Monday, June 08, 2009

Google Maps to feature Pahang destinations

Pahang is set to become the first state to use Google Maps to post tourist destinations and packages.

State Tourism, Arts and Heritage Committee chairman Datuk Shafiq Fauzan Sharif said a Kuala Lumpur-based company had signed a deal with Google and its website was expected to be ready in a month.

‘’At least 50 tourist destinations in Pahang will be posted on the website in four languages – Bahasa Malaysia, English, Mandarin and Japanese.

‘’Apart from local tourists, our target group includes those from Japan and China. There is a new trend of travelling on their own among the younger Japanese,’’ he said after officially opening Tourism Malaysia’s Zoom Malaysia campaign here recently.

Shafiq Fauzan represented Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Adnan Yaakob. Also present was Tourism Ministry secretary general Datuk Dr Ong Hong Peng.

Shafiq Fauzan said the domain’s contents would be divided into highlands, eco-tourism, beach and island, and cultural and heritage.

‘’Tourism is not just about beautiful buildings and infrastructure.

‘’Some tourists prefer nature and local cultures, and we have a lot to offer in these sections,’’ he said.

Earlier, Shafiq Fauzan said that Taman Negara was picked by a Swedish production house for the shooting of a reality television programme involving celebrities from Scandinavia.

“The programme is called I am a celebrity. Get me out of here,” he said.

He urged the ministry to help make the programme a success as it would spur interest in the national park.

Source : STAR
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