Turkey attended the Malaysia’s only Umrah & Muslim Tourism Fair with an 18sqm stand prepared by Turkish Embassy Tourism & Information Office in Kuala Lumpur.

Turkey promoted country’s tourism and presented Turkey’s sacred relics at the 4th MATTA International Fair Selangor – Umrah & Muslim Travel Destinations (MASUM). The fair is held at Shah Alam, Selangor Darul Ehsan between 14 and 16 January 2011.

Every year, about 120 to 130 thousand Malaysian Muslims go to Umrah. Turkey attended the fair to attract attention of Malaysians to the country and gave information of its sacred relics. Within this perspective Turkish Embassy Tourism & Information Office and fair organizer opened a photography stand to show the sacred relics Turkey has.

Mr. Ali Gülen; Tourism Counselor at Turkish Embassy Tourism & Information Office in Kuala Lumpur said that visitors and exhibitors show great interest to the photographs and visited Turkey stand to get more information about visiting Turkey. Gülen added that trips to Turkey has been added the Umrah programs of travel agencies with several options to choose from such as trips to Edirne, Istanbul, Konya… etc. before or after Umrah travel.

Chief Minister of Selangor state; Y.A.B. Tan Sri Dato Seri Abdul Khalid bin Ibrahim and President of Malaysian Association of Tour and Travel Agents (MATTA); Dato Mohd Khalid B Harun made the official opening of the Umrah & Muslim Tourism Fair.

At the opening speech, President of Selangor state informed audience about Turkey and its history, culture and advised Malaysians to visit the photography exhibition that presenting Sacred Relics in Turkey.

Mr. Gülen said, a total of 27,878 Malaysians visited Turkey in the first 11 months of 2010. The number of travelers in first eleven months of last year shows an increase of 16,82% compare to same period last year. Mr. Gülen added that the visitor numbers to Turkey from Malaysia is expected to increase in 2011.

Özgür Töre is the founder and managing editor of award-winning travel news website; Focus on Travel News – ftnNEWS.com and Arab Turkish Travel Gazette – www.arabturkishtravel.com. Mr. Töre is the co-founder of RusTourismNews.com and UkraineTravelNews.com Mr. Töre is a board member of Association of Tourism Writers and Journalists (TUYED) in Turkey and International Tourism Writers Alliance. He holds a Master’s Degree in Project Management from Istanbul Kültür University and a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration from the Istanbul Bilgi University.