LANGKAWI: Tourism Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ng Yen Yen has proposed that Langkawi ferry operators introduce premier lounges for passengers who wish to travel in extra comfort.
She said this would give passengers a choice on the type of seats they want on the ferries.
“There are ferries in Singapore that provide such special seating for passengers who wish to travel in comfort.
“If such a class is introduced here, I believe that there are passengers, especially tourists, who would not hesitate to spend extra money for such seats,” she said when met after visiting the Kuah Jetty here yesterday.
Accompanying her were Langkawi Development Authority (Lada) general manager Azman Omar and Langkawi MCA division chief Datuk Chen Liau Weng.
Dr Ng said three million people used the ferry services to Langkawi last year.
She also said facilities at the Kuah jetty, including it foodstalls and toilets, could be improved to make them on par with international standards.
“The jetty must have a better image because it is the first place that tourists see when coming to this island by ferry,” she said.
Dr Ng said her ministry would also discuss with the Marine Department and Lada on facilities for elderly visitors at the jetty.
She said some 800,000 international tourists visited the island from January to September last year.
As for Malaysia, she said 23 million tourists visited the country last year with the highest number coming from Singapore, Indonesia and Thailand.
Dr Ng said her ministry expected the number to increase this year, especially with three new events being introduced – the 1st Contemporary Art Tourism, International Shoe Festival and the International Floral Parade.