2015年11月13日星期五

KL records 20% drop in foreign tourist arrivals

KL records 20% drop in foreign tourist arrivals

Foreign tourist arrivals to Kuala Lumpur has dropped by 20% this year compared to 2014, due to a decrease in regional tourism.

KL Tourism Board general manager Noraza Yusof said 11 million foreign tourists visited the capital last year.

"Based on the information we have at this point in time, an estimated 8.8 million have visited the city in 2015," she said during the launch of the Kuala Lumpur Tourism Bureau (KLTB).

Noraza attributed the drop to the global economic scenario besides other reasons.

"Alongside the regional factor, there are other reasons beyond our scope which we are attempting to identify," she said.

The KLTB marks the revamping of Kuala Lumpur City Hall's (DBKL) Tourism Unit.

In his address, mayor Datuk Mhd. Amin Nordin Abd Aziz explained KLTB's four main functions.

"It will focus on developing tourism products and infrastructure across the board, to bring together the public and private sectors in promoting the city, to support government bodies in enforcing regulations that govern tourism players, and lastly for dedicated marketing and promotion for KL's tourism," he said.

Mhd Amin expressed his confidence in KLTB's conducive environment for cooperation and collaboration, which would enable sustainable long-term tourism growth.

The bureau, launched at a cost of RM16 million, is located at Lot 11, Jalan Tangsi, here.

It was built in 1903 and formerly owned by tin mining tycoon Loke Chow Kit.

After being burnt to shambles, Lot 11 was subsequently refurbished with its original facade intact.

~News courtesy of The Sun~

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