PUTRAJAYA, June 21 (Bernama) — The ninth Langkawi International Dialogue (LID), which ended Tuesday, enhance awareness of advances in Malaysia’s among African countries, thus encouraging travellers from the continent to visit the country.
Tourism Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ng Yen Yen said, however, to entice more tourists from Africa, air links between Malaysia and African countries needed to be increased.
“The transport minister is encouraging airlines to fly to African countries and I hope AirAsia will take up this opportunity,” she told reporters after the launch here of the coffee table book “Pullman Putrajaya Lakeside: The Jewel in the Crown of Putrajaya” here.
In another development, Ng said the government was focusing on efforts to provide a better shopping environment for tourists, in order to attract more long-stay and high-spending visitors.
She said on average, a tourist spent about USD2,700 on every visit in the country.
“We would like them to increase this spending to USD4,000. We have to encourage them to stay longer, buy more things, visit more places of interest, and patronise high-end restaurants,” said Ng.
Present were Tourism Malaysia acting director-general Azizan Noordin, Putrajaya Holdings Sdn Bhd chief executive officer Datuk Azlan Abdul Karim, Vice-President Operations of Accor Malaysia, Indonesia and Singapore Gerard Guillouet and Pullman Putrajaya Lakeside general manager Franck Loison.
Source : Bernama