Tuesday, May 5, 2015
Wednesday, April 29, 2015
The event was officially launched by YB Tuan Amirudin Bin Shari, Selangor State Executive Councilor for Youth Development, Sports, Culture and Entrepreneur Development.
“The state fully supports events such as the festival, which is a good platform for companies to showcase their products to the chocolate loving public. The Selangor Chocolate and Candy Festival is also a good avenue for businesses to develop their businesses and entrepreneurship qualities,” said YB Tuan Amirudin at the launch at the mall’s Atrium on Friday.
Held from 24 to 26 April from 10am to 10pm at Tropicana City Mall, the sweet festival is in line with Visit Selangor Year 2015 and Tourism Selangor’s plan to promote the Malaysian chocolate industry. The state of Selangor is home to a great many giant chocolate manufacturers such as Barry Callebaut, Nestle, Cadbury, Beryls, Fidani, Benns, Quantum, Network Food, etc.
Aside from locally made products, Selangor Chocolate & Candy Festival also featured imported items, thus offering the largest varieties of chocolate, candies, dessert, cakes, pastries, sweets, biscuits and drinks ever in Malaysia.
Amongst the brand showcased at the festival were Crispy, Tudor, Momentum, Shweets, Compal, Delacre, Cream of Creams, Damas Sweets, Coolstick, PumpOnTheGo, Mokaya, Love 18CC, ReeVo, Ryverra, Quantum, Fidani, Dareo, Rich Chocolates, Suji Sweets, and Cush Candy.
The Selangor Chocolate & Candy Festival is a part of the Malaysia Chocolate Fair and is the 9th event organised by Expomedia Events. The festival drew in a crowd of more than 20,000 to the 3 day event, which featured more than just chocolate and candy.
Visitors to the festival got the chance to try out and purchase a wide range of artisan chocolates, pralines, truffles, candies, gummies, baklavas, dragee, nougats, marshmallows, macaroons, cupcakes, brownies, chocolate mud cake, soft ice-cream and chocolate biscuits showcased by 30 participating companies from Malaysia.
The prestigious affair was a chocolate lovers dream, in addition to the flavours, colours, fillings and textures seen in delightfully prepared chocolates, cakes and hampers. There was also a chocolate-making demonstration by The Chocolate Museum.
Among the highlights at the Selangor Chocolate & Candy Festival 2015 included a Street Magician, Magical Clown, Giant Chocolate Fountain, Chocolate Bar, Chocolate-making demonstrations, costume character giving away freebies and Mascot Appearance by Kris, the Dinosaur & Mat Kelip, the Fire Fly. Visitors also had the chance participate in activities such as The Great Chocolate Shoot Photography Competition, Crispy Colouring Contest, Fun Chocolate Quizzes, Chocolate Appreciation sessions.
Saturday, April 25, 2015
Friday, April 24, 2015
Are you a ‘simplicity searcher’ or a ‘social capital seeker’? New studyreveals how and why we will travel by 2030
By 2030 more than 1.8 billion of us will travel internationally every year, and what motivates us as well as how we behave will be radically different to today.
By the end of the next decade, some people will purchase and consume travel experiences almost entirely on the basis of how shareable they are, or how much ‘capital’ they generate, via social networks. Another group of travellers will demand total simplicity and freedom from having to arrange their own travel by 2030, wanting as much as possible to be done remotely, by third parties. At the same time, a dedicated group will emerge with a desire for only the most hedonistic, indulgent and must-have experiences.
These are just some of the forecasts made in Future Traveller Tribes 2030: understanding tomorrow’s traveller, a major new report which launches today identifying the different traveller personalities and segments the industry can expect to emerge and become prominent over the next fifteen years.
