Malaysia develops cruise industry

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The Malaysian Government announced it will continue developing the country’s cruise tourism which they believe will attract more visitors to ASEAN.

At the Global Tourism Economic Forum in Macau earlier this week, Chairman of Tourism Malaysia Tan Sri Dato’ Sri Dr. Ng Yen Yen said the government is supportive of turning Malaysia into one of Asia’s largest port hubs.

“Malaysia is developing and upgrading our hubs for cruise tourism and the Government is supportive of making Malaysia the main cruise tourism playground of the East,” she said.

Malaysia’s steps towards becoming a cruise destination have led to the establishment of the Malaysia Cruise Council (MCC), an advisory committee comprising of representatives from both public and private sectors including the Ministry of Tourism and Culture, Ministry of Transport and local authorities.

And plans are currently underway for the development of a Straits Riviera in Malaysia which include six ports – Penang, Port Klang, Kota Kinabalu, Langkawi, Melaka and Kuching.