Malaysia recorded 36 million domestic visitors last year, reflecting the growing culture of tourism among Malaysians, Tourism Minister Datuk Seri Tengku Adnan Tengku Mansor said today.
He said that with growing purchasing power, Malaysians are now able to visit places they like, including overseas destinations.
However, Tengku Adnan said, Malaysians should first travel locally because there are a lot of interesting and beautiful places that they can visit in the country before they consider going overseas.
"We have everything except snow in the country. There are a lot of beautiful places of interest such as the Stong Waterfall in Dabong, Kelantan, which is the highest in Southeast Asia and the beautiful Gua Tempurung in Perak," he said.
Tengku Adnan was speaking at the presentation of sponsorship pledges for the National Press Club (NPC)-Celcom Visit Malaysia Year 2007 Treasure Hunt from Kuala Lumpur to Damai Laut, Lumut, on March 24.
He told reporters that 200 participants in 50 vehicles would be participating in the treasure hunt.
NPC Deputy President Mokhtar Hussain said the treasure hunt was one of the ways by which the club contributed to the tourism industry in the country.
"We have participants who are from the mass media and the public, some coming from as far as Penang. We also have a team comprising four journalists from the Sabah Journalists Association," said Mokhtar, who is also the organising chairman of the event.
Mokhtar said the treasure hunt, which offers lucrative prizes such as 20 main grandstand tickets worth RM1,100 each to watch the Petronas Malaysian Grand Prix on April 6, was not a race but rather an eye-opener for participants on the interesting places along the way from Kuala Lumpur to Damai Laut.
Hunt details and the entry form can be obtained from NPC club manager Stephen Francis (tel: 03 - 2694 0525 or 017 - 8814479).
Source : Bernama
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