Wednesday, July 18, 2007

Change or Lose Tourist Revenue, Kelantan told

Change your hardline and restrictive attitude or forever lose out on tourist dollars, the Kelantan Government has been told.

Malaysia recorded 17.5 million tourist arrvials last year, the second highest in Asia after China, and they pumped in RM37bil based on receipts expenditure.

Kelantan only tapped a small percentage of the arrivals, said the Tourism Ministry.

Deputy Minister Datuk Donald Lim Siang Chai said the PAS government had to be more receptive to tourism and change its attitude if Visit Kelantan 2008 is to be successful.

“It is not that they are the opposition, but their policies tend to be more anti-tourism,” he said when opening an e-commerce seminar at the Kelantan MCA headquarters here on Sunday.

Lim added that the state government must meet the needs of modern-day tourists.

“Restriction on social mobility such as recreational areas and platforms for people to relax within the framework of the law would deal a severe blow to tourism,” he said.

Tourism Malaysia was fully supporting Kelantan in terms of improving infrastructure, facilities, promotions and products.

Lim said such efforts would be counter-productive if the state's policies put off foreign tourists.

Source : STAR
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