Good idea from our Tourism Minister, Dr Ng Yen Yen. Before this she gave an idea to review our low hotels rate and today she came up with a better idea.
Railway tourism is a new integrated tourism product which link between Asean countries, and it is very helpful to boost not only tourism industry between Asean but the rural areas as well. Seven of ten Asean countries are linked by railway, that are Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, Cambodia, Vietnam, Laos and Myanmar.
In Malaysia, it is not a new things because tourists from Singapore enter Malaysia via trains. But in other countries, it may be a new thing.
Railway tourism opens up the economy of the rural areas. That is why, for railway tourism in Malaysia, we are focusing on the east coast namely Kelantan.
We want to offer and develop Malaysia into a very strong cruise tourism destination, we are trying very hard but still working on it. It’s not easy as it is a high-end, highly sophisticated tourism industry.
However, this is still new and of coz not that easy to integrate it. Anyway, I do hope it can be realized.