Saya menyokong hasrat kerajaan yang mahu lebih banyak pelancong Indonesia ke Malaysia. Ini adalah strategi serampang dua mata yang mana bukan sahaja boleh membantu meningkatkan lagi sektor perlancongan negara malah dapat mengubah persepsi rakyat Indonesia tentang negara kita setelah mereka melancong ke Malaysia
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The effort to promote Malaysia as a tourist destination among Indonesians will be enhanced with the establishment of a Malaysia Tourism Club.
Tourism Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ng Yen Yen said Sunday the club would gather about 6,000 Malaysian students in the republic to disseminate information on Malaysian tourism products to Indonesians.
“The Malaysian students are our ambassadors in Indonesia and they can influence their friends and the community around them,” she told reporters after meeting West Java tourism agencies here.
She said the ministry would set up the club in Bandung as a pioneer project which was expected to start operating in two months.
“There will be an allocation for the club to carry out its activities. The ministry will also conduct seminars to brief the students on the Malaysian tourism industry,” she said.
There are now about 1,000 Malaysian students in Bandung.
Ng said that the participation of students in the club was voluntary, and the ministry would make sure that it did not affect their studies.
She said the club would promote Malaysia as a tourist destination by opening counters during carnivals or festive celebrations at the universities and also work with the Indonesian tourism agencies.
The National Association of Malaysian Students in Indonesia expressed support for the club.
Association president Khairul Hafidz Al-Khair Khairul Amin, who was present at a meeting with Ng earlier, said the club could help change the negative perceptions of Malaysia which certain quarters had inculcated among some Indonesians.
About 2.5 million Indonesian tourists visited Malaysia last year.