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January 30, 2009 14:27 PM

Terengganu Records 3.53 Million Tourists Arrivals Last Year

KUALA TERENGGANU, Jan 30 (Bernama) -- Terengganu recorded 3.528 million in tourist arrivals during the Visit Terengganu Year last year, a 24 per cent increase compared to 2.8 million in 2007.

The "Crystal Mosque"

State executive councillor for tourism, culture, arts and heritage Datuk Za'abar Mohd Adib said the increase was due to the various programmes held throughout the year, including the squid fishing competition, Royal Terengganu Endurance Race, Monsoon Cup and the Rainforest Challenge.

Of the total tourist arrivals, some 380,000 were from Singapore, China, Taiwan and Europe.

The beach

"Terengganu has already received thousands of visitors this year, mostly during the Islamic Civilisation Park opening," he told Bernama.

The "Crystal Mosque"

He said Terengganu had set the target of achieving four million arrivals this year.

Batik and Songket

Various programmes had been arranged to promote Terengganu, including a roadshow each in Penang and Singapore apart from putting up advertisements at the KL International Airport, he said.

"Monsoon Cups"




Special mention and salute to a friend who is very concerned about turtle conservation, she is based at this Ma'Daerah, and always reminds me not to eat turtle eggs.. :-) dont worry mate!


Community based Turtle Conservation in Ma' Daerah, Terengganu.

In a little known haven in Terengganu, with 1.7 km of beach and 70 hectares of flat sandy plains is Ma’ Daerah. This turtle rookery is tucked away in the east coast of Peninsular Malaysia between the towns of Kerteh and Paka. The Ma’ Daerah Turtle Sanctuary, in the district of Kemaman, lies within the Paka-Kerteh rookery and has always been an important turtle nesting beach for all four species of marine turtles found in Malaysia.

However, due to rampant coastal development within the past 30 years, the number of nesting turtles within the rookery have reduced significantly. Ma' Daerah's existence as a turtle nesting haven is now critical.

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