Prime Minister Najib Razak has stated a simpler and cheaper new visa plan to increase the tourism division that will see Indian tourists getting visas without any fee for a fifteen-day visit.
The plan would notice Indian tourists spending only US$20 (RM88.50) as a processing payment for a fifteen-day visa to Malaysia while the visa is free.
This appears as Malaysia eyes a slice of the lucrative Indian tourism market, which is predicted by United Nations’ World Tourism Organisation to approach fifty million outbound tourists by the year 2020. Complete outbound spending is required to cross the US$28 billion (RM123.9 billion) mark.
Malaysian Association of Tour and Travel Agents (Matta) president Hamzah Rahmat told with the new visa scheme, Malaysia could assume at least a million Indian tourists to get here, analyzed to 722,141, 2015 and 638,578, 2016.
News quoted Hamzah as telling that with the new system, Indian tourists could utilize for a visa on their own without ought to go through a 3rd party.
“It’s not so much about the price but the ease of obtaining the visa.
“Travellers want things easy for themselves, including not having to send their passports to the embassy for the application,” he stated, citing the case of travelers from China where the numbers improved after Malaysia made it comfortable for them to get their visa.
Malaysian Associated Indian Chambers of Commerce & Industry president Kenneth Eswaran, who is in New Delhi for Najib’s talk, was happy with the new visa plan to draw Indian tourists.
“Indians are spending huge sums on medical tourism and overseas wedding packages,” he said, concluding that the government had done the right thing.