Published on : Wednesday, February 5, 2020
With the spread of coronavirus expected to affect the Chinese tourist numbers visiting Malaysia, the Ministry of Tourism, Arts and Culture (MOTAC), and the Selangor and Pahang governments declared today the initiations to draw tourists from new markets.
Tourism, Arts and Culture Minister, Datuk Mohamaddin Ketapi declared that the Visit Malaysia 2020 campaign would again be reorganized to attract the new markets.
Selangor Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Amirudin Shari in turn, explained that the spread of the Coronavirus was not only influencing the arrivals of tourists from China, but other countries as well, and as such, the state would aim on more arrivals from Arabian countries along with Korea, Taiwan and other European countries in 2020.
He further added that as Japanese tourists were still going to Selangor, the ‘bon-odori’ programme of the state would continue and be part of tourism promotions which will be showcased.
On this context, Tourism Selangor General Manager, Azrul Shah Mohamad stated that on the basis of data from previous years, Selangor receives tourists from China, Japan and Australia in general during this time of the year.
“We will ensure that the state government’s target of receiving 7.8 million visitors this year will not be affected by the coronavirus situation”, he added.
In the meantime, Pahang Tourism, Environment and Plantations Committee Chairman, Datuk Seri Mohd Sharkar Shamsudin mentioned that the state would discover the new tourist markets in South America and Russia to fill up the gap caused by Chinese tourists.
Mohd Sharkar explained that Chinese visitors were among the largest groups of visitors to Pahang, with about 700,000 to a million tourists every year, “particularly those from Taipei who are known for their love of touring”.
He explained that during a press conference during the launch of the Simply Awesome short video competition for Pahang, organized in juxtaposition with Visit Malaysia 2020 at the Tourism Pahang office in Kuantan today.
Mohd Sharkar further added that the decision to focus on visitor numbers from South America was perfect considering that his team had taken on tourism promotions in many countries in the continent, including Argentina, in December last year.
On the video competition that will be organized every month from February to December, Mohd Sharkar said Tourism Pahang was offering a RM3,000 prize to each monthly winner.
For the meantime, today the tourism industry players in Langkawi arranged a conversation on ways to draw tourists to the island.