fair were (from left) Ye, her husband Steve Lin, Teng and Chiu.

We will look at how the Taiwanese do it.

Promoting Taiwan tourism at the recent MATTA Fair were (from left) Ye, her husband Steve Lin, Teng and Chiu.

Jaden Teng, the owner of the Long Yun Leisure Farm in Yilan County, Taiwan, said with the transition from summer to autumn, the weather is cooler and suitable for people to have outdoor barbecues.

“During Lunar New Year people have the reunion dinner indoors and during mid-autumn, it is time to be outdoors and enjoy the cool autumn air,” he said.

As for its origin, Teng said it started as a commercial gimmick where barbecue sauce manufacturers promoted outdoor barbecue during the festival and it later became customary.

Shinny Chiu said for the Taiwanese, the Mid-Autumn Festival is the second most important festival following the Lunar New Year.

“It is a public holiday and some would take a few days off work.

“The preparation for the Mid-Autumn Festival starts days before the actual day,” she said.

Unlike the new year where the adults, especially housewives, decide the menu for the reunion dinner, for the Mid-Autumn Festival she said the children have a say in the selection of ingredients to be barbecued, be it meat, seafood or vegetables.

“Preparation for the barbecue was a family affair. Housewives and mothers cook all year long, now is the time for others to share the burden.”

Teng is the Taiwan Leisure Farms Development Association former chairman while Chiu is the association’s vice-chief executive officer and international marketing chief operating officer.

They are part of the team from Taiwan that were in town recently to promote tourism at the recent Malaysian Association of Tour and Travel Agents (MATTA) fair.


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Apple Vacations offered chartered tours to entice customers.

Experiential vacations a big attraction

MORE Malaysians prefer a combination of traditional and experiential tour packages when it comes to planning for a holiday.


Malaysian Association of Tour and Travel Agents (MATTA) president Datuk Tan Kok Liang said while traditional sightseeing

tours remained popular, today’s travellers were also seeking out more adventurous and experiential travels.

“Travellers these days want to experience a country, city or particular place by connecting to its history, people and culture.

“Food and activities are a big part of experiential tours, and we find that more travel operators are tailoring their tour packages to include these experiences,” he said at the fair.


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DAMANSARA, 25 August 2019 – The Partners Gathering party held this afternoon on the second day of ATF2019 ushered in more than 110 Apple Vacation partners from various fields. The promotion ceremony of the competition event co-organized by Sin Chew Daily and Apple Vacations was also held.

The guest attendees invited were representatives from tourism organizations, major airlines, business partners and media.

At this simple but meaningful gathering, the two founders of Apple Vacations Dato Sri Lee Ee Hoe JP and Dato’ Sri Koh Yock Heng delivered speeches, welcoming all guests. At the same time, Dato Ngiam Foon, the newly-appointed Chief Transformation Officer of the Apple family, also shared some insights on transforming the company.

It is worth mentioning that the Competition event jointly organized by Sin Chew Daily and Apple Vacations is about to begin! With the slogan “The whole world is mine to travel”. As long as you become a Sin Chew member, you will stand a chance to win Apple Vacations tour packages. For more information, visit https://member.sinchew.com.my/


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Early bird discounts ‧ Lucky draws ‧ Fun games ‧ Destination sharing

PETALING JAYA, 22 August 2019 – Apple Vacations’ exclusive travel fair APPLE TRAVEL FIESTA (ATF2019) kicks off again at THE CURVE Mutiara Damansara!

Apple Vacations has always been committed to developing creative and innovative journeys, providing you with fun and value-for-money travel packages! In this four-day event, Apple West, Apple Asia, and Apple Flexi have included the big hits of this year’s fall and winter and next year’s spring and summer tours. On-site customers will receive a higher discount than the fixed “Early Bird Offer”, with a discount of RM500 to RM2,000 per person, and a beautiful suitcase will be given for every RM10,000 spent! *

At the same time, customers who sign up for tour packages in the exhibition will stand a chance to win a lucky draw with a total value of RM150, 000! The prizes are extravagant and assorted; the grand prize is Kenya, the second and third prize is Hokkaido and Okinawa direct charter flight tour package respectively! Apart from that, we also have tickets from more than 16 airlines, as well as Lake Baikal, Turkey, India, China and other ground tours, etc. Don’t miss it, you may be the lucky one!


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“Lake Baikal boasts different sceneries in the four seasons of a year.” Apple West Senior Manager (Sales and Marketing), YJ Chong

2019 MITM Apple Exclusive Packages vs Big Discount Offers

For many years, Apple Vacations has been committed to the quality of its tour products, bringing different travel experiences to its travellers. Recently, it has creatively launched a series of new travel packages.

Firstly, Apple West launched ‘6D5N LAKE BAIKAL – LAND OF SIBERIA’S WONDERS’, a discovery tour of the world’s largest freshwater lake.

According to the senior manager (sales and marketing) of Apple West, YJ Chong, Lake Baikal boasts different sceneries in the four seasons of a year. To see the beauty of the glacial lake, the best time is from January to March every year. Passengers can take a hovercraft across the frozen lake, with the ripples of the ice lake clearly visible. Admire the spectacular transparent ice caves, witness the ice layer looking magically blue in the sunlight, and feel the art of nature.


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Muhammad Bakhtiar (right) and Koh at the launch of the Musang King Durian Feast hosted by Le Apple Boutique Hotel in Kuala Lumpur.

Guests, check in for a durian feast

The unmistakable and distinctive aroma of one of South-East Asia’s most loved or disliked – depending on personal taste – fruits wafted out from Le Apple Boutique Hotel, as a result of a durian feast.

Apple Vacation group managing director Datuk Koh Yock Heng, who welcomed guest-of-honour Deputy Tourism, Arts and Culture Minister Muhammad Bakhtiar Wan Chik as well as VIPs and guests, said Le Apple Boutique was the first hotel in the capital to offer accommodation with a buffet of Musang King durian delivered fresh from an orchard in Raub, Pahang.


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