Tuesday, May 29, 2007

Number of tourists from India set to Increase

The Visit Malaysia Year campaign has caught the interest of many people in India.
Travel Agents Federation of India (Tafi) president Praveen Chugh said the number of Indian nationals visiting the country is expected to increase because of this.

The fact that the Indian International Tour Agents Convention will be held here from Sept 6-9 is also expected to boost the number of Indian tourists arriving in Malaysia.

Organised by Tafi, the convention is expected to stir major interest among holiday makers around the country.

Chugh said wherever the convention lands each year, it would steer travellers from his country to the same direction.
"This year, we picked Kota Kinabalu and we are confident the number of Indian tourists arriving in the country will grow," he said.

Chugh said Tafi’s policy of holding the convention outside India is aimed at strengthening bilateral ties for mutual benefits.

He said this before a preliminary meeting with the convention organising committee chairman Capt Promod Kohli, Sabah Tourism Board chairman Tengku Datuk Zainal Adlin Mahmood and Sutera Harbour chief operating officer Praba Menon.

Chugh estimated the number of tourists from India coming to Malaysia will be at about 400,000 this year, compared with 300,000 last year.

The total last year represented about 3.3 per cent of the nine million tourists from India who travelled overseas for their holidays.

Chugh said Malaysia had always been a choice destination among Indian tourists, with Langkawi, Penang, Genting Highlands and Kuala Lumpur particularly popular.

Zainal Adlin, meanwhile, said the arrival of the convention would open up new opportunities for tourism players on both ends.

Source : NST
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