Tourism ministry denies sidelining Langkawi

KUALA LUMPUR: The Tourism, Arts and Culture Ministry stressed that it never neglected to improve the image of Langkawi as one of the most important tourism and business destinations in the country.

Deputy Tourism, Arts and Culture Minister Khairul Firdaus Akhbar Khan said that the ministry has made huge investments for the island and there should never be doubt on the Federal government's commitment to promote the Langkawi to international markets.

For instance, he said Malaysia Convention and Exhibition Bureau (MyCEB) supported all tourism and sports activities taking place in Langkawi such as the Langkawi International Maritime and Aerospace (Lima) exhibition, Ironman Langkawi, and also the soon to be held Langkawi International Half Marathon (LIHM).

The ministry also supported sports activities for next year such as the Royal Langkawi International Regatta.

"MyCEB fully supports but also provides subsidy funds to help the international sports events to be held here," he said during the winding up speech of the ministry's 2024 Supply Bill (2024 Budget) committee level debate today.

Beyond sports and tourism, MyCEB also supports Langkawi as destination for meetings, incentives, conventions and exhibitions tourism segment (MICE).

Among the activities set to be held in Langkawi is the 18th International Symposium on Polymer Electrolytes (ISPE-18) Conference on June next year.

"These are clear evidence that Langkawi is always in the hearts of the ministry," he added.

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