Fos­ter­ing greater co­op­er­a­tion

In an en­deav­our to achieve 646,000 ar­rivals from the In­dian mar­ket by 2020, Tourism Malaysia is pro­mot­ing greater aware­ness among tour op­er­a­tors and mem­bers of the travel fra­ter­nity about new des­ti­na­tions and prod­ucts that the coun­try has to of­fer.

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Malaysia is a value-for-money des­ti­na­tion with many at­trac­tions to ap­peal to all seg­ments of the In­dian mar­ket, ac­cord­ing to Muham­mad

Bakhtiar Bin Wan Chik, Deputy Min­is­ter of Tourism, Arts and Cul­ture, Malaysia. “In 2017, we re­ceived around 25.9 mil­lion tourist ar­rivals from all over the world and In­dia is among the top 10 tourist gen­er­at­ing num­bers from 2018 sug­gest that there was a rise of 7.5 per cent in the num­ber of tourist ar­rivals from In­dia in com­par­i­son to 2017. Last year, we wel­comed 594,098 In­dian tourists. Con­sis­tent pro­mo­tional ef­forts in the mar­ket and bet­ter air ac­ces­si­bil­ity have con­trib­uted to this growth,” says Chik.

Along with on­go­ing ef­forts for bet­ter visa fa­cil­i­ta­tion and var­i­ous mar­ket­ing and pro­mo­tional ac­tiv­i­ties lined up, Malaysia is look­ing for­ward to wel­com­ing more In­dian tourists. Com­ment­ing on the growth from In­dia, Chik is fore­cast­ing the says, “Malaysia has good air con­nec­tiv­ity from In­dia. Now, we have IndiGo ply­ing from In­dia too along with Malaysia Air­lines, AirAsia and Malindo Air op­er­at­ing be­tween In­dia and Malaysia. Fur­ther, Malaysia Air­lines has an­nounced to rein­tro­duce the Kochi route from Kuala Lam­pur with its 2019. With bet­ter con­nec­tiv­ity, we are now ex­pect­ing more In­di­ans to visit Malaysia. I hope the num­bers con­tinue to grow as we wel­come to part­ner with travel trade, as­so­ci­a­tions, travel agents and in­di­vid­u­als.”

Talk­ing about the in­ter­ests of In­dian trav­ellers in Malaysia, Chik in­forms that most trav­ellers from In­dia travel to Malaysia for shop­ping and vis­it­ing theme parks. “Malaysia has some amaz­ing des­ti­na­tions in­clud­ing serene beaches, Si­padan Is­land and newly opened De­saru Coast. In­dian vis­i­tors are also opt­ing for Malaysia for wed­dings and hon­ey­moons. We also have a slew of new ex­cit­ing prod­ucts com­ing up.”

Malaysia has also re­cently in­tro­duced a visa waiver pro­gramme for In­di­ans trav­el­ling to Malaysia from Jan­uary 1 to De­cem­ber 31, 2019. In­stead of ob­tain­ing a visa, trav­ellers will need to reg­is­ter via Elec­tronic Travel Regis­tra­tion & In­for­ma­tion (eNTRI), an on­line fa­cil­ity pro­vided by Gov­ern­ment of Malaysia. On this, Chik said that they are work­ing to­gether with the Malaysian Home Af­fairs Min­istry and Im­mi­gra­tion de­part­ment to make the visa process seam­less for In­di­ans.

Fur­ther, the Deputy Min­is­ter of Tourism re­it­er­ated MiCE as one of the fo­cus ar­eas in the coun­try’s tourism plans.

Muham­mad Bakhtiar Bin Wan Chik Deputy Min­is­ter of Tourism Arts and Cul­ture, Malaysia

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