Few weeks back, I was very honored to be invited to take part in the Malaysia Tourism Hunt 2013!
It was truly an unforgettable experience for me. A total of 80  local and foreign participants took part in the second edition of the Malaysia Tourism Hunt 2013, organised by Tourism Malaysia (22-28 September 2013) which begun in Putrajaya and ended in Johor Bahru, Johor.

Malaysia Tourism Hunt is a tourism promotional programme that combines the “Fly & Drive” concept with various exciting tourism exploration activities such as folk games, fun treasure hunt and corporate social responsibility (CSR) activities in the form of voluntourism.

The participants consist of local media representatives, foreign media representatives from ASEAN countries, as well as local tourism industry players and sponsors’ representatives. We were splited into group of 4.

There were various challenges we have to face while traversing through some of the popular tourist destinations in the southern region of the Peninsular Malaysia. The 6 days 5 nights hunt begins in Putrajaya and continues to Sepang, Port Dickson, Melaka, Muar, Kluang, and Nusajaya before finishing in Johor Bahru.

Participants travelled 1000km through highways, touristic routes and traditional villages to experience the natural beauty of Malaysia, as well as get to know the local history, cultures, and communities of each destination and also to enjoy the theme parks which are the latest attractions in Johor.

Among the types of challenges that participants will face throughout the event include photo hunts, scavenger hunts, amazing race, fear factor and many others.

Some of the event highlights:
- Treasure Hunt @ Homestay Banghuris (rubber tapping, folk dance, tree planting)
- Crab Netting
- Cendol Hunt @ Melaka
- Mee Bandung Hunt @ Muar
- Visit to Legoland
- Scavenger Hunt @ Puteri Harbour Family Theme Park
- Kampung Dinner @ Lat's

Minister of Tourism and Culture Malaysia, YB Dato’ Seri Mohamed Nazri Tan Sri Abdul Aziz commented that the first Malaysia Tourism Hunt had managed to capture the hearts of both local and foreign media who participated in the event.

The Minister said this in a press conference during the pre-launching of the Malaysia Tourism Hunt 2013 and the handing over of sponsorships by the sponsors held at Bistro Hall, MaTiC in Jalan Ampang..

“The response from the participants was very encouraging as most of them felt that the event had given them the opportunity to experience first-hand the beauty and uniqueness of Malaysia as well as exchanging their views and experiences about Malaysia,” he said.

Dato’ Seri Mohamed Nazri also said that the programme will be held continuously as it encouraged local and foreign tourists to go on a ‘Fly and Drive’ journey to visit all the attractive tourist destinations throughout the country which is the latest trend in tourism.

A smart partnership was established with Harian Metro and Gaya Travel magazine which was appointed as the official media (news) and travel magazine respectively while was appointed as the official portal for the event.

Tourism Malaysia has also established a smart partnership with private companies and other government agencies. The list of sponsors is available as attached.   

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Thanks Tourism Malaysia, GayaTravel and all the kind sponsors once again for the warm hospitality!
I really enjoyed being part of MTH 2013!!!