Monday, November 19, 2007

Make Penang a Top Destination for Tourism

MANAGEMENT of tourism products must be improved to strengthen Penang's position om tje Asean tourism ranking, state Tourism Development and Environment committee chairman Teng Chang Yeow said.

He said the challenge was now to make Penang a premier destination in the region and as such measures should be taken to ‘polish’ existing products to woo more tourists.

“We have to look into many aspects to remain competitive in the field. Top Asean de-stinations such as Bali and Phuket depend solely on tourism.

“But for Penang, tourism is the second highest revenue earner after the electronics industry,” he said after opening the International Meatless Day Charity Carnival 2007 at Esplanade in Penang yesterday.

Extra pair of hands: Teng (centre) preparing meatless burgers with the help of stall operator Khoo Boo Yeang. Looking on is carnival organising chairman Pishu Hassaram.
Teng admitted that this year had been a challenging year for Penang.

“We have yet to check if we have achieved the target set for the year. But we do observe a positive growth despite stiffer competition,” he said, adding that the hotels had been recording an average of 20% increase in room bookings.

During the Meatless Day Charity Carnival, a variety of food and drinks that are free from animal products and by-products were sold.

More than 100 stalls were put up.

Proceeds from the sales will be channelled to Penang Seri Cahaya Welfare Home Organisations, Sadhu Vaswani Welfare Fund and Pure Lotus Hospice of Compassion.

Teng said the directory of vegetarian and halal food outlets would be re-designed to make it easier for travellers to carry around.

Source : STAR
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