Wednesday, September 03, 2008

Tourism Malaysia adds Pangkor Island to agenda

TOURISM Malaysia will be promoting Pangkor Island, Perak, next year, along with other new destinations including Desaru in Johor and Cameron Highlands in Pahang.

Inaccessibility is one of the key factors that has kept Pangkor Island in the shadows of other more well-known island resort destinations in West Malaysia, such as Langkawi Geopark and Penang.

Air accessibility to Pangkor is currently limited to Berjaya Air, which operates return flights five times weekly to Pangkor from its hub at Subang Airport. Its 48-seater, Dash 7 aircraft, with its short landing and short take-off, is suitable for the 879m runway at Pangkor Airport.

Already, Berjaya Air has teamed up with Pangkor Island Beach Resort for a joint promotional package called Fly and Stay Free, valid during this low season until December 19.

The package includes a return flight from Subang to Pangkor Island with Berjaya Air, accommodation in Ocean Wing (twin-sharing room), daily buffet breakfast and free non-motorised land and sea sports activities. There are several categories of prices, depending on room type. Travel agents receive a 10 per cent commission on packages sold.

Berjaya Air business development senior manager, Ms Yvonne Lim, said, the tie-up was a chance to create more awareness for the destination and for the airline which started flying to Pangkor since 1998, adding the average load factor to the island was 60 per cent.

Source : TTG
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