In preparation for the reopening of its borders, the Malaysian Government has selected Langkawi as the pilot holiday destination to receive tourists under the ‘Langkawi International Travel Bubble’ from 15 November.
Langkawi, an archipelago of 104 islands on the west coast of Malaysia is best known for its picturesque landscape of sprawling beaches and crystal blue waters, dense rainforests as well as pristine waterfalls. It’s duty-free shopping, luxurious spa centres, alongside a plethora of activities to indulge in such as riding the cable car, exploring an underwater aquarium, eagle-feeding, and island-hopping are to provide an enriching and memorable experience for its visitors.
In conjunction with the recent travel bubble, Tourism Malaysia New Delhi has hosted a Networking Session with travel trade partners at The Imperial, New Delhi . The event was also attended by travel agents, wedding planners and media representatives from the northern and eastern regions of India. The attendees were briefed about Malaysia’s tourism development and tourism products, the latest Covid-19 situation as well as the pilot travel bubble and the expected reopening of Malaysian borders in early 2022.
Sulaiman Suip, Director of Tourism Malaysia New Delhi said, “Malaysia has successfully reached vaccination of more than 97.3% of its adult population against COVID-19, making it one of the highest vaccinated destinations in the Southeast Asian region. In addition, fully-vaccinated individuals have also started receiving their booster shots.”
“We are thrilled and excited to welcome back tourists. All our attractions, tour operators, airlines, hotels, and resorts are operating under strict SOPs. Our industry players are offering value-for-money packages while health and hygiene will be of utmost importance as your safety is our priority. Also, the highlight for 2022 will be the opening of Genting SkyWorlds, the much-anticipated outdoor theme park in Genting Highlands. This is sure to be and take everyone’s adventure quotient on a new high,” said Suip.
India remains one of the top market sources for Malaysia and contributed 735,309 international tourist arrivals in 2019. The first two months of 2020 recorded a phenomenal cumulative growth of +29%. However, the spread of the coronavirus pandemic globally led the countries to close their borders and cancel most flights.