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Malaysia confident of attracting one million tourists from China

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Malaysian government is optimistic of achieving its target of getting one million tourists from China to visit Malaysia by end of the year, despite the influenza A(H1N1) pandemic, state news agency Bernama reported.

Expressing her confidence, Tourism Minister Dr Ng Yen Yen said this being that various strategies and promotions had and were being carried out by Tourism Malaysia with the cooperation of other players in the industry.

She said there had been a drop of 5.1 percent in tourist arrivals from China in the country during the period from January to June this year with only 466,685 people, from 491,682 tourists in the corresponding period last year.

"Last month (June) alone, Malaysia suffered a 20.5 percent decrease in arrivals of Chinese tourists with only 58,351 people compared to 73,355 tourists in the same month in 2008," she told a press conference on her recent tourism sales mission to China.

Ng said the trip, between July 10 and 24, was her second mission to China during which her entourage visited Beijing, Shanghai, Wuhan and Guangzhou, as well as held several meetings and dialogues with tourism industry players there to promote Malaysia.

"Why China again? It is because tourist arrivals from China have been affected by the H1N1, with their number having dropped badly," she added. Ng said the HIN1 pandemic also affected tourist arrivals from Taiwan, Japan and Korea.


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