The awards were presented by Tourism Minister Tengku Datuk Seri Adnan Tengku Mansor, who told guests that it was a "critical period," as the country promotes its Visit Malaysia Year.

"The government has set a target of 20.1 million tourist arrivals and RM44.5bn in tourist receipts," he said.

Over 500 entries were submitted for the awards, including entries and nominations from the domestic and foreign categories.