Holiday in Johor, Singapore youth told

  • Nation
  • Monday, 07 Jul 2003

SPECIAL EVENT:Dr Chua taking a papaya out of a basket of ice to mark the launch of thestate-level Food and Fruits Fiesta Month in Johor Baru on Saturday as (from left)Zaini Osman,Nash Nasihin Ali,Freddie Long,Datuk Abd Karim Hassan and Siti Aminah Kasbon look on.

JOHOR BARU: The state Tourism Department is co-operating with its counterpart in Singapore to attract students from the republic to visit the state during their school holidays.  

Johor Tourism and Environment Committee chairman Datuk Dr Chua Soi Lek said the department had three packages to attract half a million students during their school holidays next month.  

The packages are nature packages to Endau-Rompin, Tanjung Piai and Gunung Ledang; home-stay programmes at rural villages; and agro-tourism packages to oil palm plantations, pineapple plantations and padi fields. 

Dr Chua said the packages were aimed at promoting the unique services and products available in Johor and to boost tourism.  

“Ever since Singapore and a few other countries were declared SARS-free, the number of visitors has gone up from some 600,000 a month to one million in June,” he said, adding that hotel room occupancy had also increased to 54% compared to 35% in April and May. 

Dr Chua said this after launching the 2003 state-level Food and Fruits Fiesta Month here on Saturday.  

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