Malaysia Tourism Ministry clears air about tourism cooperation with North Korea

Published on : Saturday, March 4, 2017

Malaysia Tourism MinistryClarifying a Bernama report on Matta’s (Malaysian Association of Tour and Travel Agents) interest to cooperate with the North Korean tourism industry, Matta President Hamzah Rahmat said all 3,100 members of Matta are registered with Malaysia’s Ministry of Tourism and Culture.


This comprises 80 per cent of all travel and tour companies registered with the ministry, he said in a statement.


“Thus, the report which stated that 80 per cent of Matta members are registered with the ministry is incorrect,” he added.


Bernama had reported that Matta is not interested in cooperation with North Korea’s tourism industry as it requires the involvement of a ‘middleman’ from a third country.


Hamzah said Malaysians who visited North Korea were not businessmen but individuals with their own special interest.


“But in the light of what happened at klia2, it would be prudent to heed the advice of Tourism and Culture Minister Mohamed Nazri Abdul Aziz for Malaysians to stay away from North Korea for the time being.”

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