Three-nation package to boost tourism

  • Nation
  • Monday, 19 May 2003

PENANG: Malaysia, Thailand and Indonesia will jointly launch a new “drive and fly” caravan tour package to promote tourism and highlight that the three countries are free from SARS. 

The eight days and seven nights IMT-GT Auto Venture tour, which would cover tourist spots and food outlets in Haadyai, Perlis, Kedah, Penang and North Sumatra, is tentatively scheduled for July 22 to 29. 

Indonesia, Malaysia and Thailand Growth Triangle (IMT-GT) Marketing and Promotions Joint Task Force chairman Datuk Syed Mohd Aidid Syed Murtaza said the promotion was aimed at promoting tourism in the sub-region. 

“We want to stress that there is no local transmission of SARS in these countries. 

“We encourage people to travel within this sub-region but they should take health precautions, exercise a high standard of hygiene and frequent food outlets and places with a high quality of cleanliness,” he told a press conference after a meeting with his Thai counterparts from the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) yesterday. 

He said participating hotels and restaurants would offer special promotions for the package. 

“Details will be announced later,” he added.  

TAT international relations section chief Titiporn Manenate said the pilot project aimed at promoting travel among the three countries. 

The non-competitive event, limited to about 50 cars on a first-come-first served basis, is tentatively scheduled to begin from Haadyai and is open to Thai, Malaysian and Indonesian participants with four people to a car. 

Syed Mohd Aidid said travel guidelines issued by the Thai Government’s SARS task force on preventive and control measures against SARS in Thailand was also discussed. 

“We will co-operate to ensure the safety of travellers within the sub-region,” he added.  

He also announced that the IMT-GT task force had been invited to take part in the Thailand Travel Mart in Bangkok from Sept 16 to 18, which will see participation from people in the travel trade in over 44 countries. 

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