The Visit Malaysia Year (VMY) 2007 will be extended to Aug 31 next year under the "One Golden Celebration" campaign, Tourism Minister Datuk Seri Tengku Adnan Tengku Mansor said today.
He said this was to capitalise on the country's 50th Merdeka celebrations starting Aug 31 which should be a year-long affair.
More major events would also be organised during that period, he said.
"I have mentioned this to the Cabinet a few months ago but have yet to officially propose it," he told reporters after opening the Food and Hotel Malaysia 2007 exhibition here.
On the reported shortage of hotel rooms in Pahang, Langkawi, Sabah and Kuala Lumpur, he said that at a meeting earlier today, key industry players had agreed to encourage new players to build more hotels to provide a long-term solution to the problem.
Other measures include postponing some major events.
"One of them is the Malaysian International Space Adventure. We're trying to push it to the end of the year or early next year to enable more visitors to come in," he said.
Meanwhile, Tengku Adnan urged budget hotel operators to install safety features such as emergency exits at their premises and also register their businesses with the authorities.
"There're about 3,000 unlicensed budget hotels nationwide. We're working to get them registered with the local councils. We can't be harsh on them because they also provide rooms for tourists," he said when asked to comment on a recent fire at a travel lodge here.
Source : Bernama
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