marilyn milnerMalaysia’s diversity has Australians coming back for more, with fantastic wildlife, shopping bargains and fast cars appealing to a wide range of visitors. Marilyn Milner, of Asia Escape Holidays, in the Perth suburb of Wembley, shares her insights into this popular destination.


What are the main draw cards for Australians travelling to Malaysia?

Diversity and value for money. Whether you want resort, soft adventure, sport or shopping – Malaysia has it all.

What are your top tips for selling the destination to clients?

Malaysia represents excellent value, climate, high standard of accommodation/ resorts and great variety of food and culture.

What kinds of clients are heading to Malaysia from Australia?

Families for theme parks and resorts withgreat kids’ facilities. People interested in Formula 1 and MotoGP or a fly-and-flop resort holiday, and shoppers looking forbargains due to the weak Australian dollar. Soft adventure in Sabah also holds interest for both adults and children.

What experiences do you recommend as a ‘must’ for your clients?

Food in Penang! Wildlife experiences in Sabah and Sarawak. F1 at Sepang and shopping in KL during the Mega Sales.

Do you have a favourite destination in Malaysia?

Each destination offers something wonderful & different – so no favourite.

Are there any challenges in selling Malaysia as a destination for Australian travellers?

Of course there are always some challenges, one being that Singapore has built a large cruise terminal and Australians are choosing to cruise rather than “resort” at present. Other nearby countries also compete with value deals and great air connectivity, but I believe Malaysia will bounce back because it has so much to offer and such great value.

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