News From : DagangHalal.com (15 May 2009)
Malaysia has a great deal to attract Middle East visitors, including a strong brand name, reasonable hotel rates and a plethora of things for families to see and do, according to one of the country’s leading tourism officials.
Abdul Rahman Shaari, Tourism Malaysia regional director for Africa, West and South Asia, said Malaysia was well placed to attract tourists from the Middle East, with its positive image being boosted by the fact that it remains a progressive Muslim country where religious needs were respected.
“Halal food is easily available and the same goes for mosques and musolla. And we’re sensitive to the need of having piped-water in the toilet, unlike in some other parts of the world,” Shaari said.
In addition to reasonable hotel room rates, Shaari said another thing that works in Malaysia’s favour is the availability of family entertainment, embodied by places like Sunway and Genting Highlands.