Thursday, February 11, 2010

Innovation is the key

THE Tourism Ministry wants states to be more innovative and creative in promoting their tourism products.
Its minister Datuk Seri Dr Ng Yen Yen said Perak had vast tourism potential with its ecotourism products like the Belum Forest Reserve, its caves, rich tin mining history and as a food heaven.
“The ministry’s plan for Perak included a booklet about the state and also a traveler’s food guide to promote tourism.
“I will be meeting Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Dr Zambry Abd Kadir and state Tourism executive councillor Datuk Hamidah Osman to discuss the ministry’s plans to boost tourism under the 10th Malaysia Plan,” she said.
The higher, the better: Dr Ng celebrating Chinese New Year with MCA grassroot leaders from various divisions with the auspicious yee sang during lunch on Saturday in Ipoh. On Ng's right is Perak MCA Youth chief Datuk Dr Mah Hang Soon.
Dr Ng was speaking to reporters during a Chinese New Year lunch with about 100 MCA grassroots leaders from nine divisions in Perak on Saturday.
Ng said there was a need for human resources and knowledge management in the tourism sector so as not to lose out to other countries, adding that some 80% of those involved in the tourism sector were non-professionals.
She said smaller hotels and home stays were getting popular.
The tourist arrivals last year was 23 million surpassing the ministry’s target of 19 million.
This year the ministry hopes to woo 24 million visitors who will bring in an estimated revenue of RM5.2bil.

Source : STAR
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