Malaysia Poised To Be Destination Of Choice Among Turkish Travellers - Mohamed Nazri

From Nor Fariza Mohd Razhi

ISTANBUL, Sept 4 (Bernama) -- Malaysia is poised to be a destination of choice among Turkish travellers as the country offers affordable and attractive packages during holidays, said Tourism and Culture Minister Datuk Seri Mohamed Nazri Aziz.

He noted that Malaysia had already received 12,775 Turkish tourists last year, and following the opening of the Malaysian Tourism Office in Istanbul the same year, the number of visitors from Jan to May this year increased 62 per cent.

"With our favorable exchange rate, you will also find that Malaysia is a value-for-money destination. Our hotel rates, food and beverages, and other holiday lifestyle choices are among the lowest in price but highest in quality.

"I would even dare to say that in Malaysia, luxury is highly affordable," he said in his welcoming speech during a hi-tea session with Turkish tour operators and media at the Clarion Hotel and Suite here Thursday.

Mohamed Nazri is currently in Turkey in conjunction with the opening of the Malaysia Cultural Week tomorrow, an event aimed to promote Malaysia and to further introduce Malaysian culture to the international community.

During his speech, Mohamed Nazri also acknowledged that the Visit Malaysia Year 2014 campaign has targeted around 28 million visitors with 13,000 from Turkey.

"Accessibility between our two countries has also shown great improvement with 36 weekly flights servicing the Istanbul-Kuala Lumpur route, both through direct and indirect flights on Turkish Airlines, Malaysia Airlines, Singapore Airlines, Emirates Airlines and Qatar Airways.

"With our presence here, we hope to see more direct flights from here which will give more options in terms of air accessibility for people of both countries," he added.


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