Melaka A Famosa Panoramic view by Jan.
While Many of neighboring country falling their target for 2008, Melaka shoot to beat the targeted 6.8 million tourist arrival for 2008. Melaka had incoming 7.2 million tourist last year with 84% of it from domestic visitors or 6 million and remaining 14% or 1.2 million from foreign tourist. Thanks to Singaporeans people for spending at Melaka and they were largest foreign visitors came to Melaka making 19.3% of the Pie. China, while so far away compared to Indonesia, is the 2nd with 17% followed by Indonesia (9.4%) , Hong Kong (4.4%) and Saudi Arabia (4.3%).
Excerpts from Melaka Chief Minister, Datuk Seri Hj. Mohd Ali Rustam recently in The Star news about Melaka Tourism:
‘….new attractions such as the Malacca River boat cruise, Menara Taming Sari and Eye On Malaysia were among the factors that helped the state maintain its high number of tourists.
“We hope to attract more visitors this year with the addition of several new attractions,” he said, adding that the state aimed to attract eight million visitors by 2010.
Among the attractions were a water screen and aerospace dome next to the Eye On Malaysia to be ready by April and a monorail and roller coaster in Taman Rempah set for completion in September, he said.
He added that Mydin Hypermarket and Jusco Shopping Mall, scheduled for completion in April and December respectively, would also help lure visitors.’
Target for Melaka tourist arrival in 2009 is slightly higher that is 7.4 million. With 2008 figure was 7.2, 7.4 for 2009 will be not to hard to achieve.