Tourists can now go to 42 major attractions in Kuala Lumpur in just one bus – KL Hop-On Hop-Off – a uniquely designed, Malaysia's only semi-glass roofed double-decker bus.
Passengers can stay on for the full circuit, or hop on or off at any of the stops. This one-of-its-kind city tour is complemented by on-board commentary in eight languages.
The bus was unveiled by Tourism Minister Datuk Seri Tengku Adnan Tengku Mansor yesterday at the Malaysian Tourism Centre in Kuala Lumpur.
Also present were Dewan Rakyat Speaker Tan Sri Ramli Ngah Talib, Raja Puan Sri Noora Ashikin Raja Abdullah, City Hall deputy director of development Zulkifli Ibrahim, Elang Wah Sdn Bhd executive director Toh Muda Rizal Ashram Tan Sri Ramli and managing director Syed Azhar Syed Nadzir.
Elang Wah is the first company granted the permission to operate the tourist bus. The company also built the body of the buses.
“The KL Hop-On Hop-Off bus service will not only improve the quality and convenience of KL's public transportation, but is also an additional tourist attraction that will definitely give tourists a whole new experience,” said Tengku Adnan.
He said the Government had allocated RM149mil from the 2007 Budget to promote Visit Malaysia Year 2007 in the hope of achieving 20.1 million tourist arrivals and an estimated RM44.5bil tourism income.
“Therefore, the implementation of the Hop-On Hop-Off city tour is suitable and timely.
“I believe Elang Wah will ensure that the service will always be there by heeding various aspects like punctuality, cleanliness and friendly service. These are all in line with Tourism Ministry's ‘Malaysia Welcomes The World’ campaign.
“I hope all Malaysians will be the frontliners to receive guests, so that they will always think and act tourism,” he added.
Tengku Adnan boarded the bus while Toh Muda Rizal Ashram Tan Sri Ramli and Syed Azhar Syed Nadzir gave explanation on the bus' features.
Syed Azhar said the tourist bus service was planned since four years ago.
For a start, four buses will be operating now while two other buses will be added in by April.
“We target 500 passengers per day and the number should increase by day,” he said.
The bus installed with disabled friendly features will operate from 8.30am to 8.30pm every day.
It goes to major attractions and main hotels in Kuala Lumpur through 22 stops at 30-minute intervals.
Tickets valid for 24 hours are priced at RM38 each for adults (RM32 each for group purchase of five and above), RM17 for students, senior citizens and disabled persons. Children under five can board the bus for free.
Mykad holders can enjoy the tour at promotional rate of RM19 per person during the school holidays.
Tickets can be bought on the bus and from travel agents, major hotels, official agents that display the logo or through the internet at www.myhoponhopoff. com
Elang Wah Sdn Bhd can be contacted at 03-2691 1382 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
By YIP YOKE TENG
Source : STAR
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