Ng: Violent crimes do not affect Malaysian tourism

The rise of violent crime cases in the country has not affected the tourism sector, said Malaysian Tourism Promotion Board chairman Datuk Seri Dr Ng Yen Yen.

Ng: Violent crimes do not affect Malaysian tourism

The rise of violent crime cases in the country has not affected the tourism sector, said Malaysian Tourism Promotion Board chairman Datuk Seri Dr Ng Yen Yen.

Although there was growing concern over the number of such cases, including the spate of shootings, she said her office had yet to receive any information that tourists have stopped visiting Malaysia due to safety concerns.

“We did not hear it as an issue when we held dialogues with tourism authorities overseas,” she said after launching the annual “1Malaysia Contemporary Art Tourism (1MCAT) George Town Art Trail 2013” at the Seven Terraces premise in Stewart Lane here.

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She hoped the police could get to the root of the serious crime cases to arrest any perception that Malaysia was unsafe.

Dr Ng said the ministry was targeting 28 million tourists arrivals during Visit Malaysia 2014.

“It is a big challenge for us as our target this year is 26 million.”

Dr Ng also expressed hope that art enthusiasts would seize the opportunity of the 1MCAT George Town Art Trail to appreciate the work by local artists.

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