KUALA LUMPUR, Dec 4 (Bernama) -- Dewan Bandaraya Kuala Lumpur (DBKL) is intensifying efforts and organising more programmes to increase the number of tourist arrivals to the city after seeing a 20 per cent drop earlier this year.
City Mayor Datuk Mhd Amin Abd Aziz said DBKL had to work hard in implementing its programmes and promotional campaigns, as well as improving the image of the city.
"As at yesterday, there was a drop of about 20 per cent in the number of tourist arrivals, as well in hotel reservations in the city. So, we have to be able to offer more and think of amazing things that can lure tourists to come because having beautiful and unique skyscrapers can no longer do the trick.
"I have met with several associations of hotels, airlines and travel agencies and most of them agreed that the number of tourist arrivals to the city is on the decline," he told a press conference on Kuala Lumpur Fruit Fiesta 2015 here Friday.
He said despite the global economic slowdown, it was hoped that the efforts taken by the DBKL would be able to boost the national tourism industry.
Meanwhile, he said approximately 5,000 local and foreign visitors were expected to flock the Kuala Lumpur Fruit Fiesta 2015, which to be held for the first time at Taman Dusun Bandar (Urban Orchard Park) in Jalan Bellamy here on Dec 11 and 12.
He said there were about 2,000 trees of various fruits in the orchard.
"Visitors will have the chance to enjoy various types of fruits for free during the 'happy hour', that is from 10 am till noon or from 2 pm to 4 pm," he said, adding that the programme also had vast potential to be turned into eco-tourism product.
Other activities lined up for the two-day fiesta, themed 'A Celebration of Taste' were environmental education programme, garden clinic and fruit sales.