Dato’ Seri Nazri updated the French tour operators and journalists on the latest tourism developments in Malaysia, French tourist arrivals to the country, and MYFEST 2015. France is the second highest tourist generating market from Europe to Malaysia after the United Kingdom.
The French tour operators who have been supporting Malaysia were happy that the lunch meeting gave them an opportunity to have first-hand information on tourism in Malaysia. They also shared with the Minister about French outbound trends, travel behaviours and assured the Minister of their support to continue selling Malaysia.
Warm Welcome to Deauville
The Minister visited the city of Deauville, located just 2 hours away from Paris. Upon arrival, the Minister received a warm welcome from the city’s Deputy Mayor, Dominique Merlin.
Located in the region of Lower Normandy, Deauville has been successful in attracting top leisure clientele and world-class events. Deauville has long been home to French high society’s seaside houses and is often referred to as the Parisian Riviera.
Mr. Merlin presented a book on Deauville to the Minister.
Arts in the Garden – Monet
A visit to the Garden and House of Claude Monet in Giverny, the second most visited place in Normandy, inspired Dato’ Seri Nazri to see how arts and gardens contributed greatly to tourism.
Also on the programme was a visit to Tourism Malaysia Paris office, whereby the Minister was briefed on the French market performance and promotions of Malaysia in France by the director of Tourism Malaysia Paris, Mr Abdul Rahim Haron.