Malaysia wants Chinese tourists to come back

imageAll parties need to work hard to bring back the Chinese tourists to Malaysia, said Tourism and Culture Minister Datuk Seri Mohamed Nazri Abdul Aziz.

After the MH370 tragedy in March, the number of Chinese tourist arrivals in Malaysia was still high.

It was only after May that the number of Chinese tourists decreased, he told reporters after launching Tunamaya Air at the Subang Skypark Terminal yesterday.

Nazri said there was a need to waive the visa charges of 80 renminbi (RM44.83) per person to woo Chinese tourists.

Currently, six Asean countries – Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Vietnam, Thailand and the Philippines – have waived the visa fee for the Chinese tourists.

“For example, if we look at Thailand, the number of Chinese tourists to the country increased from two million to four million within a year after the visa fee was waivered,” said Nazri.

He would make the proposal to Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak.

Nazri said Malaysia expects to attract 1.4 million Chinese tourist arrivals next year in conjunction with the Malaysia Year of Festival (MyFest 2015).

The number is part of the Government’s target to achieve its aim of getting 29.4 million foreign tourists to visit the country next year.

The inaugural flight of the new airline, which connects Johor Baru to Pulau Tioman, was launched at the Senai International Airport on Sunday.

It is operated by Tunamaya Beach and Spa Resort, which provides a RM2,188 package deal that is inclusive of a three-day-two-night stay at the resort.

Tunamaya Air will have four daily flights connecting Senai and the island on the eight-seater Cessna Grand Caravan.

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