ASIA INTERNATIONAL TOURISM EXPO 2008 (AITE)

SPEECH BY

YB DATO’ SRI AZALINA DATO’ OTHMAN SAID

MINISTER OF TOURISM

AT THE

WELCOME DINNER FOR

ASIA INTERNATIONAL TOURISM EXPO 2008 (AITE)

BALLROOM, BEST WESTERN SERI PACIFIC HOTEL

22 MAY 2008

 

 

SALUTATIONS:

 

YBhg. DATO’ MIRZA  MOHAMMAD TAIYAB

Director General of Tourism Malaysia

 

ybRS. Mr. Ngiam Foon

President of Malaysian Association of Tour and Travel Agents (MATTA)

 

PUAN ROZZANA DATO’ HJ RAHMAT

AITE 2008 Travex Chairman

 

Participants of the AITE 2008,

 

Members of the travel trade fraternity,

Distinguished guests,

Members of the media,

Ladies & gentlemen,

 

 

It gives me great pleasure in extending a very warm welcome or Selamat

Datang to all participants, who are here for the inaugural Asia

International Tourism Expo 2008.

 

Allow me to congratulate the organizing committee for playing the lead

role in realizing this three-day travel trade event. I understand that the

response to this event has been encouraging. It is my hope that the

event will continue grow in stature and size in the years to come.

 

Ladies and Gentlemen,

 

AITE 2008 envisages to promote a more efficient market for the Asian

travel trade members. The event will provide a opportunity for industry

players, not only to showcase their products, but also enable the

exchange of minds.

 

We believe industry players need to meet regularly to exchange ideas

and establish the way forward for the sector. The advancement in

various segments of the supporting industry such as IT demand that we

continue to improve the products and services provided.

 

I am pleased that AITE 2008 has been able to attract establish industry

players from the region to this year’s event. We will continue  to improve

this gathering in an effort to establish it as a premier event in the global

tourism calendar.

 

It is my sincere hope that AITE can be developed to be in the league of established shows such as the World Travel Market in London,

International Tourism Forum in Berlin and  Arab Travel Mart in Dubai.

 

Ladies and Gentlemen,

 

To our foreign participants,  I hope your trip here will be productive and

full of excitement. Do enjoy our cultural diversity, breathtaking natural

wonders and pristine sandy beaches.

 

For the lady participants do not miss the shopping and bargains galore.

In conclusion, as we always say in Malaysia;  The time is now, the place

is here, for MALAYSIA is truly Asia. Thank you


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