“Cancellation of flights into Malaysia will affect the country’s tourism industry,” said Tourism Minister Datuk Seri Dr Yen Yen; according to a report in the Star Newspaper.
The Tourism Minister’s comment was instigated by decisions by local airlines to cancel several flights from Europe and India. She also said that the cancellation of flights will no doubt affect the county’s credibility in promoting itself as a tourism destination.
According to the Minister, Malaysia had set targets under the Tourism Transformation Plan to achieve 36 million tourist arrivals and RM168bil receipts by the year 2020.
“The Government has implemented various initiatives and incentives in making Malaysia a shopping paradise. Tourism Malaysia statistics showed that shopping accounted for RM17.5bil in 2011, an increase of 1.3% over RM16.2bil recorded in 2010,” says Dr Ng.
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