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Reduced #flights may cost Malaysia billions in tourism revenue: Tourism Minister - AsiaOne

Reduced #flights may cost Malaysia billions in tourism revenue: Tourism Minister - AsiaOne

By Ng Cheng Yee The Star/Asia News Network Saturday, Feb 11, 2012 KUALA LUMPUR - The move by Malaysia Airlines (MAS) and AirAsia X to reduce or discontinue flights to international and regional destinations will cost the country's tourism industry billions of ringgit in revenue, said Tourism Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ng Yen Yen. Acknowledging that the airlines had done so as part of their business plan, she said the move would nevertheless lead to a drop in tourist arrivals. "When there is no accessibility to the country, it will be very difficult to get tourists (to visit Malaysia)," she said after launching the Malaysia Tourism Satellite Account (TSA) here yesterday. The TSA is a set of accounts in the industry to track the contribution of each tourism activity. Malaysia is one of 36 countries that keep the TSA, which helps the Government and industry players develop the in...

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