ISKANDAR PUTERI: The Senai International Airport has recorded an increase in the number of flight routes by 66.67%, from nine routes in 2012 to 15 now.
Johor Tourism, Domestic Trade and Consumerism committee chairman Datuk Tee Siew Kiong said that currently there are nine domestic and six international routes including to Ho Chi Minh, Bangkok, Surabaya, Jakarta, Guangzhou and Shenzhen.
The average flight frequency has also increased by 334% from 129 flights weekly in 2012 to 560 currently, he said.
He said that the increase was among several aspects that contributed to the state government’s confidence in seeing a continuous increase in tourist arrivals.
Tee also said that the Tourism and Culture Ministry recorded an increase in star-rated hotels in Johor, from 83 units with 8,352 rooms in 2012 to 97 units with 10,791 rooms as of February this year.
On top of that, seven more international hotels offering 2,008 rooms are being developed in the state and expected to be completed by 2019, he added.
He noted that the number of tour guides have also grown from 840 guides in 2012 to 1,088 as of March this year, and the number of tour agencies mushroomed from 321 to 375 in the same period.
This goes to prove that the tourist sector is experiencing a steady growth and economic spillover to the community by creating more business and job opportunities,” he said.
On a separate matter, Tee squashed talk that the investments in Johor did not benefit the local community.
He said based on statistics from Malaysia Investment Development Authority (Mida), the RM26.4bil in investments in the manufacturing sector in Johor consist of 165 projects, creating 8,587 job opportunities.
“We have to understand that every ringgit earned from investment projects would definitely have spillover effects on the industries that support the economy.”
The state government, through Johor State Investment Centre and Mida, always engages in discussions to ensure that the investments brought in are beneficial to both the investors and the community, he added.