GEORGE TOWN, MALAYSIA: The Penang government is proposing to subsidise airlines bringing in passengers from Yangon, Seoul and Bandung in a bid to tap the tourism markets there.
Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng said his administration was willing to pay US$10 (RM37.49) per passenger to airlines for direct flights originating from the three cities to Penang.
He said this was to promote more direct flights into Penang, adding the offer was open to any airline.
He however was quick to add the subsidy would only be paid for a stated period.
“If MAS wants, we are willing to offer them,” he quipped at a press conference today after attending an event to announce the setting up of a Doubletree Resort by Hilton in Penang.
The RM230 million project at Batu Ferringhi is expected to be open to guests in early 2016 and will have 318 rooms.
Elaborating on the proposal later, Penang Tourism Development Committee chairman Danny Law said AirAisa, Firefly, Malindo, MAS and Korean Air have been approached.
“The money will come from the local government hotel fees collected by the local councils,” he said, adding there was some RM6.5 million in the fund as at May 2015.
The fee is imposed on all hotel guests in Penang with RM3 charged per room per night for hotels rated four stars and above and RM2 per room per night for hotels rated three stars and below.
Source: The Sun Daily