Malaysia records surge in Chinese and Indian tourists

To strengthen its tourism sector, Malaysia recently announced that it will allow tourists from China and India to travel visa-free to the Asian country for 30 days. The announcement follows similar steps taken by neighboring Thailand to revive its vital tourism sector and stimulate economic growth.

Now, according to government data, tourist arrivals to Malaysia from China and India increased significantly from January to June. Malaysia welcomed a total of 9.16 million tourists, including 498,540 from China and 283,885 from India. This is a significant increase compared to the same period in 2019, before the pandemic (1.5 million people in China and 354,486 people in India).

Furthermore, the move to introduce visa-free travel is consistent with efforts to boost the tourism sector and address economic challenges. Until recently, Chinese and Indian nationals had to apply for a visa to enter Malaysia. The positive impact of this initiative is expected to further enhance Malaysia’s attractiveness as a preferred destination for international travelers.

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Malaysia’s Tourism, Arts and Culture Minister Datuk Seri Tiong King Singh announced that this year there has been a notable increase in the number of tourists arriving in Malaysia from China and India. From January to September, it received over 1.02 million tourists from China and over 472,000 tourists from India, a significant growth of 42.2% and 87.6% compared to the same period in 2019. showed that.

Mr Tiong disclosed these statistics in response to a supplementary question from Mr Lim Guan Eng (PH-Bagan) during the Minister’s Question Time session at the Dewan Rakyat on Thursday (30 November). Shared. Mr Lim sought insight into the ministry’s aggressive promotion of Malaysia to attract more tourists from China and India.

Prime Minister Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim announced on November 27 that tourists from China and India will be granted 30 days of visa-free travel from December 1, in what is seen as a crucial step. The decision comes as Malaysia celebrates the 50th anniversary of diplomatic relations with China next year.

Replying to Mr Lim’s question on the positive impact of visa waivers, Mr Tiong emphasized its importance in attracting large numbers of arrivals from both India and China. However, he stressed the importance of maintaining good facilities and a competitive tourism product to ensure a positive experience for visitors.

Mr Tiong also stressed the need to avoid bringing the issue into discussions of religion and race, and to focus on factors that contribute to the country’s economic development. Regarding the expansion of the visa exemption list, Mr Tiong clarified that decisions on this issue fall within the jurisdiction of the Ministry of Home Affairs.

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