Tuesday, February 20, 2007

Influx of Chinese Tourists in February 2007

KUALA LUMPUR: This month alone, between 60 and 70 chartered flights will bring in China tourists who find Malaysia an ideal place to celebrate the Chinese New Year as it is a “home away from home.”

Deputy Tourism Minister Datuk Donald Lim said the ministry was happy to learn that there would be a 30% increase in the number of tourists from the republic during the festive period this month.

“The reason they love coming here is because Malaysia has a lot of advantages, is a peaceful country, people here speak Mandarin and the China tourists have no problem with the food.

“The number of tourists will certainly give a boost to Visit Malaysia 2007 and help us reach our tourist arrivals target,” he said after launching an event to usher in Chinese New Year at the Thean Hou Temple here which included the lighting up of lanterns and a magnificent fireworks display.

Bright start: Lim and officials of the Selangor and Federal Territory Hainan Association including president Chiang Jui Men (extreme right) looking at the lantern display on the grounds of the Thean Hou temple during an event to usher in Chinese New Year.
The event was organised by the Selangor and Federal Territory Hainan Association.

Lim also said that the recognition by Global Traveler magazine which named Malaysia as the world's best tourist and value-for-money destination for 2006 was not only a proud achievement, but also meant the ministry would have the task of maintaining this position for this year, especially with it being Visit Malaysia 2007.

He also said the Chinese New Year national-level open house would be held in Malacca on Feb 24.

“Malaysia is unique because all the different races celebrate all the festivals together as one.

“This tradition is very much alive today,” he said.

Source : STAR
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