GEORGE TOWN, Penang, Malaysia, The Malaysian Association of Tour and Travel Agents (MATTA), has proposed that Penang be turned into a home port for cruise ships, to cater to the growing cruise market in the region.

Its President, Tan Kok Liang, said, this would not only benefit the tour and travel industry, but would also create economic spillovers, for other port-related services, such as handling, docking, engineering, and refuelling.

In order to make the Swettenham Pier Cruise Terminal (SPCT) a home port, we need passengers (for the cruise ships).

Thus, we have urged the MATTA members, to play a significant role, to do marketing promotions, not only among Malaysians, but also tourists from the region, he told reporters at the MATTA Fair Penang, here, today.

Tan said, making Penang a home port would create a better option for large cruise ships to call to, rather than docking in other countries, such as Singapore and Hong Kong.

Source: NAM News Network