Minister Datuk Seri Tengku Adnan Tengku Mansor said although Malaysia had recorded 4.8 million tourist arrivals for the first quarter of this year, an increase of 9.8% compared to the same period last year, it did not see an increase in occupancy for five-star hotels.
“Yesterday, after the post-Cabinet (meeting), I gave instructions for a team to be formed to talk with all general managers (of the hotels) and also carry out checks.
“The main objective is to see how we can get more tourists into the five-star hotels,” he told reporters after launching the Shangri-La Hotels and Resorts support and initiative for Visit Malaysia Year 2007.
On another note, Tengku Adnan was confident that the recent reports of bird flu and flash floods in Kuala Lumpur would not affect tourist arrivals.
“The Health and Agriculture ministries have already confirmed that it (the bird flu) is under control,” he said.
As for the flash floods, Tengku Adnan dismissed it as a natural phenomenon that did not only happen in Malaysia.
Source : STAR
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