Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Terengganu Targets Four Million Tourists This Year

Terengganu aims to attract four million tourists to the state this year, from only 3.3 million tourists last year.

State Tourism, Culture, Arts and Heritage Committee chairman Datuk Zaabar Mohd Adib expressed confidence of achieving the target with the world economy improving and the Influenza A (H1N1) pandemic having eased.

"Last year, we targetted 3.5 million tourists, but because of the economic slowdown and the H1N1 pandemic, we only recorded 3.3 million tourist arrivals.

"However, with the current development, we are confident of wooing more tourists to the state this year," he said at a function hosted for the Terengganu winners of the Malaysia Tourism Award here yesterday.

Zaabar said the state government was allocating RM8 million for tourism promotion programmes this year, adding that programmes like Swimaton, the World Gamelan Festival and the Monsoon Cup at Pulau Duyong would continue to be held this year.

Early this month, Terengganu hosted the World Jet Ski championship.

Meanwhile, the three tour operators from Terengganu were named among the winners of the Malaysia Tourism Award.

They are Sutra Beach Resort & Spa for the Best Hotel service under the three star resort category; Hotel Felda Residence Kuala Terengganu (2nd place for Best Hotel Service under the three star hotel category) and Ping Anchorage Travel & Tours (Best Tour Operator under the Most Innovative Tour Operator category).

Source : bernama
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