Kuala Lumpur, December 14, 2009
A Journey Through Time III came to a grand close yesterday, after 11-days of spectacular showcases of stunning timepieces and jewellery. Endorsed by the Ministry of Tourism Malaysia for the third consecutive year, A Journey Through Time III welcomed an even more stellar line-up of luxury watch brands and exquisite jewellery.
There was much excitement as boutique owners, watch connoisseurs, watchmakers and principles gathered in merriment to witness the Starhill Gallery Watch of the Year Awards 2009 presentation after the 11-day long showcase.
Addressing guests during the evening Dato’ Seri Dr. Ng Yen Yen thanked YTL and Starhill Gallery for their collaboration with Tourism Malaysia and for helping put Malaysia on the horological world map as the destination for Asia’s largest watch exhibition.
“This journey will put Malaysia not only as a country with beauty and nature but also a place with sophistication and luxury. Today, in our Tourist Arrivals figure, I would like to announce that we have reached 21.5 million arrivals – far exceeding the 19 million target we set in May! This is not only because of Tourism Malaysia’s efforts but it’s because of Tan Sri Francis and Starhill Gallery for helping to make Malaysia a top tourist destination,” said Ng.
Tan Sri (Dr) Francis Yeoh in his speech said, “It is my joy to celebrate this occasion in the company of our very dynamic Minister of Tourism, YB Dato’ Sri Dr Ng Yen Yen. I truly believe that your energy and your passion will take Malaysia to greater heights.”
Yeoh also applauded the watchmakers who had flown in from around the world to grace the event. “I’m touched by your passion and your attention to detail and for giving us such quality timepieces. You are al the Mozart’s and Monet’s, the Picasso’s and Michelangelo’s of the watch world,“ he continued.