Thursday, June 07, 2007

New Ideas gain from World Tourism Conference

The Tourism Ministry will hold a brainstorming session to ensure the ideas presented by experts during the World Tourism Conference are implemented.

Deputy Tourism Minister Datuk Donald Lim said the tourism and hospitality industries played an important role in the development of the country, and it was thus important to develop the sectors every now and then.

He said the conference had given the participants, especially those from the tourism-related sector, an opportunity to gain additional knowledge from experts around the world.

“We will see what areas need improvement to ensure the industry is on par with other developed countries at all times,” he told reporters after closing the conference here yesterday.

Themed Tourism Success Stories and Shooting Stars, the three-day conference was attended by more than 800 participants from 72 countries.

United Nations World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO) assistant secretary-general Geoffrey Lipman said the conference was a good avenue to strengthen relationships within the region to further boost the tourism sector.

“During this important year, we want to show our strong support for tourism, as it is one of the key drivers of the country’s economy.”

Source : STAR
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