Published: Saturday September 22, 2012 MYT 11:02:00 PM
Promote gourmet food to boost tourism, says Ng Yen Yen
PETALING JAYA: Local restaurants have been urged to work with tour operators to promote the gourmet's delights, thus generating revenue for all.
Tourism Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ng Yen Yen said restaurants needed to offer gourmet food packages as it was a new product for food tourism which had the potential to reap good returns for local tourism, apart form shopping, eco-tourism and sightseeing tour packages.
"Tourists are likely to pay more in their tour packages if there are gourmet food packages allowing them to dine either in Arab, Italian, French or other restaurants located in various places nationwide," she told reporters after launching the Malaysia International Gourmet Festival (MIGF) 2012.
The theme this year is 'Classical Chefs - A Symphony of Great Cuisines.'
The MIGF 2012 will be held from Oct 1 to 31, with 28 of the country's very best restaurants taking part.
The MIGF is a month-long fine dining festival that draws visitors from throughout the world to taste and appreciate international standard cuisines available in Malaysia, and the expertise of the country's top resident chefs. - Bernama