On September 2nd 2010, Tri Akaradecha, a Vice Governor of Phuket, and related Phuketians welcomed the Tourism Minister of Malaysia, Dato’ Sri Dr. Ng Yen Yen who officially visited Phuket during September 2nd – 4th 2010.
In the welcoming ceremony, the minister said that Thailand is a good place to take a vacation, especially the southern parts of the country, as Phuket and nearby provinces which are always visited by foreign tourists and visitors. Moreover the southern region of Thailand was connected to Malaysia by land, air and marine transportation. There are 12 checkpoints along the Thai – Malay border. There are 4 airlines flying between the two countries with 9,612 seats per week. This meets the different needs in transportation of people travelling between southern Thailand and Malaysia. Moreover, Air Asia recently opened its new Hat Yai – KL route with 1,100 seats per week. This was appropriate for people who want to save transportation and accommodation costs traveling to/from Malaysia.
Moreover there are increasing numbers of Thai students desiring to visit or study in Malaysia. Now, there are 2,000 Thai students studying in Malaysia and it is predicted that more students will join academies in Malaysia in the future because of the country’s good quality education.
Malaysia promotes its tourism with the motto: ‘Malaysia Truly Asia’. Each year, the country arranges activities to attract tourists including Colours of Malaysia, Malaysia International Floral Parade, Water Festival, Mega Sale and Year End festival. There are also new tourism promoting activities such as Malaysia Contemporary Art Tourism Festival or MCAT held in September, Fabulous Food Malaysia held in October and Malaysia International Shoe Festival held in December.
The minister said that she was glad to invite Phuket photographers to join the activity called ‘A Photo Journey to Malaysia’ which will be a great way to reflect Malaysia images through the eyes of Thai people. She also hoped that the two countries would participate well and cooperate more in tourism promotion.