Thursday, July 09, 2009

Number of Japanese tourists expected to increase

Despite the global outbreak of Influenza A(H1N1), the country’s tourism industry is confident of seeing an increase in the number of Japanese tourists coming to Malaysia.

Tourism Malaysia chairman Datuk Dr Victor Wee said the ministry had set a target of 450,000 tourists from Japan this year - a 20,000 increase from the 430,000 Japanese tourists who came last year.

“Based on our record last year, we are optimistic that we would be able to achieve the targeted figure, especially when Penang and Malacca have both been listed as Unesco World Heritage Sites on July 7 last year,” he told reporters after opening the Quality Service Training Workshop: Focus on Japanese Tourists held at Hotel Equatorial recently.

Some 20 frontliners, comprising tour drivers, operators and representatives from the hotels and restaurants, participated in the three-day workshop.

Wee said the ministry would focus on three special groups from the Japanese market - the senior citizens, professionals and youngsters.

“They are interested in knowing more about Malaysia and experience the various culture and tourist spots we have to offer,” he said.

Wee added it was important to keep attracting tourists to visit Malaysia by improving on the quality of service.

On another matter, he said the Tourism Ministry was actively promoting domestic tourism through various programmes such the Mega Sale and Cuti-Cuti Malaysia campaigns.

Also present during the official ceremony were state Industry, Trader, Entrepreneur & Cooperative Development Committee chairman Datuk Md Yunos Husin and Asean Japan Centre acting director, Fuchigami Joukei.

Source : STAR
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