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Tuesday, 31 December 2013
15 million tourists to visit KL
KUALA Lumpur is expected to welcome 15 million tourists for Visit Malaysia Year 2014.
Among the attractions that await them, as announced by mayor Datuk Seri Ahmad Phesal Talib, are the Kampung Baru Heritage Trail, GT City Race, horse carriage rides around Dataran Merdeka, a night cycling event and a helicopter ride for a bird’s eye view of the city from Taman Titiwangsa.
“We want to make our foreign guests feel at home. Our aim is to present a city and people that have high standards of hospitality,” he said in a press conference recently.
About 10.1 million foreign tourists are expected, while the rest will be domestic travellers.
Ahmad Phesal said about RM24.9bil in revenue was expected from international tourists and RM9.7mil from domestic tourists.
In 2012, Kuala Lumpur ranked 10th in the “10 most visited cities in the world” by Global Destination Cities Index published by Mastercard. It moved up two spots to eighth place last year.
The police have also set up an International Liaison Unit and according to KL Police Management Office chief SAC Datuk Aidi Ismail, all the members are able to speak English.