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Published: Tuesday September 4, 2012 MYT 11:04:00 PM
KUALA LUMPUR: Tourism Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ng Yen Yen was awarded an honorary doctorate by the Josai International University in Japan for significant contributions in tourism industry development, nation building and forging of closer relations and cooperation between the university and Malaysia.
The private university's chancellor, Noriko Mizuta, bestowed the doctorate on Dr Ng at a ceremony in the university in Tokyo, Tourism Malaysia said in a statement Tuesday.
In her acceptance speech, the minister said she received the award, not just for herself, but also for her family which had supported her endeavours, and for the women and men who had worked with her for a better Malaysia, better tomorrow and for 1Malaysia.
This year, Malaysia welcomed 11.63 million tourist arrivals in the first six months, registering a growth of 2.4 per cent as compared to 11.36 million for the same period last year.
Tourist receipts from January to June this year, have also risen by four per cent, generating RM26.8 billion to the country' revenue as compared to RM25.7 billion last year. - Bernama
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