Johor wants 16.6 million visitors this year

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  • Saturday, 06 Apr 2019

Aiming high: Liow (right) visiting a booth at the MATTA Fair in Johor Baru.

JOHOR BARU: Johor aims to attract at least 16.6 million visitors by the end of this year, says Liow Cai Tung.

The State Women Development and Tourism Committee chairman said the target could be achieved with the support of industry players.

“With hard work and cooperation from industry players, we managed to bring in 15.84 million visitors last year.

“This is an increase of 8.82% or 1.4 million people as compared to 2017 with 14.44 million tourist arri­vals,” she said after launching Johor MATTA Fair 2019 at a mall here yesterday.

Liow also said the state government was targeting an increase in the number of visitors who stayed at least one night.

“This year, our target is to have at least eight million visitors staying for at least one night in Johor.

“We will work towards increasing the figure to 8.4 million next year,” she said.

Liow said the state government was hoping to have 17.4 million visitors into the state next year, following Johor’s move to host the Malaysia Games as well as Visit Johor Year 2020.

On another matter, she said the tourism industry had not suffered any losses due to the recent Sungai Kim Kim chemical pollution.

“I don’t think it has affected the number of tourists coming in as there was no significant drop in the number of visitors recorded.

“At the moment, I have not recei­v­ed any complaints on this,” she said.

Last month, the chemical dump in Sungai Kim Kim had affected the health of thousands, including students, forcing the state government to close some 111 schools near the affected areas.

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