GEORGE TOWN, Dec 25 (Bernama) - The federal government needs the cooperation of all state governments to achieve the target of 28 million tourist arrivals for Visit Malaysia Year (VMY) 2014.
Tourism and Culture Minister Datuk Seri Mohamed Nazri Aziz said with the cooperation, the federal government could act collectively and more effectively.
"I hope to receive the cooperation of all parties to ensure success of this national mission as there is only six days left," he said at the Malaysia Christmas Open House 2013, here Wednesday. The ceremony was officiated by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak.
Mohamed Nazri said his ministry is targeting tourist spending totalling RM76 billion in 2014. "Total tourist spending increased by 9.6 percent in the first nine months of 2013 to RM46.43 billion compared with the corresponding period last year." Tourist arrivals also increased by 3.3 percent or 18.76 million people from Jan to Sept compared to 18.15 million over the corresponding period last year.
Mohamed Nazri said Malaysia was proud to be listed as one of ten must visit destinations in 2014 by Lonely Planet. "The Malaysian tourism industry remains favourable. Tourist arrivals for 2013 are expected to increase," he added.