1. some participants ready for Iskandar Puteri Kayak Challenge

1. some participants ready for Iskandar Puteri Kayak Challenge

Despite many teething issues faced by the organisers, the inaugural 2017 Iskandar Puteri Kayak Challenge (IPKC) kicked off with much fanfare, boosted by the 150 participants it managed to attract, from near and far.

2. exchange of Memorandum of Understanding between President of Johor Bahru Tengah Municipal Council Tuan Haji Adib Azhari Bin Daud (3rd from R) and President Malaysia Tourism Council Uzaidi Udanis (R)

2. exchange of Memorandum of Understanding between President of Johor Bahru Tengah Municipal Council Tuan Haji Adib Azhari Bin Daud (3rd from R) and President Malaysia Tourism Council Uzaidi Udanis (R)

The kayak marathon race was flagged off by guest-of-honour Y.B. Dato’ Zulkurnain Hj. Kamisan (ExCo Belia dan Sukan, Kebudayaan & Warisan Negeri Johor), who represented the Menteri Besar of Johor.

3. with Chief Executive of Netherlands Maritime Institute of Technology (NMIT), Datuk Kapten Razali B. Yaacob

3. with Chief Executive of Netherlands Maritime Institute of Technology (NMIT), Datuk Kapten Razali B. Yaacob

Participants of the event in five categories had to race under scorching weather, covering the international standard of 40km along the Straits of Johor, from Puteri Harbour to Kampung Sungai Melayu, with a check point at the Second Link.

4. President Malaysia Tourism Council Uzaidi Udanis (3rd from R) with guest-of-honour Y.B. Dato' Zulkurnain Hj. Kamisan (ExCo Belia dan Sukan, Kebudayaan & Warisan Negeri Johor) on his right and partners/sponsors

4. President Malaysia Tourism Council Uzaidi Udanis (3rd from R) with guest-of-honour Y.B. Dato’ Zulkurnain Hj. Kamisan (ExCo Belia dan Sukan, Kebudayaan & Warisan Negeri Johor) on his right and partners/sponsors

Iskandar Puteri Kayak Challenge was jointly organised by the Malaysia Tourism Council and Johor Bahru Tengah Municipal Council (MPJBT).

5. group photo

5. group photo

Hosted and supported by the state of Johor, this event was held in conjunction with the celebration of Johor Bahru Tengah Municipal Council (MPJBT) being upgraded and renamed Iskandar Puteri City Council (MBIP) as gazetted by HRH Sultan Ibrahim Almarhum Sultan Iskandar.

6. Y.B. Dato' Zulkurnain  checks a paddle

6. Y.B. Dato’ Zulkurnain checks a paddle

Due to the popularity of Iskandar Puteri Kayak Challenge when it was promoted at the recent World Travel Market London 2017, this kayak marathon will be slotted in the state’s annual tourism calendar of events to boost tourist arrivals.

 7. waiting for the flag-off

7. waiting for the flag-off

Johor currently holds first position as the Malaysian state that receives the highest number of domestic tourists.

 8. and the race kicks off

8. and the race kicks off

The three main tourism sectors promoted by Iskandar Puteri Kayak Challenge are Sports, Eco and Heritage Tourism. With these objectives, the organisers are hoping for a higher number of entries from international participants in the years to come.

9. another group of participants

9. another group of participants

While the kayak marathon was ongoing, the villagers at Kampung Sungai Melayu also had a full day of fun participating in community water sports, such as boat racing, duck catching, pillow fight, best decorated boat and more.

10. Kg. Sungai Melayu, Johor Bahru, Johor

10. Kg. Sungai Melayu, Johor Bahru, Johor

Yours truly and other members of the media plus social media influencers were invited by the Malaysia Tourism Council (MTC) to Johor on a 2D/1N trip to provide coverage for IPKC. Thank you very much for the opportunity.

11. speed boat racing begins

11. speed boat racing begins

Besides witnessing Iskandar Puteri Kayak Challenge first hand, we were also taken on a brief tour of Johor Tengah’s major attractions, especially those in Iskandar Puteri.

12. speed boat racing

12. speed boat racing

Event: Iskandar Puteri Kayak Challenge 2017
Venue: Puteri Harbour – Kg. Sg. Melayu, Johor
Date: 18th Nov, 2017
Time: from 9am

 13. winners of the Iskandar Puteri Kayak Challenge

13. winners of the Iskandar Puteri Kayak Challenge

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