1. Perak Tourism Awards 2017

1. Perak Tourism Awards 2017

Emily2u.com was conferred the Perak Tourism Awards 2017 in Social Media during a gala dinner on 31st October, 2017 at Kinta Riverfront Hotel, Ipoh.

2. opening dance

2. opening dance

3. at the VIP table

3. at the VIP table

This blog, which was established out of passion to write, share and promote the home state of Perak, recently celebrated its tenth anniversary, with just under 3,000 posts to date.

4. cultural dance

4. cultural dance

5. cultural dance

5. cultural dance

With the tagline, Bringing to you events & happenings in and around Ipoh…& beyond, the main themes of the blog are:

• Events
• Food
• Travel
• Lifestyle

6. dancing with the awards (LOL)

6. dancing with the awards (LOL)

7. State Tourism, Arts, Culture, Communications and Multimedia Committee Chairperson (ExCo) YB Dato’ Nolee Ashilin binti Dato’ Mohammed Radzi

7. State Tourism, Arts, Culture, Communications and Multimedia Committee Chairperson (ExCo) YB Dato’ Nolee Ashilin binti Dato’ Mohammed Radzi

Over the years, this blog has evolved and expanded beyond the borders of Perak, but Emily2u.com continues to regularly promote the state because logically more people should know about its diverse tourism offerings.

8. Organising Committee Chairman-cum-Perak Tourism Association Chairman Datuk Mohd Odzman Abdul Kadir

8. Organising Committee Chairman-cum-Perak Tourism Association Chairman Datuk Mohd Odzman Abdul Kadir

9. Menteri Besar of Perak Dato’ Seri DiRaja Dr. Zambry bin Abd. Kadir

9. Menteri Besar of Perak Dato’ Seri DiRaja Dr. Zambry bin Abd. Kadir

Thus far, Emily2u.com has garnered over two million unique viewers, with an average of 86% readership from Malaysia.

10. receiving the award (L-R): Perak State Financial Officer Dato' Haji Mohd Ghazali bin Jalal, yours truly, Perak Tourism Association Chairman Datuk Mohd Odzman Kadir, Perak Menteri Besar YAB Dato' Seri DiRaja Dr. Zambry Abdul Kadir, Perak State ExCo for Tourism YB Dato' Nolee Ashilin binti Dato’ Mohammed Radzi and State Secretary Dato' Seri Abdul Puhat Mat Nayan

10. receiving the award (L-R): Perak State Financial Officer Dato’ Haji Mohd Ghazali bin Jalal, yours truly, Perak Tourism Association Chairman Datuk Mohd Odzman Kadir, Perak Menteri Besar YAB Dato’ Seri DiRaja Dr. Zambry Abdul Kadir, Perak State ExCo for Tourism YB Dato’ Nolee Ashilin binti Dato’ Mohammed Radzi and State Secretary Dato’ Seri Abdul Puhat Mat Nayan

11. yours truly right after receiving the award, dressed in a Lester Yim Couture 2018 Collection

11. yours truly right after receiving the award, dressed in a Lester Yim Couture 2018 Collection

Emily2u.com would like to formally record sincere appreciation to the Perak State Government, Tourism Perak and the awards committee for recognising the efforts of this blog in promoting Perak as a premier tourist destination in Malaysia.

12. YDP Majlis Perbandaran Taiping (MPT) Dato' Haji Abd Rahim bin Md. Ariff receives an award for Pusat Pelancongan Terbaik (Hill Resort), representing the district's property Pusat Peranginan Bukit Larut, Taiping

12. YDP Majlis Perbandaran Taiping (MPT) Dato’ Haji Abd Rahim bin Md. Ariff receives an award for Pusat Pelancongan Terbaik (Hill Resort), representing the district’s property Pusat Peranginan Bukit Larut, Taiping

13. Nuar Md. Diah receives an award for Gaya Travel Magazine, in the category of Media Berinovasi

13. Nuar Md. Diah receives an award for Gaya Travel Magazine, in the category of Media Berinovasi

Thank you also to all who made this achievement possible, who walked this journey and who had supported this endeavour one way or another through the years.

