THE second installation of the "One Million Youth Gathering" in Putrajaya, organised by the Youth and Sports Ministry, is expected to be one of the biggest tourist attractions this year.
Minister Datuk Seri Ahmad Shabery Cheek said the ministry had approached travel agencies to include the carnival as one of the tourism events in the country.
The ministry is also seeking to have the carnival listed as one of the top 10 biggest carnivals in the world.
"If the tourists want to see what Malaysia is all about, they should come to the carnival and witness the diverse cultures our country has."
The carnival, scheduled from May 23 to 27, will include various sport events, art performances, bazaars, exhibitions and career fairs.
"This time, we'll have over 520 performances, ranging from 25 genres of music, sports and art. More than 40,000 Scouts will also be camping at Putrajaya Persiaran Perdana," said Shabery at the Parliament lobby yesterday.
Shabery said more than one million youths had gathered at Putrajaya for the "One Million Youth Gathering" held last year.
The ministry regarded the event a success as a survey by the Malaysian Institute of Microelectronic System revealed that more than RM110 million worth of transactions were conducted during the two-day carnival.
Shabery said youth's bargaining power was a powerful drive to increase the country's gross domestic product and the upcoming carnival would help boost the economy.