Published: Tuesday, 31 October 2017 10:24
PETALING JAYA: The Malaysian Association of Tour and Travel Agents (MATTA) has lauded Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak for recognizing the potential of tourism to generate revenue for the country.
MATTA president Datuk Tan Kok Liang said the association is delighted that 2020 has been declared as the next Visit Malaysia Year and that a target of 36mill visitors has been set with a view to bringing in at least RM168bill in tourism receipts by 2020.
"Major events, such as the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC), Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) and World Congress on Information Technology (WCIT) will also be held in conjunction with VMY 2020.”
“MATTA had proposed funding for capacity building in the travel sector and RM2bil was allocated to SMEs for training programmes, grants and soft loans under SME Corp. The allocation of RM500 million on infrastructure development will strengthen rural tourism and homestay, including eco-tourism facilities like jetties, toilets, and signage."
He also said that that MATTA had also asked that incentives are currently given to inbound and domestic tour operators be continued and conditions eased to help new and small players.
“With eVisa regional hub expansion, Malaysia is certain to attract more visitors from
countries with access to this facility. The upgrading of international airports in Penang
and Langkawi, and domestic airports at Kota Bharu, Mukah and Sandakan will ensure
greater comfort and convenience to air travelers.”
“With the completion of the West Coast Expressway linking Banting to Taiping and making Lumut within 90 minutes of Kuala Lumpur, Pangkor's tourism is set for expansion and will now boom with duty-free statuses like Langkawi and Labuan. But developments must be properly planned and controlled, and pristine parts of the island maintained for tourism to be sustainable, as the island is much smaller than Langkawi or Penang. It is a haven for ecotourism,” he added.
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Published: Monday, 16 October 2017 10:21
BENTONG: The Government will assist the Indian community in Bentong by providing them with training and courses in e-commerce, says Transport Minister Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai.
Speaking at a Deepavali celebration in Kampung Telemong multipurpose hall here, the Bentong MP said the Government wants to empower the Indian community, as well as youths in his constituency, to be involved in e-commerce.“As our country is fast developing, we want to make sure that there are ample job opportunities for young people in Bentong.“When there is growth in the tourism industry and increase in economic activity, there will be more job opportunities here.
Liow, who is MCA president, attended two Deepavali celebrations organized by local MIC leaders in Kampung Telemong and Taman Bukit Dinding here yesterday.He also presented the poor with rice and ang pow, to help ease their financial burden as the Festival of Light draws near.“We want Bentong residents to be able to celebrate Deepavali with utmost joy,” Liow said.Earlier in Putrajaya, Liow presented a RM2mil allocation to SJKC Dengkil, thanks to a special allocation from Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak.
The allocation will be used to build a three-storey block that will house 24 classrooms.Liow said the money received by the school was on top of the RM50mil the Government has allocated to Chinese primary schools this year.Also present were the school’s board of directors chairman Datuk Chan Meng Poh, Sepang MCA chief Datuk Ng Chok Sin and headmaster Wong See Lee.
Chan, who thanked the Prime Minister on behalf of the school, said the new building was expected to be ready next year.He said once the new block is ready, students would be able to study in a more comfortable environment.SJKC Dengkil, which has been around for nearly 60 years, has 652 students.
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