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[December 29, 2013]

`Tourists will be greeted at Malaysia's doorsteps' [New Straits Time (Malaysia)]

(New Straits Time (Malaysia) Via Acquire Media NewsEdge) PUTRAJAYA: WITH only four days left until Visit Malaysia Year 2014 (VMY2014), Tourism Malaysia is set to welcome visitors to the country in grand fashion.

Three days of celebrations at the country's 37 entry points will kick off the year-long tourism campaign.

Tourism Malaysia Domestic Marketing Division Director Datuk Musa Yusof said the move to greet tourists at Malaysia's doorsteps for VMY 2014 was a way to welcome more arrivals as well as expanding the programme further.

"The celebrations will be held at all entry points into the country, either by land, air, or sea.

"The Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA ) for example, will hold musical gala events, with prizes awaiting visitors," he said after flagging off the "Follow Countdown Journey VMY 2014 Putrajaya to Penang", at the Tourism Ministry headquarters, near here, yesterday.

The event saw the iconic Kuala Lumpur Hop On Hop Off bus make the journey from Putrajaya to Penang to promote VMY2014.

Musa said Tourism Malaysia was collaborating with the Tourism Ministry, state governments, the Immigration Department, Customs Department and other government agencies to ensure the campaign's success.

Present was Tourism Malaysia Marketing Deputy Director Chong Yoke Har.

Musa said Tourism Malaysia hoped visitors would be taken in by the people of Malaysia's warmth and encourage other visitors to come.

The tourism promotion, he said, would help the nation achieve its target of 28 million tourists and RM76 billion in revenue next year.

Musa said the Countdown VMY 2014 Carnival would be held at the Esplanade, Penang today and tomorrow and would feature entertainment and cultural events.

"The bus travelling to Penang today is also intended to promote VMY 2014 through the distribution of leaflets and stickers at various locations along the way to encourage the people's involvement in this national campaign." (c) 2013 ProQuest Information and Learning Company; All Rights Reserved.

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