He said the ministry planned to discuss a direct flight route between Kuala Lumpur and Guiyang with local and international airlines.
“We will talk to airlines such as China Southern Airlines, AirAsia and Malindo.
“Right now, there are no direct flights,” Muhammad Bakhtiar said after delivering a keynote speech at the A Colourful Guizhou promotion conference here yesterday.
He said the ministry hoped to tap into Guizhou’s 43 million-strong population for potential tourists to Malaysia with direct flights between the two cities.
He also said the Government was trying to make it more convenient for Chinese tourists to get visas into the country.
Guizhou Provincial Committee director-general (Publicity Department) Mu Dugui, who also attended the event, said he hoped a direct flight route would be opened between the two cities so that tourism activities between China and Malaysia could be increased.
“We have a good transport system which helps connect the province to the outside world and with more air connectivity, we can increase our promotion of Guizhou,” he said.
Mu said currently, there were direct flights from Guizhou to three other South-East Asian cities, including Chiang Mai in Thailand.
He added that while Guizhou was a lesser-known destination among Malaysians compared to other Chinese cities, he hoped that more promotion and a direct flight route could increase the province’s visibility among Malaysian tourists.
The conference was jointly organised by the Guizhou Provincial Committee and Malaysia-China Chamber of Commerce.
Source: The Star