Tourists nationwide receive warm welcome

IPOH: The particular Perak government is confident of achieving five million in travelers arrivals during Visit Malaysia Year 2014 despite limited allocations and problems plaguing the Sultan Azlan Shah Airport.

State Tourism Committee chairman Nolee Ashilin Mohammed Radzi said the target was realistic as 5. 8 million tourists visited the state last year.

“We are hoping international events like the Royal Belum World Drums Festival and Pangkor Worldwide Development Dialogue will increase the number of foreign and domestic tourist arrival Perak this year, ” she said right after welcoming passengers of a Firefly trip from Singapore that landed in the Sultan Azlan Shah Airport right here yesterday.

Nolee said Perak had allocated RM8 million for the state’s tourism programmes.

It would be utilised as effectively as possible in drawing up activities in order to attract tourists, she added.

“An allocation of RM8 million is a very small amount but we will make do with it to get maximum outcomes.

“We are working using the private sector to help us along with programmes expenditure.

“We hope the Tourism and Tradition Ministry will assist us by providing necessary allocation. ”

Nolee said several airlines had indicated their interest to operate at the Sultan Azlan Shah Airport despite news reports that the airport’s newly prolonged runaway was not able to accomodate bigger aircraft, such as the Airbus A320 and Boeing 737-400.

“We have to wait until remedial works at the airport’s runaway is completed just before such flights can begin, ” she said, noting that tourist landings was expected to grow significantly when the airline started operating at the airport.

In Kota Kinabalu, the Sabah government will focus on tourists from Japan and European countries to meet its 3. 4 million tourist arrivals target.

State Tourism, Culture and Atmosphere Minister Datuk Masidi Manjun said the ministry would be spearheading efforts to ensure flights between Kota Kinablau and Tokyo would resume soon.

“We see a potential of visitors from Japan knowing from the increase in arrivals of twenty six per cent to Sabah last year.

“It is going to be the first project for the ministry to visit Japan on Jan 13 until 16 (to promote the state), ” he or she said, adding that direct plane tickets had been halted a few years back because of low-passenger traffic.

Masidi said the ministry would be getting involved in the International Tourism Exchange (ITB Berlin) in Germany in March.

“Malaysia, particularly Sabah, is among top choices destination of people from cold countries.

“Therefore, we should leverage on this to market the country. ”

Masidi pointed out the lack of accommodation and correct infrastructure to access potential tourism products as setbacks to tourism in Sabah.

He hoped more hotels would be built and the various agencies involved work together to develop places of interest.

Present to allowed tourists at Kota Kinabalu International Airport yesterday were Tourism Malaysia chairman Senator Datuk Maznah Mazlan, Tourism Malaysia board member Datuk Seri Dr Zainal Adlin Mahmood and Tourism Malaysia deputy director-general Datuk Azizan Noordin.

In Malacca, Bernama reports that the state government has planned 96 tourism programmes, including 15 main events, to boost tourism in the state.

Chief Minister Datuk Seri Idris Haron said the programmes included the Raptor Watch Week 2014 from March 8 to 9, 17th Archipelago Drum Festival (April 9 to 17) and Malacca River Invitational Festival 2014 (May 22 to June 22).

He said the programmes were drawn up to lure fifteen millions tourists to Malacca.

“We are confident of meeting the target with the help of numerous events, especially industry players, ” he or she said at the New Year’s celebration at Warrior Square in Bandar Hilir.

His speech was read by state Education and learning, Higher Education, Science and Technology, Green Technology and Innovation Committee chairman Datuk Md Yunos Husin.

In Johor Baru, there is a need for an additional 16, 000 rooms in hotels to cater to the expected rise in demand and tourist arrivals in the state over the next three years.

State Tourism, Domestic Trade and Consumerism Committee chairman Datuk Tee Siew Kiong said Johor needed 11, 550 three-star in order to five-star hotel rooms and 4, three hundred and fifty budget hotel rooms by 2017.

He said Johor had its own tourist attractions like Legoland Malaysia Theme Park in Nusajaya that had attracted about three million visitors since its launch last year.


