KUALA TERENGGANU, 30 Jan 2009: Terengganu recorded 3.528 million in tourist arrivals during the Visit Terengganu Year last year, a 24% increase compared to 2.8 million in 2007.
State executive councillor for tourism, culture, arts and heritage Datuk Za’abar Mohd Adib said the increase was due to the various programmes held throughout the year. These included a squid fishing competition, the Royal Terengganu Endurance Race, the Monsoon Cup and the Rainforest Challenge.
Of the total tourist arrivals, some 380,000 were from Singapore, China, Taiwan and Europe.
“Terengganu has already received thousands of visitors this year, mostly during the Islamic Civilisation Park opening,” he told Bernama.
He said Terengganu had set the target of achieving four million arrivals this year.
Various programmes have been arranged to promote Terengganu, including road shows in Penang and Singapore. Advertisements at the KL International Airport have also been put up, he said.