KEDAH hopes to bring in more foreign tourists via the AirAsia Bangkok-Langkawi direct flights expected to be launched next month.
Tourism Malaysia Kedah director Ammar Abd Ghappar said the flights would help to bring in tourists not only from Thailand but also from other parts of the world.
“Bangkok will become a transit centre for international tourists to come to Langkawi and we believe that this will help to promote tourism activities on the island re-sort,” he said when contacted re-cently.
He added the airline had already opened its online booking for tickets to the island.
He said Tourism Malaysia and the Kedah Tourism Action Council were also lobbying for more international airlines to land at the Sultan Abdul Halim Airport in Kepala Batas.
He said negotiations were also under way to introduce direct flights from Medan, Indonesia, to Alor Star.
He said in 2005, Kedah received 2.8mil tourists and the number increased to more than 3mil this year.
“Kedah is hoping to lure 4.9mil tourists to visit the state in 2010,” he added.
Ammar also said that 12 tourist attractions on mainland Kedah had been upgraded, especially at waterfall areas, to attract tourists for next year’s Visit Malaysia Year 2007 and Visit Kedah Year 2008.
Source : STAR
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