Datuk Badlisham Ghazali, Malaysia Airports Holdings Berhad (MAHB) managing director said that he welcomes measures outlined under Budget 2018, that was announced on Friday 27 October.
In a statement released via Malaysia Airports’ Facebook page, Datuk Badlisham said, “the 2018 Budget thrust on Invigorating Investment, Trade and Industry outlines several key measures that will further drive tourism growth in Malaysia. The combined RM3 billion allocation for the SME Tourism Fund and Tourism Infrastructure Development Fund will stimulate the necessary demand that is vital towards revitalising the tourism industry.”
“As the custodian of major gateways into the country, Malaysia Airports embarks on various collaboration with tourism bodies to further enhance inbound tourism - the latest being an agreement with Malaysia Tourism Promotion Board and GMR Hyderabad International Airport to promote inbound tourism from the south-central region of India,” he added.
Malaysia Airports also stated that it lauds the decision by the government of Malaysia to upgrade Penang International Airport and Langkawi International Airport which are important tourist gateways into the country as we continue to see more direct international flights flying directly into these airports.
The expansion of Sultan Ismail Petra Airport, Kota Bharu as well as Sandakan Airport is also vital to cater to the growing number of domestic passengers at both airports, the statement read.
According to Datuk Badlisham, KLIA Aeropolis has been selected to be the site of the initial phase for the Digital Free Trade Zone - the first eWTP Hub outside of China.
He said that the infrastructure development support of RM83.5 million announced during the budget is essential to realise the Government’s ambition to transform Malaysia into a key sourcing and fulfilment hub for global marketplaces and nurture an ecosystem to drive innovation in e-commerce by tapping on available resources under KLIA Aeropolis.
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