KUALA LUMPUR, 21 NOVEMBER 2014
A dazzling and soulful performance by Laura Wright, one of the biggest selling classical artists this decade with over a million cumulative album sales, marked the official opening of A Journey Through Time VIII, Asia’s premier watch and jewellery showcase that is presented by Starhill Gallery and endorsed by the Ministry of Tourism and Culture, Malaysia.
Laura Wright captivated the distinguished guests at the Tourism & Culture Gala Night with her trademark rendition of classical and operatic music, popular songs and musical theatre. Her song list for the night included Beethoven’s Moonlight Sonata, Pavarotti’s Nessum Dorma and Andrea Bocelli’s Time to Say Goodbye.
The Tourism & Culture Gala Night also featured an exquisite watch and jewellery showcase that presented a total of 17 luxury watch and jewellery pieces that will be displayed to the public for the very first time during the eight-day showcase, further solidifying A Journey Through Time’s reputation as a powerful prelude to Baselworld.
YBhg. Datuk Dr. Ong Hong Peng, Secretary General, Ministry of Tourism and Culture, Malaysia, was the Guest of Honour at the event. Accompanying the Secretary General were YBhg. Dato’ Mirza Mohammad Taiyab, Deputy Chairman of Tourism Malaysia, YBhg. Dato’ Yeoh Soo Min, Executive Director of YTL Corporation Berhad, and Mr. Joseph Yeoh, Vice President, YTL Land & Development Berhad, YTL Hotel and Properties.
Also gracing the event as distinguished guests were fashion icons YBhg. Prof. Datuk Jimmy Choo and British fashion designer Zandra Rhodes, one of the new wave of British designers who put London at the forefront of the international fashion scene in the 1970s. All in all, more than 200 guests including global watch and jewellery principals, renowned Malaysian celebrities and personalities and leading retailers were present at the evening affair.
Speaking at the event, Joseph Yeoh, Vice President, YTL Land & Development Bhd, YTL Hotels and Properties said, “We are proud to once again host A Journey Through Time. This spectacular event has grown from strength to strength over the years and today, it is well regarded as Asia’s most highly anticipated watch and jewellery showcase.”
“In celebration of Visit Malaysia Year 2014, the showcase this year will be our most eclectic. Ultimately, our objective is to solidify this showcase as a key event in the Malaysian calendar, to not only drive tourist arrivals and increase tourism spending, but also enhance the position of Malaysia as a destination of choice for luxury shopping and dining experiences.”