|Date: 23 April 2019||Published by: IBN|
After the revival of East Coast Rail Link and Bandar Malaysia project was announced, the Malaysian Minister of Tourism, Arts and Culture stated that Malaysia is looking to implement visa-free entry for Chinese and Indian tourists as an initiative to attract more tourists to visit the country.
In conjunction with Visit Malaysia 2020, the Ministry of Tourism, Arts and Culture has announced that the government is planning to provide visa-free entry for tourists from China and India for one year.
Minister of Tourism, Arts and Culture Datuk Mohamaddin Ketapi said that the government is still planning for the application process for the visa-free entry, but the requirement will likely be very low.
Sin Chew Daily has reported that tourists from China and India were already among the top contributors to the nation’s tourism sector. This move from the government will ensure tourist arrivals from the two Asian countries remain high for the year of 2020.
The President of MATTA, Datuk Tan Kok Liang said that he is confident that the visa-free entry for China and India will attract more tourists from the two countries.
He added that Malaysia’s tourist arrival in 2017 fell 3% to 25.95 million from 26.76 million tourists in 2016 despite the overall increased tourist count in ASEAN countries in within that year.
Hence, the Ministry of Tourism, Arts and Culture has implemented this move in 2020 with the aim of attracting 30 million international tourist arrivals – bringing in total tourist receipts of RM100 billion.
Datuk Mohamaddin added that the Ministry of Tourism, Arts and Culture is in the process of negotiating for more direct flights to Malaysia with Condor, TUI Airlines, Qatar Airlines and IndiGo.
Malaysian Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir announced the revival of Bandar Malaysia project on 19 April 2019. The project will require cooperation between Malaysia and China and it is expected to bring forth direct investment worth RM 140 billion, enhancing the local economic development.
Bandar Malaysia is a 197-hectare mixed-use, transit-oriented development by 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB) located at Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia with a land value of RM12.35 billion.。