Tourism Malaysia Faces Criticism For 2020 Logo

In an effort to entice foreign visitors, the Tourism Malaysia group announced its Visit Malaysia 2020 campaign at the most recent ASEAN Tourism Forum. During this event, Tourism Malaysia unveiled its now controversial 2020 logo, which features monkeys, turtles, and the world-famous Petronas Towers.

Soon after this logo was shown to the public, Malaysians took to the Internet to vent their frustrations. Now, this little tourism logo has become a hot political issue for Minister of Tourism and Culture YB Dato’ Seri Mohamed Nazri Aziz.

There is now a petition on change.org to get rid of the Malaysia Travel 2020 logo and make a new one. As of today, there are over 12,000 online signatures. The goal is to reach 15,000 signatures.

Mustaffa Azizi Idris, a resident of Malaysia, started this online campaign. In his petition, Idris says that the 2020 design is “appalling” and in no way represents Malaysia’s rich history and culture. He orders Tourism Malaysia to scrap this design and make a new logo. Many Malaysians also took to Twitter to express their disgust over this 2020 logo.

Although Idris has support from thousands of locals, it’s not likely his petition will get him anywhere. YB Dato’ Seri Mohamed Nazri Aziz hasn’t expressed any support for the “STOP Tourism Malaysia” petition.

Over the past few years, Malaysia has been investing a ton of money into its tourism infrastructure. A few of the most popular spots for international tourists include Kuala Lumpur, Pulau Tioman, Langkawi, and Penang.

The Best Vacation Destinations For Star Wars Fans

With the release of Star Wars: The Last Jedi, travel experts expect Star Wars-themed tourism to grow exponentially. There are dozens of locations Star Wars fans can (and do) choose to visit every year. Anyone putting together their own intergalactic bucket list should take a look at the locales listed below.

First, fans who wants to see Luke Skywalker’s home planet Tatooine must visit the Tunisian desert Djerba. Here you’ll get to tour Skywalker’s home and the infamous Mos Eisley cantina. You can also take a short trip to the nearby cities of Tozeur and Matmata to see more Star Wars filming locations and stay in the Hotel Sidi Driss.

For a soothing Star Wars voyage, travel experts recommend booking a trip to Villa del Balbianello, which is alongside Italy’s Lake Como. All of the scenes that took place on the planet Naboo in Star Wars: Episode III were filmed right here. This is an exceptional vacation idea for couples looking for a Star Wars-themed romantic getaway.

Probably the easiest Star Wars filming location for Americans to visit is the Redwoods State Park in California. This site was used to film all the scenes on the forest planet Endor in Star Wars: Episode VI. While you’re in California, you should also check out Death Valley National Park. A few Tatooine scenes were filmed in Death Valley.

Finally, if you don’t mind the cold, take a trip to the Hardangerjøkulen Glacier in Norway to experience the planet Hoth in The Empire Strikes Back. Locals are used to Star Wars fans visiting this region and a few hotels host special “Visit Hoth” events. Note, you can only take a tour of the glacier between July and September.

Want to Travel the World? Here Are Some Helpful Resources

Do you have a dream of traveling the world? If you do, these resources will help you out, according to the Huffington Post. First of all, you might need a way to bring in income. The American International English Teachers Association will help you get a job teaching students English as a second language. If you have a college degree and you are a native English speaker, you may very well be able to find a job that will also offer you housing. The association will also take care of getting you a visa.

You can also join the Peace Corps. The Peace Corps does not charge you, and they will make sure that you will actually benefit other communities. There are other benefits, such as student loan benefits. You will also get access to housing and dental help.

If you want, you can join The Federation of World Wide Opportunities On Organic Farms. They will help you connect with farms around the world so you can get an idea of what the earth is like and work on a farm.

Another thing that you may want to check out is called Escape the City. Escape the City will help you find jobs in remote locations. If you want to have a good job and a good career, but you want to find it in a place that is away from the hustle and bustle and noise of the city, you can find it on Escape the City.

Best Travel Destinations In 2018 Revealed In New National Geographic Survey

National Geographic editors just released their 21 picks for the best travel destinations in 2018. While there are a few mainstream cities on this list, editors tried to choose mostly “off the beaten path” destinations.

First on this list of 2018 holiday locations is the city of Harar, Ethiopia. Located in the eastern section of the African nation, Harar is considered one of the holiest cities by Muslims with a total of 82 mosques. Besides visiting the city’s marvelous historic sites, Harar is known for its exceptional coffee and local hyenas.

Number two on this travel list is the Jujuy Province in northwestern Argentina. Ideal for nature lovers, Jujuy Province has some of the most colorful mountains and intriguing rock formations in the world.

Editors chose the capital Tbilisi in the country of Georgia as their third place travel pick. On the banks of the Mtkvari River, Tbilisi has many fascinating museums and beautiful cathedrals to tour. Tbilisi is also famous for its sulfur baths, glorious wine, and delicious cuisine.

Although Sydney, Australia, is an obvious tourist draw, National Geographic editors put it in fourth place due to draw attention to the Opera House’s latest renovation. That’s right, Sydney’s world-renowned Opera House just finished a $273-million renovation that includes a new foyer and state-of-the-art acoustics.

From number five to number twenty-one, here are the rest of the cities on National Geographic’s 2018 destinations list: Oaxaca, Mexico; Vienna, Austria; Oahu, Hawaii; Malmo, Sweden; Jordan Trail; Dublin, Ireland; Madagascar; Santiago, Chile; Phnom Penh, Cambodia; Cleveland, Ohio; Tetouan, Morocco; Seoraksan National Park, South Korea; Albania; San Antonio, Texas; Labrador, Canada; Friesland, Netherlands; and Ruaha National Park, Tanzania.

Winter Destinations for Budget Travelers

December marks the time when people start looking around for an escape to the sun. Luckily, there are many places in the world that have their best weather of the year at this time. Here are some of the best winter destinations for budget travelers.

Phuket, Thailand

Winter is a spectacular time to visit Phuket. Temperatures are moderate, ranging from 80°F to 70°F. Airfares and hotel rates are quite reasonable up until just a few days before Christmas. The weekend before Christmas is when the peak season starts, so it is important to book early to get a good deal.

Puerto Rico

The Carribean island of Puerto Rico is normally viewed as a warm vacation spot during summer. However, there are many reasons to visit the place during winter. First, you can travel to Puerto Rico in less than four hours much more easily during winter. This is because there are frequent and direct flights to Luis Muñoz International Airport in San Juan during this season. Secondly, the cool weather makes rainforest hiking (especially through El Yunque) the ideal wintertime activity.

Another benefit of visiting Puerto Rico is that U.S. citizens do not need a passport to visit and you don’t get to lose any money on currency exchange since the United States currency is the legal tender in the island.

Other places worth considering include Costa Rica, Cancun, Mexico; Madeira, Portugal; Buenos Aires, Argentina; Tenerife, Canary Islands, Spain; Cape Town, South Africa.