Germany-based tour operating giant TUI Group will soon begin operations in Malaysia, its first South-east Asian office.
Marking the milestone, Malaysia’s Ministry of Tourism, Arts & Culture awarded a tour operating licence to TUI, which permits the group to operate inbound, outbound and ticketing activities in Malaysia as TUI International Holiday (Malaysia) at B-26-6, SOHO Suites at KLCC, No. 20, Jalan Perak, Kuala Lumpur.
One of the office’s upcoming initiatives is the Fly & Cruise package to Malaysia, which will be implemented this winter. More than 7,000 tourists are expected to fly i to Langkawi from London, Birmingham and Manchester for a 7D6N cruise in South-east Asia. Langkawi will be the homeport for the two ships Marella and MeinSchiff over this campaign period.
Speaking on behalf of the tourism, arts and culture minister Mohamaddin bin Ketapi, Tourism Malaysia’s deputy director general (promotion) Abdul Khani Daud expressed confidence that the TUI Group “will contribute to the increase of tourist arrivals to Malaysia and vice-versa”.
The market of European tourists to Malaysia, set back by the axing of Malaysia Airlines flights from the region, is expected to be further invigorated with Tourism Malaysia signed up as Preferred Destination Partner of the European Travel Agents’ and Tour Operators’ Association in 2018 and as Official Partner Country for ITB 2019.
TUI Group, operating mostly in Europe, has nearly 20 million customers with 300 hotels, 16 cruise ships and more than 150 aircrafts under its belt.