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November 4, 2013updated Nov 20, 2015

Dancing With The Minister

By Chris Boyle

1375201_10153409787040221_609375491_n (1)Schooled in the United Kingdom, originally a lawyer who rose to create his own law firm, then a Senator, Dato’ Seri Mohd Nazri Aziz certainly exudes charm not to mention fancy footwork.

According to his biography, he was born in Ipoh, a city know for its colonial buildings just over halfway from Kuala Lumpur to the border of Thailand.

He is the son of late Tan Sri Abdul Aziz who once served as Member of Parliament for Padang Rengas in 1974, and the Malaysian High Commissioner to the United Kingdom.

He received his education at the Victoria Institution Kuala Lumpur and the Malay College Kuala Kangsar. He furthered his studies in the Inns of Court School of Law in the United Kingdom and was accepted as a Barrister-at-Law at the Lincoln’s Inn.

Upon completion of his studies, Dato’ Seri Nazri started his career as an advocate and solicitor in Malaysia. Not long after, he started his own legal firm, Nazri Aziz & Wong. His successful political career let to his appointment as Deputy Minister in Prime Minister’s Department, Deputy Minister of Finance II, and Minister of Entrepreneur Development.

Of course to the 500 or so travel agents and industry VIPs who joined him recently at The New York Hilton he will probably be known as the “Dancing Minister.”

To launch Visit Malaysia 2014, the newly appointed Minister of Tourism and Culture, showed off his moves just blocks from Broadway, and it seems the bright lights were made for him.

While the evening was more about getting the New York travel industry’s grove on, with the stage filled with guests, hosts and dancers, tourism of course is serious business.  The objective of Visit Malaysia Year 2014, a global campaign, is to attract 28 million tourists to the country next year, with a target of 248,500 American tourists.

Four key themes are Heritage & Culture, Adventure & Nature, Wellness & Spa, and Island & Beaches. And Malaysia with its booming economy, growth in luxury resorts and spas, and the increasing interest of elite travelers in adventure travel (they spent over $5 billion last year) seems set to welcome more of you in 2014.

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