KUALA TERENGGANU: Nearly 150 foreign and local journalists from 30 countries will converge in Terengganu for a week as the state celebrates four tourism festivals next week. The journos will cover Terengganu’s International Candat Sotong Festival (squid jigging) in Pulau Redang and Laguna Island Resort and then attend the concurrently held Tasik Kenyir Festival, the Peranakan Festival in Kampung Cina and the International Beach Sports Festival at Pantai Batu Burok on June 2-7. Menteri Besar Datuk Seri Ahmad Razif Abdul Rahman said the event would put the state on the world tourism map via the wide media publicity on the event, and indirectly boost the overall foreign revenue. “Apart from bloggers and journalists of the print, electronic and broadcast media, the festivals will have a huge impact as it will also involve tourism activists, agents and the Fisheries Department,” he said., adding that they would also get to visit and cover many of the state’s other prominent tourist spots. The western foreign journalists involved are from the United States, Canada, France, Germany, the Netherlands, Italy, Sweden, Denmark, Belgium, Czech Republic, Switzerland, Austria and Britain. The Asian countries involved are China, Hong Kong, South Korea, Taiwan, Turkey, India, Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, Indonesia, the Philippines, Thailand, Brunei, Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia and Myanmar. “Apart from experiencing events at the various tourists’ spots, the journalists will also get a first-hand look for themselves at what Terengganu has to offer. Meanwhile, Terengganu Tourism and Culture Committee deputy chairman Tengku Zaihan Che Ku Abdul Rahman said the journalists will get to visit to the Duyong Marina and Resort, Syahbandar Jetty, Pulau Redang and the nearby marine park in Pulau Pinang, Laguna Island Resort, the Rhu Sepuloh beach resort and cultural village in Setiu and Kuala Baru estuary in Kampung Mangkuk. “At Tasik Kenyir, the journalists will get to take part in the various water sports, visit the water theme park and the Kenyir Elephant Conservation Village. “Then, there will be visits to Pasar Payang, state museum and monument park at Taman Tamadun Islam,” said Tengku Zaihan. He added the journalists would also participate in a candat sotong session off the Duyong Marina and Resort jetty before winding up their tour with a media briefing by Ahmad Razif followed by a barbeque dinner at the resort.