Terengganu targets five million tourist arrivals during VMY 2014
Terengganu, having registered four million tourist arrivals during Visit Terengganu Year 2013, has set the target to attract five million tourist arrivals during Visit Malaysia Year (VMY) 2014.
State Tourism and Culture Committee chairman Datuk Mohd Jidin Shafee said today the state expected 35 per cent of the tourist arrivals to be from abroad. “We are prepared for the influx of tourists. We have 9,729 rooms to accommodate the five million tourists in a year,” he told a news conference after officiating at the pre-launch of VMY 2014, here.
Mohd Jidin said the state had drawn up 22 major national and international activities for next year. The Kenyir Carnival would be held for a month from April to May at the Kenyir lake and was expected to draw visitors from the country and abroad, he said.
“Several projects are being implemented in the Kenyir lake, such as the Kelah Sanctuary, Elephant Village and Butterfly Park, which will be ready next year. Bird watching in the Kenyir lake, Setiu Wetlands and Kemaman are an attraction for foreign visitors because some of the species of bird are not found elsewhere,” he said.
He also said that work was ongoing to improve infrastructure facilities for the comfort of tourists at pre-historic sites such as Gua Bewah and Gua Taat. “We will open these sites for visitors as well as for research and education,” he said.
Mohd Jidin said the international squid harvesting carnival would be held in May and local and foreign media representatives would be invited to try their hand at the activity and write about their experience. “We hope this wide media coverage will make Terengganu even more popular as a tourist destination,” he added. – Source from NST.