Tourism Minister Tengku Adnan Tengku Mansor hopes that the country's strategic alliance and networking with Macau will spur more people from the Chinese territory to visit Malaysia this year.
“Last year, Malaysia registered 4,043 visitors from Macau. This is an increase of 36.9% compared with 2005,” he said at a dinner here to mark the official visit of Macau special administrative region chief executive Edmund Ho Hau Wah last night.
Tengku Adnan said the visit by Ho and his delegation was an opportunity for Malaysia and Macau to strengthen bilateral ties, especially in tourism.
On the effort to encourage tourism between Malaysia and other countries, he said the Government was promoting air accessibility as part and parcel of the existing tourism co-operation.
Air Asia had strengthened its position in Macau by introducing direct flights from Kota Kinabalu since Feb 6, he said, adding that this would facilitate more travel and tourism activities between both countries.
Tengku Adnan said Macau and Malaysia shared similarities in their rich cultures, heritage and natural sites, and both could learn from each other to achieve greater tourism development.
Source : STAR
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