Malaysia plans to extend electronic visa (e-visa) facility to travellers from India in order to boost tourism and attract more tourists from India in coming times. Indian Community Relations Advisor to the Minister of Tourism and Culture, Malaysia, Dato Daljit Singh, stated that tourism sector contributes around 12% to Malaysia’s GDP and India has always been the leader in the market. Therefore, introduction of e-visa facility is expected to help more tourists to travel to Malaysia in an effort-free manner. At the same time, the country is also in talks about extending e-visa for China.
Bulk of tourists from India visit Malaysia every year and most of them come from Delhi and Mumbai. Also, the country has noted a significant increase in visits of young couples. Dato Daljit Singh and another senior functionary from Tourism Malaysia, Musa Yusuf, are in charge of leading a delegation of Malaysia Tourism Board’s officials as a part of their mission titled ‘Malaysia as a destination of choice’. The mission will include several Indian cities like Lucknow, Chandigarh, Bengaluru and Kochi amongst others.
The country is also looking for means to facilitate visa-on-arrival for Indians. It is said that around two million Indians live in Malaysia and therefore, with time, it became the second home for tourists from India. This year Malaysia is eyeing 10 lakh Indian tourists, as compared to 7,22,141 last year.