Malaysia’s Tourism Minister is confident the country will reach its target of receiving over 400,000 tourists from the Philippines in 2012 with the introduction of increased flights.
Currently, Malaysia Airlines (MAS), Air Asia and Cebu Airlines operate 45 flights weekly from the Philippines to Malaysia but from 25 March MAS will operate thrice weekly flights, New Straits Times reported.
Malaysian Tourism Minister Ms Datuk Seri Dr Ng Yen Yen who has recently visited the Philippines said the country had decided to boost flight frequency from both Kuala Lumpur and Kota Kinabalu in March this year.
Additionally, SEAIR will fly thrice weekly from the Clark International Airport to Kota Kinabalu from the 01 May and ZEST Air will start flying to Malaysia from Manila to Kuala Lumpur in June 2012.
"Filipinos love to shop and we want to promote Malaysia as a shopping haven. Malaysia is also perfect for Filipinos because of our diverse religions, culture, heritage and food, which are quite different from those found in the Philippines." Dr Ng said.In 2011 over 362,000 Filipinos visiting Malaysia, with the increase of flight frequency the Minister is expecting this numbers to increase.
Dr Ng said her meeting with Philippine Tourism Secretary Ramon Jimenez Jr established a joint agreement in setting up a consortium of tourism-related companies.
Source = e-Travel Blackboard: S.P