Saturday, February 24, 2007

73 chartered flights from Taiwan arranged for VM2007

KUALA LUMPUR: Seventy-three chartered flights from Taiwan have been arranged for Visit Malaysia 2007.

Under a joint venture between Taiwan’s Far Eastern Air Transport and Sanbumi Air Transport Sdn Bhd, the maiden charter flight would touch down in Kota Kinabalu in Sabah during the first week of April.

Sanbumi general manager Low Yuh Wen told reporters that each Boeing 757-200 charter flight could take 175 passengers.

He said Kuala Lumpur, Kota Kinabalu, Penang, Kuantan, Langkawi and Terengganu were the destinations for the charter flights.

“An average Taiwanese spends about RM2,000 to RM3,000 and this will definitely help with the country in promoting VM2007,” he added.

At the same function, Sanbumi Holiday Sdn Bhd also launched an innovative tour package known as Kenali Malaysia.

Tourism Minister Datuk Seri Tengku Adnan Tengku Mansor, who witnessed the signing of the agreement between both companies, said the venture would enhance inbound tourism from Taiwan.

“From January to November last year we recorded 166,700 tourists from Taiwan, an increase of 5.9% compared to the same period in 2005.

“This year we hope to boost the arrivals to 400,000,” he added.

Source : STAR
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