CAMERON HIGHLANDS: All states must be aggressive in promoting their tourist spots to lure visitors, said Tourism Minister Datuk Leo Michael Toyad.
For example, Pahang has many tourist spots which include islands, lakes and highlands that need more promotion to lure foreign tourists,'' he said.
For example, the speciality in Cameron Highlands is its lush greenery and cool weather and most of the foreign tourists come here to enjoy this, he said after opening a three-day state-level food and fruit fiesta here yesterday.
He added that good management was needed to ensure that the beauty of Cameron Highlands was preserved.
The states should introduce day trips to tourist destinations through partnership with various associations involved in tourism, he said.
He noted that a total of 364,930 local and foreign tourists visited Cameron Highlands in 2002 compared with 290,000 last year, adding that the onset of Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome was among the reasons for the decline.
On the fiesta, Toyad said such events enable tourists to taste the various kinds of food and fruits found here.
The three-day fiesta, which ends today, is organised by the Pahang government in co-operation with the state Tourism Action Council and Fraser Hill Development Corporation.
During the event, a strawberry pie measuring 1m in diameter and 12.7cm high made its way into the Malaysia Book Of Records for being the biggest pie in the country.
The pie which weighed 50kg was made by seven chefs from hotels here and they took four days to make it.
Malaysia Book Of Records managing director Datuk Danny Ooi presented the certificate to Toyad.
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