SOME 1,000 free express bus tickets will be given out to Singaporeans as part of the Penang-level Visit Malaysia 2007 campaign.
State Tourism Development and Environment Committee chairman Teng Chang Yeow said the proposal was being worked out between Penang Tourism Action Council (PTAC), Malaysian Hoteliers Association (Penang Chapter), express bus consortiums and Singapore’s National Trade Union Congress (NTUC).
“Once everything is finalised, the plan will take off immediately,” he said.
He said Singaporeans who wish to obtain the free tickets could register their names through NTUC.
He added that tickets would be allotted on a first-come-first-served basis every three months.
Teng said PTAC had also worked out a few strategic partnerships with NTUC to promote Penang.
NTUC Singapore has some 1.5 million members and they formed a sizeable market that could be tapped, he said.
“NTUC has agreed to feature our year-long programme in conjunction with Visit Malaysia 2007 in its monthly magazine,” he told reporters after attending the JCI Pearl 30th Anniversary Installation and Awards Banquet at City Bayview Hotel on Saturday.
Teng added that NTUC had also agreed to bring in a convoy of 120 cars from Singapore to the state in March.
On another matter, Teng said the state tourism was discussing with Sabah, Malacca and Selangor to organise a media familiarisation tour for the Canada media corps.
“The cost will be borne by the four states. The move will definitely help to promote tourism destinations in the four states,” he said.
Source : STAR
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