TOURISM in Kuala Lumpur suffered a 20% drop this year, said Kuala Lumpur mayor Datuk Mohd Amin Nordin Abd Aziz.
He added that the figure was derived after a meeting with tourism players, including hoteliers on Nov 3.
“To spur the tourism industry, we had two new events this year – The Big Kitchen Festival and Kuala Lumpur City Grand Prix - which had a significant impact in the flow of tourists into the country.
“The latter even saw some of the hotels in the vicinity fully booked during the event,” he said.
Amin Nordin said Kuala Lumpur City Hall was constantly thinking of ways to boost the tourism industry in the city.
“Showcasing our buildings and skyscrapers alone is not enough. So, to add on to the list of attractive events, we are organising a Fruits Fiesta for the first time in Kuala Lumpur.
“The 7.7ha park, which opened in 201,1 has about 1,900 trees of various species.
“It is a good place to learn about our local fruiting trees. I hope everybody will come and enjoy the park and savour our local fruits.
“There will also be free fruits served during happy hours, between 10am and noon, and from 2pm to 4pm.
“Some of the free fruits include Musang King durian, rambutan, jackfruit, guava, banana, star fruit, longan, mangosteen and papaya.
“We will also have a range of skill testing competitions such as cooking, drawing, colouring and fruit carving.
“There will also be activities such as zumba, gardening clinic, and cooking demonstration among others,” he said.
The Kuala Lumpur Fruits Fiesta will be held at Kuala Lumpur City Orchard Park in Jalan Bellamy on Dec 11 and 12 from 9am until 5pm, on both days. Admission is free.