Will Malaysia Win In 2012?

December 25, 2011 at 2:00 pm

Recent reports highlighted the fact that India has won two global awards namely World’s Leading Destination and World’s Leading Tourist Board, Incredible India, respectively at the World Tourism Mart 2011. India‚Äôs Tourism Minister Subodh Kant Sahai was quoted as saying that India has recorded five million tourist arrivals this year and they wanted to add another five million within the next two to three years.

Will Malaysia ever win the two awards in the years to come?

Their aim is to increase India’s share in the International Tourist Arrivals from the present 0.6 per cent to 1 per cent (of 1 billion travellers) by the end of 2016. So, the question is, would winning the award help to increase the number of tourists?

If it could, then it probably should have the Tourism Malaysia pondering on what it would take for Malaysia to win the coveted award in 2012, and the subsequent increase in tourist arrivals.

Read the full article below:
India has stolen the limelight at the World Tourism Mart 2011 here, by wining two global awards namely World’s Leading Destination and World’s Leading Tourist Board, Incredible India, respectively.

Indian Tourism Minister Subodh Kant Sahai received the awards from Graham E Cooke, President and founder of World Travel Awards at the Excel Exhibition Centre.

Sahai said: “We have recorded five million tourist arrivals this year and we want to add another five million within the next two to three years which will help create 25 million additional jobs in the country.”

Asked on visa restrictions on tourists, he said that such rule would be resolved soon and India is going to remove the barrier.

The visa restrictions on Tourists prohibits a tourist from revisiting India within two months of the first visit.

“Our aim is to increase India’s share in the International Tourist Arrivals from the present 0.6 per cent to 1 per cent (of 1 billion travellers) by the end of 2016,” Press Trust of India (PTI) quoted him as saying.

On India’s tourism sector, Sahai said that the nation needs two million hotel room for the additional five million tourists.

For this, he added that the Tourism Minister will work together with Central and State governments on the private-public participation model, and tourism sector will be the only industry which will help to eradicate poverty from the masses.

Source: Bernama

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