For the first three months of this year, Johor received some 3.98 million visitors which recorded a 9.1% increase as compared to same period last year.
Johor received some 3.98 million visitors which recorded a 9.1% increase as compared to same period last year.
On top of that, we are also adding new tourism products to attract more local as well as foreign visitors to tour the state, the Exco for Johor state Tourism, Domestic Trade and Consumerism, Hoo Seong Cheng was speaking to reporters during a state tourism meeting here.
He elaborated by saying, amongst the coming attractions include a Johor Premier Outlet which is due to open this November where visitors can shop for various branded goods in the one hundred shops located within it.
The other is the Legoland theme park, the first in Asia, spreading over seventy-six acres of land in Nusajaya and is scheduled for operations in September next year.
He said this year, the Johor Tourism department will add in several more categories in the bi-annual Johor Tourism Awards event which will include all tourism related industry players and also to raise the tourism standards in Johor.
With the current seventeen categories, it will increased to twenty-five, he added.
The department is now identifying and finalising the panelist of judges for each category.
Hoo said, the competition will be open in Jun and all competition rules will be given then.
The competing participants will be evaluated thoroughly and the award winners shall be identified by end of the year.
The awards presentation will be held in January next year.
He said the award presentation event is one way the state government expresses its appreciation to the tourism related individuals and agencies who have contributed significantly to the state tourism industry.