| Chandigarh, Punjab | 27 Feb 2016 | Asia Samachar |
Malaysia plans to extend e-tourist visa facility to travellers from India as it hopes to attract 1 million tourists from the country this year as against 722,141 in 2015.
“We are eyeing 10 lakh Indian tourists this year,” Daljit Singh, the Indian community relations advisor to Malaysia’s Minister of Tourism and Culture, told the media in a press conference in India, reports PTI.
Daljit is currently leading a Malaysian team to Punjab which has received good local media coverage. In January, he had led another Malaysian delegation to New Delhi. See here.
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.
Daljit said Malaysia 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 was outed in media reports.
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.
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