Malaysia is a very beautiful country. Unfortunately, I’m not much a traveler as I’m somewhat chained and shackled to various commitments that I don’t even want to bother to name anymore. There’s no point in doing that as I cannot exactly change that, though I am making some effort to detach myself from all the attachment that I have for these ‘commitments’ and live my life the way I want to and be happy once again.
Being somewhat a cave-woman all these while, I’m quite illiterate when it comes to planning a holiday and all things related to Malaysia tourism and travel; I don’t know where to go, how to go, budget planning, etc…but I recently discovered that I could actually get more information on how to play tourist in my own country through MaTiC.
Have you heard about MaTiC? Despite of it’s significance in Malaysia tourism trade and development, MaTiC sadly lacks publicity, be it mainstream or online media, and so, I thought that it’s only fair that I share the information about it with all of you here now that I finally knew about it.
MaTiC is a one-stop tourist centre, driven by the vision to place Malaysia on the global map as one of the finest tourist destinations in the world. The various services and facilities offered by MaTiC include the Tourist Information Counter, Tourist Police Counter, Internet access to its tourism e-portal, Saloma Bistro & Theatre Restaurant, Saloma Retail Centre, ATM Machine, Money Changer, Karyaneka and Hop On and Hop Off Ticket Counter and etc.
MaTiC is dedicated and committed towards providing a quality, professional and friendly service to local and foreign tourists in its endeavour to become a leading one-stop tourist centre. Since the opening of the tourist information centre after its official launch as well as its establishment as one of the pick up points for KL city tours in January 2002, MaTiC has witnessed a tremendous increase in the number of visitors.
The Malaysia Tourism Centre (MaTiC) is located within a building in Kuala Lumpur, which is both an architectural and historical landmark. Built in 1935, the main building served as the residence of a wealthy mining and rubber estate tycoon, Eu Tong Seng. Its architecture is typically colonial reflecting the era during which it was built.
Here’s a little historical tidbit about MaTiC: In 1941, it briefly housed the war office of the British Army. However, when the Japanese invaded Malaya during the Second World War, it became the headquarters for the Japanese Imperial Army until the end of the war in 1945. Soon after, the new government of the Federation of Malaya (as Malaysia was then termed) claimed ownership of the building. A conference hall was added and named the Tunku Abdul Rahman Hall, in honour of YTM Tunku Abdul Rahman Putra Al Haj, the country’s first Prime Minister.
Since then, the Hall has become the venue for numerous historical events including the Malayan Parliament in 1959 and the Installation Ceremonies for several of Yang Di-Pertuan Agong (Malaysian Kings).
In 1988, the then Ministry of Culture, Arts and Tourism refurbished the main building, added two wings to the existing building and renamed it the Malaysia Tourist Information Complex (MATIC). Opened to the public since mid-August 1989, MaTiC offered a wide range of facilities and services to assist tourists in planning unforgettable holidays in Malaysia. It also enabled them to experience the essence of Malaysia within the Complex through the various cultural shows and demonstrations. On February 16, 2001, the name was changed and the Malaysia Tourism Centre (MaTiC) or also known as Pusat Pelancongan Malaysia, was born.
Here’s the map and address to MaTiC:
Malaysia Tourism Centre (MaTiC)
109, Jalan Ampang,
50450, Kuala Lumpur,
Tel: 03- 9235 4848 / 9235 4800
Fax: 03- 2162 1149
Emal: [email protected]
Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/PPMMaTiC
Operation Hours (Mon-Fri):
7.30 am – 5.30 pm
Tourist Information Counter:
8.00 am – 10.00 pm
1Malaysia KL Family [email protected]
On a lighter note, there will be a 1Malaysia KL Family Fair at MaTiC this upcoming 31st August 2013. So, ladies and gentlemen, if you have no plans for the upcoming Merdeka Celebation, you might consider going there with you family, friends and loved ones to 1Malaysia KL Family Fair. There will be varieties of items on sale and these include handicrafts, garments and apparels, accessories, food and beverages, car boot sale, free training of “Cuti-cuti 1Malaysia” dance and many more.
I’m going to be there. 😀 So if you are going, do drop me a PM or email and we can meet up over there.
Below is the info for the event:
1Malaysia KL Family [email protected]
04:00pm – 11:00pm 1Malaysia KL Family [email protected]
08:30pm – 09:15pm Cultural Dance Show
Location : at MaTiC Car Park
Contact : 03-92354900 (General Line)
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