Saturday, November 25, 2006

Special International Fares for VMY 2007

Special international fares for VMY 2007

SUBANG JAYA: Malaysia Airlines is expected announce a special package for international fares early next year to help promote Visit Malaysia Year 2007 (VMY 2007).

Deputy Tourism Minister Datuk Donald Lim said the Tourism Ministry had urged MAS to be more competitive with other international airlines.

“There are a lot of complaints that MAS fares are expensive,” he told reporters at the prize presentation for winners of the Small and Medium Businesses Recognition Award 2006 here yesterday.

“For domestic fares, we leave it to the Transport Ministry but the international portion is what we are very concerned about. We are asking them to look at the whole fare structure. That’s important because nobody can control that kind of pricing, not (even) the Government.”

Lim said the ministry held a discussion with Transport Minister Datuk Seri Chan Kong Choy and the airlines’ top management officials yesterday, and MAS had come up with proposals to help the tourism industry with a special package for VMY 2007.

He said the special package would hopefully restore the confidence of the public and foreign tourists.

Lim, who is MCA SME bureau chairman, also said the ministry was in talks with banks to ensure that loan applications for SMEs carrying out tourism-related projects could be approved within two or three months.

“Some applications take a year to be approved. We are looking into ways to cut red tape,” he said, adding that if needed, financial advisory services could be used to assess project viability.

News Source : STAR
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