Penang Preparing for 5.5 million tourists

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Penang Preparing for 5.5 million tourists

Tourism Malaysia Penang is aiming to attract some 5.5 million tourists to visit the state next year. Its deputy director, Haryanty Abu Bakar, said she was confident of achieving the target based on its new activities and promotions and programmes in the pipeline. She said it would be an exciting year as Tourism Malaysia Penang offered 33 interesting tour packages under the Visit Malaysia Year programme next year.

Haryanty said the focus would not only be on food and heritage but also recreational sports such as angling and sailing. “We are confident of achieving the 5.5 million target,” she said after launching the VMY 2014 photo sticker contest at the Penang Bridge toll plaza in Prai recently.

Travel packages worth up to RM2,000 will be given to 30 winners monthly during the three-month contest which starts on Jan 1. Participants are required to take a picture of the sticker on their cars at any tourist spot in the country, then click “Like” on Tourism Malaysia’s Facebook page — www.facebook.com/CutiCuti1Malaysia — before uploading their pictures on the page and sharing it with 10 friends.

Haryanty said Tourism Malaysia would also be organising a two-day Countdown VMY 2014 Carnival at Queensbay Mall today as a preliminary event to Visit Malaysia Year 2014. She said some 3,000 people were expected to visit 13 booths offering tourist packages during the event.

In Perak, Tourism Malaysia Perak (TMP) director Ahmad Kamarudin Yusoff launched the contest at the Tapah Rest & Relaxation area. Ahmad said the TMP team distributed 1,000 car stickers and 500 goodie bags to motorists during the launch. – Source from NST.

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