14.  Malaysian Association of Hotels (MAH) Perak Chapter chairperson, Ms. Maggie Ong, receives an award for Organisasi Berinovasi

14. Malaysian Association of Hotels (MAH) Perak Chapter chairperson, Ms. Maggie Ong, receives an award for Organisasi Berinovasi

15. Ms. Maggie with fellow hoteliers. On her right is George King, General Manager of Weil Hotel, which won Best Hotel (above 100 rooms)

15. Ms. Maggie with fellow hoteliers. On her right is George King, General Manager of Weil Hotel, which won Best Hotel (above 100 rooms)

During the awards night, joining Emily2u.com as recipients were 31 other awardees. They were:

Best Hotel (above 100 rooms) – Weil Hotel, Ipoh
Best Hotel (below 100 rooms) – Symphony Suites Hotel, Ipoh
Best Resort – Belum Rainforest Resort Malaysia
Best Budget Hotel – De Parkview Hotel, Ipoh
Best Chalet – Purnama Beach Resort
Best Homestay – Homestay Labu Kubong, Kuala Kangsar
Best Hill Resort – Pusat Peranginan Bukit Larut, Taiping
Best Tourism Product (Adventure) – APT Consortium Sdn. Bhd. (Gua Tempurung)
Tourism Product with Potential – Perak Agro Tourism Resort (PATRO)
Innovative Tour Agency – Ipoh Overland Tours & Travel Sdn. Bhd.
Best Craft Entrepreneur – Sraw Entreprise
Best Hipster Cafe – Sarang Art Hub
Best Tourist Guide – Zulkifli
Best Feature Writer Award (Print Media) – Diana Yeoh Pek Hoon
Most Innovative Media – Gaya Travel Magazine
Most Innovative Media – Suara Perak
Best Tourism Publication / Production – Jom Jalan-Jalan (RTM)
Most Innovative Organisation – Malaysian Association of Hotels (MAH) Perak Chapter
Best Restaurant (Malay Cuisine) – Teratak Warisan Kampung, Kuala Kangsar
Best Restaurant (Indian Muslim Cuisine) – Restoran M. Salim
Best Restaurant (Chinese Cuisine) – Restoran Mun Choong Sdn. Bhd.
Most Popular Food/Outlet – Nasi Kandar Ayam Merah, Ipoh
Most Popular Food Product – DNS Kacang Putih
Innovative Government Agency #1 – JKKN Negeri Perak
Innovative Government Agency #2 – Tourism Malaysia Negeri Perak
Innovative Local Government #1 – Pengkalan Hulu District Office
Innovative Local Government #2 – Kerian District Office
International Recognition – Ipoh City Council
Innovative Corporation – Hospital Pantai Ipoh
Best Tourism Event – Pangkor Dialogue 2017 by Institut Darul Ridzuan (IDR)
Special Personality Award – Datuk Seri Mirza Mohammad Taiyab, Director General of Tourism Malaysia

16. Awards Organising Chairman Datuk Mohd Odzman Abdul Kadir (2nd from R) and his daughter, Syariza Odzman (L) with restaurateurs

16. Awards Organising Chairman Datuk Mohd Odzman Abdul Kadir (2nd from R) and his daughter, Syariza Odzman (L) with restaurateurs

 17. guest artiste Dayang Nurfaizah

17. guest artiste Dayang Nurfaizah

Congratulations to all award recipients, especially to my media colleagues. It is indeed humbling to know that our efforts in promoting Perak in our respective ways have been recognised by the state government, no less. Doing so without seeking any reward or benefit in return, this recognition came as a great surprise.

18. guest artiste Dayang Nurfaizah with a fan

18. guest artiste Dayang Nurfaizah with a fan

19. closing sketch

19. closing sketch

Perak Tourism Awards is a biennial event, whereby Social Media is an inaugural category, that recognises the best efforts of those in the tourism industry not only in the promotion of tourism in Perak but also those who provide excellent services to tourists.

Event: Perak Tourism Awards 2017
Venue: Kinta Riverfront Hotel, Ipoh
Date: 31st Oct, 2017
Time: 8pm

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