Thursday, July 09, 2009

Tourism Players Welcome Night Market Proposal For LIMA '09

Langkawi traders and tourism players on Thursday welcomed the suggestion by Tourism Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ng Yen Yen that a night market be held in conjunction with the Langkawi International Maritime and Aerospace Exhibition 2009 (LIMA '09) in December.

Langkawi Tourism Association chairman Shukri Shafie said apart from providing additional attraction to the biennial event, the night market would also benefit local traders.

"Tourists and Lima participants will also be able to visit the market and enjoy cultural performances," he said, adding that the event was one of the ways to showcase Malaysian culture to visitors.

Dr Ng, who made the suggestion at a recent dialogue with tourism industry players here, said that the ministry was prepared to bring in cultural troops from states in Malaysia to perform at the night market.

Chairman of the Langkawi branch of the Kedah Traders and Petty Traders Association, Ghazali Md Noor, also welcomed the suggestion, saying the market could either be sited at the Pekan Rabu complex in Kuah, Pantai Cenang or Padang Mat Sirat.

"This will further enliven the nightly atmosphere throughout the Lima," he said.

The association has over 500 members.

Chairman of the Langkawi branch of the Malaysian Association of Tour and Travel Agents, Pishol Ishak, said the night market would help increase tourist arrival in future Lima events.

Source : Bernama
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