Published: Friday January 11, 2013 MYT 12:05:00 PM
Three-day carnival to promote VMY 2014 to be held on Jan 18-20
By LEE YEN MUN
PUTRAJAYA: A three-day tourism carnival will be held next week to kick-start the promotional campaign for Visit Malaysia Year (VMY) 2014.
Although VMY 2014 is still a year away, Tourism Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ng Yen Yen said the ministry would waste no time in reaching out to Malaysians on the importance of VMY 2014.
The carnival will be held at the Bukit Jalil Stadium in Kuala Lumpur on Jan 18-20 and will be launched by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Abdul Razak on the second night.
"We would like the rakyat to join us in welcoming the world as we are all hosts to this important year in tourism for the country," Dr Ng said in a press conference at the ministry here Friday.
Highlights at the carnival will include booths offering special holiday packages, food and fruit bazaars, an exhibition on 1Malaysia Chopper Bikes, a display of more than 60 different lanterns and lights, as well as various performances by local artistes such as Ella and Jimmy Palikat.
The carnival will be open from 10am to 11pm on the designated dates except on Jan 20, when it will close at 7pm.
The ministry has targeted 28 million tourists to visit the country next year.