HATYAI, 14 October 2017: Minister of Tourism & Culture Malaysia, YB Dato Sri Mohamed Nazri Bin Abdul Aziz presides over the sending off ceremony for Malaysia Rail Packages at Hatyai Junction Railway Station, Songkhla, on 14th October 2017. The ceremony at Hat Yai Railway Junction today is to mark the collaboration between Tourism Malaysia and the Malayan Railways Limited or Keretapi Tanah Melayu Berhad (KTMB) and to commemorate the 60th anniversary of the Thai-Malaysian diplomatic relations.


This ceremony aims to promote KTMB packages by travel agents in Southern Thailand and foster closer tourism ties between Thailand and Malaysia. The Malaysia Rail Tourism packages enable tourists to enjoy the scenic landscape of Southern Thailand and Malaysia. The packages cover train experience, accommodation, meals, and a full range of enjoyable activities and attractions.


The interesting rail packages, which start at THB 4,451 are offered by Southern Thailand’s travel agents. The packages combine several attractions and activities, including theme parks and city and night tours, which will help promote rail tourism.


Hatyai and Padang Besar Railway Stations were selected as the spots to link the friendly borders. But for today sending off ceremony, Keretapi Tanah Melayu Berbad (KTMB) had specially arranged coaches for buyers, participating agents and members of media straight from Hat Yai Railway Junction to Kuala Lumpur Central.


Malaysia is very honoured by the presence and steadfast support of the delegates from Thai and Malaysian public and private sectors at this sending off ceremony comprising package buyers, travel agents, and members of the media, for joining this rail package trip.


Thailand market is still remain an important market for Malaysia’s tourism industry.  Arrival of tourists from Thailand continue to grow. In 2016, total of 1.78 million Thai tourists came to Malaysia’s shores, which was an increase of 32.7 percent compared to the previous year, contributing RM3.5 billion in receipts. Thailand was ranked 4th in the top ten tourist generating markets. Meanwhile, for 2017 from January to May, Malaysia received about 813,000 Thai tourists – an increase of 9.8 percent.


Various market segments such as family travel, leisure-seekers, religious travel and shopping lovers, are all potential areas. Malaysia has all these attributes to meet the demands of the Thais tourists.


Meanwhile, Tourism Malaysia is also promoting the upcoming exciting event, which is the Kuala Lumpur International Craft Festival 2017 or KLICF 2017. It will be held at Putrajaya Square from 23-26 November 2017.


This is the third edition of KLICF, organised by the Malaysian Handicraft Development Corporation (MHDC). It features 442 craft artisans and entrepreneurs from 104 countries, including Argentina, China, Egypt, India, Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia, Mauritius, Morocco, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Taiwan, Thailand, Turkey, USA, and Uzbekistan.


The event presents a market of handmade items from around the world, under the theme “Crafts Unite People”. KLICF 2017 will feature cultural performances, craft demonstrations, and craft exhibitions, where Malaysian and foreign artists, as well as online entrepreneurs, will be showcasing their crafts from all over the world.


The main objective of the festival is to attract foreigners and trade buyers to spend on Malaysian craft products and contribute towards the development of crafters. KLICF 2017 creates a great platform for art practitioners to introduce their products to the world market, as well as to unite art practitioners from around the world at one place for one main reason, unity through art.