In 1964, the State Government established a Tourism Unit under the Johor State Economic Planning Unit. Later, the Tourism Unit was placed under the Office of the Government Secretary (Local Government Branch) with planning coming from the Johor State Economic Planning Unit. The State Executive Council agreed on 29 November 1989 to establish the Johor State Tourism Department, which began operating independently on 1 March 1993.
Malaysia’s Cabinet agreed with the proposal of the Ministry of Culture, Arts & Tourism Malaysia on 9 January 2002 and approved the establishment of State Tourism Action Councils in each state. In accordance with the Cabinet decision, the State Executive Council on 6 February 2002 approved the establishment of the Johor State Tourism Action Council, including a secretariat structure with an arrangement to be coordinated with the list of posts available in the Johor State Tourism Department at that time.
Consequently, the Johor State Tourism Department has been appointed as the secretariat for the Johor State Tourism Action Council, which is responsible for administering and maintaining the management of the Johor State Tourism Action Council. Nonetheless, in March 2009, the Cabinet decided that the State Tourism Action Councils in each state in Malaysia would be taken over by the Ministry of Culture, Arts & Tourism Malaysia and a federal department, the State Tourism Ministry Office, would be established.
On 25 November 2009, the State Executive Council decided to re-establish the Johor State Tourism Department separately from Tourism Malaysia and the Johor State Tourism Ministry Office. By the Summary of Meeting No. 129/2016 of the State Executive Council on 13 January 2016, the Johor State Tourism Department changed its name to Tourism Johor. Since then, all official government communications have used the name Tourism Johor.
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