Redang Resort Operators Association honorary secretary Yap Chuan Bin said this was because most of the tourists who came to the state's islands were locals or from Asian countries, such as China, Taiwan and Singapore.
"In fact, we are expecting an increase in the number of Singaporeans due to their strengthening dollar."
However, Yap urged the government to take the necessary steps to ensure the disease did not spread here. Yap said the Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) outbreak several years ago had badly affected tourist arrivals.
Malaysian Association of Tour and Travel Agents Terengganu chapter chairman Esmadee Endut said the industry could seize the opportunity to woo more tourists, especially from China and Hong Kong, as people were staying away from the United States and other affected countries.
Source : NST
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