MELAKA, Jan 3 — The Melaka state government will this year focus on stimulating economic growth through tourism and industrial activities, Chief Minister Adly Zahari said.

He said various initiatives would be driven through these two sectors which had been the main contributors to the state’s revenue.

A special allocation would be provided for the tourism sector, in efforts to increase tourist arrivals to meet this year’s 20-million tourist arrival target in helping the federal government to achieve its target of attracting 30 million tourists to generate about RM100 billion in tourism income, he added.

“Among efforts to get more tourist arrivals is to increase the number of international flights instead of just domestic flights. Last year we managed to increase the usage of the Melaka International Airport (LTAM) by three-fold.

“We will also try to attract tourists from China via the Jakarta-Melaka-Guangdong direct flights and the special chartered flights are expected to operate this year,” he told reporters after a Meet-the-People session at Seri Bendahara, Ayer Keroh, here today.

Adly said another prospect was to facilitate the development of the healthcare industry in promoting medical tourism, adding that more programmes including a film festival would be held to attract local and foreign tourists to Melaka.

“Apart from intensifying efforts to promote Melaka as a world heritage city, cooperation between Melaka and China will be enhanced through investments in halal businesses in attracting more Chinese tourists,” he added.


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