Saturday, August 11, 2007

Tourism Ministry aims to boost enforcement

The Tourism Ministry is seeking the Public Services Department’s (PSD) approval for more enforcement officers to check the problem of illegal tour buses and guides.

Its minister Datuk Seri Tengku Adnan Tengku Mansor said once the approval was given, the ministry would be able to enhance its enforcement division.

“We’ll also work together with other agencies including the Road Transport Department and the Commercial Vehicles Licensing Board on this matter,” he said after holding a dialogue with tourism players here last Friday.

Tengku Adnan said they had received the approval of PSD to reorganise of the ministry.

“We will be getting more staff in the revamp and have proposed to have more enforcement officers,” he said.

On illegal tour guides, he said the problem was partly caused by tour operators hiring guides at their own whim instead of going through tour guide associations to get licensed guides.

“We will discuss at ministry level on how best to facilitate the matter as we do not want to frustrate people in the industry,” he said.

Tengku Adnan arrived here on Thursday and was on a working trip after visiting Pontianak, Indonesia.

He met tour operators, hoteliers and media in Pontianak to brief them on Visit Malaysia Year 2007.

The Indonesian market is the third biggest contributor to tourist arrivals in Malaysia after Singapore and Thailand.

Last year 1.2 millon Indonesians visited the country, an increase of 26.4% from the previous year, while 375,570 have come in the first three months of this year.

Source : STAR
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