DUBAI: Malaysia is pulling out all stops to woo visitors from the lucrative West Asian tourist market for Visit Malaysia 2007.
Tourism Minister Datuk Seri Tengku Adnan Tengku Mansor said West Asian arrivals grew by 16.6% in January and February compared to the 9.3% increase recorded for total tourist arrivals during the same period.
Tengku Adnan is leading the Malaysia delegation to the Arabian Travel Mart here.
The roadshow will last 16 days and will go to seven cities in the Gulf, including Dubai, Jeddah, Riyadh, Damascus and Doha.
“We would like to entice more tourists from this part of the world to come to Malaysia.
“Malaysia is a value-for-money destination. As far as we are concerned, the only thing we don’t have is snow.
“We have everything else, from beautiful beaches, islands and hill resorts to cosmopolitan cities, good infrastructure, a stable government and vibrant economy.
He said Malaysia was also keen on promoting education tourism to West Asia.
“The Government wants to increase the number of foreign students from the current 55,000 to 100,000 by 2010.
“We would also like to position Malaysia as a venue for medical tourism. The government is embarking on allowing wellness programmes and alternative medicine in the country.
“Port Dickson will be designated as a wellness hub,” he added.
Source : STAR
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