TUI Group, one of the world’s largest tour operators, has been given the green light to set up its own travel agency in Malaysia, as reported by BernamaThe Germany-based company received the inbound, outbound and ticketing licences from the Tourism, Arts and Culture Ministry this Monday (8 October 2018).

Minister Datuk Mohamaddin Ketapi, said in his speech read by Tourism Malaysia deputy director-general (promotion) Datuk Seri Abdul Khani Daud: "The Malaysian tourism sector is delighted to work closely with TUI on its next venture to set up an office here. We’re pleased to be associated with the most trusted brand in Germany and Europe, and the biggest tourism operator worldwide."

The upcoming TUI Fly and TUI Cruise operations in Malaysia would set a milestone for Malaysia and Germany, the minister added. TUI Fly and TUI Cruise brands (Marella and MeinSchiff) are expected to bring at least 7,200 passengers to Malaysia per year. This would be a valuable contribution to assist the ministry in achieving its objectives of 30 million tourists and RM100 billion in tourism receipts by 2020, he said.

Mohamaddin affirmed that the ministry would give its full support to TUI operations in Malaysia to make Langkawi a cruise hub and develop the cruise industry further.

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