PUTRAJAYA, April 30 (Bernama) -- Malaysia''s participation in the four-day
19th Arabian Travel Market (ATM) in Dubai, beginning today, is a clear
demonstration of the country''s commitment and efforts in attracting more
tourists, particularly from West Asia, to its shores.
The participation of a 129-member tourism trade delegation for this event at
the Dubai International Convention and Exhibition Centre, UAE, was also to
promote the states in the west coast of Peninsular Malaysia, as well as Sabah
This year''s delegation comprises 76 government and private sector
organisations which include 43 hotels, 22 travel and tour operators, seven state
governments and four tourism product operators, said Tourism Malaysia in a
statement here today.
Leading the Malaysian delegation is Tourism Malaysia''s Director for
International Marketing Division (South Asia/West Asia/Africa) Zulkifly Md Said.
Some of the Malaysian delegates are expected to join Tourism Malaysia in its
sales mission to Riyadh and Jeddah in Saudi Arabia from May 4 to 8, to further
strengthen Malaysia''s presence in the market.
Malaysia recorded 24.7 million tourist arrivals last year, with a 0.6 per
cent growth, as compared to 2010.
The West Asian market registered 358,994 tourist arrivals, with a growth of
12.1 per cent, as compared to 320,373 tourists in 2010.
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