"I expect the number of tourist arrivals will increase to 500,000 (2014) and will further increase to a million a year once the development project in Tasik Kenyir, including the free-trade zone, is completed," he told reporters after accompanying Deputy Communication and Multimedia Minister Datuk Jailani Johari, who visited the man-made lake here Sunday.
Mokhtar said various activities had also been lined up for next year, with the biggest event being the month-long Tasik Kenyir Festival. Among the attractions in Tasik Kenyir are Pulau Herba (Herbal Island), Bird Park, Orchid Garden and Kelah Sanctuary in Sungai Petang, he said.
Mokhtar also said the newly upgraded telecommunication infrastructure in Tasik Kenyir would also provide comfort to the visitors. "Prior to this, the telecommunication coverage here is quite limited, but with the construction of three new telecommunication towers, I'm sure users, especially tourists, will be more satisfied," he added.