ISKANDAR PUTERI, April 17 (Bernama) -- The number of overnight tourists in Johor rose by 8.2 per cent last year to 6.95 million, compared to 6.42 million in 2014.
State Tourism, Trade and Consumerism Committee chairman Datuk Tee Siew Kiong said the totals comprised 4.38 million domestic tourists and 2.56 million foreign tourists last year, and 4.02 million domestic tourists and 2.4 million foreign tourists the previous year.
"Besides, the Tourism Malaysia's survey also showed that Johor had remained as one of the top three states having the highest number of overnight tourists in Malaysia last year," he said in reply to Hamimah Mansor (BN-Penawar) and Dr Zaini Abu Bakar (BN-Nusajaya) at the State Assembly sitting today.
Hamimah and Dr Zaini had wanted to know whether there was an increase in tourist arrivals to the state amidst the uncertain global economy, and the steps taken by the state government to ensure consistent arrival of tourists.
Tee said the Johor government was also committed to attracting repeat tourists to the state and had taken the 'United Johor' approach to create a stable society, as well as peaceful and secured environment.
He said the state government had also identified new tourism products to provide tourists with many reasons to return to the state, in addition to offering the 'We Are The Host' course to tour operators to improve their quality of service.
"The Johor government has never been complacent in promoting tourism from time to time. In 2015, the state government has held a total of eight 'Explore Johor' programmes with the local tourism industry players in cities within the country and abroad," he said.
He said six familiarisation trips were also organised for the media and travel agents outside Johor to identify and develop tour packages for the state, while the state government had also promoted the state through the filming of documentaries and organising high-impact events throughout the year to attract more tourists.
Meanwhile, State Women, Family and Community Development Committee chairman Asiah Md Ariff told the state assembly that 60 private old folk homes were registered in the state so far, with a total occupants of 1.191.
She said 27 of the homes received financial aid from the federal and state governments, while the rest were fully privately-funded.