Friday, May 29, 2009
Direct flight between Langkawi and Iran
ALOR SETAR, May 27 (Bernama) -- The Kedah government plans to have direct flights between Langkawi and Kish in Iran, to lure more Iranian tourists to the state's legendary island.
Menteri Besar Datuk Seri Azizan Abdul Razak said efforts would be made by the state government to make the flight a reality.
"We want tourists in Kish to also come to Langkawi," he told reporters after receiving Iranian Ambassador to Malaysia, Mahdi Khandagh Abadi, at Wisma Darul Aman, here today.
During the meeting, they discussed, beside tourism, on joint ventures in agriculture and education.
Meanwhile, Abadi said more than 40,000 tourists from Iran visited Malaysia every year and that Langkawi was among their favourite destinations.
He said a company in Iran was keen to provide a direct flight between Kish and Langkawi.
Langkawi and Kish should be promoted as both islands provide a good destination for tourists, especially from Muslim countries, he added.
Adabi also said he was impressed with the higher learning institutions in Kedah, which he said was of good quality and located away from the busy cities.
He said the Iranian government was prepared to have exchange programmes between students and lecturers in Kedah and Iran.
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