IN CONJUNCTION with its golden jubilee celebrations, the Kuala Lumpur Tourism Association (KLTA) organised a Nostalgia Afternoon Tea, sponsored by The Federal Hotel Kuala Lumpur, recently.
The event saw key industry players from the past and present coming together to share the experiences on how tourism was initiated and developed in Kuala Lumpur.
During the event, KLTA president Datuk Shamsul Falak Abdul Kadir said Kuala Lumpur was the eighth most visited city and Malaysia the ninth most visited country in the world.
Royal Selangor managing director Yong Poh Shin also shared his memories of the start of KLTA. He said when KLTA was incorporated in 1963, the committee members had to beg speakers to come for KLTA events as they could not afford to pay them.
“Thailand already had more than five million visitors in 1970. By the end of 2012, we managed to overshoot them. We have developed tremendously over the years,” former Malaysia Airlines managing director Tan Sri Aziz Rahman said.
Former Tourism Malaysia director and chairman Datuk Abdullah Jonid aknowledged that in the beginning, Malaysia was not as well known as other countries in the region. However, in 2012, Malaysia succesfully attracted about 25 million tourists.
Malaysia’s first Tourism Minister Tan Sri Sabaruddin Chik, who was also present, said we should forget about the numbers and instead look to increasing the number of quality tourists coming in to Malaysia.
The highlight of KLTA’s golden jubilee celebrations will be a dinner on April 12 at Hotel Istana Kuala Lumpur. During the dinner, key industry players who have contributed to tourism in Kuala Lumpur over the past 50 years will be honoured.
Other events to be organised for the celebrations are the KLTA Golf Challenge and the KLTA Goodwill games.
News Source : The Star Malaysia