S Puvaneswary, Kuala Lumpur (2009-03-05)

MALAYSIA will lose its share of the Indian inbound market to Thailand and Singapore during the upcoming peak season from April to June, unless it beefs up its offerings, inbound tour operators warn.

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'Malaysia must beef up to maintain Indian market'
 
S Puvaneswary, Kuala Lumpur (2009-03-05)

MALAYSIA will lose its share of the Indian inbound market to Thailand and Singapore during the upcoming peak season from April to June, unless it beefs up its offerings, inbound tour operators warn.

Tina Travel And Agencies managing director, Mr Adam Kamal, said the main concerns of Indian outbound agents were that local hotels were generally not reducing or maintaining their rates for the new contractual period beginning April, despite the global financial crisis.

He added: “Singapore and Thailand have reduced their rates and are offering value-adds, making their destination more attractive.”

Tourland Travel managing director, Mr A Aruldass, said the MICE sector in Thailand and Singapore is also offering more attractive subvention policies to attract MICE businesses from overseas.”

The Thailand Convention & Exhibition Bureau has changed its “stay the fourth night free” scheme to “stay the third night free”, enabling more events to be eligible.

Its Thanks A Million campaign has been extended to September. This scheme subsidises 1,000 baht (US$27) for the expenses of each delegate for a minimum 100-delegate conference.

Singapore is subsidising up to 70 per cent of qualifying costs, from up to 50 per cent before, and added new qualifying costs, such as the cost of conference speakers, cost of overseas marketing to drive attendance, and project cost of exhibitions.

Thailand's visa-free entry to Indians up to end-June, and Singapore's multiple-entry visa, also make both destinations more attractive compared to Malaysia's single entry visa, which takes three working days to process.

In terms of visitor arrivals, India is Malaysia's sixth largest market and second medium-haul market, after China. Last year saw 550,738 arrivals from India.
 
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