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Friday, 30 June 2017

(The Star) Influx of tourists in Pahang

KUANTAN: Tourist arrivals in Pahang in the first six months of this year rose to eight million compared to six million during the same period last year.

State Tourism and Culture Committee chairman Datuk Seri Mohd Sharkar Shamsudin said the increase followed continuous aggressive campaigns to attract visitors in conjunction with Visit Pahang Year 2017.

“Apart from the continuous campaigns via social sites as well as through television and radio, we also held many activities and new events to attract tourists to the state.

“As a result, the number of tourists visiting the state in the first six months of this year grew considerably and we are optimistic of achieving 15 million tourists as targeted earlier,” he said.

He said new tourism products being promoted included Che Minah Sayang Recreation Park in Maran which was formerly known as Lubuk Ujid, the Black Water Jewel of Pekan as well as the Merapoh Run in Lipis.

Apart from that, he said events in the state’s annual tourism calendar such the Kuantan 160 Century Ride, Royal Pahang Billfish Century Ride International Challenge and Start in Tioman diving event also drew local and foreign visitors.

“Lately, we found sports tourism has a big following and we hope to create more events in the future,” he said.

At the same time, he said the state government would continue to promote 2017 Visit Pahang Year with road shows nationwide.

“We have already carried out the campaign for the southern zone and after this we will be going to the northern and eastern zones before going to Sabah and Sarawak.

“We will also be going to Kazakhstan, China and Turkey following requests for us to hold promotions there,” he said. – Bernama