The research process involved interviews and workshops with industry experts as well as trend-spotting research with consumers in the relevant travel markets including Australia, China, India, Indonesia, Japan and South Korea. Taking a psychographic rather than demographic approach, the report draws on Future Foundation’s proprietary consumer research forecasts to identify the six distinct traveller personalities as:
- Social Capital Seekers will structure their holidays almost exclusively with online audiences in mind, relying heavily on peer reviews and recommendations to validate their decisions. A whole new market may open up based on “profile-boosting breaks”, filled with consciously feed-friendly moments
Purists will look at
holiday-making as a chance to immerse oneself in an alien - even
uncomfortably so - culture, where enjoyment of the break depends on
the authenticity of the experience
- Ethical Travellers will make travel plans based on moral grounds, for example, decreasing their carbon footprint or improving the lives of others. They will often improvise or add some element of volunteering, community development or eco-sustainable activity to their holidays
Searchers will prefer bundled offers,
seeking to avoid managing too many trip details themselves. Holidays for
this tribe represent a rare time in life to pamper oneself with the
assurance of their safety and enjoyment
Meeters will be driven by a
specific purpose for travel, whether business or leisure, and thus have
constraints on time and budget; they will seek smart algorithm based
technology that is able to remove the hassle of travel
- Reward Hunters are only interested in indulgent travel. Many have come to crave something that represents an extraordinary reward or ‘must have’ premium experience, a return on their hard earned investment of time and energy in their working lives
“The traveller today has more power than ever before. They are increasingly complex, empowered, and no longer want to be siloed into demographic groups of age, nationality and income. By 2030, hyper-customisation will be the default expectation among many customers. With Asia Pacific set to lead global travel growth through to 2030, it is particularly critical for all providers, buyers and sellers of travel in the region to truly understand these emerging ‘traveller tribes’ and make the right investment decisions now to gear towards future traveller preferences. Amadeus is playing a leading role in driving the travel industry forward is are working closely with our customers and partners to deliver a future travel experience that is more personalised, connected and sustainable,” commented Angel Gallego, President, Amadeus Asia Pacific
Nick Chiarelli, Director, Future Foundation commented: “Our research shows not just that the type of experience demanded by travellers in 2030 will be different to 2015 but that the way travellers buy and engage with the industry is also set to change. Over the next 15 years the desire to share travel experiences will be profound, and so too the impact of sharing on inspiration and purchase trends will grow. As consumers in developed markets approach a post-material era we expect a much greater focus on, first of all, experience, and second of all, ethics, both environmental and social, to significantly influence people’s travel choices and behaviours.”
To download the report and to see which tribe you belong to, please visit www.amadeus.com/tribes2030. You can also download icons of the six traveller tribes via this link.
In June, you will be able to download a second complementary report, written by Frost & Sullivan, examining how the travel industry can specifically cater to the needs and individual purchasing habits of the six tribes identified in Future Traveller Tribes 2030: understanding tomorrow’s traveller.
Thursday, April 16, 2015
Dalam sektor pelancongan seperti di hotel dan restoran, ketika ini pelancong perlu membayar kadar enam peratus untuk Cukai Jualan & Perkhidmatan (SST). Dalam masa yang sama sesetengah hotel dan restoran mengenakan caj perkhidmatan dengan kadar 10 peratus. Namun apabila GST dilaksanakan ia akan diselaraskan menjadi enam peratus sahaja menggantikan Cukai Jualan dan Perkhidmatan (SST).
Namun bagi masyarakat yang kurang arif tentang cara perlaksanaan sistem GST ini, mereka pasti akan keliru dan seterusnya tertipu dengan manipulasi harga serta caj yang dikenakan oleh pengusaha hotel atau restoran.
Rakyat keliru khususnya caj perkhidmatan diambil oleh restoran dan hotel yang mana kutipan ini tidak ada kena mengena dengan kerajaan. Meskipun baru-baru ini Kementerian Perdagangan Dalam Negeri Koperasi & Kepenggunaan (KPDNKK) telah mengeluarkan arahan supaya restoran dan hotel
tidak mengenakan caj perkhidmatan kepada pelanggan sekiranya kedua-dua pihak itu tida mempunyai perjanjian bersama (CA) antara majikan dan pekerja, namun ada juga pihak yang ingkar dengan arahan ini . Saya percaya ada pengusaha hotel dan restoran yang tidak senang dengan arahan daripada KPDNKK ini, namun saya percaya pihak KPDNKK punya alasannya yang tersendiri demi menjaga kepentingan pengguna.
Saya berharap agar pengusaha pelancongan tidak mengambil kesempatan dengan menjadikan GST sebagai alasan untuk menaikkan harga barangan dan perkhidmatan sewenang-wenangnya. Pengusaha pelancongan juga diharapkan agar lebih telus dan jujur dan tidak memanipulasi pelancong dengan maklumat GST yang tidak tepat. Dalam masa yang sama pihak pengusaha pelancongan sewajarnya bersedia dengan sistem perakaunan dan jualan yang lebih bersistematik serta teratur seperti invoice dan resit berserta nombor pendaftaran GST.
Saya percaya bahawa sekiranya semua pihak sama-sama dapat menjayakan sistem GST ini dengan sebaiknya, ia akan memberikan kesan positif untuk semua pihak. Apa yang penting sekarang ini adalah kita perlu lebih jujur dan sama-sama menjayakan aspirasi pelancongan negara dengan
memberikan perkhidmatan yang terbaik.