#Travel: MITA and Its Fight

According to Tourism Malaysia, foreign tourist expected to spend more than RM160 billion this year due to higher tourist arrivals in Malaysia especially from China.

Malaysia's tourism industry currently ranks as the second largest foreign exchange earned after the export of manufactured goods and the sixth largest contributor to the economy, contributing a total of RM161 billions or 14.9% of Malaysia's GDP which brought in more than RM20 billions of investments and contributed more than 2 millions of jobs.

Temporary Tour Guide License

As the huge number of Chinese tourist arrival to Malaysia from 15th July to 15th October 2016, MITA has fight for temporary Mandarin Speaking Guides license.

Ministry of Tourism and Culture has granted MITA the request to accommodate the high arrivals of Chinese tourist 

Recently, Malaysia Prime Minister, Dato’ Seri Mohd Najib Razak has target to attract more than four million Chinese tourists to Malaysia each year.

China is an important market for Malaysia. With the successful implementation of Visa exemption and e-visa system, MITA hopes to facilitate the travel of more Chinese tourists to Malaysia.

Briefly about MITA

Malaysia Inbound Tourism Association (MITA) is focussing mainly in Inbound and Domestic Tourism.

It is committed to make tourism as one of the main sector in contributing to Malaysia economy.

After more than three months of establishments, MITA has been actively organised familiarisation trips for media and international level travel agents especially from new markets such as Cambodia, Vietnam and Turkey.

In future, MITA will be organising a few main events such as MITA Sarawak Business Networking, Kedah Travel Fair, Malaysia Day Sale, Tourism Transportation Forum and MITA Tourism Fair.

MITA also will launch a nationwide campaign “ThinkTourismActTourism” to instill the right attitude and approach on tourism to every Malaysia people (Rakyat).

MITA Five (5) Main Pillars

Education/Training: Members of Industry should have the updated knowledge and skills.
Market Development: MITA will assist on identifying new market, new trends and new tourism products
Relationship: Building a strong bridge between the members of industry and the authorities
Technology: MITA will leverage the new technology and platforms for the members
Community: MITA will create tourism activists and volunteers

MITA’s new exco line up for the term of 2016-2019:

- Uzaidi Udanis
Deputy President 1
- Jason Ow Yeang
Deputy President 2
- Mint Leong
Hon. Secretary General              
- Adam Kamal Ahmad Kamil
Hon. Treasurer                               
- Dato' Tan Hua Lim
Vice President Inbound
- Abdul Haris Harahap
Vice President Domestic
- Law Wai Shyang
Vice President Transportation
- Mohd Anuar Fazal
Vice President Research & Training
- Faye Villanueva
Exco KL
- Fong Chin Lim
Exco KL
- Suhaimi Man
Exco Selangor                                 
- Norhafiizah Alwi
Exco Sarawak                                  
- Gracie Veronica
Exco Kedah                       
- Rohaiza Hamzah
Exco Pahang                                    
- Almizat Abu Halip
Exco Johor                                        
- Suhaida Abdul Rahim
- Cora Siah
Management Committee          
- John Lee

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