Tourism Boom Despite Financial Crisis

Despite the Influenza A scare and the economic slowdown, the number of tourists last month in Malaysia, Thailand, and Indonesia increased compared to last year. Danish tourists visit more and more.

The number of Danish tourists visiting South East Asian countries like Malaysia, Thailand, and Indonesia increased substantially this year. According to The Star Online, Malaysian Tourism Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ng Yen Yen said, some two million tourists arrived in the country last month compared to 1.92 million in the same month last year and Denmark was among the countries showing a double digit growth.
Tourists from other countries increased as well, in particular the Netherlands, Iran, Burma, France and Turkey.
Dr Ng attributed the increase to successful promotions and cooperation from the industry.
“Tourists for the first seven months of this year also increased by 3.6% to 13.35 million compared to 12.89 million for the corresponding period last year,” she told a press conference yesterday.

And now the countries’ tourist departments will take further steps towards tempting even more Danes and others tourist into visiting the region. Dr Ng said Malaysia and Indonesia signed a memorandum of understanding on Monday to promote Malacca, Penang and Borobudur Temple under the one World Heritage Sites travel package.
“The package will target heritage and culture enthusiasts and senior citizens. It is a very special package that provides an unforgettable experience of visiting three heritage sites located in two countries under one package,” she added.

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