Jammed pack with tourist!..
Melaka won’t stop promoting although the count down to 2009 are just few days ahead. From early December to the end, the state government with ‘Jom Ke Melaka’ (Come! Let’s Go to Melaka) programmed aim to boost domestic tourist arrival. ‘Jom Ke Melaka’ is a road show starting from Ipoh, Kota Bharu, Labuan, Kuala Terengganu and Seremban target to updated the domestic tourist about latest Melaka tourism products. Also this week, starting from 22nd until 24th Dec, The 9th Convention of Malay & Islamic World – ‘Dunia Melayu Dunia Islam (DMDI)’ also taken place at Holiday Inn. For this convention I’m the secretary for the Tourism Bureau, DMDI. More than 1200 participant came from over 13 countries such as Indonesia, Singapore, Thailand, Philippines, Brunei, Cape Town and Madagascar.
With Melaka as a host for National Christmas Open House at the Portuguese Settlement, you can imagine the traffic in Melaka for this whole week!. As Melaka now has already got 5,858,585 tourist arrival in the account till November, with all this Domestic and International Event making the way this month (December), I’m optimist now we already achieve the 6.8 million target. In this December alone, we estimate more than 1 million tourist visiting Melaka. School holiday really being helpful in boosting the figure.
Melaka is consider as Super Peak Season when November and December come. All hotel and resort are fully occupied. Sorry, no last minute booking when coming to Melaka this season. If compare to last year tourist arrival till November, this year has already top up 11.34% from last year 5,261,833. With the slow growth of world economy, Melaka is harvesting more on the service sector and the crop are mainly come from the tourism industry. It’s 65% of Melaka GDP. Well, can’t wait for January to count the whole 2008 figure!.
$3.2 Billion RM this year!