Jo­hor sees in­crease of 3 mil­lion tourists in 3 years

New Straits Times - - News -

ISKAN­DAR PUTERI: There was an in­crease of three mil­lion tourists who stayed overnight and shopped in Jo­hor over three years.

Jo­hor Tourism, Do­mes­tic Trade and Con­sumerism Com­mit­tee chair­man Datuk Tee Siew Kiong said the state was pop­u­lar among tourists, es­pe­cially those from neigh­bour­ing coun­tries.

“Based on Tourism Malaysia sta­tis­tics, tourists who stayed overnight and spent money in Jo­hor recorded a sig­nif­i­cant in­crease from 3.9 mil­lion peo­ple in 2012 to 6.95 mil­lion in 2015.

“This is an in­crease of three mil­lion tourists in three years,” said Tee in re­ply to a ques­tion by Chen Kah Eng (DAP-Stu­lang) at the state assem­bly yes­ter­day.

He said tourists flocked to Jo­hor to visit tourist draws, some of which were opened re­cently.

These in­cluded the Jo­hor Pre­mium Out­lets, Le­goland Malaysia, which is the first of its kind in Asia, the first San­rio Hello Kitty Town out­side of Ja­pan and the is­lands off Mers­ing, dubbed the Mal­dives of Malaysia.

“Jo­hor is ex­pected to con­tinue to re­ceive an in­flux of tourists from neigh­bour­ing coun­tries. The state govern­ment has al­ways strived to de­velop the tourism sec­tor so that it could con­trib­ute to the state’s econ­omy.”

He said busi­ness-match­ing ini­tia­tives to pro­mote Jo­hor at source coun­tries of these tourists helped to bring in more tourists.

Tee said the Xplore Jo­hor pro­mo­tional blitz, which was con­ducted four times at do­mes­tic lo­ca­tions and six times over­seas last year, had spurred in­ter­est in Jo­hor’s hol­i­day spots.

“Tourists who stay and spend in Jo­hor will spur busi­nesses, es­pe­cially those re­lated to ac­com­mo­da­tion, trans­porta­tion, tourist guides, food and bev­er­ages, and small and medium in­dus­tries that cre­ate hand­i­craft.”

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