Johor sets sights on Singaporeans

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JOHOR BARU - Johor aims to attract more tourists from the region.

State Consumerism, Domestic Trade and Tourism Committee chairman Datuk Tee Siew Kiong said Singaporeans would be the first to be targeted.

Last year, he said about 16 million arrivals were recorded from Singapore.

"Singapore is our main market due to the strength of its currency. The State Tourism Department will be promoting several districts, in particular Kukup.

"Kukup is one of the districts that has seen a jump in the number of Singaporean visitors.

"It could be due to the fresh seafood and cheap local fruits, especially durians,'' he said.

Tee was speaking to reporters after presenting education aid to 478 school students of SJK(C) Foon Yew 5 near Taman Mount Austin here yesterday.

He said the department was also actively promoting the various tourism spots in the state for the international market.

He said that to achieve this goal, Johor had participated in the ASEAN Travel Forum in Myanmar and Vietnam.

"Johor is also looking at increasing the number of international flights to Senai International Airport."

He said that starting next month, there will be direct flights to and from Bangkok.

"This is in addition to direct flights from Senai to about five major cities in Indonesia," he said.

Tee said Johor would not turn its back on domestic tourists, adding that the department would also be participating in the Explore Johor event in Sabah next month.

He said the Explore Johor event had also been held in Penang and Ipoh.