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Published on : Wednesday, February 15, 2017
In a bid to increase tourists from Kolkata, Malaysia has planned to set up a tourism office in India’s eastern region, Tourism and Culture, Minister Mohamed Nazri Abdul Aziz said. The move is part of Malaysia’s efforts to attract more tourists from second-tier cities in India amid strong outbound travel growth.
He cited Amritsar in Punjab state as another city where Tourism Malaysia might consider opening an office.
“We have tourism offices in Delhi, Mumbai and Chennai. We want to increase our presence in India. We are now looking at Kolkata,” Mohamed Nazri told Bernama after inaugurating the Malaysian stand at South Asia Travel and Tourism Exchange (SATTE) in New Delhi on Wednesday.
Mohamed Nazri said the Malaysian government last year introduced an e-visa facility that would encourage more Indians to travel to Malaysia.
Also, non-resident Indians will be able to travel to Malaysia visa-free, a move that is expected to bring in more Indian tourists from Arabian Gulf countries, North America and places with significant expatriate Indian population.
With AirAsia flying twice daily between Kolkata and Kuala Lumpur, the regional office will help in boosting tourist arrivals from West Bengal and neighbouring states.