Tourism Malaysia

Tourism over profits

Tourism over profits

THE DPM’s officiation has effectively showcased a joining to PATA, and a Malaysian Government’s loyalty to us, Tourism Minister Dato’ Sri Dr Ng Yen Yen told The Star during a eventuality opening yesterday.

Highlighting several pivotal factors that directly impact a tourism attention in Malaysia in a prolonged run, Dr Ng concurred PATA’s change over a general locus of tourism.

“PATA contingency take a clever mount on quarrelsome issues to move a members together. What we need now is for a companionship to put a minds together. Whatever PATA says, everybody listens. We will foster and inspire participation,” she said.

Environmental factors and a common clarity of amicable shortcoming by all Malaysian adults can make tourism an representative of change for a country, that in spin will have a certain outcome on a nation’s economy, she added.

“Overseas friends contingency be means to trust us adequate to come here. Tourism should be discussed some-more from elementary; it should be in students’ syllabus. Things like meridian change and how it affects a tourism attention should be inbred in a youths,” Dr Ng stressed.

Awareness is indispensable to rivet a younger era to take on an active purpose in a tourism industry, generally as they are amicable media-savvy.

“Awareness brings onward seductiveness and desire, that leads to action,” she noted.

She refuted a notice that upscaling a tourism attention will usually advantage a super rich.

“The law is, it affects grassroots use providers such as waiters, caddy drivers, sauna therapists and so on. People have to know that it is each citizen’s shortcoming to be directly or indirectly concerned in a industry. At a moment, we are confronting a necessity of 6,000 sauna therapists!

“That’s what obliged tourism is all about – adults have to get involved. If it’s only a Ministry that’s doing a thinking, though a people, a nation won’t improve. It’s a sum effort,” pronounced Dr Ng.

Dr Ng intimated that Malaysia’s bagging of 3 PATA Gold Awards (among a sum of 27 other accolades that went to a Hong Kong Tourism Board and Tourism Authority of Thailand) this year came as a warn to her.

“It never crossed my mind that we would be given this honour, though for that, we am beholden that in being Tourism Minister, we know a intricacies involved. People tend to associate tourism with leisure, though a weight is in orchestrating a diversion plan. we unequivocally wish a farming folk to be a partial of it so that they can be empowered,” she said.

She called on attention players to accommodate a changing final of a tourism industry.

“The universe is really opposite currently than it was decades ago. Before this, people waited compartment they reached their 40s to travel, perhaps, once a year. Today, immature people transport all a time, several times a year, in fact,” she said.

It is now about a packages we can give to travellers, Dr Ng added. “The method can’t package deals – and that in itself spells event for a private sector. The government’s purpose is to build a height and move a tourists in. You, assistance globe-trotters knowledge Malaysia.”


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Cuisine in Melaka


MALACCA: The Malacca International Airport in Batu Berendam is greeting its maiden arrival of a Boeing 737-500 flight carrying 120 passengers recently.

It is the first Riau Air flight of this capacity. The airline has been been operating daily flights between Pekan Baru in Indonesia and Malacca using the Fokker 50, carrying 50 passengers, since early this year.

Chief Minister Datuk Seri Mohd Ali Rustam said the state government would work at getting more special flights from Macau and China to Malacca.

Busier times ahead: Filepic is showing a small passenger aircraft arriving from Indonesia at the Malacca International Airport.

He said the state was expected to receive as many as 10 million tourists compared with 8.9 million last year.

Up to October this year, he said Malacca had seen 7.8 million tourist arrivals and another 2.2 million were expected in the final two months of 2010.

“The number of tourists has risen considerably since Malacca was declared a World Heritage Site in July 2008,” he said in his speech at the ‘Session with Eminent Personalities’ organised by the Institute of Management and Integrity (Inspim) Malacca recently. Also present was guest-of-honour Tourism Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ng Yen Yen.

The international airport was opened by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak in February following upgrading works involving its terminal facilities and runway. Covering 7,000sqm, the airport’s new terminal has facilities to handle domestic and international flights and can handle 1.5 million passengers annually.

Dr Ng told a news conference later that Malacca received an allocation of RM157.2mil for a two-year period under the 10th Malaysia Plan (10MP), which was 46% of the total allocation of RM340mil under the tourism implementation programme.

“This allocation is in recognition of Malacca’s importance as a prime tourist destination,” she said.

At the same function, Dr Ng also announced five main projects under 10MP, which included upgrading of facilities at the Ayer Keroh Botanical Park costing RM30mil, developing the Tasik Chin Chin area in Jasin (RM25mil) and building infrastructure for the cable car in Bandar Hilir (RM49mil).

The two others are the monorail phase two project along Sungai Malacca (RM13.2mil) and the development of the Hang Tuah village along the Duyung River (RM40mil).

Meanwhile, Mohd Ali said Malacca planned to hold a Baba-Nyonya International Festival for the first time next year to attract more tourists to the state.

He said the Casa del Rio boutique hotel in Bandar Hilir, expected to be ready by April 2011, would be the main venue for the festival showcasing the culture, traditions, fashion and food of the Baba-Nyonya community.

Organised with the cooperation of the Tourism Ministry, the festival will also invite the participation of Penang, Singapore, Indonesia and Thailand which also have such a community. — Bernama

Webmaster: Macau China are important markets for Melaka. Macau received about 20 million visitors and Melaka Macau have strong links with Portugal. It will be beneficial to Melaka if more chartered flights from Macau can fly direct into Melaka International Airport.

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