QPR announce summer tour to Malaysia and Thailand
Queens Park Rangers announce that Mark Hughes' side will travel Malaysia and Thailand in their Asian tour this summer
Tony Fernandes believes Queens Park Rangers’ pre-season tour of Asia this summer is a “fantastic” opportunity for the Loftus Road outfit to build a following in Malaysia and Thailand.
QPR, who secured their Premier League status on the final day of the season, will play two friendly fixtures during the tour – the first will be against a Thai All Star XI at the Ramajangala Nation stadium in Bangkok on 14 July.
The Hoops will then travel to Kota Kinabalu, where Hughes’s squad will train at the 35,000 capacity Likas Stadium, before playing a Football Association of Sabah Select team at the same venue on 18 July.
And QPR owner and AirAsia chief Fernandes admits he is delighted to see the Hoops travelling to his homeland this summer.
“We are very excited and honored to be heading to Asia for our pre-season tour,” Fernandes said.
“The fans in Asia have embraced QPR since we became involved with the Club and it’s great that we can give so many of them a chance to come and watch the team play for the first time.
“It is a fantastic opportunity for us to showcase our brand in this part of the World.”
“This brings QPR to the global stage which is critical to our commercial efforts.
“I’m also thrilled to be going to East Malaysia which in many ways is the home of AirAsia. To the best of my knowledge no-one has ever toured in Sabah. I’m thrilled that we have remembered all the people that have helped AirAsia get off the ground by bringing QPR to Sabah.”
QPR chief executive Philip Beard added: “Nothing beats watching the team live and by visiting Thailand and Malaysia, we are allowing fans from all three countries to experience just that.
“It will also be a wonderful experience for the Club and our players, many of whom will be visiting Asia for the first time.
“We will be working closely with our main sponsors, Air Asia, and our other partners in the region to ensure we can deliver our best ever pre-season tour.”