Asean Media Blogger Tourism Hunt Flag Off

Last Sunday, I was invited to the press conference and flag off of The ASEAN Media Bloggers Tourism Hunt 2015 organized by Tourism Malaysia. A total of 40 members of the media and bloggers from ASEAN countries were invited to take part in the inaugural ASEAN Media Bloggers Tourism Hunt 2015 to promote Malaysia as a holiday destination among regional travelers in a different way. Similar to a treasure hunt, the programme required participants driving around Malaysia, engaging in local cultural activities, taking part in challenges and visiting various tourist attractions, as they explored the many exciting tourism offerings in Malaysia.

YB Dato’ Seri Mohamed Nazri said at the press conference, “The ASEAN Media Bloggers Tourism Hunt was especially created with the media and bloggers in mind to give them a new and exciting perspective of Malaysia as a tourist destination.”

He said, “This programme will help us to enhance relationships with members of the ASEAN media and bloggers. It’s a fun way to introduce and promote new destinations and products to the ASEAN market through the media and bloggers who have a popular following back home.” 

“Moreover, the participants can assess for themselves the quality of infrastructure and safety of driving in Malaysia. The programme will help to promote Malaysia as a self-drive holiday destination,” he added.

Sponsors for the programme included Perusahaan Otomobil Nasional Sdn. Bhd., the main sponsor of the 25 Proton cars used to complete this Tourism Hunt; Felda Investment Corporation Sdn. Bhd.; The Grand Beach Resort, Port Dickson, for the accommodation; and Malaysia Airlines Berhad and Wonda Coffee.

The Minister of Tourism and Culture YB Dato’ Seri Mohamed Nazri Abdul Aziz launched the race on 18 October at the Malaysia Tourist Information Centre (MATIC) in Jalan Ampang. Participants from Singapore, Thailand, Indonesia, the Philippines, Brunei, Laos, Myanmar, Cambodia, Vietnam and Malaysia, were flagged off in 25 Proton-sponsored cars from MATIC before proceeding to Putrajaya and Port Dickson, and the final pit-stop in Melaka. 

Inspired by the treasure hunt concept, the Tourism Hunt is themed ”Fun and Enjoyable Drive to Experience Malaysia,” and will include elements such as explore race, fear factor, photo contest on Instagram, etc. All questions will be based on Malaysia’s tourist attractions and participants will get to experience Malaysia’s culture, heritage, art and cuisine as they complete each task.

One of the interesting elements of the Tourism Hunt is the photography competition where participants need to upload pictures of the Tourism Hunt activities to their Facebook and Instagram accounts. With social media being a popular promotional platform, along with the trend for “selfies” and “wefies,” this will help to promote Malaysia online to the followers of the ASEAN media and bloggers participating in this programme.


  1. A fun way to meet other bloggers and new friends.

  2. exciting, Emily! Bet you guys had a lot of fun!

  3. Stunning event ! Have a very nice weekend :)

  4. What a fun-filled event, Emily! So did you win yourself a car too? Hahaha! Happy Sunday, dear! xoxo

  5. What a great event! Very smart thinking of Tourism Malaysia to organise such an event for bloggers in order to promote the country!

  6. Thank you Emily, you have knowledge about tourism. Bali Day Trip keep it on.


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