Tuesday, 18 June 2019

Thai tourist arrivals in Malaysia increase 3.3 percent in Q1

Director of International Promotion Division (Southeast Asia), Noran Ujang (centre) presented certificate to Thai tour agent after the Malaysia Tourism Products Engagement session today.

BANGKOK, June 18 (Bernama) -- A total of 489,351 Thai tourists visited Malaysia in the first quarter of 2019, an increase of 3.3 percent compared to the same period last year, said an official of Malaysia Tourism Promotion Board.

Its director of International Promotion Division (Southeast Asia), Noran Ujang, said Thailand was ranked fourth among Malaysia’s top-10 tourist generating market after Singapore, Indonesia and China, and last year Malaysia welcomed 1.91 million Thai tourists who spent RM3.8 billion in tourist receipts.

“Malaysia is set to roll out various campaigns and tourism packages in a bid to draw 2.19 million Thai tourists to its shore this year. We are targeting 2.3 million in Thai tourist arrivals in 2020,” he told a media conference here today.

Earlier, Noran attended the Malaysia Tourism Products Engagement here. Also present were deputy chief of mission at the Malaysian Embassy in Bangkok, Suzilah Mohd Sidek, senior assistant director of International Promotion Division (Southeast Asia) of Malaysia Tourism Promotion Board, Noor Arif Mohd Nor, and deputy director of Tourism Malaysia (Bangkok), Mazreena Mohd Yusof.

Noran said a total of 18.1 million or 70 percent of tourist arrivals to Malaysia last year were from the Asean market.

“This year, we are targeting 19.7 million tourist arrivals from Asean countries,” he said.

Noran said there are nine airlines operating from Thailand to various destinations in Malaysia with a total capacity of 60,000 seats per week.

He added that the electric train service operating from Padang Besar in southern Thailand to Kuala Lumpur, a journey which takes about five hours, is very popular among the Thais.

There are also 14 ferry services weekly departing from Satun, southern Thailand to Langkawi.

“Our north-south highway is smooth and easy to drive on, offering a pleasurable driving experience,” he said.

On the Malaysia Tourism Products Engagement today, Noran said it was a platform for Malaysia’s tourism delegation to enlighten Thai tour agents on Malaysia’s tourism products.

“I hope this platform will be fully utilised in creating attractive tourism packages to attract Thai tourists to Malaysia,” he said.

Meanwhile, Mazreena said Tourism Malaysia will participate in the inaugural Malaysia Fest 2019 which will be held at Central World in Bangkok from Thursday to Sunday.

She said Tourism Malaysia will be taking 10 booths to promote Malaysian tourism destinations.

“We are offering special prices for Malaysia packages such as to Kuala Lumpur, Putrajaya, Penang, Langkawi, Melaka and Genting Highlands.

“There will be traditional cultural performances and cooking demonstrations at Tourism Malaysia booths. Visitors will stand a chance to win return tickets to Malaysia as well as other travel packages and many other prizes,” she said.

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