SADAO, 4 December 2017: Tourism Malaysia gave bikers a celebrity send off to promote Southern Thai Packages to Malaysia specifically for motor bike enthusiasts with the aim of increasing overland travel to Malaysia.
Leading the send off, Tourism Malaysia deputy director general (promotion), YBHG Dato’ Sri Abdul Khani Daud and director international promotion (ASEAN), Syed Yahya Syed Othman, waved off tour participants who biked from Hat Yai, Thailand to Penang, Malaysia.
Thailand-Malaysia cooperation in tourism is being emphasised this year to mark the 60th anniversary of diplomatic relations between the two countries.
“As Malaysia and Thailand share eight land-crossing points, the biker route will improve tourism between the two countries,” said YBHG Dato’ Sri Abdul Khani Daud.
The bikers started their journey on the Thai holiday island of Phuket and motored south to Hat Yai. From there they rode to Butterworth and ended the trip in Penang, Malaysia.
“Last month we launched Southern Thai Packages to Malaysia by promoting Malaysia Rail Packages. This time we would like to invite Thai tourists to explore another travel experience through biker trips to Malaysia,” he added.
From January to August, Malaysia welcomed 1,235,706 Thai tourists.
Penang is getting more popular with Thai tourists and the island’s tourism industry received a major boost when it was ranked as second top tourist destination among 17 best places to visit in 2017 by CNN.
The island state’s cultural diversity, influenced by a blend of Malay, Chinese, Indian, Peranakan and European influences, is among its unique attractions, earning it the recognition as a UNESCO Heritage Site. Acknowledged for its street food, Penang is also singled out for its arts initiatives.