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Tourism Malaysia to reach 700,000 Indian arrivals for 2023

Tourism Malaysia has seen 600,000 visitors from India during January to October, 2023 and is hopeful of closing the year with the 700,000-figure.

Dato’ Dr. Ammar Abd Ghapar, Director General, Tourism Malaysia, said, “We are expecting to close the year with 700,000 arrivals from India. We are happy that the Government of Malaysia is offering visa-free entry to Indian nationals, and are now looking at better utilisation of seat capacity from India.” Per week, there are 33,000 airline seats being offered between India and Malaysia, and the visa-free move is set to seen an upswing in travel during 2024.

While Kuala Lumpur, Genting and Langkawi have been traditional destinations in the Indian market for leisure travel, he said, “Weddings, honeymoon and MICE are growing segments of travel from India, and we are now promoting Sabah and Sarawak with new facilities being developed.”

With regards to Film Tourism, he said that they are in talks with concerned authorities on the incentives to be offered for shoots. “We will connect and engage with film-makers to understand their expectations and requirements.”

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