Ministry Projects 19 Million Tourist Arrivals (17/07/2009) Print E-mail

Friday July 17, 2009

Ministry projects 19 million tourist arrivals

SEPANG: The Tourism Ministry has now adjusted this year’s target of achieving 20 million tourist arrivals to 19 million.

Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ng Yen Yen said there was a need to be realistic, given the current tough times.

“The World Tourism Organisation has recently announced a reduction of 8% in tourist arrivals globally from January to April this year,” she said at a press conference after launching the KL International Airport Mega Sale Carnival 2009 here yesterday.

Dr Ng launching the Mega Sale Carnival at KLIA yesterday.

Dr Ng said the influenza A (H1N1) had not even come into the picture during that period.

“In Asia and the South Pacific region, the decrease is 6% and this is a major reduction,” she said.

The reduced number of projected tourists was part of the ministry’s plan to achieve the targets it has set out to accomplish, she said.

Dr Ng added that the ministry has also decided to develop the rural tourism economy by promoting home-stay programmes and increasing the number of foreign language-speaking tour guides as part of its key results areas.