Following the momentous travel reopening in both Singapore and Malaysia, Malaysia Aviation Group (MAG) and the Singapore Tourism Board (STB) have inked an inaugural, multi-faceted partnership to promote Singapore as a destination of choice to travellers.
According to a company statement, the partnership will include exclusive access to MAG’s extensive portfolio of travel and lifestyle-related services, which includes both Malaysia Airlines and Firefly. This partnership will also leverage Malaysia Airlines' tour operating arm, MHholidays, providing curated travel packages for single to group travel, including flights, hotel stays, attractions and new experiences in Singapore.
“We are pleased to collaborate with STB to support Singapore’s tourism recovery efforts and capitalise on new trends to entice more visitors to enjoy the many attractions Singapore offers,” said Captain Izham Ismail, Group Chief Executive Officer of MAG, during the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between himself and STB’s Chief Executive, Mr Keith Tan.
“As a global airline with a significant presence in the SoutheastAsia market, we believe we are well-positioned to drive demand to one of our key markets, Singapore, and lead the travel revival between the two countries through our expanded offerings and products, especially with direct flights from four points in Malaysia to Singapore.”
Captain Ismail also noted that the collaboration comes naturally after a successful and seamless Vaccinated Travel Lane between Kuala Lumpur and Singapore during the pandemic in 2021, which was well received.
Meanwhile, Mr Keith Tan stated that, “Malaysia has always been a top source of visitors to Singapore, so STB’s strategic partnership with MAG will play a key role in driving tourism recovery efforts and reinforce Singapore’s position as a top leisure and business destination.”
“We are confident that this partnership will reach out to more travellers from Malaysia and help them to discover the wide range of new experiences, events, and activities in Singapore.”
Additionally, the partnership will allow both MAG and STB to explore tourism recovery initiatives. These include new business opportunities, joint marketing campaigns, branding, and promotional activities as well as engagements with in-market influencers and content partners to showcase Singapore as a destination where visitors can discover fresh, innovative, and unexpected experiences.
Stakeholders such as event organisers from Singapore can also leverage this partnership to access Malaysia Airlines' e-commerce platform, Journify, to crosssell event and attraction tickets. This will allow them access to a wider pool of visitors who enjoy travelling to Singapore for lifestyle, entertainment, and sports events.