Lack of fa­cil­i­ties for tourists

> More ho­tels, res­tau­rants needed: MAS CEO


KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia has a huge po­ten­tial to de­velop the tourism mar­ket but cur­rently is only scratch­ing the sur­face of it, said Malaysia Air­lines (MAS) chief ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer Peter Bellew.

He said one of the main prob­lems is the lack of fa­cil­i­ties for tourists.

“There is a need for more ho­tels, other types of ac­com­mo­da­tion and tourist­themed res­tau­rants,” he said.

He hoped that the gov­ern­ment will place em­pha­sis on de­vel­op­ing tourism in Bud­get 2017 by pro­vid­ing Tourism Malaysia with more funds for pro­mo­tional ac­tiv­i­ties.

He said China is at the most three to four hours away and most Chi­nese tourists are at­tracted to Malaysia be­cause of the food and lan­guage sim­i­lar­i­ties.

He said the gov­ern­ment should give in­cen­tives to peo­ple de­vel­op­ing ho­tels and tourist fa­cil­i­ties be­cause it will eas­ily cre­ate jobs and will be good for the coun­try.

“There are huge stretches of un­touched and un­de­vel­oped beaches which are about 40 miles long in both Sabah and Sarawak.

“It’s one of the most beau­ti­ful areas that can be de­vel­oped to at­tract tourists,” Bellew told re­porters dur­ing the launch of the part­ner­ship be­tween MAS and Liver­pool Foot­ball Club (LFC) at Bangsar South yes­ter­day where it was re­vealed that MAS will be the of­fi­cial global air­line for LFC for a three­year pe­riod.

He added that the air­line will have ac­cess to the pitch side’s dig­i­tal ad­ver­tis­ing and will be send­ing out its mes­sages on its pro­mo­tional ac­tiv­i­ties in three lan­guages – English, Ba­hasa Malaysia and Man­darin.

LFC club am­bas­sador Gary McAl­lis­ter (cen­tre), LFC com­mer­cial di­rec­tor Olly Dale (right) and Bellew af­ter the sign­ing cer­e­mony yes­ter­day.

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