Published: Monday, 19 February 2018 08:35
KUANTAN: There will be no compromise on environmental issues in the state, no matter how serious the development to promote the tourism industry is, said Regent of Pahang Tengku Abdullah Sultan Ahmad Shah. He said Pahang’s environment and natural assets were sought after and made the state the preferred destination for tourists. “Pahang is famous for its flora and fauna in Taman Negara, Taman Negeri Endau-Rompin, Cameron Highlands, Fraser’s Hill and Pulau Tioman, apart from its beaches, food, and culture. “If the environment is destroyed, there will be an impact on these places and affect our attractions.
“We have been proactive in promoting Pahang using various ways and strategies. However, when it concerns the environment, there should not be any compromise,” Tengku Abdullah said in his speech at an appreciation event for tourism players and media members. Tengku Abdullah also launched the “Revisit Pahang 2018” campaign to follow up on the successful “Visit Pahang Year 2017”.
Present at the event were Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Adnan Yaakob, Tourism Malaysia director-general Datuk Seri Mirza Mohammad Taiyab, state tourism and culture committee chairman Datuk Seri Mohd Sharkar Shamsudin, Tourism Pahang general manager Datuk Ishak Mokhtar, and Tourism and Culture Ministry Pahang Office director Datuk Idros Yahya.Tengku Abdullah said the state’s tourism promotion could carry the tagline “Pahang, Truly Malaysia” because its neighbors Terengganu, Kelantan, Johor, Negri Sembilan, Selangor, and Perak were easily accessible to tourists visiting Pahang.
“In fact, we can launch ‘Revisit Pahang Forever’ here because the Pahang tourism sector has been playing an active role in promoting the state,” he said. Tengku Abdullah said during a visit to Cambodia, he found traditional food from Pahang sold there, proving that promoting Pahang as a tourist destination was viable.
Earlier, Adnan said in his speech that tourists benefitted the people economically. “The government did not gain much revenue from the tourism sector but the players, villagers, hoteliers, food producers and so on have gained economic returns directly from the spending power of the tourists. “The government provides the infrastructure and facilities for the tourists and their spending has generated income and revenue for tourism players and supporting groups,” he said.
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Published: Friday, 09 February 2018 08:32
KUANTAN: Pahang recorded 14.8 million tourist arrivals last year, nearly reaching the target of 15 million visitors for Visit Pahang Year 2017.
State tourism and culture committee chairman Datuk Seri Mohd Sharkar Shamsudin said the target might have been achieved but not recorded for various reasons, such as unrecorded visitors, including foreigners who spent their nights in homestays and other unregistered accommodations. “There were tourists who visited the state with family and in big groups, but did not spend the night here.
“Events like ‘kenduri’, and family and alumni reunions took place in Pahang and many outsiders were present but these people were not included as registered tourists,” he said. Most of the homestays are run by individuals and they are not registered with the local councils or related authorities.
“Some tourists visit attractions like the Kuala Gandah National Elephant Conservation Centre but spend the night in the villages nearby.“These are among the reasons why their arrivals were not recorded,” he said after welcoming a group of Singaporeans who came via low-cost carrier Scoot at Sultan Ahmad Shah Airport here. Also present were Scoot’s chief commercial officer Vinod Kannan, Tourism Pahang general manager Datuk Ishak Mokhtar and Tourism and Culture Ministry Pahang Office director Datuk Idros Yahya.
Scoot Tigerair Pte Ltd (operating as Scoot) is a Singaporean low-cost long-haul airline owned by Singapore Airlines. Kuantan is its sixth destination in Malaysia after Kuala Lumpur, Penang, Ipoh, Langkawi, and Kuching. It started with three-times weekly flights from Singapore to Kuantan from Feb 2 onwards. Mohd Sharkar said since Pahang had launched its Revisit Pahang 2018 campaign, the flight services from Singapore via Scoot would definitely contribute to reaching the target of 15 million tourist arrivals.
Vinod said it was Scoot’s strategy to introduce unique travel experiences to Singaporeans and connecting passengers from abroad. “With such beautiful rainforests and beaches that Malaysia has to offer, we are glad to offer these potential business and leisure destinations with incredible airfares to our guests,” he said.
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