Spectacular....the handing over ceremony for the magnificent ice sculpture of the iconic Sultan Abdul Samad Building on Feb 5 as part of the ongoing 65th Sapporo Snow Festival in Hokkaido, Japan. - Photo from Tourism Malaysia.
You’ve never seen this spectacular Kuala Lumpur building quite like this. And if you’re lucky enough to be in Sapporo now, you will be frozen in amazement!
KUALA LUMPUR’S magnificent and iconic Sultan Abdul Samad Building stands proudly as white as snow in Sapporo against an impressive backdrop of a modern city skyline. It’s all part and parcel of Malaysia’s participation in the 65th Sapporo Snow Festival in Hokkaido to promote Visit Malaysia Year 2014 to the Japanese market.
Endorsed by the Hokkaido Government to be the main sponsor of this year’s snow festival, running from today till Feb 11, Malaysia was presented with an ice sculpture of the majestic Sultan Abdul Samad Building yesterday.
On hand to accept the work of art was the Tourism and Culture Minister, Datuk Seri Mohamed Nazri Abdul Aziz, who thanked the Hokkaido Government for the honour and the Japan Self Defence Force for working tirelessly to produce the extraordinary ice sculpture.
“This historic building built in 1857, serves as Malaysia’s tourism and heritage showcase to the world. We will continue to conserve it as one of the country’s most prominent heritage buildings,” said Nazri at the handing over ceremony.
Measuring 18m high, 28m wide and 20m deep, the Sultan Abdul Samad Building ice sculpture stands as a commanding structure at the festival which is expected to attract more than 2 million local and international visitors over the week-long event.
The Sapporo Snow Festival has been organised since 1950, and is supported by the City of Sapporo, Sapporo Tourist Association, Sapporo Board of Education and Sapporo Chamber of Commerce and Industry.
“We are truly pleased and honoured to be one of the main sponsors of the 2014 Sapporo Snow Festival and International Ice Sculpture Contest, along with Malaysia Airlines, our national carrier, as the co-sponsor. It goes in line with our aim to raise awareness of Visit Malaysia Year 2014 in the Japanese market and promote various events planned throughout the year.
“Through our participation, we hope to highlight Malaysia’s unique tourism offerings and position the country as a must-visit holiday destination for Japanese tourists,” continued Nazri.
Besides the ice sculpture, Tourism Malaysia also has a booth at the festival where teh tarik and batik making demonstrators as well as cultural performances will entertain visitors. Tourism Malaysia is also participating in the Snow Sculpture Contest showcasing a sculpture of the proboscis monkey, the official mascot of VMY 2014
The Minister of Tourism and Culture is in Japan for a sales mission to promote VMY 2014. The trip includes officiating taxi-wrap advertising campaign in Sapporo and Nagoya, hosting tourism trade and media reception events, as well as meeting with Japanese government officials to further enhance tourism cooperation.