SATUN, 20 November 2017: Tourism Malaysia hosted a launch ceremony for the Tammalang Ferry that should boost travel to Langkawi, one of Malaysia’s top island destinations.
Plans have been firmed up to promote travel tour packages for South Thailand residents that will feature a ferry trip to Langkawai.
Tourism Malaysia has appointed travel agents to sell holiday packages exclusively to residents in Thailand’s southern provinces.
Tourism Malaysia hopes to increase Thai arrivals to Malaysia especially to Langkawi island.
Key officials at the ceremony included the Consul General of Malaysia in Songkla, Mohd Afandi Abu Bakar, who was joined by Abdul Haris Hadi, director Tourism Malaysia – Bangkok.
They presided over a ceremony to send off the first group of tourists on the ferry package that departed Satun, for Langkawi Island, in Malaysia.
Thailand and Malaysia are celebrating the 60th anniversary of diplomatic relations between the two countries this year.
Director Tourism Malaysia Thailand, Abdul Haris Hadi said: “As Malaysia and Thailand already share eight border checkpoints, this new ferry trip will further enable tourism to grow between the two countries.”
Last month, Tourism Malaysia launched holiday packages for Thais living in the South including Malaysia Rail packages. Malaysia hopes to beef up overland arrivals to reverse a negative trend that saw many Thai tourists buy low-cost airline flights rather than buy bus, rail or ferry trips.
Improved ferry links from Satun to Langkawi could also tap international tourists, who visit South Thailand, usually arriving on flights to Krabi and Phuket, the two major gateways on the Andaman coast.
However, there is a growing interest to visit neighbouring Malaysia and Langkawi is one of the nearest island destinations to Thailand’s popular beach resorts.
During January to August, Malaysia welcomed about 1,235,706 Thai tourists.
Tourism Malaysia is working with selected South Thailand agents, namely Sunny Tours, Happy Time 1009 Group, KST Travel, Hatyai Four Seasons Travel, and Sahachai Travel & Service.
They are selling overland tours starting at THB3,999 (ex Satun) and THB4,999 (ex Hat Yai).