Tourism is definitely the right focus

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I am a believer of air-connectivity. We need to earn foreign currencies! It’s just like trading between nations. We have so many Malaysians who thinks other countries are more worth visiting but not cuti-cuti Malaysia, so let’s attract those people thinking the same from other countries.

Classic conversation with a good friend many years ago. Not sure if she remembers.

She: “If I visit that XXXX country, I get to see their sea / mountain / forests.”

Me: There are sea / mountain and forests in Malaysia too. Sandy white beaches, Mount Kinabalu and Royal Belum Forest.

Friend: Nolah, if I visit those in Malaysia, I will pay almost the same but I do not get a stamp on my passport.

Hahahahaha… Okay, noted. She was talking about those countries where ringgit is stronger, so it seems that it’s cheaper than to pay in ringgit and visit some local sites instead. So yes, tourism is a good focus for countries with lots to offer to the world. One example? UNESCO Heritage city in Penang. Earlier article about Penang International Airport (PIA) here. I have support about tourism from the Penang Chief Minister Chow Kon Yeow.

Article in thesundaily.my Penang Chief Minister Chow Kon Yeow said Penang needs to develop its infrastructure to help its tourism growth. He said the state needs good connectivity and is looking to cement its multicultural status. Penang offers this, ““All these have resulted in a vibrant Penang that offers unique experiences centered around architecture, lifestyle, art and culture.” He added that the Penang International Airport expansion project is a good move. Tourism is the fifth largest industry in Malaysia, contributing RM84 billion to the national economy with nearly 26 million tourist arrivals in 2018, a number which is expected to reach 30 million by next year.Article in thesundaily.my

Oh yeah, that friendly conversation on top? It’s with a Penangite. 😛 I have visited around 20 countries I think. There are certainly many countries with attractions which are different from Malaysia. Japan for example, the culture is really different and the scenery of a Japanese castle for example is also very different. The Sakura flower festival and even pork bone coup ramen for example is really unique. However, if it’s just to show off that we are overseas but we are not really experiencing something extremely unique, I still think better visit the awesome places in Malaysia lah. I have been to all Malaysian states no less than 3 times thus far. For some like Sabah and Sarawak, easily 50 visits in total. Happy visiting.

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Article written and edited by Charles. News article summarised by Dina Batrisyia.

written on 3 April 2019

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