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F1 Race Still A Major Tourist Draw

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KUALA LUMPUR – The suggestion for Malaysia to stop hosting the Formula One race in Sepang needs to be thoroughly evaluated before any decision is made, says Datuk Mas Ermieyati Samsudin.

The Deputy Tourism Minister said that halting such a major sporting event could possibly have a negative impact.

“From the industry’s perspective it gives the country a good profile.

“It helps draw in a good number of arrivals (of tourists) to the country,” she said.

The Masjid Tanah MP said the Ministry had to take many factors into account before pulling the event from the calendar.

“We have to look into the short- and long-term implications as well.

“Even if it is replaced with other events, we wouldn’t know if the substitute can give the same draw or at least on par (with the F1),” she added.

On Monday, Youth and Sports Minister Khairy Jamaluddin had suggested that Malaysia should stop hosting the F1 due to the high cost of staging the event. – The Star Online

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