Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Tourism Malaysia need more money to promote Malaysia

The Tourism Ministry wants more money to promote Malaysia internationally as the lower tourist arrivals are a “very grave concern”, said minister Datuk Seri Dr Ng Yen Yen.

June recorded between 15% and 46% decreases from major markets such as Saudi Arabia, the UAE, China, Japan, Taiwan and South Korea.

Fun Malaysia: Dr Ng (seated right) having a light moment while visiting tourists and traders at Petaling Street yesterday.

She said these were very grave figures but not exclusive to Malaysia as it was a worldwide phenomenon.

Dr Ng said the present allocation to promote Malaysia internationally was not enough to bring tourist arrivals back to January-April 2008 numbers, which was 8% higher than this year’s.

She had written to Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak to increase the present budget allocation of RM245mil.

“I have written to the Prime Minister for additional funding with details on where we intend to focus on,” Dr Ng told reporters after meeting 44 Tourism Malaysia overseas directors and desk officers yesterday.

Without revealing the amount requested, Dr Ng said the present budget was not boosted by the latest stimulus package unveiled in March, which only allocated for minor infrastructure development for public amenities.

Dr Ng added that during the meeting, Health Ministry officers gave a full briefing on the status of the influenza A (H1N1) outbreak, to give desk officers a clearer picture of the situation here as many foreign tourists were worried about coming to Malaysia.

“The bottom line is that there is no quarantine; Malaysia is safe.

“If you have a cough or flu without complications, you are not compelled to go to the hospital,” she said.

Source : STAR
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