KUALA LUMPUR, Jun 1, 2014: Visit Malaysia Year (VMY) 2014 promotional programmes in China will be resumed soon, after they were put on hold since March following the disappearance of the Malaysia Airlines (MAS) flight MH370.
Tourism and Culture Minister Datuk Seri Mohamed Nazri Abdul Aziz said the promotions would be carried out soon, following positive reactions from the working visit by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak to China in conjunction with the 40th anniversary of diplomatic relations between the two countries.
“The Prime Minister’s visit to China had, to a certain extent, pacified the situation and had given positive reaction, especially since we already have good relations with China, to the extent that they were willing to loan us two giant pandas.
“I was made to understand there was a memorandum of understanding signed between Malaysia and China in the tourism sector, although I was not present as I was paying my last respects to the late Sultan Azlan Shah (who passed away on Thursday),” he said.
He said this at a media conference on the cooperation between Tourism Malaysia and Sango Taxi Association, Japan here Sunday.
Meanwhile, Mohamed Nazri said Malaysia monopolised tourism promotion advertisements via taxis in seven major cities in Japan, through the close cooperation between Tourism Malaysia and taxi companies there.
He said 840 taxis in Osaka, Tokyo, Kobe, Yokohama, Fukuoka, Nagoya and Sapporo carried pictures of tourism products in Malaysia as well as brochures.
“Taxi drivers from Japan were brought to Malaysia in stages to see attractions in Malaysia for themselves, so that they can relay it to their passengers.
“We all know taxi drivers in Japan are noted for their honesty and manners. Not only that, the taxi medium is good for advertising purposes because taxis there operate non-stop,” he said.
Also present was Sango Taxi Association president Yamane Shigetaka.
Shigetaka said he was amazed at what Malaysia offered in terms of tourism and could not wait to go back to relate his experiences to his countrymen.
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