KANGAR, April 5 (Bernama) -- Malaysia's rich historical and cultural heritage are assets which should be promoted to attract tourists said Tourism and Culture Minister, Datuk Seri Mohamed Nazri Aziz.
He said tourism was also an indirect way of helping to preserve the country's historical and cultural heritage as well as form a united society.
He said such attractions could complement Malaysia's rich natural resources to make the country a top holiday destination in the region.
His speech for the launching of the Perlis 2014 Songkran Festival at Dataran Putra Brasmana, Kuala Perlis near here today, was delivered by Tourism Malaysia director-general, Datuk Mirza Mohammad Taiyab.
Mohamed Nazri said the government hoped the tourism sector would generate RM76 billion with 28 million visitors in conjunction with the 2014 Visit Malaysia Year (VMY) despite the challenges posed by the MH370 tragedy.
"We have a national agenda which has to be carried out in the interests of the country. Faced by such challenges we should work even harder and not leave it to fate," he added.
The Songkran Festival, celebrated by the Siamese community in Kedah, Perlis, Kelantan, Perak, Penang and Terengganu is one of the 2014 VMY attractions.