NEW DELHI, 13 December 2021 – In preparation for the reopening of its borders, the Malaysian Government has selected Langkawi as the pilot holiday destination to receive tourists under the ‘Langkawi International Travel Bubble’ from 15 November.
Langkawi, an archipelago of 104 islands on the west coast of Malaysia is best known for its picturesque landscape of sprawling beaches and crystal blue waters, dense rainforests as well as pristine waterfalls.
Its duty-free shopping, luxurious spa centres, alongside a plethora of activities to indulge in such as riding the cable car, exploring an underwater aquarium, eagle-feeding, and island-hopping are sure to provide an enriching and memorable experience for its visitors.
In conjunction of the recent travel bubble, Tourism Malaysia New Delhi has hosted a Networking Session with travel trade partners at The Imperial, New Delhi today. The event was also attended by travel agents, wedding planners and media representatives from the northern and eastern regions of India.
The attendees were briefed about Malaysia’s tourism development and tourism products, the latest Covid-19 situation as well as the pilot travel bubble and the expected reopening of Malaysian borders in early 2022.
Mr. Sulaiman Suip, Director of Tourism Malaysia New Delhi said, “Malaysia has successfully reached vaccination of more than 97.3% of its adult population against COVID-19, making it one of the highest vaccinated destinations in the Southeast Asian region. In addition, fully-vaccinated individuals have also started receiving their booster shots.”
“We are thrilled and excited to welcome back tourists. All our attractions, tour operators, airlines, hotels, and resorts are operating under strict SOPs. Our industry players are offering value-for-money packages while health and hygiene will be of utmost importance as your safety is our priority. Also, the highlight for 2022 will be the opening of Genting SkyWorlds, the much-anticipated outdoor theme park in Genting Highlands. This is sure to be and take everyone’s adventure quotient on a new high,” said Mr. Suip.
India remains one of the top market sources for Malaysia and contributed 735,309 international tourist arrivals in 2019. The first two months of 2020 recorded a phenomenal cumulative growth of +29%. However, the spread of the coronavirus pandemic globally led the countries to close their borders and cancel most flights.
About Tourism Malaysia:
Tourism Malaysia, as the Malaysia Tourism Promotion Board is more popularly known, was established to promote Malaysia as an exciting tourist destination, offering one-of-a-kind experiences. Through its various initiatives, Tourism Malaysia increases awareness among tourists and the travel trade across the globe about Malaysia’s distinctive attractions, rich culture and fascinating traditions. The organisation also focuses on developing Malaysia’s tourism industry, increasing tourism revenue, providing new employment opportunities and contributing significantly to the country’s socio-economic development.
For the international corporate world, Tourism Malaysia also aims to Malaysian a destination of choice for meetings, incentives, conventions and exhibitions (MICE). In keeping with its mission of marketing Malaysia as a destination of excellence, Tourism Malaysia has established a strategic presence in key cities around the world. In India, its offices are conveniently located in Delhi, Mumbai, and Chennai.