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Published on : Friday, January 29, 2016
Malaysia’s move to offer visa-free entry to tourists from China would generate more tourism receipts for the country, MCA president Liow Tiong Lai noted. (MCA is one of the component party in the ruling Barisan Nasional).
The move will enable Malaysia tap the potential of China’s outbound tourism market which is growing significantly every year.
Tourists from China would not require a visa to visit Malaysia between March 1 and Dec 31 this year, announced Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak in his recalibrated 2016 Budget unveiled in Putrajaya yesterday.
However, he said the visa-free offer for Chinese tourists was subject to specific conditions for a period of stay not exceeding 15 days.
More focus would be given to the tourism sector as the increase in tourist arrivals would stimulate domestic economic growth, particularly in the current economic scenario, Najib noted.
In Melaka, State Tourism Committee deputy chairman Ghazale Muhamad also welcomed the visa-free entry for tourists from China as it would become the catalyst in Melaka state government’s efforts to increase the number of tourist arrivals to the state.
Kelantan state Tourism Malaysia deputy director Mohd Faizul Zakaria also lauded the announcement. He told Bernama, “With the visa-free entry, it is hoped that the number of tourist arrivals from China to Kelantan state would rise this year in conjunction with the Visit Kelantan Year 2016,”