SIX Malaysian Visa Facilitation Service (VFS) centres will open in India over the next two months, which will further facilitate Indian arrivals to the country.
Tourism Malaysia’s director India, P Manoharan, said VFS Global, which administers the two centres opened last year in Hyderabad and Mumbai, would manage the new centres in Cochin, Delhi, Chennai, Ahmedabad, Kolkata and Chandigarh. This brings the total number of VFS centres in India to eight.
Manoharan added that Tourism Malaysia would also continue to aggressively promote the country to metro and second-tier Indian cities such as Pune, Ahmedabad, Madurai, Tiruchirappalli and Cochin. The NTO will be focusing on experiential tours to Peninsular Malaysia’s east coast and Sabah and Sarawak.
India was the fastest-growing market for Malaysia last year, with a 17.1 per cent growth in tourist arrivals over 2009. This year, Malaysia’s tourism ministry has set a target of 700,000 Indian visitors, an increase over last year’s 690,849.