Malaysia ready to be second Asean country to host WTTC Global Summit

Zalina Mohd Som


BANGKOK: Malaysia is ready to be the second Asean country to host the annual World Travel and Tourism Council Global Summit after Thailand.


“We welcome the idea to host such global events as they can help to promote Malaysia and the economy,” said Deputy Minister of Tourism and Culture Datuk Mas Ermieyati Samsudin.


Thailand became the first Asean country to host the annual summit when the 17th edition was opened yesterday by Thailand Prime Minister General Prayut Chan-o-cha.


“There’s so much that we can learn from Thailand. They've have organised the event professionally. The event looks simple but runs efficiently.


“We've been told that Malaysia is a good, professional event organiser. That alone is a good selling point,” she said.


Mas spoke to the Malaysian press after attending the first session on the last day of the summit held at the Bangkok Convention Centre.


The session saw Thailand Minister of Tourism and Sports Kobkarn Wattanavrangkul presenting a keynote address titled “Freedom to Travel - Can Asean countries lead the way?”


A memorandum of understanding was also signed between Thailand, Malaysia and Indonesia to promote a new tourism product, Sail Sabang.


“In the spirit of Asean@50, it is good beginning for the industry. It's a niche market but with high potential,” she added after witnessing the signing ceremony yesterday.


Sail Sabang is a yacht cruise that connects three islands - Phuket, Langkawi and Sabang Island in Acheh.