Kuala Lumpur, 10 January 2014 – The Ministry of Tourism and Culture Malaysia (MOTAC) launched three new Railway Tourism Packages that offer tourists a leisurely train trip to various parts of Peninsular Malaysia on KTM Berhad’s coaches.
The packages – namely “Day-Trip by Rail”, “North and East-bound Homestay by Rail” and “Resplendence Resorts by Rail” – add colour to the Visit Malaysia Year (VMY) 2014.
The Ministry first successfully launched the “Experience Malaysia Homestay Packages by Rail” back in 2010.
“As part of the effort to bring about inclusiveness, we are now actively promoting the Railway Tourism as a way of enriching the experience for both domestic and international tourists to discover Malaysia comprehensively via train,” said the Minister of Tourism and Culture Malaysia, Y.B. Dato’ Seri Mohamed Nazri Abdul Aziz during the launching ceremony of “Railway Tourism Packages” at the Kuala Lumpur Sentral Station.
Present at the ceremony were the Ministry’s Secretary General, Datuk Dr Ong Hong Peng; the Ministry’s Deputy Secretary General (Culture), Datuk Hj. Ab. Ghaffar A. Tambi; the Ministry’s Deputy Secretary General (Management and Monitoring), Dr. Junaida Lee Abdullah; and the Ministry’s Deputy Secretary General (Tourism Industry), Encik Rashidi Hasbullah.
Also seen at the function were Head Manager of Visit Malaysia Year (VMY) 2014 Secretariat, Puan Nor Yahati Awang; President of Railway Tourism Association Malaysia (RTAM), Puan Khadijah Abdul Rahman; and the President of KTM Bhd., Datuk Elias Kadir, including local and International tourists.
The tourists and members of the media later boarded the KTM coach for a railway tourism experience to Ipoh, Perak together with Y.B. Dato’ Seri Mohamed Nazri and some of the Ministry’s officials.
“Travelling cost by train is not only cheaper than other mode of transportation, the traveller also gets to see the countryside at a slower and more relaxing pace,” said Khadijah, adding that travelling by railway offers more comfort as each passenger has a larger leg room space than other vehicles.
The packages, which were jointly developed by the Ministry together with RTAM and KTM Bhd., have received some bookings from both local and foreign tourists.
Combining many elements, from retro to modern, tourists can choose packages from 3 Days 2 Nights or 4 Days 2 Nights that cover North and East Bound of Peninsular Malaysia departing from Kuala Lumpur Sentral Station.
A day-trip package for those who want to be away from the hustle and bustle of the hectic city life or else, a special tailor-made Resplendence Resort long-haul package for a holiday that is worthy of five stars awaits the tourists.
While those who want to experience authentic Malaysian village life can opt for staying at the homestays licensed by the Ministry of Tourism and Culture Malaysia. These kampung houses are dotted along the network of railways across Malaysia.
For more info on the railway packages, please browse the Facebook page of Railway Tourism Association Malaysia – RTAM.