Malaysia Tourism Council (MTC) has been given a RM1 million (US$269,000) grant by the government to hold programmes and development projects to attract more tourists to the country.
“The grant will be spent on capacity building, education, research and tourism development programmes to improve the industry as well as marketing programmes overseas,” said MTC president, Mohd Sharkar Shamsudin.
Formerly known as the National Tourism Council Malaysia, MTC is the umbrella organisation for private sector associations, destination marketing organisations and regional tourism organisation, such as the Malaysian Inbound Tourism Association.
Two international events that are set to benefit immediately from this grant are the National Cycling Tourism Summit 2015, taking place in Kuantan this Saturday, as well as the upcoming Community Homestay World Summit 2015.
The National Cycling Tourism Summit 2015 is full-day programme of talks on organising cycling events, marketing cycling packages and the health benefits of cycling.
On the other hand, the Community Homestay World Summit 2015 will be held in Kuala Lumpur from November 26 to December 2, jointly organised by MTC, the Homestay Association of Malaysia and the Australia-based International Community Homestay Tourism Network.
Gathering community homestay hosts and partners from Malaysia and overseas, the event will see exhibitions, forums, workshops and networking opportunities.
Sahariman Hamdan, president of Homestay Association of Malaysia and vice president of MTC, said: “The objective of this world summit is to promote Malaysia and strengthen relationships between different communities in the world who are engaged with community homestay tourism.”