Tourism Malaysia and the Malaysian Youth Hostels Associations (MYHA) joined hands once again in organising the Youth Tourism Carnival 2015 last 22-24 May 2015, in conjunction with the Putrajaya Youth Festival 2015, to inculcate a culture of well-planned travel within the country amongst the local youth.
The carnival was officiated by the Director General of Tourism Malaysia, Dato’ Mirza Mohammad Taiyab at Precinct 4, the venue of the festival. In his speech, Dato’ Mirza mentioned that programmes such as these were instrumental in exposing the youth to the latest tourism products and destinations within the country.
“We also hope that this carnival will help inculcate a ‘think tourism’ mindset among the youth, so that they have deeper understanding on the importance of tourism to the country’s economy.
“This carnival is an excellent platform to address today’s youth, with its creative marketing and attractive exhibitions and tourism packages on sale which are tailored for the youth market,” he said.
According to Dato’s Mirza, the total sales value of packages sold during the Youth Tourism Carnival 2014 increased by 48% to RM241,094 compared to RM162,399 in 2013, while the total number of packages sold increased by 18% to 960 packages in 2014 compared to 811 packages in 2013.
Besides the sale of tourism packages and exhibitions by the agencies involved, there were also a session with the Malaysian Astronaut, tourism quizzes, dances and street music.
President of MYHA Khairul Annuar said that teenagers today are more open-minded and are more interested in productive group activities such as volunteering in efforts to develop the country, nation, urban and suburban communities.