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Malaysia’s Homestay Programme Draws Applause At Inaugural World Agritourism Forum, China

November 1, 2013 Destination ASEAN No Comments Email Email
Malaysia’s Homestay Programme sparked significant interest amongst participants at the inaugural World Agritourism Forum here recently.
The over  200 delegates from 30 countries were glued to their seats attentively listening to a lively presentation from Tourism Malaysia Chairman, Dato’ Sri Dr. Ng Yen Yen on how the award-winning Malaysia Homestay Programme became a leading example of a successful poverty reduction model by providing local rural communities with additional income revenue opportunities.
The Malaysia Homestay was awarded the prestigious UNWTO Ulysses Award for Innovation in Public Policy and Governance in 2012.
“Last year, a total of 325,258 tourists participated in the Homestay Programme, generating arevenue of RM18.5 million for the local rural community. The Homestay Programme helps to protect, preserve and conserve our nature, culture and tradition besides fostering friendship,” said Dato’ Sri Dr. Ng Yen Yen.
“During their Malaysia Homestay, tourists are encouraged to plant a tree and “give back” to Mother Nature. Up to December 2012, 14,023 saplings had been planted garnering a revenue of RM43,196 for the Homestay operators, “ she added.
Tourism Malaysia Deputy Director-General Dato’ Azizan Noordin said that the World Agritourism Forum provided an excellent platform in promoting cooperation and partnership among the world’s industry leaders towards the development and sharing of knowledge and expertise in agriculture and rural tourism.
The forum   was organised by the Hunan Qianlong Lake Investment Group and Beijing Shiji Xiandao Culture Development Centre. CPC Wangcheng (Changsha) District Committee, Wangcheng (Changsha) District People’s Government and Guangxi Tourism Investment Group Limited were the co-organisers.

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