Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Selected as AMBP Travel Ambassador

Was invited by Star newspaper to attend an event for the launching ceremony of a travel tool (domestic travel) administered by Mayflower ACME Tours Sdn Bhd ("Mayflower"). This travel tool, found in AllMalaysia.info and Mayflower's websites, shall make your holiday planning much easier. The travel tool will assist in booking flight tickets, accommodations, cars and tour packages.

In this travel tool, it will publish write-ups by bloggers on various local holiday destinations so that travellers will know what to expect. What bloggers? These bloggers are known as Travel Ambassadors.

I was selected by Star's All Malaysian Bloggers Project ("AMBP") after applying to become one of their Travel Ambassadors. AMBP has selected forty bloggers out of two hundred plus applicants. Thanks to Star for selecting me. Now I get to blog for a publication as well. Who told me that blogging was a waste of time? It's payback time now.

For a start, we were given Mayflower's Privilege Card, two vouchers for 2 days/1 night hotel stay at Terengganu and Sabah beaches respectively and limo transfers to/fro KLIA.

Michael Aeria, COO Multimedia, Star Publication gave an opening speech, followed by Mayflower's GM, Chin Ten Hoy.

Michael said one sentence which I will remember - we (Star) view bloggers as our partners, not as rivals! Solid statement coming from a mainstream media.
Datuk Rashid Khan, the commercial director of Malaysia Airlines was there too to grace the event. Michael, Chin and Rashid were actually putting their hands onto a button visualised on the white screen to imitate pressing a button to start a video clip.

Got to know some bloggers in the process. From left - Quachee, Thomas Yap, Soon Seng, Hurley, Teckiee and Samantha Poh.
We were treated to a buffet dinner and the same group of us sat at the cafe chit chatting till 9pm. What a start! We even got the AMBP Editor, Michael Fredericks, to sit with us talking about the Travel Ambassador programme. Got to know Tammy who was seated beside the editor.

We are excited about the programme. We will be getting all fully-paid holidays to local destinations at the expense of Star/Mayflower where in turn, we shall do a write-up on our travel experience.

It won't be restricted to travels alone but we will be invited to festival events, cultural events and food promotions too. All this in return for write-ups. What's so hard about it? It's all fun.

Reading: Holiday planning made easy - Star
Tags: AMBP, All Malaysia Bloggers Project, Travel Ambassador, Event, Star, Mayflower, Mayflower ACME Tours Sdn Bhd, Travel

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Blogger Hurley said...

wow, you can write pretty well. Event nicely covered! So you are the guy with the group photo!

Anyway, see you soon!

30 September, 2008 12:16  
Blogger Mei-Wah said...

hey there johnny! :) congratulations to you! so sad that i didn't manage to chat up with all of you that day. well, can't wait for our first task! ;)

30 September, 2008 16:21  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

congrats! i was really thinking to join too but then i was worried about my work u see.. quachee was there too!
have fun !

30 September, 2008 22:47  
Blogger Simon Ho said...

Congrats man! i only knew about this ambp thing yesterday. was a lil too late to apply though. but once again congrats!!!

02 October, 2008 22:19  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey congrats congrats!!

07 October, 2008 00:02  
Blogger Johnny Ong said...

hurley - yeah, that's me!

mei wah - u can't wait but i'm wondering when

carrot - just join first next time and see what kind of trips u'll get. by then only decide

simon - awwwwwww if not cld have been sent off for hols together

cazzy - thanks

09 October, 2008 11:07  
Blogger Falcon said...

i was choosen too...dont know when we will get our free holiday...

10 October, 2008 15:47  
Blogger Johnny Ong said...

falcon - did u go for the launching ceremony?

10 October, 2008 16:15  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It's amusing that an editor of a print publication doesn't see bloggers as rivals.

Like it or not, newspapers are in direct competition with blogging and bloggers. Just ask about the massive layoffs in the print industry in countries where the wine bottle of blogging has long ago matured.

Rivalry is conducive, at any rate. And please visit my blog. I am a blog whore.

10 October, 2008 20:11  
Blogger Johnny Ong said...

butcher - well butcher, he cld be fishing for good bloggers to be roped in

11 October, 2008 15:24  
Blogger Tammy said...

i am not in the group photo..

sob sob

23 October, 2008 00:42  

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