Johor Bahru State Announces Big Plans for Tourism

Johor Bahru Skyline from the Causeway Bridge

Johor bahru local government is committed to turning the State of Johor Bahru into a high-value regional tourism destination by 2023, as stipulated in the Johor Tourism Master Plan.

State Tourism, Trade and Consumerism Committee chairman Datuk Tee Siew Kiong was pleased by the encouraging numbers for Johor’s tourism sector.

“The number of tourists to this state has increased, especially for the domestic tourism market.

“According to a 2016 Domestic Tourism Survey conducted by the Statistics Department, Johor was crowned the state with the most number of domestic tourists,” he told reporters after launching the Malaysian International Travel Mart Travel Fair at Sutera Mall, earlier in the month.

Tee Siew Kong hoped the state would increase the number of direct flights to Johor to further boost foreign tourist arrivals. The airport received in 2016 over 2.83 million passengers and is aiming for three million passengers in 2017. Passengers progressed by 13%.

Johor Bahru is mostly dependent of the development of low cost carrier AirAsia at Senai International Airport. The airline currently offers a network of 15 routes, including six international routes. Among the destinations served out of JB are Bangkok, Thailand; Guangzhou, China as well as Jakarta and Surabaya, Indonesia.

Tee said the latest would be the direct flight from Johor Bahru to Kolkata, India, to be launched on Nov 28, 2017. The non-stop service will be served by an Airbus A320 five times a week. Malindo Air offers also regular charter flights from Senai Airport to China PRC.