Saturday, May 30, 2009

Tourism industry affected by A (H1N1)

The tourism industry in Malaysia, like the rest of the world, has been affected by the influenza A (H1N1) outbreak, Datuk Seri Dr Ng Yen Yen said Friday.

She said the international aviation association had reported a 10 percent drop in the number of air passengers worldwide.

"In Malaysia, we feel the effect, to a certain degree, but the number of tourists throughout the world has also dropped though the figures are not released yet," she said after visiting the Siti Khadijah market here. She is also meeting the Kelantan tourism industry players.

On another matter, she said the tourism industry in Kelantan could be further enhanced because the state had many interesting tourism products, some of which had yet to be developed.

"One example is the Siti Khadijah market. It fits the description of what tourists want to see. The traders at the market are not unfriendly. Tourists like to come to our country because they like our friendly people," she said.

She said the ministry had observed that many of the tourists to Kelantan came from "unexpected" countries like Croatia, Greece, Estonia, Holland and France.

The World Health Organisation said that 13,398 people in 48 countries had been infected with the virus, including 95 deaths, since it was first uncovered last month.

Source : STAR
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