Saturday, May 10, 2008

Malaysia woos Arab tourists with eco-tourism

Malaysia is putting up a strong presence at the four-day Arabian Travel Mart 2008 to woo Arab tourists to the country.
A total of 135 participants from 86 organisations are taking part in the travel mart which started on Tuesday and ends on Friday to sell packages that showcase the various attractions on the Malaysian tourism calendar.

Tourism Malaysia director-general Datuk Mirza Mohamad Taiyab told a media conference yesterday at the Jumeirah Beach Hotel in Dubai that Malaysia was currently emphasising eco-tourism.

The events include the Colours of Malaysia, the Mega Sale and the Rainforest World Music Festival, Tourism Malaysia said.

Visitors will also be able to network with Malaysian organisations for potential business opportunities at the Tourism Malaysia booth at the Dubai World Trade Centre.
Last year, 38,170 visitors from the United Arab Emirates visited Malaysia while 5,276 came during the first quarter of this year.

Malaysia Airlines now operates seven daily flights between Dubai and Kuala Lumpur while Oman Air is expected to fly five times weekly beginning July, the Arabian summer holiday season.

Air Arabia will also be promoting Malaysia with daily services from Sharjah, UAE to Kuala Lumpur. It will be complemented by Air Yeti which will operate services between Kathmandu and Kuala Lumpur.

Source : NST
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