Friday, May 18, 2007

Pahang tourism boost

The Firefly airline launched last month will help boost the tourism sector in Pahang.

State Arts, Culture, Heritage and Tourism Committee chairman Datuk Maznah Mazlan said Pahang stood to gain from its service to fly in visitors from the north, east and parts of Thailand.

Maznah said there were about 500,000 expatriates living in Thailand and they could visit Malaysia during their holidays.

She said that Pahang would be the best alternative state for them to visit via Firefly, which has services to Kuantan from Penang twice daily.

“We plan to have a smart partnership programme with Penang’s tourism sector as we can take advantage of Firefly's services to boost our tourism industry.

“Pahang has so much to offer visitors, and with the Firefly services, it is hoped they will discover the state as travel will take a shorter time,” Maznah said.

She said that, currently, visitors from states in the north and east had to travel to Pahang via Kuala Lumpur.

Maznah said that with Firefly''s services, visitors would find their journeys more comfortable and be able to visit the coastal areas of Pahang.

She said that, among others, Kuantan provided visitors a unique opportunity to witness the beautiful sunrise at Teluk Chempedak beach, an interesting trip to the mini zoo in Taman Teruntum, exciting water sports in Club Med, Cherating, and a trip through history in the tin mining museum and shaft in Sungai Lembing.

On another matter, Maznah said the state would promote the art of kite-making, particularly to students.

She said the state Culture, Arts and Heritage Department and Persatuan Layang-Layang Pahang had recently organised a two-day workshop on kite-making with more than 20 secondary school students attending.

“I believed kite-making will boost the state tourism industry because of the uniqueness and design of the kites.

“Some wau are made for commercial purposes. However there are wau made for flying,” she said, adding that Pahang would host a wau festival soon to promote traditional Malay culture.

Source : STAR
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