NUSAJAYA: The annual prestigious Monsoon Cup 2015 match racing competition in Johor is expected to draw more tourists to the state.
State Tourism, Domestic Trade and Consumerism committee chairman Datuk Tee Siew Kiong said that events of such international status would give publicity to the state, as it would be published in about 123 stations in 183 countries.
“About 2 million spectators will be watching and reading about the match racing through the media, introducing Johor Baru to other countries indirectly and attracting more visitors to the state.
“Based on statistics from Tourism Malaysia, there was an increase of 8.55% as Johor recorded 2.898 million visitors in the first half of last year compared to 2.670 million from in the consecutive period in the previous year.
Speaking during the 13th state assembly sitting here on Feb 12, Tee added that other festivals including the International Kite Festival and Malaysia Rally in Johor would attract those who come here especially for the festivals.
“It will also boost the state’s economy especially towards the tourism agencies, hotels, shopping malls, transportation agencies, food operators and others.
“Therefore, the state government welcomes international events and will support any organisers or private sectors who want to hold their events here,” he added.
Tee also said that the three main festivals in the state that included in the Malaysia Year of Festival 2015 calendar are the International Kite Festival in Pasir Gudang, JB Arts Festival as well as the annual traditional Chingay procession next month.