Indian arrivals to Malaysia for this summer season have improved from last year despite the appreciation of the US dollar against the Indian rupee, said travel agencies that TTG Asia e-Daily spoke to.
Arokia Das, senior manager, Luxury Tours Malaysia, said: “We’re seeing pent-up demand from tourists who didn’t travel last year because of the Indian elections. We’ve also put in more emphasis this year on the luxury segment by customising products as this market is less volatile compared with the mass market.”
Meanwhile, Nanda Kumar, managing director of Hidden Asia Tours & Travel said: “For the family segment, tour packages that are selling well are those that include a theme park component such as Sunway Lagoon in Selangor or Legoland Malaysia Resort in Johor (Bahru). Tours combining Malaysia and Singapore are also doing well.”
Luxury Tours Malaysia has seen a 20 per cent year-on-year increase in demand for this summer, while Hidden Asia Tours & Travel has seen a 10 per cent increase in business from India as compared to last summer.
A Aruldass, managing director of Tourland Travel, said forward bookings for incentives from India from July onwards have also seen signs of increase.
He said: “One of the challenges for Malaysia is competition from neighbouring countries that are offering e-visa such as Singapore or visa-on-arrival such as Hong Kong and Thailand.
“Feedback from travel consultants from India is that the process of getting a Malaysian tourist visa is too long and that the visa processing fee is expensive.”