Gulf Air, Malaysia in joint promotion

Gulf Air and a high-level delegation from Malaysian Tourism Promotion Board (MTPB) have agreed to set up a task force to study possibilities of joint co-operation to promote the upcoming 50 years of Malaysia’s nationhood.

Gulf Air and a high-level delegation from Malaysian Tourism Promotion Board (MTPB) have agreed to set up a task force to study possibilities of joint co-operation to promote the upcoming 50 years of Malaysia’s nationhood.

The task force to promote ‘Visit Malaysia 2007’ was agreed during talks between Gulf Air Vice President Business Units Ali Murtada, Vice President Marketing and Sales Lee Shave and the Malaysian delegation headed by MTPB’s Deputy Director General Datin Dalilah Ahmad.

“Malaysia is one of the popular destinations for Arabs as it has been witnessing a steady increase in the tourist’s arrival over the years from the GCC countries and we are expecting a significant jump in the tourists arrival in 2007,” said Ms Ahmad, quoting statistics.

Around 147,646 Gulf tourist visited Malaysia last year up from 123,000 in 2004, says Ahmad.

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“Gulf Air has been flying to Kuala Lumpur for years and its Holiday Division, Gulf Air Holidays, has been offering travellers fantastic, value-for-money holiday packages to various destinations including Malaysia,” said Mr Murtada.

“Now with the biggest network in the Middle East, the airline is best positioned to cooperate with MTPB.’

During summer, Gulf Air flies six flights a week to Kuala Lumpur.

The two sides also discussed the possibilities of code-sharing between Gulf Ai and Malaysia Airlines.

The delegation comprised of Amirrudin Abu, Director, International Promotion Division, Syed Muhadzir Jamallulil, Director, (UAE, Gulf & Iran) of Tourism Malaysia, Halimy Mahmoud, Regional Vice President (Middle East and Africa), Malaysian Airlines and Anwar Udzir Second Secretary, Embassy of Malaysia in the Kingdom of Bahrain.
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