"But (phew!) no total boycott."
Thursday April 3, 2008
Azalina: Tourism MoUs with Opposition-ruled states to be terminated“Maybe we have to look at other venues or options. But there is no total boycott in tourism. We have to play it by ear and see what these state governments do,” she added.
Azalina said industry players she met recently, including hoteliers and travel agencies, had expressed concern over tourism in Opposition-held states, given the players’ huge investments, especially in Penang and Kedah.
“They hope there will not be any negative policies in these states that will affect tourism,” she added.
On PKR, DAP and PAS’ decision to form Pakatan Rakyat, Azalina said it would not last long given their different policies, unlike Barisan which had the same manifesto for all.
“Politics is a marriage of convenience. Politicians can say anything they want to gain the people’s support.
“Maybe Pakatan Rakyat will work for a month or a year but it will break up in the end as they are too different,” she added. - Cick HERE for the full story.
So, if foreign tourists stop going to these FIVE states, who will suffer? Penang, for examplel, is key to Malaysia's health tourism (300,000 health tourists visited Malaysia in 2006 and spent over RM200 million). The state accounts for 10 per cent of tourist arrivals under goals set in VMY 2007.