KUALA LUMPUR, June 1 (Bernama) -- The Visit Malaysia Year (VMY) 2014 promotional programmes in China will be resumed after they were postponed since March following the tragedy over the disappearance of the Malaysia Airlines (MAS) flight MH370.
Tourism and Culture Minister Datuk Seri Mohamed Nazri Abdul Aziz said
the promotions would be carried out soon following positive reaction
from the working visit by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak to
that country in conjunction with the 40th anniversary of diplomatic
relations between Malaysia and China.
"The prime minister's visit to China had to a certain extent pacified
the situation and had given positive reaction, especially since we
already have good relations with China, to the extent that they were
willing to loan us two giant pandas.
"I was made to understand there was a memorandum of understanding
signed between Malaysia and China in the tourism sector, although I was
not present as I paid my last respects to the late Sultan Azlan Shah
(who died on Thursday)," he said. He said this at a media conference on the cooperation between Tourism Malaysia and Sango Taxi Association, Japan here Sunday.
Meanwhile, Mohamed Nazri said Malaysia monopolised tourism promotion
advertisements via taxis in seven major cities in Japan, through the
close cooperation between Tourism Malaysia and taxi companies in the
"Land of the Rising Sun". He said 840 taxis in Osaka, Tokyo, Kobe, Yokohama, Fukuoka, Nagoya and
Sapporo carried pictures of tourism products in Malaysia apart from
"Taxi drivers from Japan are also brought to Malaysia in stages to see
for themselves the attractions in Malaysia so that they can tell the
same to their passengers. "We all know taxi drivers in Japan are noted for their honesty and
manners. Not only that, the taxi medium is good for advertising purposes
because taxis there operate non-stop," he said. Also present was Sango Taxi Association president Yamane Shigetaka.
Shigetaka through an interpreter said he was amazed at what Malaysia
offered in terms of tourism and could not wait to go back to tell his
countrymen the same.