Sepang hopes to draw five million tourists

MPSepang team and guests posing with ‘Atan’, the Visit Sepang 2020 mascot, at the launch of the campaign. — Photos: LOW LAY PHON/The Star

SEPANG Municipal Council (MPSepang) is prepared to pull out all stops to make Visit Sepang 2020 a success.

In conjunction with Visit Malaysia 2020 and as a precursor to Visit Selangor 2021, Sepang hopes to see a boost in tourism this year through its efforts.

MPSepang president Mohd Fauzi Mohd Yati said Sepang, as gateway to the country through Kuala Lumpur International Airport and Kuala Lumpur International Airport 2, had the potential to attract local and foreign tourists.

“Our motto, ‘Sepang gerbang negara’, is apt given its location as gateway to Malaysia. Our aim is to make Sepang a destination of choice in Selangor.

“MPSepang is targeting five million tourists for year 2020, consisting of 80% local tourists and 20% foreign tourists, ” he said at the launch of Visit Sepang 2020.

Mohd Fauzi also spoke about various attractions in Sepang that may appeal to tourists, including the Bagan Lalang beach, five-star hotels as well as the availability of local dragonfruit.

There will be monthly activities and events throughout the year. Information on the activities as well as transportation can be found on the Visit Sepang app.

The enthusiasm of the MPSepang team was apparent from their attire — they were all wearing the “I love Sepang” T-shirts.

“Seeing everyone in the ‘I love Sepang’ T-shirt and knowing that all of us truly love Sepang, I am confident that we can put Sepang on the map, ” said Mohd Fauzi.

Selangor culture, tourism, Malay customs and heritage committee chairman Datuk Abdul Rashid Asari, who was escorted by MPSepang motorcycle club convoy to launch the event at Cyberjaya, said tourism was one of the main sectors contributing to the country’s economic growth.

“To increase synergy, let’s all work together to be good hosts to visitors, both local and foreign.

“To gain the trust and confidence of tourists, we need to consistently provide services of the highest quality, ” he added.

Abdul Rashid said with the targeted number of tourists, it was estimated that Visit Sepang 2020 would generate a revenue of RM5bil.

As part of the Visit Sepang 2020 initiative, MPSepang also promoted “zero waste” through proper waste management to ensure Sepang becomes a popular and clean tourist destination.

Certificates of appreciation were presented to various partners and stakeholders who came together to make Visit Sepang 2020 a success, including Malaysia Airports Holdings Bhd, Sepang International Circuit and Malaysian Association of Tour and Travel Agents (MATTA).

The Visit Sepang 2020 mascot, “Atan”, also made an appearance at the launch.

Guests were also treated to dance performances and a rendition of Visit Sepang Year 2020 official song featuring singer Datuk Hattan at the event.

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