Monday, March 26, 2007

E-mail Problems to Tourism Ministry for Fast Action

Assuring them of prompt action, Tourism Minister Datuk Seri Tengku Adnan Tengku Mansor said: “ E-mail your problems and I will try to solve them as soon as possible.”

“If it does not involve my ministry, I will refer the matter to the relevant authorities,” he said in response to several tour operators who complained that their tour vans were denied entry into the country.

“Tour vans and buses that are licensed for that purpose should not have any problems. It is only when private vehicles are used to ferry tourists into the country that they are stop-ped,” he said at a dinner hosted by Haadyai mayor Prai Pattano on Thursday.

The minister was on a three-day visit to Phuket, Haadyai and Songkhla to foster closer relations and cooperation between the two countries.

Tengku Adnan said the ministry was targeting to woo 2.2 million visitors from Thailand this year in view of Visit Malaysia 2007 and the country’s 50th national day anniversary.

“I will be speaking to the Transport Ministry and airline operators such as AirAsia, Firefly and Asmara Air on the possibility of having direct flights between Kuala Lumpur-Haadyai and Penang-Haadyai,” he said.

He said there was a 0.5% drop in tourist arrivals from Thailand last year.

Some 1,891,821 Thais visited Malaysia last year compared to 1,900, 590 in 2005.

“Despite the drop, Thailand was the second biggest tourist market for Malaysia last year.

“The slight decrease could be due to the political instability in Thailand ,” he added.

Source : STAR
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