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Tourism and Culture Deputy Minister Datuk Mas Ermieyati Samsudin said the book would also enable foreign tourists to obtain interesting information on tourist destinations, thus further promoting the places.
"After the launch of the Malay version of the book in October last year, it is timely that the English version comes out now, in line with the Malaysia Festival Year 2015," she said.
She added that the book's English version would increase the number of tourist arrivals in Malaysia, especially those travelling by land from Singapore and Thailand.
Mas Ermieyati was speaking to reporters after launching the guidebook at the Gelang Patah rest area (north-bound) in the Malaysia-Singapore Second Link here today.
She said an estimated 14 million Singaporeans visited Malaysia this year, with 74 per cent using land transport.
The deputy minister said 50,000 guidebooks had been printed for distribution to highway users, especially foreign tourists to help them identify popular delicacies at the 16 rest areas in the highways.
Meanwhile, PLUS chief operations officer Mohammad Fuad Khusairi said the guidebook was available free-of-charge at tourist information centres, tourism exhibitions and customer service centres in the PLUS highway.
He said the digital version of the book could be obtained through the PLUSMiles at www.plusmiles.com.my or by downloading the application 'PLUS Mobile Apps'.