Ahmad Razif (second left) tries on a hat made from mengkuang while Tee looks on after the launch of the Beautiful Terengganu 2016 campaign. — Bernama
JOHOR BARU: The Pulau Bayas tax-free zone in Tasik Kenyir, Terengganu is expected to be fully operational by September.
Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Ahmad Razif Abd Rahman said work was 75% complete.
"I am confident we can open the tax-free island by September," he told reporters after launching 'Beautiful Terengganu Malaysia' at Plaza Angsana here.
Meanwhile, Ahmad Razif said the state government is targetting 6.5 million local and foreign tourists in conjunction with Visit Terengganu Year 2017.
He said the target was realistic as numerous promotion campaigns had been conducted since the end of last year.
"We are targeting 30% to 40% of the 6.5 million visitors to Terengganu to be from abroad," said Ahmad Razif.
Among the programmes organised is this year’s Beautiful Terengganu campaign as well as promotions overseas including several major cities in China, he said.
Also present were State Tourism, Domestic Trade and Consumerism Committee chairman Datuk Tee Siew Kiong and Terengganu Tourism and Culture Committee chairman Datuk Mohd Jidin Shafee.
Ahmad Razif said the campaign was held in Johor Baru to attract domestic tourists from the southern region as well as Singaporeans.
Based on statistics from Tourism Malaysia obtained from the MATTA Fair held in PWTC Kuala Lumpur earlier this month, Terengganu came out second in the sale of tour packages at RM1.05mil after Kedah at RM1.7mil.
Pahang recorded RM1.01mil in tour package sales at the fair, Johor recorded RM855,524 and Selangor, RM454,507. – Bernama