PUTRAJAYA, 13 May 2016 – A total of 16 students from upper primary and lower secondary schools were announced as winners of last year’s Tourism Malaysia Essay Competition, during a prize-giving ceremony at the Putrajaya International Convention Centre (PICC) today.
The first prize winners of both categories received RM2,000, followed by RM1,500 for winners of the second prize, and RM1,000 for the third prize. The schools of the top three winners also received RM500 and a certificate. Besides that, a total of ten participants from both categories took home RM250 as consolation prizes, while their schools received a certificate each.
The Director General of Tourism Malaysia Datuk Seri Mirza Mohammad Taiyab presented the prizes and certificates to all the winners and representatives from their schools (please refer to the attachment for the list of winners).
The essay competition was organised by Tourism Malaysia last year from 20 October to 31 December, in conjunction with the Malaysia Year of Festivals (MyFest) tourism campaign. It was in collaboration with Astro Digital Publications, who promoted the competition in its publication, the ’Oh My English’ Workbook. The workbook, published four times a year, is used by many schools to teach the English subject. Its fun, comic-book style presentation, along with the use of popular characters from the ’Oh My English’ television comedy series, provided the perfect platform for tourism awareness among students.
The competition aimed to raise awareness and educate the students from primary and lower secondary schools on the importance of the country’s tourism industry. Besides that, it also aimed to promote the country’s tourist attractions and destinations to students and cultivate the habit of travelling in their own country.
MyFest 2015 was a continuation of the successful Visit Malaysia Year 2014, emphasising on the various festivals celebrated by the country’s multicultural society. A total of 25.7 million tourists visited Malaysia during the campaign, contributing a revenue of RM69.1 billion.
Both tourism campaigns are key drivers towards achieving the country’s target of 36 million tourist arrivals and RM168 billion in receipts by the year 2020, as outlined in the Tourism National Key Economic Area or NKEA.
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MALAYSIA TOURISM PROMOTION BOARD OR TOURISM MALAYSIA is an agency under the Ministry of Tourism & Culture, Malaysia. Tourism Malaysia focuses on the specific task of promoting Malaysia at all levels. Since its inception, Tourism Malaysia has grown by leaps and bounds and it has emerged as a major player in the international tourism scene. In 2015, Malaysia registered 25.7 million tourist arrivals and RM69.1 billion in receipts.
Through the Tourism NKEA (National Key Economic Area), collaborative efforts between the Ministry of Tourism and Culture, other Government agencies and the private sector have been enhanced to help secure Malaysia’s position as a leading tourist destination and achieve the country’s target of 36 million tourist arrivals and RM168 billion in receipts by 2020.
The targets set under the Tourism NKEA will be achieved through the implementation of twelve Entry Point Projects (EPPs) clustered under five themes: Affordable Luxury; Nature Adventure; Family Fun; Events, Entertainment, Spa and Sports; and Business Tourism.
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Q1Are there any exceptions to the age limit for participating in the contest?
A1No, you must be 25 years old or younger as of June 15, 2018, which is the entry deadline date. That means you must be born after June 15, 1993. On the other hand, there is no minimum age requirement.
Q2Is there a fee for participating in this contest?
A2No, participation is free of charge.
Q3Do I have to be Japanese or Asian to join the contest?
A3A3: No, all nationalities can participate from anywhere in the world.
Q4My essay is a little over 700 words. Is it acceptable?
A4No, essays must be 700 words or less in order to qualify. However, the cover page and essay title are excluded from the word count. There is no minimum word count.
Q5Are the title and cover page included in the word count limit?
A5No, the 700 word count limit is for the body of the essay only.
Q6Do I need a cover page for my essay submitted online?
A6No, a cover page is only required for entries submitted by postal mail. For online entries, all required information is submitted through the registration form, and therefore, you do not need to include a cover page in your essay file.
Q7Can I give any title to my essay?
A7Yes, you can give your essay an original title as long as the content is in line with the theme.
Q8Is there a specific format for the essay (font style, size, line space, etc.)?
A8There are no particular rules regarding formatting. However, your essay file should be submitted in either MS Word(DOC/DOCX) or PDF format.
Q9Can I quote from books or websites? If so, where should I write the reference?
A9If you use quotations, please include the reference at the bottom of the essay. The reference should not be included in the word count.
Q10Can I add photos, images, or my biography to my essay?
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Q13Can I submit more than one essay?
A13Yes, you can submit more than one essay as long as the contents are different. They can also be written in different languages. Please use the same account to submit multiple essays online.
Q14Can I submit my essay in my native language?
A14Essays are accepted in English, French, Spanish, German or Japanese only, since these are the only languages the contest organizers and judges can read. However, we can accept essays written in other languages, if they are accompanied by translations in one of the accepted languages.
Q15Can we co-write and submit one essay as a team?
A15No. Essays must be written by one person. Co-authored essays are not accepted.