KUALA LUMPUR - The Malaysian Association of Tour and Travel Agents (MATTA) has joined hands with three national travel associations from India to boost tourism between Malaysia and India in conjunction with Visit Malaysia 2020.
MATTA will continue to support the government and Tourism Malaysia in developing India as a stronger tourist source market, and work with airlines to add new routes and increase flight frequencies for scheduled flights and explore the feasibility of charter flights to meet market demand,
The three associations are the Travel Agents Association of India (TAAI), Travel Agents Federation of India (TAFI) and Outbound Tour Operators Association of India (OTOAI).
MATTA president Datuk Tan Kok Liang said the MoU signed between the parties augured well for tourism in both countries.
“MATTA will be introducing fresh itineraries and attractive tour packages to encourage more tourists from India to visit Malaysia,” he said.
The number of tourists from India increased from 552,739 in 2017 to 600,311 in 2018. For 2019 the figure is expected to be 750,000, an increase of 23.2%.”
“This target is achievable as the Malaysian government had extended the Electronic Travel Registration and Information (eNTRI) system, exempting tourists from India and China from applying for a visa for a visit up to 15 days,” Datuk Tan added.
“Due to intense promotions by Tourism Malaysia, supported by MATTA, we trust that the growth is backed by the increase in air connectivity, development of new tourism products and the capacity to accommodate more tourists.
“MATTA will continue to support the government and Tourism Malaysia in developing India as a stronger tourist source market, and work with airlines to add new routes and increase flight frequencies for scheduled flights and explore the feasibility of charter flights to meet market demand,” he concluded.
The MoU was signed by MATTA president Datuk Tan Kok Liang, TAAI president Jyoti Mayal, TAFI acting president Pradip Lulla and OTOAI general secretary Shravan Bhalla.
It was witnessed by YB Tuan Muhammad Bakthiar Bin Wan Chik, deputy minister of Tourism, Arts and Culture Malaysia, and His Excellency Dato’ Hidayat Abdul Hamid, High Commissioner of Malaysia to the Republic of India.