Published: 12 January 2017 by: Kate Webster

Cameron Highlands, Perak

Malaysia plans to attract 31.8 million visitors this year with the recent launch of tourism campaigns including 2017 Visit Pahang, Visit Perak and Visit Beautiful Terengganu.

While the three states of Pahang, Perak and Terengganu are lesser known than the longtime favourites like Penang, Sabah and Langkawi, Malaysia’s Tourism and Culture Deputy Minister, Datuk Mas Ermieyati Samsudin says they are all appealing destinations in their own right, and each boast their own unique attractions.

Tioman Island

While most beach going visitors favour the Malay Peninsula’s better-known western states, Terengganu is home to some of Malaysia’s most sublime and unspoiled beaches, not to mention the idyllic Perhentian Islands. The ‘Visit Beautiful Terengganu 2017’ campaign is expected to draw around 5.6 million visitors to the State this year.

For the savvy traveller looking ahead of the curve, they offer up unparalleled opportunities to experience an authentic Malaysia still relatively untouched by mainstream tourism, making them amongst the country’s best-kept secrets

Tasik Cermin, Ipoh

In anticipation, the State has lined up a diverse event program for Visit Beautiful Terengganu 2017, featuring at least one hero event each month to meet its target, ranging from colourful spectacles to adrenalin charged outdoor events to intriguing and unusual cultural festivals, with highlights including:

  • Peranakan Mek (princess) and Mok (prince) beauty contest in Kampung Cina (January);

  • Homestay Food and Cultural Festival (February);

  • Setiu Wetlands Festival (March);

  • Squid jigging carnivals (April);

  • International Paragliding Championship (May);

  • Annual Mek Kebaya Beauty Pageant (June);

  • SEA Games Equestrian Endurance Competition (July);

  • World Gamelan Festival (August);

  • Lingai Mountain Bike Challenge (September);

  • Terengganu International Eco and Marine Tourism Conference (October);

  • Sounds of Terengganu Musical Festival (November); and

  • Batangan Endurance Cycling Jamboree (December).

For more on Malaysia visit the Malaysia Tourism website.

 

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