The local tourism industry will get a boost when four hotels, including one with five-star ranking, open here by the end of the year.
The four hotels are among a dozen, ranging in quality from three to five-stars, in the state’s plan to turn Terengganu into a top tourist destination.
State Industrial Development and Tourism Committee chairman Datuk Mohamed Awang Tera said the four hotels would cater to an expected increase in demand for rooms during Visit Terengganu Year 2008.
“We expect overwhelming response from tourists following aggressive marketing by the local tourism board,” he said.
“We need more five-star hotels and there are vast opportunities in the thriving industry,” he said.
Mohamed said the lack of accommodation could hinder the efforts to promote Terengganu as a wholesome holiday destination offering nature and heritage.
He said 12 hotels were to be nearing completion, but the development of these projects hit a snag apparently due to red tape in government agencies.
Mohamed said it’s time for all the relevant agencies to work coherently and expedite approvals for the construction of hotels here.
“We already have a tourism industry but we need to enhance our attractions and accommodation,” he said.
Mohamed also expressed disappointment over the lukewarm response from those in the local hospitality industry in participating in sponsored tourism activities.
“We do not get enough participation whenever seminars and courses are held on tourism although they are all for free,” he said.
He said attendance would benefit those in the business.
Furthermore, these activities are meant to train those in the industry on how to handle tourists and sharpen their communication skills, especially in English.
Source : STAR
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