MALACCA: Malacca, which has ties with China dating back hundreds of years, hopes to woo 400,000 Chinese tourists this year, Chief Minister Datuk Seri Mohd Ali Rustam said.
He said that last year, 313,865 tourists from China visited the state, a 31% increase compared with the year before.
“The good ties between Malacca and China is a plus factor in making the state a preferred destination for tourists from China,” he told reporters after a luncheon with visiting China's Vice-Premier Li Lanqing and his wife Zhang Suzhen here.
Mohd Ali said the state government had directed its tourism promotion unit to work hard to achieve the target.
“Tourists from China rank second after Singaporeans to visit Malacca, which has various tourism products, including those with links to China’s history,'' he said.
China's Education Minister Chen Zhili, who spoke on behalf of Li at the function, said he believes Malacca would have no problem attracting tourists from China because of its many heritage connected to the history of both places.
Li’s 60-member delegation includes Science and Technology Minister Chu Guanhua and China’s Ambassador to Malaysia Hu Zhengyue.
Earlier they visited several places of interest such as the Poh Sam Teng Temple and the Hang Li Po well in Bukit China, Christ Church, St. Paul Hill and A’ Famosa as well as went on a boat ride in the Malacca River. – Bernama
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