PUTRAJAYA: The unexpected floods in the southern states have affected the target of 17.5 million tourists next year but Visit Malaysia 2007 plans are not going to be washed out.
Tourism Minister Datuk Seri Tengku Adnan Tengku Mansor said the country’s plans for Visit Malaysia 2007, which starts today, will proceed smoothly.
“The floods have affected our targeted number of tourists, particularly those coming from Changi Airport in Singapore and Batam Island in the south,” he told reporters after giving away sacrificial meat to residents of the Taman Putra Court apartments here yesterday.
“I hope the floodwaters will recede as soon as possible, and that we won’t have to brace ourselves for another wave of heavy rains and flooding.”
Asked if these tourists would be redirected from the flood prone areas, Tengku Adnan said there was a problem over connectivity, as it was difficult for tour buses or taxis to travel from the south because of the floods.
“The ministry is discussing with AirAsia, which is offering holiday packages, particularly those from the Philippines and Indonesia, on alternative routes and destinations,” he said.
Source : STAR
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