Monday, January 08, 2007

First week of VMY 2007 draws in 390,000 tourists

PUTRAJAYA: The first week of Visit Malaysia 2007 has seen some 390,000 tourists, mostly from Asian countries, visiting Malaysia.

Tourism Minister Datuk Seri Tengku Adnan Tengku Mansor said the numbers were very encouraging although the Government was trying to encourage more long-haul visitors from places like Europe and Russia.

“We are expecting five charter flights to arrive in the next day or two, particularly those from Russia,” he told reporters after giving away bicycles to top-scoring students at SK Putrajaya 2 here Sunday.

Tengku Adnan also quashed reports that since VM2007 started, there had been a spate of negative incidents targeted at tourists.

“There has been only one ugly incident in front of a hotel in Kuala Lumpur where the tourist was assaulted and injured by a man. Of the 390,000 tourists who came, the number of incidents has been less than 0.1%,” he said, adding that he had also received some reports of taxis overcharging passengers.

Tengku Adnan said he had apologised to the tourist involved, who had to receive 11 stitches for his wound.

“I don’t think the motive for that assault was robbery because the tourist was just taking a walk and dressed casually. I have apologised to him on the Government’s behalf,” he said.

Source : STAR
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