aims to attract more tourists this year
Fifty years after Malaysia declared its independence
from the British, it is driving hard to draw
them - and tourists from the rest of the world
- back in.
These days it is hard to miss the ubiquitous
advertisements reminding you that Malaysia is
simply Asia, as the small nation tucked in between
Thailand and Indonesia works to land more of
the growing amount of tourism money feeding
in to their economy.
to the World Travel and Tourism Council, travel
and tourism are expected to generate 117.2 billion
ringgit ($33.6 billion) of economic activity
in 2007, a figure that is expected to boom to
300.9 billion ringgit ($89.8 billion) by 2017.
Travel and Tourism Industry's GDP contribution
to the total GDP is generally increasing,"
according to a report from the council issued
earlier this year.