JOHOR BAHARU: The Pulau Bayas tax free zone in Tasik Kenyir, Terengganu is expected to be fully operational in September.
Menteri Besar Datuk Seri Ahmad Razif Abd Rahman said, currently, 75 per cent of the preparation to turn the island into a tax free zone had been completed.
“I am confident we can launch the tax free island in September,” he told reporters after launching ‘Beautiful Terengganu Malaysia’ at Plaza Angsana, here, last night.
He said other than the tax free island, Terengganu also offered numerous attractive products for tourists coming to Malaysia.
Meanwhile, Ahmad Razif said the state government targeted 6.5 million local and foreign tourists in conjunction with the 2017 Visit Terengganu Year.
He said the target was a realistic one based on numerous promotion programmes conducted since the end of last year.
“We target 30 to 40 per cent of the 6.5 million visitors to Terengganu to be from abroad,” said Ahmad Razif.
Among the promotion programmes held to achieve the tourists arrival target was the 2015 Pesona Terengganu, 2016 Beautiful Terengganu and international level promotions at several major cities in China, he said.
Also present were State Tourism, Domestic Trade and Consumerism Committee chairman Datuk Tee Siew Kiong and Terengganu Tourism and Culture Committee chairman Datuk Mohd Jidin Shafee.
Among the attractions of the programme include numerous attractive tourism packages, Terengganu traditional food and exhibition areas.
According to Ahmad Razif, the selection of Johor as a location of focus was to lure more tourists from the southern part of the peninsula and Singapore.