Minister: Direct flights to Zhengzhou imperative for China-Malaysia tourism


ZHENGZHOU – The Tourism Ministry would look into arranging direct flights to Zhengzhou from Malaysia, said its minister Datuk Seri Dr Ng Yen Yen.

She said Zhengzhou could act as a transportation hub, which when completed with its high-speed railway facilities, would allow tourists to travel to many other districts in China.

“Direct flights will encourage tourists from China to travel to Malaysia and vice versa,” she said, adding that Malaysia, meanwhile, could also act as the tourism centre for China tourists who want to travel within the Asean region.

“I will urge Malaysia Airlines and AirAsia to open up new routes to fly to Zhengzhou,” she told Bernama, here, Sunday.

Dr Ng, who is on a four-day working trip to China, is visiting Guangzhou and Zhengzhou. She held dialogues with local tourism operators and attended the International Mayor’s Forum on Tourism (IMFT) in Henan on Friday.

Malaysia won the Best Video Award at the IMFT, which is being held here with the theme, “Tourism for Better City Life” and participants from more than 50 cities worldwide to study city tourism.

Ng said the ministry targeted to achieve 1.1 million tourist arrivals this year, which would be 10 per cent higher than the target reached last year.

She said the ministry would also focus on bilateral investment where Malaysia’s tourism operators would be given the opportunity to invest in China and vice versa.

Dr Ng disclosed she was satisfied with the results of the trip, including inviting a group of 400 people from China to hold a bicycle exhibition in Malaysia in November.