Sunday, March 15, 2009

Sabah to woo French tourists

PARIS: Sabah is going all out to increase the number of tourists from France.

And, the Malaysian Embassy here has pledged to give its fullest support to help realise this endeavour.

Speaking to Malaysian journalists during a dinner reception for French major tour operators here recently, Tourism, Culture and Environment Minister Datuk Masidi Manjun said France was a potential market which has yet been fully tapped.

“Because air connection is the major factor, the Malaysia Airlines has also agreed to play its part to ensure more arrivals to Sabah,” he said.

Masidi added that he met the Malaysian Ambassador Datuk S. Thanarajasingam and senior MAS and Tourism Malaysia officials based in Paris during a luncheon held at the embassy and their discussions yielded positive results.

“I have also offered to send our cultural dance group to perform at any roadshow to attract the French people to visit Sabah,” he said.

According to Masidi, many French people who visited Malaysia would end up touring only Kuala Lumpur “but I am confident they would love to visit Sabah if MAS could provide easy flight connections to Sabah”.

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