Encouraged by the good number of Danish tourists to
Malaysia this year, Tourism will further strengthen its strategies to boost arrivals especially in the coming winter break. Malaysia
Tourism Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ng Yen Yen said 20,161 Danes visited
up to September, a steady increase from 12,773 in 2006, 19,773 in 2007 and 23,817 last year. Malaysia
Dr Ng is confident that the uptrend will continue despite the global economic uncertainties and competition from other countries such as
Thailand and where the Danes tend to holiday during the winter. Spain
“This is one of the key European markets that we seriously focus on. We have all the right packages that the Danes want for a holiday, the sun, nature and our very own unique cultural identity,” she said after a “Malaysia Truly Asia” presentation and a dinner for some 30 key Danish tourism players here on Friday night.
“This winter would be especially a good time to attract the long-term Danish holidaymakers to
and to encourage them to participate in the homestay and Malaysia My Second Home (MM2H) programmes.” Malaysia
In wrapping up a week-long tourism mission to three Scandinavian countries, Dr Ng said the MM2H was the best value-for-money product for these long haul holiday makers.
Homestays would be promoted as a healthy, family-oriented and education enriching programme for all groups of Danish tourists including children.
At the event Dr Ng also took to the floor to teach the Danish guests the “Cuticuti 1Malaysia” dance which combines various traditional ethnic dances.
She also received feedback from tour operators and the experiences of Danish tourists who visited
“They tell me that they love to come to
, but certain experiences especially with unscrupulous taxi drivers had spoilt their vacation,” she said. Malaysia
A frequent visitor to
Malaysia, Allan Hoffery said had all the right ingredients to become a key tourist destination for the Danes except for its taxi drivers. Malaysia
“They always refuse to use the meter. Once, a taxi driver wanted to charge me RM20 from
Source : STAR
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