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MATTA calls for equitable cross-border tour bus pperations between Malaysia and Thailand


MATTA urges the Malaysian government to negotiate with Thailand for reciprocal tour bus access, addressing the current imbalance that restricts Malaysian buses to a 100-km radius while Thai buses have unrestricted access.

The Malaysian Association of Tour and Travel Agents (MATTA) is calling for a fairer arrangement regarding cross-border tour bus operations between Malaysia and Thailand. Currently, Malaysian tour buses face significant restrictions, being limited to operating within a 100-kilometer radius from the Thai border. In contrast, Thai tour buses enjoy unrestricted access throughout Peninsular Malaysia.

Nigel Wong, President of MATTA, expressed concern over this disparity, stating, “The current arrangement places Malaysian tour operators at a significant disadvantage. While Thai tourist buses can traverse the entirety of Malaysia without restrictions, our Malaysian buses face a 100-kilometer limit in Thailand. This is neither fair nor conducive to fostering a mutually beneficial tourism relationship between our two countries.”

MATTA is advocating for reciprocal agreements that would allow for seamless travel and operations for tour buses from both countries. Such an arrangement would promote fairness and enhance tourism collaboration, leading to economic benefits for both Malaysia and Thailand.

Wong urged the Malaysian government to engage in discussions with their Thai counterparts to rectify this imbalance. “We urge the Malaysian government to take immediate action in negotiating with the Thai government to allow Malaysian tour buses the same freedom of movement within Thailand as Thai buses currently enjoy in Malaysia. This will ensure a level playing field and support the growth and development of the tourism sectors in both nations,” he added.

MATTA remains committed to supporting Malaysian travel agents and operators, advocating for policies and practices that facilitate smoother and more efficient operations. The association is hopeful that the Malaysian government will prioritize this issue and work towards a fair resolution.

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