23 May 2017:The stars of the tourism industry were honoured at a prestigious gala dinner. After two months of careful deliberation from an esteemed panel of judges, the Kuala Lumpur Tourism Bureau announced the winners for the third edition of the Kuala Lumpur Mayor’s Tourism Awards (KLMTA) during the official Award Presentation and Gala Dinner Event, held recently. The awards covered 14 categories and sub-categories including budget and 3-5 star hotels; fine dining and home-grown restaurants; family entertainment and cultural tourist attractions; shopping malls; medical tourism; and the Mayor’s Commendable Awards for outstanding front liners.
The Mayor of Kuala Lumpur, Datuk Seri Hj. Mhd Amin Nordin Bin Abd Aziz, gave his opening speech
The judges for each of the categories were made up of separate panels of experienced industry veterans and experts in their fields. For every category, there was a top prize platinum award and a second-tier gold award. Online public voting also took place for three weeks between 16 April and 5 May, 2017, accounting for 5% of the total marks. Notable winners include the Shangri-La Hotel Kuala Lumpur and Mandarin Oriental Kuala Lumpur who both took away 5 Star Hotel Accommodation awards; Nobu Kuala Lumpur who won the Gold Award in the Fine Dining Restaurant category; and the KL Bird Park which won the Family Entertainment Tourist Attraction Platinum Award. For the Shopping Mall category, Pavilion KL and Sunway Putra Mall won the platinum and gold awards, respectively.
Sunway Putra Mall received the Gold Award in the Shopping Malls category
“On behalf of the awards committee, I wish to express my heartiest congratulations to all the award recipients,” said KLMTA 2017 Chairman Tan Sri Dr. Ong Hong Peng. “In keeping with the objective of this awards programme, I encourage everyone in the tourism industry to keep up the high standards and strive toward continuous improvement to raise the tourism of Kuala Lumpur and Malaysia to greater heights,” he concluded. Last year, Kuala Lumpur was ranked as the 7th Most Visited City in the World according to Mastercard’s Global Destination Cities Index, receiving 12.02 million recorded visitors, an increase of 7.4% from the previous year. Check out the 2017 KL Mayor’s Tourism Award winners’ list. The gallery was not found!