Malaysia Expects 8 Lakh Indian Tourists This Year
After a challenging year with two mishaps involving its national carrier, Malaysia has some good news to report for 2014, with inbound tourists growing 9.6% to 22.8 million compared to 20.8 million in the previous year.
India, the sixth most important tourist market for Malaysia, also contributed to the growth in tourism, with the number of tourists to the country going up to 6.4 lakh from 5.3 lakh in 2013. The number of Chinese tourists to Malaysia, however, declined in 2014.
Tourism Malaysia’s deputy director general Dato’ Haji Azizan Noordin has disclosed that the country changed its
strategy after flight MH370 disappeared with 239 people on board in March last year. In July, flight MH17 was shot down over eastern Ukraine with 298 people on board.
“Naturally, there was a direct impact from travellers from China. But to make up for that, we had a look at other potential markets. This year we are expecting eight lakh Indian arrivals,” said Dato’ Azizan.
“Unlike a few years ago, Indians are travelling throughout the year now and that makes India a strong outbound tourist market for short-haul neighbour destinations,” he added.