YOUTH TOURISM MEETING:
" Views and Prospects”
Palm Yard Hotel, Putrajaya, MALAYSIA
Friday, 3 Might 2005
" THE POSITION AND SIGNIFICANCE OF YOUTH TOURISM IN THE MALAYSIAN TOURISM INDUSTRY”
MR. MIRZA MOHAMMAD TAIYAB
Deputy Director General We, Tourism Malaysia
Ladies and Gentlemen,
I actually am without a doubt honoured and privileged being present in this article this morning among so many distinguished delegates of the Youth Tourism Conference: Perspectives and Potential customers. First and foremost, I would like to take this kind of opportunity to congratulate Tourism Malaysia (KL, Putrajaya and Selangor), the Travel and leisure Planning Study Group, UTM and the Tourism Research Ring, USM intended for hosting and organising this conference, and then for having graciously invited me to present a keynote newspaper entitled " The Function and Need for Youth Travel in the Malaysian Tourism Industry”. I would love to give thanks to the Foreign Youth Hostel Federation and the Malaysian Holiday Guides' Council for their contribution towards organising this essential conference.
Youth travel is not just a new phenomenon given that young adults have always travelled around the world with their families, close friends, in organizations, or by themselves for centuries. Yet , the notion of modern youth travel originated after the Second World War, which was strongly affected by the creation of children movements to campaign intended for peaceful beliefs and social exchanges. In line with the World Travel and leisure Organisation (WTO), international trips taken by youthful travellers grew from 14. 6% in 1980 to 20% in 2001, together been projected to reach 25% by june 2006. As a matter of fact, children travel is usually believed to be the fastest developing travel marketplace segment, surpassing even ecotourism and social tourism.
THE ROLE AND IMPORTANCE OF CHILDREN TOURISM INSIDE THE MALAYSIAN TRAVEL AND LEISURE INDUSTRY
MISTER. MIRZA MOHAMMAD TAIYAB
Irrespective of its very long history, there is no widely approved definition of the youth travel market segment. The WTO defines the ‘young' travel and leisure market because travellers between 16 to 25 years outdated, who vacation involving by least one particular night's stay. However , countries such as Canada have extended this definition to include youngsters of among 26 to 30 years old. Meanwhile, students and Children Travel Association of United states (SYTA) in addition has expanded WTO's definition of youths to include individuals under 16 years of age. The youth travel market part can be split up into two classes; namely group travel and independent travel, and it is necessary for us
to know the characteristics, inspirations and
expectations of equally groups.
Group travel is usually defined as a group of six (6) or more individuals who are exploring together. This category can be further more subdivided in school-based junior travel and nonschool-based children group travelling. School-based junior travel is driven by simply curriculum-related actions or co-curricular activities such as school communities or crew sports. Essentially, the travelling activities are often undertaken as a group, be it natural or processed, and combined with teachers or perhaps other adults. In Malaysia, The Ministry of Education has been managing school-based junior travel within the past 15 years, in the form of educational tours/cultural exchange trips, generally involving colleges from The japanese. Between 2001 to 2004, close to 15, 000 Japan school children and teachers have got visited Malaysia on this kind of trips (Table 1).
Table 1: Western School Children Taking part in
Educational Excursions to Malaysia
Number of visitor
the year 2003
Resource: Ministry of Education Malaysia, 2005
forty five. 4
twenty four. 3
- 39. 8
Ladies and Gentlemen,
The homestay programme is yet another tourism item that is becoming more and more appealing to youngsters travellers. In 1997, there are only 286 houses engaging officially with this programme through...