Monday, August 24, 2009

Penang said to have inflated tourist arrivals

Gerakan has accused the state of allegedly blowing up the tourist arrivals figure for Penang last year.

Gerakan secretary-general Teng Chang Yeow gave his own calculations why the 6.3 million figure was doubtful after including the number of hotel rooms, their occupancy rate and the flight capacity of airlines flying into Penang.

He said if the figures were true, it meant about 20,000 tourists visited Penang daily.

Teng, who was the previous Tourism Development Committee chairman , said there were 14,000 hotel rooms and even if two people shared a room for two days, the figures adds up to 10,000 rooms.

“So we are left with 4,000 more rooms the next day. Where are the other 20,000 tourists going to stay the next day?” he said.

Source : STAR
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