Saturday, August 6, 2016

Terengganu to showcase attractions

Terengganu pride: (From left) Samiun, Rohizam and MATTA
chief executive officer Phua Tai Neng at the press conference.
KUALA LUMPUR: Terengganu wants tourists to know that there is more to the state than its beautiful beaches.

Its deputy state secretary Samiun Salleh said the state aims to highlight its other gems at the upcoming Malaysian Association of Tours and Travel Agents (MATTA) Fair.
“There is no problem for the islands (in Terengganu) when it comes to marketing as they are a favourite with the tourists.“We now want to focus on promoting other places in the state, such as Kuala Terengganu,” said Samiun, adding that the state wants to make its capital a must-visit on the tourists’ itinerary.
Samiun was speaking to the press after Terengganu was announced as Malaysia’s Favourite Destination at the upcoming MATTA Fair.
The state, he said, has many new attractions that will delight the young and old, such as the light-and-sound show at the Islamic Civilisation Park in Kuala Terengganu.
“The upcoming MATTA Fair will be a starting platform for us to show the state’s unique attractions,” he said
He also said that the state’s tourism theme for 2017 is “There’s More to Terengganu Than You Know”.

Samiun said the state is aiming for five million visitors this year, 300,000 more than last year’s 4.7 million visitors.
“We hope the numbers will climb to 6.5 million in 2020,” he said.
He added that the state will feature cultural performances such as Ulik Mayang(dance) and gamelan, and craft demonstrations at its booths during the fair.
There will also be discounts up to 70% for hotel stays and packages during the daily Happy Hour slots at its booths.
MATTA deputy president Rohizam Md Yusoff said the association recognises the importance of domestic tourism to the country’s economy.
“For small hotels, restaurants and travel agents, almost 70% of their business comes from domestic market,” he noted.
The upcoming MATTA Fair runs from Sept 2 to 4 at the Putra World Trade Centre here from 10am to 9pm daily.

-thestar online.

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