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Wednesday, 18 January 2017

(The Star) Arrivals by sea to hit record high

Tour operators will have to charter additional buses from Kuala Lumpur for the estimated 17,000 visitors scheduled to visit Penang via seven cruise vessels on March 13.
State Tourism Development Committee chairman Danny Law Heng Kiang said the tour operators did not have enough buses for such a large group of people.
“At the moment, buses will be chartered from Kuala Lumpur with tour guides to help out.
“We can cater to the crowd but transportation will need to be supplemented,” he told a press conference at the Penang International Airport yesterday.
Law encouraged local entrepreneurs to invest in buses as Penang was fast becoming a hub for large- scale events.
“We will have meetings and dialogue sessions so locals involved in the tourism industry should invest more in transportation facilities.
“Local entrepreneurs who are keen can channel their efforts towards upcoming tourist-related projects which have plenty of potential,” he said.
According to him, cruise vessel passengers who visit Penang island just for a day are usually big spenders.
“They spend far more than people who visit the island for a few days. They are also not budget travellers and shopping is easier for them as they need not lug their luggage along when they visit.”
The seven cruise vessels arriving on March 13 include the Superstar Libra and the Amusement World, which has its home port in Penang.
Around 17,000 passengers are expected on that day alone, the most number of tourists from cruise ships in one day.
The five other cruise liners are Diamond Princess, Mein Schiff, Superstar Gemini, Star Clipper and Leisure World.
Law had earlier said the Cruise Food and Cultural Fiesta 2017 would be held at Fort Cornwallis on that day to entertain the guests and the public.

He said the programme from 9am to 5pm was being finalised and would include chingay performances, traditional dances, local cuisines and handicraft stalls.