Tourism Malaysia to shut down four of its offices abroad

Published on : Monday, January 16, 2017

tourism malaysiaFollowing discontinuation of Malaysia Airlines Bhd (MAB) flights to the cities of the countries involved, at least four Tourism Malaysia offices abroad will be closed this year.


The offices are based in New York, United States; Perth, Australia; Stockholm, Sweden and Johannesburg, South Africa.


Tourism and Culture Minister Mohamed Nazri Abdul Aziz said, “As a result of MAB’s stoppage of flights to these cities, it will be difficult for Tourism Malaysia to continue operating and promoting flights.”


The closure of the Tourism Malaysia offices enabled his ministry to focus on other offices in Europe, as well as plan for the opening of new offices in China and India, he told reporters after attending a meet-the-people session held at the Dewan Kampung Tanah Merah in Padang Rengas on Jan 14.


The ministry plans to focus on major European countries, like Britain, Germany and France whose citizens visit Malaysia annually.


According to the 2015 statistics, tourists from Britain topped the list at 400,000, followed by Germany (40,000) and France (50,000).


However, the discontinuation of flights caused by MAB’s restructuring had affected the volume of international tourists visiting Malaysia, Nazri said.


“Last year, we expected to have 30.3 million foreign tourists and spent RM103 billion but we did not reach the target due to several factors, the most evident being the absence of flights.


“This is because when tourists visit a country, they seek out its national flight company…for instance, if they want to go to Malaysia, they will choose MAS (now MAB),” he explained.


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