Foreign cruise ships don't need 'domestic licence': Malaysia

PUTRAJAYA, Malaysia - Foreign cruise ships no longer need a Domestic Shipping Licence if they are operating from any port or place in Malaysia to another destination (port or place) in the country.

The Transport Ministry said the initiative came into effect from March 15 onwards.

"However, it does not include the operation of a cruise to nowhere," said a statement from the ministry yesterday.

A cruise to nowhere refers to a cruise usually of short duration with no ports of call.

The initiative was taken due to tourism being one of the contributing sectors to the economic development of the country.

"Among the sub-sector in tourism that has great potential to be further promoted is cruise tourism. This is due to the availability of attractive tourism products in Malaysia," said the staement from the Transport Ministry.

The ministry said that the cruise tourism sub-sector had potential to be further promoted due to the availability of attractive tourism products in Malaysia.

"The cruise services in Malaysia can stimulate the growth of other tourism related products," it said.

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