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IPOH: The Perak government is confident of achieving five million in tourists landings during Visit Malaysia Year 2014 despite limited allocations and problems plaguing the Sultan Azlan Shah Airport.

State Tourism Committee chairman Nolee Ashilin Mohammed Radzi said the target was realistic as 5. 8 million travelers visited the state last year.

“We are hoping international events like the Royal Belum World Percussion Festival and Pangkor International Development Dialogue will increase the number of foreign and domestic tourist arrival Perak this season, ” she said after inviting passengers of a Firefly flight from Singapore that landed at the Sultan Azlan Shah Airport here the other day.

Nolee said Perak had allocated RM8 million for your state’s tourism programmes.

It would be utilised as efficiently as you possibly can in drawing up activities to draw in tourists, she added.

“An allocation of RM8 million is a very small amount but we will get by with it to get maximum results.

“We are working with the personal sector to help us with programmes expenditure.

“We wish the Tourism and Culture Ministry will assist us by providing much-needed allocation. ”

Nolee said several airlines had expressed their own interest to operate at the Sultan Azlan Shah Airport despite news reviews that the airport’s newly extended runaway was not able to accomodate bigger plane, such as the Airbus A320 and Boeing 737-400.

“We have to wait until remedial works in the airport’s runaway is completed before such flights can begin, ” she said, noting that tourist arrivals was expected to grow significantly once the air travel started operating at the airport.

In Kota Kinabalu, the Sabah government will focus on travelers from Japan and Europe to satisfy its 3. 4 million visitor arrivals target.

State Tourism, Culture and Environment Minister Datuk Masidi Manjun said the ministry would be spearheading efforts to make sure flights between Kota Kinablau and Tokyo would resume soon.

“We see a potential of visitors from Japan judging in the increase in arrivals of 26 per cent to Sabah last year.

“It is going to be the first project for your ministry to visit Japan on January 13 until 16 (to advertise the state), ” he said, adding that direct flights had been halted a few years back because of low-passenger traffic.

Masidi said the ministry would be taking part in the International Tourism Exchange (ITB Berlin) in Germany in March.

“Malaysia, particularly Sabah, is among top choices destination of people from cold countries.

“Therefore, we should leverage on this to promote the country. ”

Masidi pointed out the lack of accommodation and proper infrastructure to access potential tourism products since setbacks to tourism in Sabah.

He hoped more hotels would be built and the different agencies involved work together to develop attractions.

Present to welcome travelers at Kota Kinabalu International Airport the other day were Tourism Malaysia chairman Senator Datuk Maznah Mazlan, Tourism Malaysia board member Datuk Seri Doctor Zainal Adlin Mahmood and Tourism Malaysia deputy director-general Datuk Azizan Noordin.

In Malacca, Bernama reports that the state government provides planned 96 tourism programmes, which includes 15 main events, to boost travel and leisure in the state.

Chief Minister Datuk Seri Idris Haron said the programmes included the Raptor Watch Week 2014 from March 8 to 9, 17th Archipelago Drum Festival (April 9 to 17) and Malacca Water Invitational Festival 2014 (May twenty two to June 22).

He said the programmes had been drawn up to lure 15 millions tourists to Malacca.

“We are confident of meeting the target with the help of numerous parties, specifically industry players, ” he said at the New Year’s celebration at Warrior Square in Bandar Hilir.

His speech was read by state Education, Higher Education, Science and Technology, Green Technologies and Innovation Committee chairman Datuk Md Yunos Husin.

In Johor Baru, there is a need for an additional 16, 000 hotel rooms in order to cater to the expected surge popular and tourist arrivals in the condition over the next three years.

State Tourism, Domestic Trade and Consumerism Committee chairman Datuk First tee Siew Kiong said Johor required 11, 550 three-star to five-star hotel rooms and 4, 350 budget hotel rooms by 2017.

He said Johor had its own tourist attractions like Legoland Malaysia Theme Park in Nusajaya that will had attracted about three million website visitors since its launch a year ago.

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