TROPICAL Charters, which operates cruise packages in Pulau Langkawi, is providing insurance coverage for tourists who sign up for their ground tour packages.
The travel shield, underwritten by Allianz General Insurance, will pay out benefits in the event of death and permanent disability to tourists while holidaying in the island.
Both benefits amount to RM10,000 each and an additional RM5,000 provided for repatriation expenses.
Allianz Chief Underwriting Officer Rafliz Ridzuan said the collaboration with Tropical Charters would definitely lift the status of Langkawi as a safer travel destination.
He said the travel shield is the first of its kind in the country.
Tropical Charters CEO Datuk Alexander Issac said the collaboration showed they were committed to provide tourists with an additional layer of confidence when they sign up for any tourist products from its registered suppliers.
“We are the first in the country where the operator is paying for the insurance premiums. We do not pass on the insurance fees to the tourists.
“Tropical Charters, as the leading boat operator in Langkawi, has always been a trendsetter. “We are doing our part to enhance the prestige of the tourism industry here by engaging the tourists through partnership with Allianz,” he said at the launch of travel shield at Resorts World Langkawi recently.
Tropical Charters managing director Sasha Arsheela stressed the importance of having travel insurance, as mishaps and misfortunes were beyond the control of everyone.
“Travel shield is the answer and it gives an added ease of mind,” she said. Langkawi Development Authority CEO Datuk Azizan Noordin also commended Tropical Charters for providing the travel shield.
“Congratulations on the launching of Allianz Insurance package. We should promote it widely. “We need this kind of support to bring in tourists, especially the high-end ones to Langkawi,” he said.
Langkawi Business Association (NiagaKawi) president Anthony Wong and Tourism Malaysia Langkawi Tourist Information Centre manager Juniady Ahmad Yahaya said the insurance package would benefit the tourism industry.
Wong said Tropical Charters had set a benchmark, adding that the travel shield would raise Langkawi’s stature in providing more confidence to the tourists.
The scheme is applicable to all tourists who sign up for any outsourced ground tour packages including its cruise, yacht and catamaran services and ferry services it operates between the Kuah Jetty and Koh Lipe in Thailand.
The company’s One-stop Centre at Pantai Tengah will have another branch in adjacent Pantai Cenang for tourist’s convenience.
Tropical Charters, which won the Charter Company of the Year Award for Asia and Australasia 2017, operates cruise packages with its fleet of seven yachts, power boats and catamaran