|At Desaru Fruit Farm. photo: MOTAC facebook|
Nazri said the government's decision which was announced last week would increase tourist arrivals from China.
"We approved free visa to civil servants of China because China offers free visa to Malaysian civil servants who visited China," he told reporters after visiting Muzium Kota Johor Lama, here Wednesday. Nazri said based on records, China had 23 million civil servants.
"Even if the big number of civil servants come to visit Malaysia as tourists, they will not pose any problems since they are civil servants," he said.
He said the move which came into force on Feb 15, was also aimed at achieving the target of 29.4 million tourist arrivals and tourism receipts which totalled RM89bil next year.
Meanwhile, Nazri said since Kota Tinggi had various attractive tourist destinations and historical places, continuous promotions were needed to attract tourists, especially from Singapore.
"Since tourists from Singapore account for the most number of tourists in Kota Tinggi we must increase promotional activities and introduce new attractive tourism packages," he said after visiting the Lotus Desaru Beach Resort, Desaru Damai Beach Resort and Desaru Fruit Farm.