Tourism Malaysia Eyes Opening Office In Kazakhstan

Sept 9. Bernama. KUALA LUMPUR

Tourism Malaysia Eyes Opening Office In KazakhstanTourism Malaysia is to set up a representative office in Almaty, Kazakhstan to attract more visitors from Central Asia to Malaysia.

Tourism and Culture Minister Datuk Seri Mohamed Nazri Abdul Aziz said the ministry was also looking at having charter flights to countries in that region to Malaysia in a bid to increase the number of tourist arrivals.

Currently, commercial flights from Tashkent in Uzbekistan and Almaty were insufficient to bring in visitors to Malaysia, he told reporters after officiating at the soft launch of the Malaysia Tourism Hunt 2013, here,Monday.

The ministry, he said, also planned to engage more people in foreign countries to help promote Malaysia as a preferred tourist destination.

“I think we can engage people who are pro-Malaysia and who can really promote Malaysia in their respective countries,” Nazri said.

He also said that tourist arrivals in Malaysia in the first quarter of 2013 increased by 15 per cent over last year’s figure.

However, there was a slight drop in June due to the haze problem hitting the country, he added.

“But we are still on track to achieve the target of 26.8 million tourist arrivals this year. And next year, in conjunction with Visit Malaysia Year, we target to draw 28 million tourists.”

He said various programmes had been drawn up to promote Visit Malaysia Year 2014 (VMY2014) including the Malaysia Tourism Hunt 2013, organised for the second time due to the good response last year.

For this edition, the hunt from Sept 22 to 28 will take the participating local and foreign media practitioners and representatives of the tourism industry and sponsors from Putrajaya to Johor Baharu.

The hunt for a total distance of about 1,000 km is aimed at promoting VMY2014, local tourist destinations and products and self-drive holiday packages, among others.