Friday, April 04, 2008

Macau eyes Malaysian visitors

MACAU will be celebrating its 55th year in Grand Prix racing in November this year and the country hopes to see more Malaysians joining in the fun.

“It is now so easy to get to Macau, whether it is for the GP or for leisure, especially with the expansion of air routes and more flights between Macau and Kuala Lumpur, Kota Kinabalu, Kuching and Johor Baru,” said Tunku Datuk Seri Iskandar Tunku Abdullah during the launch of “Experience Macau'' recently.

Macau beckons: (From left) Chui, Gu Jingqi and Antunes launching the ‘Experience Macau’ event recently.

Iskandar said Air Asia had 46 flights weekly to Macau while Malaysia Airlines had more than 50. Last year, tourist arrivals to Macau exceeded 27 million, a surge of 22.7% over 2006. In the first two months this year, visitor arrivals were up 4.7 million, including 400,000 Malaysians, – an increase of 13.9%It achieved a growth of 98% over the same period in 2006.

The three-day promotion held in Kuala Lumpur themed “See, Feel, Touch and Hear the Difference of Macau'' was attended by travel industry representatives, media and tourism officials of both countries.

“The five senses depict the image of Macau’s multi-faceted tourism products of both heritage as well as the new developments which we hope will attract more Malaysians to experience the destination,” said Iskandar.

The event was held to strengthen ties and exchange knowledge with the travel industry in the country and increase tourism cooperation between Malaysia and Macau.

Also at the launch were Macau Special Administrative Region Government Social Affairs and Culture secretary Dr Chui Sai On, China Embassy deputy head and counsellor Gu Jingqi and Macau Government Tourist Office director Joao Manuel Costa Antunes.

Source : STAR
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