Friday, May 11, 2007

New packages to woo Aussies to Penang

DISCUSSIONS are under way to create new multi-destination tour packages with Penang as one of the stops in an effort to woo more Australian tourists.

State Tourism Development Committee chairman Teng Chang Yeow said discussions had begun last month between travel trade players and airlines.

The parties concerned have to work out special tie-up deals since there was no direct connectivity between Australia and Penang, he added.

“Malaysia Airlines (MAS) has flights from Perth, Sydney and Melbourne to Kuala Lum-pur, and we are looking at introducing packages that will bring tourists to Penang via those flights.

“From Penang, they can hop over on Firefly flights to other destinations including Koh Samui and Phuket.

Token of appreciation:Dr Magasdi(right)presenting a souvenir to Teng.With them is Dr Teng.
“We have appointed a Perth-based Penan-gite who is running a tour agency there to act as the contact. He is now helping to co-ordinate the discussions,” said Teng.

He was speaking at a press conference after eight members of a delegation from the Adelaide City Council, led by Deputy Mayor Dr Cris Magasdi, made a courtesy call on him and fellow state executive councillor Datuk Dr Teng Hock Nan. The delegation is visiting Kuching, Penang and Kuala Lumpur from May 1 to 12. The group arrived in Penang on May 4 and left for Kuala Lumpur yesterday.

During the courtesy call, Dr Magasdi suggested a business exchange platform for the sharing of ideas and knowledge.

“We would like to see more co-operation and exchange of information and knowledge between professionals in Penang and Adelaide, such as in the housing, electronics, education and tourism industries.”

He also said he was pleased to learn that there were many students from Penang pursuing their tertiary education in Adelaide and some students from Adelaide studying at the Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM).

“This is positive, as it is good for young people to be immersed in different environments so that they can learn to understand and respect other cultures, races and religions,” he added.

Source : STAR
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