Malaysia has revised down its tourist arrival target for this year, from 24 million to 20 million, amid the global economic downturn and the spread of the Influenza A(H1N1) pandemic.
Acting Tourism Malaysia Director-General Datuk Amirruddin Abu said the two factors had affected the global tourism industry, including Malaysia's.
"There are already cancellations from the Middle East. However, they are still at a minimal level," he told reporters after attending a media conference on the second season of the Muay Thai reality TV programme, "The Contender Asia", shooting of which will be held in Malaysia.
Osys Group won the US$1 million bid to host the programme, beating contenders from the United States, Macau, Thailand, Singapore and Australia.
The programme is jointly produced by Imagine OmniMedia Pte Ltd (Singapore), Marc Burnett Productions, DreamWorks SKG and World Muay Thai Council.
Two Malaysian participants -- Mohd Faizal Ramli, 20, from Pasir Putih, Kelantan and Bernard Radin, 37, from Sarikei, Sarawak -- will be up against 16 Muay Thai exponents in the 15-week face-off.
The programme is expected to have 1.2 billion viewerships from 60 countries. The winner will receive USD$250,000.
Source : Bernama
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