PUTRAJAYA receives a steady stream of foreign tourists throughout the year as Tourism Malaysia promotes the garden city abroad.
A recent dinner held in Putrajaya for the Pacific Asia Travel Association delegates who were in Kuala Lumpur for the Pata Travel Mart 2005 served to boost promotion efforts further.
The travel mart is the networking and contracting show for the Asia Pacific travel industry. It opened on Sept 27 with 375 global buyers representing 339 organisations from 54 countries and 704 seller delegates representing 307 travel organisations from 37 countries.
Putrajaya Holdings Sdn Bhd (PJH) hosted the dinner for about 200 delegates at the City Park, Alamanda Putrajaya, on Thursday. Prior to dinner, the delegates were taken on a tour of the Putrajaya International Convention Centre.
When they arrived at the venue, the delegates were ushered in traditional Malay style to the accompaniment of a rebana beat. They were also garlanded with fresh orchids and led to their tables in a true display of Malaysian hospitality.
Guest of honour for the evening was deputy Tourism Minister Datuk Ahmad Zahid Hamidi while PJH chief executive officer Datuk Mohamad Othman Zainal Azim delivered the opening speech.
Food and beverage outlets operating in the City Park vicinity set up numerous food stations for the delegates to enjoy a spread of international food.
Taman Warisan Pertanian also put up a fruits stall while Cruise Tasik Putrajaya and Taman Botani Putrajaya staff gave briefings on their services and facilities. The delegates enjoyed themselves by visiting the various stalls and picking out various food to taste and savour.
They were also fascinated with the dikir barat and traditional music performances. Just before they called it an evening, a fireworks display lit up the park and fountain area.