Malaysia Tourism launched on Friday a Roadshow, B2B and Networking seminar to tap tourism market potential in Vientiane, Savannakhet and Champassak of the Lao PDR.
Held in Vientiane, the launching event was attended by Deputy Director of International Promotion Division – Southeast Asia, Tourism Malaysia, Ms Zalina Ahmad, Malaysian Ambassador to the Lao PDR, Mr Edi Irwan Mahmud, representatives from Tourism Malaysia, travel agents, airline agencies, hotels, and product owners from Malaysia and Laos.
“Since the re-opening of Malaysia border on the 1st of April 2022, from January until December 2022, we have recorded 7,010 Lao tourist arrivals to Malaysia,” said Ms Zalina Ahmad.
As of now, Laos doesn’t have direct flights to Malaysia. Lao nationals wishing to visit Malaysia need to take Scoot Air flights from Vientiane to Singapore then cross the border to Malaysia through Johor Bahru border or take AirAsia or Thai Airways transit in Bangkok then fly to Kuala Lumpur.
Direct flights between Vientiane and Kuala Lumpur are expected to be effective from Aug 4, 2023 with 3 flights per week, Mon / Fri / Sun, according to the Air Asia.
Malaysia has set a target of receiving 16.1million international tourist arrivals with RM 49.2 billion tourism revenues.
“I want to assure that our Tourism Malaysia office in Vientiane will lend their hands anytime for you, to support any new travel package initiatives to bring in more Lao tourists to Malaysia,” said Ms Zalina Ahmad.
Source: Lao News Agency