Published on : Wednesday, November 15, 2017
For Chinese tourists, small towns across Malaysia will be endorsed as new attractions. Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi, the Deputy Prime Minister explained that Tourism Malaysia will initiate the plan to further expand the tourism sector of the country.
Zahid stated that there might be limitations like lack of access to those areas. However, with the right approach it has promising future.
“Our attractions are not limited to the main cities in Malaysia,” he said while briefing in front of the Malaysian media. He also said, “I have discussed with several low cost carriers to venture into certain destinations based on the number of potential visitors to Malaysia. There are some new destinations that can be exploited because there are many Chinese tourists who like the tropical forests and the beaches.”
Zahid explained that the China National Tourism Administration, a government department that looks into Chinese tourism can be of assistance.
“The CNTA would normally suggests destinations to tourists on where they could go and this is where they could help,” he explained.
Malaysian Consul General to Hong Kong and Macau Datuk Tengku Sirajuzzaman Tengku Mohamed Ariffin and Consul Grace Rebekah The were also present in the briefing. The move to start with the new plan in order to lure more tourists from China particularly those from the Special Administrative Region here follows the signing of the Asean-Hong Kong-China Free Trade Agreement signed in Manila on Sunday.
Zahid earlier said that a sum total of 1.8 million Chinese tourists excluding Hong Kong and Macau, visited Malaysia as of Oct 31.
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