A pioneer tour operator in the city, Sin-Pen Travel Sdn Bhd, celebrated its 30th anniversary together with the upgrading of its brand new coach fleet at the St Giles Wembley Hotel recently.
A total of 10 coaches costing some RM5 million will serve their clients with more comfort.
Present at the eventful ceremony was Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng, Sin-Pen Travel executive director Goh Eng Boon and managing director of Scania South East Asia, Marie Sjodin Enstrom.
Also present was the national chairman of Malaysia Chinese Association, Datuk Albert Tan and Komtar assemblyman Teh Lai Heng.
The dignitaries joined hands to perform the ribbon cutting ceremony following a signing ceremony to mark the launch.
Goh in his speech said Sin-Pen Travel was established in 1986 to handle ticket sales for the Singapore long-distance coaches and later expanded to Singapore and Thailand tour packages.
“We have received positive feedback and support from our customers and owe them for becoming the leader in Penang for domestic tourism market.
“Besides, we are the only brand in Penang authorised as the preferred agent for Genting Highlands. We also receive tourists from Indonesia, Taiwan, Hong Kong and China,” added Goh.
The company is also appointed by Star Cruises to receive customers who arrived in Penang.
Lim congratulated Sin-Pen Travel for contributing to Penang’s tourism industry for 30 years and in 2016 they have handled tours for a total of 29,000 pax where 20,000 of them were domestic travellers.
Two new single-deck 31-seaters Scania coaches are already in service.
In her speech, Marie said Scania coaches come with two-year free Scania assistance, two-year free maintenance and 10-year free fleet management.
“Scania is the world’s leading Swedish manufacturer of trucks and buses for heavy transport applications, of marine, industrial and power generation engines.
“Scania has the broadest range of alternative fuel and technology solutions, from natural gas, HVO, bioethanol, biogas, biodiesel to hybrid drivetrains, platooning and autonomous vehicle technology,” added Marie.