Johor looks far Beyond
TheState Tourism Action Council islooking at north-western Chinaand the Commonwealth of Independent States. A state tourism official Freddie Longsaid the state capital Johor Baharu saw 21% moretourists coming through Singaporeduring the first half of the year.
It saw 9.6 million arrivals comparedto 12.3 million the same period a year before, a Bernama report said. He said adelegation had just returned from visiting Xinjiang and its capital Urumqi in China.
“Wesaw vast potentials there, especially the countries bordering Xinjiang like Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstanand Uzbekistan.They are all landlocked countries, beaches and tropical so forests aresomething alien to them,he was quoted saying. “They all have the so-called Russianculture where the idea of a holiday is all about the sea and the sand whichJohor has plenty.”
Longsaid Johor Tourism had identified 44 travel agents based in Urumqi, and travel writers based there tobring them over to Johor so that they can promote the state as a touristdestination. With the introduction of the Johor Baharu-Macau AirAsia flight andthe soon- to-be-reintroduced Johor Baharu-Jakarta flight, tourist arrivals areexpected to peak further, he was quoted saying.