Both mass, high-end tourism needed to develop Malaysian economy

Published on : Monday, January 25, 2016

Both mass, high-end tourismIn order to further develop the economy, Malaysia needs both mass tourism and high-end tourism, said Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak adding that the government is ready to work on it.

He cited Langkawi as the main tourist destination in the country that could offer the potentials for both mass and high-end tourism.

In his speech during a welcoming ceremony for the inaugural AirAsia flight from Guangzhou, China to Langkawi at the Langkawi International Airport, Sunday he said, “I see Langkawi as a gem that is priceless to the nation.”

Najib said as a pro-business government, it wanted to see more private sectors playing their part and supporting more goals. The government was ready to attract more tourists including high-end tourists, he added.
Najib mentioned the importance of connectivity to boost tourism. “Despite all the attractions that we have, we cannot make it happen without connectivity. Connectivity is a fundamental factor in boosting tourism,” he said.

As Langkawi managed to attract many visitors, Najib said the government believed that the demand for direct flights from Langkawi was there.

Najib also said there were huge potentials for Langkawi that had yet to be fully tapped and besides having more international passengers, Langkawi also needed more hotel rooms and better facilities including at the airport.

The inaugural AirAsia flight from Guangzhou into Langkawi landed with a healthy 92 per cent flight load. Among the guests on board were representatives from the Guangdong Tourism Authority and members of the media.

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