ALOR STAR: The Culture, Arts and Tourism Ministry will focus on upgrading and rehabilitating existing tourist attractions in the country this year, Minister Datuk Paduka Abdul Kadir Sheikh Fadzir said.
He said some attractions in the various states were incomplete or not maintained properly.
“I will visit all states to ensure that their respective tourism action councils take quick measures to upgrade the quality of their tourist attractions,” he said after attending a Kedah Tourism Action Council meeting here yesterday.
Kadir said there was no need for new tourism projects this year as existing ones were incomplete.
He said quality tourist attractions were needed to attract repeat visitors, who comprised only 20% of tourists in Malaysia compared to 60% in Bali and Phuket.
“The tourism sector depends a lot on repeat visitors as we cannot rely on new travellers all the time,” he added.