Saturday, March 17, 2007

Travel Operators Risk losing your licences

Inactive travel operators may risk having their licences revoked, warned Tourism Minister Datuk Seri Tengku Adnan Tengku Mansor.

Calling the situation “very serious,” he said there were about 2,000 licensed travel operators locally, but up to 40% of them were not operating.

“I don't understand it; they have the licence, but are either not operating or they are sub-letting their licences out to third parties. Why do this?” he asked after launching the 23rd Malaysian Association of Tour and Travel Agents Fair here yesterday.

He added that the ministry was also looking at reducing the number of licences, to “terminate those inactive ones and give other people a chance to do it.”

Looking for bargains: Travel enthusiasts and members of the public thronging the many booths at the 23rd Malaysian Association of Tour and Travel Agents Fair in Kuala Lumpur yesterday.
Tengku Adnan also said that the ministry would take action against unlicensed travel operators, likening them to airport touts who gave the country's tourism a bad name.

Tourist arrivals in January was slightly short of the target – about 1.6 million arrivals instead of the targeted 1.8 million.

“Tourist arrivals did go up by about 9%, compared with January last year, although we were targeting a 15% increase.

“The shortfall is due to circumstances beyond our control, such as the floods in Johor,” he explained.

The three-day fair, which has more than 230 exhibitors and sponsors occupying 907 booths, aims to have a sales turnover of about RM85mil, with about 80,000 visitors expected.

Source : STAR
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