Tuesday, December 05, 2006

Johor expecting 16 million visitors next year + to rake in RM1.6b during VMY 2007

The Johor Government is gearing up to receive 16 million visitors who are expected to spend some RM1.6 billion in the State during Visit Malaysia Year (VMY) 2007.

State Tourism and Environment Committee chairman Freddie Long said the Johor Tourism Action Council (JTAC) will be organising 30 programmes during the year.

JTAC will step up its sales mission, promotions in the domestic and overseas market and will go through radio and television, among others, as well as organise familiarisation trips for the media and travel writers.

"There will also be counters set up to provide information to front-liners of private and non-governmental organisations," Long said in a written reply to a question by Dr Lee Hong Tee (BN-Jementah).

He also said the State Government has identified numerous products in Johor which can attract the tourists. They include the bird sanctuary in Gunung Panti which has 300 bird species; and agro-tourism products which features organic farming and modern farming.

"Johor also has eco-tourism sites in Sungai Sedili Besar, Sg. Sedili Kecil, Sg. Lebam, Sg. Santi and Sg. Sebana," he said, adding the State Government would make use of the RM48.3 million allocated under the Ninth Malaysia Plan to upgrade the infrastructure of tourist destinations in various districts.

The number of tourists who visited Johor in the first nine months of the year shot up by 67.4 per cent to 14,693,108 compared to 8,781,435 in the same period last year.

Of these, 13,234,927 were Singaporeans followed by Indonesians (512,187); Chinese nationals (248,167), Japanese (121,598), Koreans (87,769), Filipinos (79,544), Indian nationals (60,3320), British (44,118) and Thais (38,365).

Source : NST
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