Penang to promote attractions at Russian forum

PENANG will be taking part in the upcoming Tourism Promotion Organisation for Asia Pacific (TPO) annual international forum starting on Wednesday in Vladivostok, Russia.

State Youth, Sports, Women, Family and Community Development Committee chairman Lydia Ong Kok Fooi said the international network, which comprises 105 member cities, would discuss ways of developing tourism industries during the economic downturn.

“Countries that are expected to take part in this forum are Korea, China, Japan, Thailand, the Philippines, the United States, Australia and Malaysia.

“During the three-day forum, all of us will share our experiences and information with tourism industry players on the role the local governments can play to develop tourism opportunities,” she said at a press conference on Friday.

Ong will be promoting the state’s 48 “participative sporting events”, organised this year under the theme ‘Be Amazed’, while Penang Municipal Council president Patahiyah Ismail will focus on highlighting George Town’s Unesco World Heritage Site status and attractions.

Ong will lead a three-man delegation from the Penang Sports Council while state Local Government and Traffic Management Committee chairman Chow Kon Yeow will lead another three-man delegation representing MPPP.

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