Daljit leads Malaysian tourism delegation to New Delhi

| New Delhi India | 31 Jan 2016 | Asia Samachar |
Daljit Singh (tie) handing a sketch book on Malaysia to India's Minister of Union Tourism Culture and Aviation Dr Mahesh Sharma at SATTE 2016 - PHOTO / TOURISM MALAYSIA
Daljit Singh (tie) handing a sketch book on Malaysia to India’s Minister of Union Tourism Culture and Aviation Dr Mahesh Sharma at SATTE 2016 – PHOTO / TOURISM MALAYSIA

Malaysian Tourism Promotion Board director Daljit Singh led a group of 50 Malaysian travel trade players and state tourism authorities to the South Asia Travel and Tourism Exchange (SATTE) in New Delhi, India.

The three-day exhibition ends today (31 Jan 2016).

India is one of the top 10 tourist generating markets for Malaysia with some close to 800,000 Indian tourists visiting Malaysia in 2014, according to one online news report.

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Daljit, a former senator and a central committee member of Indian-based political party MIC, is also the Indian community relation advisor to Minister of Tourism and Culture Mohamed Nazri Abdul Aziz.

In the recent months, Malindo Air had begun flights to Amritsar, Punjab, and now plans to fly to Lahore, Pakistan, by March 2016.

In December 2015,Singapore-based Scoot Airline had announced plans to fly to Amritsar from 2016 after securing all necessary licenses and no objection certificates (NOCs).

In an event at SATTE 2016, Daljit had presented a sketch book on Malaysia to India’s Minister of Union Tourism Culture and Aviation Dr Mahesh Sharma.

The Malaysian Tourism Promotion Board, or simply known as Tourism Malaysia, was established to promote Malaysia as an exciting tourism destination. In India, it has offices in Mumbai, Delhi and Chennai.

To boost Indian arrivals, Tourism Malaysia will encourage and persuade more tour operators to develop and sell holiday packages to Malaysia with a focus on niche products like luxury travel, shopping, and sports tourism.

A discussion will be carried out with the top travel trade associations in India, namely Travel Agents Association of India (TAAI), Travel Agents Federation of India (TAFI), India Tourism Golf Association, and Outbound Tour Operators Association of India (OTOAI), the same report added.


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  1. Malaysia may extend e-visa to Indian tourists

    Press Trust of India | Chandigarh

    February 25, 2016 Last Updated at 19:14 IST

    Malaysia plans to extend e-tourist visa facility to travellers from India as it hopes to attract 10 lakh tourists from the country this year as against 7,22,141, who visited last year.

    “We are eyeing 10 lakh Indian tourists this year,” Dato Daljit Singh, Indian Community Relations Advisor to the Minister of Tourism and Culture, Malaysia, said here today.

    He said tourism sector contributes 12 per cent to Malaysia’s GDP and India has always been an important market.

    Singh, also a member of the Tourism Malaysia Board of Directors, said the country is working on e-tourist visa for China and the facility may be offered to the India as well.

    “After we complete working with the Chinese government, as we are in the middle of the process, then we are also going to work with the Indian government on e-visa,” he said.

    Asked if visa-on-arrival can also be on the cards for Indians, he said, “We can look at all these subjects. We get a lot of suggestions from local (travel) agents. Slowly, we will take up these issues”.

    Bulk of Indian tourists to Malaysia come from Delhi and Mumbai, he said, adding there has been a significant increase in the number of young couples visiting the country.

    As part of its efforts to raise awareness on ‘Malaysia as a destination of choice’, Tourism Malaysia has embarked on a ‘Sales Mission’ to India and Sri Lanka between February 25 and March 3.

    Singh and Musa Yusuf, another senior functionary from Tourism Malaysia, are leading a delegation of officials of Malaysia Tourism Board as part of the Mission, which will cover several Indian cities including Chandigarh, Lucknow, Bengaluru, Kochi, besides Colombo.

    “Two million Indians live in our country, therefore, Malaysia is like second home for tourists from India, with all types of Indian food available,” Singh said.