The Tourism Ministry aimed to attract 100,000 tourists from France this year, said its minister Datuk Dr Ng Yen Yen.
Towards this end, she said the ministry encouraged Malaysians who were proficient in French to become tour guides.
"The French prefer tour guides who are able to speak French. Presently, we have made our policies more flexible and are able to engage French residents in Malaysia for this (act as tour guides).
"One positive outcome of this is that they can help train Malaysians to become French speaking tour guides.
"The ministry is willing to help in their training and those interested are encouraged to register with us," she told reporters after holding a dialoge session with tourism industry players here Wednesday.
She added that France was a huge market for tourism and that last year some 90,000 French tourists visited Malaysia whereas Thailand was able to attract over 400,000 visitors from that country.
Source : Bernama
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