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Malaysia Airlines & MasterCard Treat A Priceless Journey To The Top Spenders

Subang, Wednesday, (4 January 2012) : Malaysia Airlines and MasterCard recently treated top spenders for their continuous support with a trip to Langkawi Island with the theme "A Priceless Journey to The Island of Sun, Sea and Sand". It was held for two days one night at the exclusive relaxing getaway; The Danna Resort.

Thirty top spenders were invited to this rewarding trip, selected based on the highest spend on Malaysia Airlines flight tickets using MasterCard credit card.

The guests started off their journey from KLIA on Malaysia Airlines, enjoying the national carrier's award-winning Malaysian Hospitality services. Upon arrival in Langkawi airport, they were greeted with Hawaiian flower garlands, followed by a warm welcome reception at the resort complete with refreshments and a cultural dance troupe performance. They were later invited to lunch in the Cliff Restaurant, facing the clear blue waters of the Andaman Sea.

On the hospitality agenda was a visit to one of Langkawi's major attractions, the Panorama Langkawi cable car. The cable car provides an aerial link from Teluk Burau to the peak of Gunung Machinchang where the Sky Bridge is located. There, the winners enjoyed the breathtaking scenery of Langkawi and its lush tropical rainforests.

The highlight of the evening started when all participants attended the dinner at the resort's beachfront. The dinner kicked off with a contemporary performance by a pair of synchronized swimmers in the hotel's swimming pool. This unique performance earned the biggest applause from the audience for the night. The guests were then entertained by Joanne Ng, a local band, and Joanne Yeoh, the renowned Malaysian violinist who left the crowd in awe during the dinner session.

Speaking during the dinner, Malaysia Airlines Regional Vice President Sales Malaysia, Azman Ahmad said, "Throughout the last 5 years, we have been working closely with MasterCard to serve the community, promote business and tourism, providing excellent connectivity with our flavour of Malaysian Hospitality. We thank MasterCard and the top spenders for their confidence and support for Malaysia Airlines. We hope to continue the long term relationship with MasterCard and continue to reward the highest spenders with similar events".

Jim Cheah, Vice President and Senior Country Manager, Malaysia and Brunei MasterCard Worldwide said, "A big thank you to Malaysia Airlines for working together with us, in organizing this trip. The exclusivity of this weekend, from the premium airline comforts on Malaysia Airlines this morning to the lunch facing the clear blue water of the Andaman Sea at The Cliff Restaurant and tonight's sunset dinner, is really a taste of the World's MasterCard unique and priceless experience. I really hope you have enjoyed this experience with MasterCard, thus far. Thanks once again for your support".

The organisers also had some dinner games such as Bingo to give out prizes to the lucky guests. Subsequently, all the guests were given the chance to become fashion designers and create their very own batik painting as souvenirs to take home. Every guest enjoyed the batik painting session.

One of the participants; Ms Tan Sheau Mei said. "I and my sister really enjoy this exclusive trip. This would be one of the most amazing trips that I have ever had. It made us feel so special."

At the end of the night, the top spenders were invited to sit at the beach around a bonfire over shisha and refreshing drinks. This was followed by a special firework performance lighting up the starry sky as a perfect end to the night. The entourage returned the next afternoon with fond memories of the exemplary rewarding experience by Malaysia Airlines and MasterCard.

Malaysia Airlines and MasterCard have jointly organized a rewards program for their top spenders for the past two years. The event hosted in 2010 was called the Unforgettable Arabian Night, which featured flying the top spenders to Pulai Springs, Johor whilst having the first in Malaysia, stand-up comedy on air.


(from left to right) Vice President and Senior Country Manager,Malaysia and Brunei MasterCard Worldwide, Jim Cheah & Malaysia Airlines Regional Vice President Sales Malaysia, Azman Ahmad


(from right to left) Tan Sheau Mei and her sister, Tan Sheau Yann


Participants arrive on red carpet at Langkawi International Airport


Participants at Sky Bridge in Gunung Machinchang


(from left to right) Tiong Hock Teck and Lau Sie Eng


Malaysia Airlines Regional Vice President Sales Malaysia, Azman Ahmad sings for the crowd during the dinner session


(from left to right) Nitchakun Techathanomkun wins the lucky draw after the announcement by emcee for the day, Joanne Ng


Joanne Yeoh, the renowned Malaysian violinist entertains the crowd during the dinner session


Master Tye Zi Li tries his hand on batik painting


Chan Sow Wai tries her hand on batik painting


Special firework performance lighting up the starry sky to end the night

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