Indian tourists flock to Malaysia amid more frequent flights

Tourism Malaysia's campaign across six Indian cities is boosting tourist arrivals from the country. – AFP pic, August 20, 2022.

MALAYSIA is witnessing a steady revival in tourist arrivals from India with a significant increase in flights in four months. 

As outbound tourism grows after the pandemic disruption, Tourism Malaysia has stepped up its efforts to engage with Indian tour operators. 

Malaysia’s Deputy Tourism, Arts and Culture Minister Edmund Santhara Kumar is leading a promotion campaign from August 17 to 24 that covers the cities of Visakhapatnam, Kolkata, Kochi and Tiruchirappalli. 

“The resumption of scheduled international flights from India coincides with the reopening of Malaysia’s international borders. We are thrilled to welcome Indian travellers once again,” Santhara said.

This is Tourism Malaysia’s second multi-city tourism promotion campaign in India since April and includes 16 travel agents, two hoteliers, one state tourist agency and an airline.

The number of flights between Malaysia and India four months ago was 76 per week compared with about 200 before the pandemic.

At present, 23,500 seats on 132 flights are available per week on the India-Malaysia route, according to a Tourism Malaysia official. 

Fully vaccinated travellers need not undergo quarantine in Malaysia and they are not required to undergo pre-departure and on-arrival Covid-19 tests. – Bernama, August 20, 2022.

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