PETALING JAYA: Malaysia Airports Holdings Berhad (MAHB) has teamed up with Digi Telecommunications Sdn Bhd (Digi) to strike Cupid’s arrow into the hearts of tourists arriving in Malaysia for Visit Malaysia 2020.
The two companies with the help of cutting edge 5G technology and virtual reality are giving tourists a glimpse of what Malaysia has to offer.
The Langkawi International Airport is the first where the “love at first sight” initiative has been introduced, with tourists able to experience a cable car gondola ride and enjoy a stunning 360-degree view of the tropical paradise’s Gunung Machinchang.
The ride is streamed seamlessly from some 20 kilometres away in high-definition thanks to high-speed 5G internet connection and a camera mounted at the Langkawi SkyCab middle station.
Speaking to FMT, MAHB senior general manager for commercial services Nazli Aziz said the initiative was part of the airport operator’s efforts to support Visit Malaysia 2020.
“Our international airports are the main gateway to Malaysia and we want our guests to really just fall in love with our beautiful country the moment they land.
“Gunung Machinchang is very enchanting and we know tourists will just fall in love with Langkawi.”
Nazli said they are looking to replicate the same initiative at the Penang International Airport and Kuala Lumpur International Airport to showcase the unique sights the two cities had to offer.
He added the 5G virtual tourism experience in Langkawi which is open to the public until March 2020, was also in line with Malaysia’s aspirations of building a 5G ecosystem.
Aside from tourism, Nazli said MAHB is looking at other ways they can leverage on 5G, particularly in the growing business of airport retail.
“Nowadays, people shop very differently then they did before. They don’t wait to walk into a shop to see what it has to offer. Brands can now give shoppers an immersive experience through augmented reality and 5G will facilitate this.”
Nazli added that with 5G, MAHB could ensure travellers and visitors to the airport had a more immersive airport experience, as it would also better facilitate their services and operations.