Tuesday, August 17, 2010

More foreigners visiting Langkawi

This resort island is seeing more foreign toursits than local ones this year, Langkawi Development Authority (LADA) tourism manager Megat Shahrul Azman Abas said.

He said the latest figures obtained from hotels showed that 55% of tourists here were foreigners. In previous years, local tourists accounted for 70% of arrivals, he said.

“Although domestic arrivals are on the rise, they are not as high as foreign arrivals, especially from India, Middle East and Europe. In the case of India, the growth can be attributed to the promotional campaign carried out in Mumbai, Delhi and Chennai in the past two years.

“We also carried out numerous sales missions to the Middle East.”

Judging from the number of arrivals at 1.2 million during the first half of this year, he said Langkawi was on track to achieve 2.4 million tourist arrivals this year.

Some 2.36 million tourists visited the island last year.

Source : Bernama

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