MELAKA: The state government will focus on stimulating economic growth through tourism and industrial activities this year, Chief Minister Adly Zahari said.
He said various initiatives would be introduced through these two sectors which had been the main contributors to the state’s revenue.
Adly said a special allocation would be provided for the tourism sector, in efforts to increase tourist arrivals.
He said this year’s 20 million tourist arrival target would help towards the Federal Government’s target to attract 30 million tourists and generate about RM100bil in tourism income.
“Among efforts to get more tourist arrivals is to increase the number of international flights, instead of just domestic flights. Last year we managed to increase the usage of the Melaka International Airport (LTAM) by three-fold.
“We will also try to attract tourists from China via the Jakarta-Melaka-Guangdong flights and the special chartered flights that are expected to start operating this year, ” he said after a meet-the-people session at Seri Bendahara, Ayer Keroh here.
Adly said another prospect was to facilitate the development of the healthcare industry in promoting medical tourism.
He also said more programmes including a film festival would be held to attract local and foreign tourists to Melaka.
“Apart from intensifying efforts to promote Melaka as a world heritage city, cooperation between Melaka and China will be enhanced through investments in halal businesses to attract more Chinese tourists, ” he added. — Bernama
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