Published: Friday February 19, 2010 MYT 5:20:00 PM
KL sightseeing tours for transit passengers
KUALA LUMPUR: Airline passengers on transit for at least five hours can now take Kuala Lumpur sightseeing tours at a price of between RM28 and RM95 per head.
Launching the package dubbed "Showcase KL" here Friday, Federal Territories and Urban Well-being Minister Datuk Raja Nong Chik Raja Zainal Abidin said the package included a KLIA Express train journey and a "KL Hop On Hop Off" bus tour of the capital.
He said up to 43 tourist spots were included in the "Showcase KL" organised by Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL) with the cooperation of Malaysia Airports Holdings Bhd (MAHB), the Immigration Department, KLIA Express, KL Hop On Hop Off, Tourism Malaysia and Malaysia Airlines (MAS).
"This is not a group package that required airline passengers to travel in groups. They can get down at any KL Hop On Hop Off bus stops to have a closer look at tourist spots of their choice," he told reporters after launching the package.
IF 20 percent of transit passengers at the KL International Airport (KLIA) buy the package, it would contribute RM650,000 to the economy, he said, adding that he expected about 10,000 transit passengers would buy the package this year.
The package is sold at the Visit KL Counter at the KLIA satellite building between 6am and 10pm daily, including on public holidays.
The package cost RM95 for 18-year-old and above, RM84 (seven to 12-year-old), RM46 (five to 11-year-old), RM28 (below four years) and free of charge (below one-year-old).
Transit passengers taking the package will undergo Immigration screening before leaving KLIA and upon rejoining their flight.
"They will get free drinks and enjoy discounts at places like Aquaria KLCC, National Museum, KL Towers and Bird Park. As Tourist Reward card members, they are entitled to a discount of between 10 and 20 per cent at KL Pavilion," said Raja Nong Chik.
Earlier, the first batch of 35 Malaysia Airlines transit passengers were received by Kuala Lumpur mayor Datuk Seri Ahmad Fuad Ismail, MAHB managing director Tan Sri Bashir Ahmad, Tourism Malaysia deputy director-general Azizan Nordin and KLIA Express chief executive officer Normah Mohd Noor and KLIA Immigration chief Rohaizi Bahari. - Bernama