Spurt in domestic tourism after campaign


  • Letters
  • Wednesday, 26 Feb 2003

Compiled by LOO YOK SOI, FARID JAMALUDIN and S. ARULLDAS

THE “Cuti Cuti Malaysia” campaign promoted by the Culture, Arts and Tourism Ministry since 2000 has brought about an estimated 30% growth in domestic tourism, reported the Sin Chew Daily

The president of the Malaysian Chinese Tour Agents Association, Chan San Soon, told the newspaper that the increasing hotel bookings in the country's major towns and holiday destinations was evidence of the rise in domestic tourism. 

“Hotel rooms in the country are always fully booked during weekends and holidays. The first and third Saturdays, being rest days, have further accelerated the growth of domestic tourism,” he said in an interview with the newspaper. 

He told the daily that the federal and state governments could do more to boost tourism. 

For instance, he said, the Tourism Department should issue more permits for tour operators to buy tour coaches. 

“The Government should supervise the upkeep of the country’s scenic spots. Hotels also need to improve their services. Tour guides need more training to ensure they provide quality service.” 

Langkawi, Redang, Tioman and Pangkor were the favourite offshore destinations, while Kuala Lumpur, George Town, Genting Highlands, Malacca and Cameron Highlands were the popular inland destinations, said Chan. 

The Chinese newspapers also carried an article advising women facing problems from unregistered marriages to go to the MCA Public Service and Complaints Department at Wisma MCA on Friday to seek advice from MCA lawyers. 

The department’s head, Michael Chong, told the Chinese press that five MCA lawyers would be present to answer questions on unregistered marriages at its office in Wisma MCA from 2pm to 5pm. 

Chong said his department had decided to organise the talk after many women called the department, expressing worries about their unregistered marriages.  

They had read in a newspaper that a fishmonger had “divorced” his wife through a newspaper advertisement on the grounds that their marriage was not registered. 

 

Nanyang reported that a 49-year-old Malaysian, Hoo Li Li, was arrested at the Chiang Kai-shek International Airport in Taiwan on Feb 23 for trying to smuggle 10kg of drugs into the island. 

 

It reported that Taiwanese Custom officials found the drugs hidden inside the lining of her luggage. 

 

Hoo who had flown in from Kuala Lumpur, told Customs officials that she was paid RM10,000 to take the bag to Taiwan but was not aware it contained drugs, said the daily.  


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