Ministry sets up crisis team

  • Nation
  • Friday, 13 Jun 2003

KUALA LUMPUR: The Culture, Arts and Tourism Ministry has formed a permanent tourism crisis management committee to provide solutions and carry out swift follow-up actions to strengthen the industry. 

Minister Datuk Paduka Abdul Kadir Sheikh Fadzir said he would chair the committee’s first meeting in two weeks to outline its framework. 

“The committee is formed not only to react immediately to crises but also to anticipate future problems. It will have solutions ready at hand so the industry does not go ‘yo-yo’ when a problem arises,” he said, adding that committee members would comprised agency chief executives and representatives from the industry. 

“A permanent tourism panel is important as the industry frequently faces setbacks such as the economic crisis during the Iraq war and the SARS outbreak,” Abdul Kadir said after launching Malaysia Airlines' Showcase Malaysia programme here yesterday. 

Abdul Kadir praised MAS and its partners – Malaysian Association of Hotels and the Car Rental Association of Malaysia – for organising the programme to promote inbound tourism. 

“The showcase will restore the confidence of international tourists in visiting our country and region,” he said.  

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