Thursday, 6 July 2017

(The Star) More visitors expected to boost tourism in Johor

JOHOR BARU: The state’s tourism sector is expected to continue to grow with more chartered flights from South Korea, Japan, India and China.

Johor Tourism, Domestic Trade and Consumerism committee chairman Datuk Tee Siew Kiong said that presently there were already flights from Indonesia, Thailand, Vietnam and China into Senai International Airport.

“We are confident that our tourism sector will receive a significant boost as presently all the chartered flights from overseas have a load factor of more than 80%,” he said.

Tee said this during the launch of Think City Johor Baru Film Grant here.

The grant supports up to 20 short films featuring Johor lifestyle, culture and heritage as subject matter.

Tee said that local industry players need to be creative and innovative to come up with packages which allowed tourists to visit Johor, Singapore and Indonesia.

“We are a gateway to two other countries and they (tour players) should come up with a package stretching over five days, four nights to allow tourists to experience three countries during one trip,” he said.

He stressed that Johor had enough hotel rooms, with more than 10,587 hotel rooms statewide.

Tee added that the state was also being actively promoted as an education destination with many international universities and schools, medical tourism, golf tourism and shopping destinations.

Meanwhile, on the Think City initiative, Tee said they were offering grants totalling RM150,000 for short videos of between three to five minutes.

“All applications can be made online until July 20,” he said, urging the younger generation and those involved in the creative industry to take part.

Each recipient is expected to receive a grant of RM5,000 each.

He said that this was a good platform to promote the creative industry in Johor and to nurture talents among the young.

The best videos will be selected and shown during the Johor Baru film festival in October this year.