Published: Thursday June 21, 2012 MYT 11:53:00 AM
Tourists not deterred by hazy conditions
GEORGE TOWN: Despite the haze descending on the island and many of the state's famed attractions, tourists are continuing to flock to Penang.
State Tourism Development and Culture Committee chairman Danny Law said there had been no drop in tourist arrivals since the start of the haze last week.
"Arrivals via cruise vessels and flights are steady. In fact, we are still seeing full flights from Hong Kong, China and Indonesia,” Law said.
He said many visitors had planned their trips months in advance and would not change their plans due to the temporary haze problem.
“The situation is not so bad that people have to stay indoors.
“They can still enjoy Penang and see the sights,” he said.
Law added that hotel occupancy was high last week probably due to the start of the George Town Festival on June 15 and the ongoing durian season.
The Air Pollutant Index reading for Penang as at 7am Thursday shows only Seberang Prai registering unhealthy air quality.