Speedy Growth for Cruise Tourism

By Regina Hoo

February 2018 COVER STORY
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More cruise ships now dock at Swettenham Pier than anywhere else in Malaysia. This offers good opportunities for Penang – but also brings some tough challenges.The weak ringgit, attractively priced hotels and George Town’s inscription as a Unesco World Heritage Site have kept Penang’s tourism industry buoyed despite the country’s economic woes.Cruise ships docking at Swettenham Pier.Malaysian Airports Berhad reported 997,627 international arrivals to Penang between January and August 2017 – an 8% rise against 2016’s figure of 919,506.1 Swettenham...

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Regina Hoo

is the deputy editor of Penang Monthly.


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