SEVERAL tourism promotion programmes have been carried out in foreign countries to attract tourists for Visit Kedah Year (VKY) 2008.
State Tourism, Youth and Sports Committee chairman Datuk Othman Aziz told the House that the state had allocated RM3mil for the promotional activities.
He said 18 tourism projects, costing RM69.8mil, were listed under the Ninth Malaysia Plan, of which only one at Sungai Merbok had taken off while the others were now open for tenders.
Replying Datuk Abdul Razak Hashim (BN – Guar Chempedak), he said the state had also allocated RM13mil to renovate facilities at Gunung Jerai.
He said construction work at the resort atop Gunung Jerai had started since March.
“All activities at the resort area on the mountain have been postponed until April next year when the construction work is expected to be completed,” he said.
Othman said there were more than 8,700 hotel rooms available to accommodate tourists next year, of which 7,500 were in Langkawi and 1,200 in Alor Star and Sungai Petani.
He said that the state Economic Planning Unit had also sorted out homestay facilities in Kedah to woo tourists.
Othman also said the two resorts at Pedu Lake, which were closed due to financial problems last year, would re-open early next year.
Source : STAR
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