More states seek tourist flights from China


KAMPAR: The Perak state government wants to introduce special charter flights from China to draw more tourists from the republic.

State executive councillor for tourism Nolee Ashilin Mohammed Radzi said the move could attract more tourists from China especially in the light of Visit Perak Year 2017.

She was commenting on visa exemption for tourists from China as announced in the revised 2016 Budget on Thursday.

Prime Minister Najib Razak had in the budget revision said tourists from China need not obtain a visa to visit Malaysia from March 1 to Dec 31, 2016.

Another executive councillor in Terengganu also spoke about more flights to bring in tourists.

Mohd Jidin Shafee said visa exemption would be a boon to the tourism industry and the state economy.

“Other than increasing the entry of China’s tourists, bilateral trade will continue to go up and exchange of technology will continue to expand,” he said.

The state government was now planning to introduce numerous facilities, including increasing return flights, to lure more tourists from China.

Sandakan Tourism Association chairman Johnny Lim also hoped for an increase in visitors from China, currently negligible in the district.

He hoped there would be direct flights to Sabah from destinations in China.