Malaysia has emerged as the biggest tourism market in the Asean region for India-bound traffic.
This assessment was given by Rajesh Talwar, director of Singapore-based IndiaTourism, India’s official tourism promotion agency, in an interview with Bernama at “ITB Asia” tourism fair, here.
ITB Asia is the Asian Edition of “ITB Berlin”, the world’s largest tourism fair.
Talwar said the Asean market was doing well, with traffic from Malaysia and Thailand registering an impressive 16 per cent growth each.
“However, Malaysia provides the highest traffic of all the Asean countries to India in absolute figures. Some 150,000 Malaysians visited India last year,” he said.
Singapore, with 96,000 visitors, ranked second-most important Asean country behind Malaysia. Thailand, with 74,000 visitors, came third, he said.
Talwar cited the expansion of Malaysia’s low-cost carrier, AirAsia, as a driving factor for traffic growth to India.
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