So the Insider was invited to see why Malaysia should be our next 'sustainable travel destination'. We were curious-so here's the lowdown from Priya Roongta's quill!
The opulence of the event- South Asia Travel and Tourism Exchange (SATTE’17) was enough to make Malaysia my next travel destination. But the evening had much more in store to further my plans of visiting this exciting country.
|Malaysia, truly Asia|
To know Malaysia is to love Malaysia…it’s a melting pot of religions and races where Malays, Indians and Chinese live in complete peace and harmony. Its extreme contrast, where sky skyscrapers look down upon wooden houses built of stilts, rugged mountains that reach for the sky and the rainforest clad slopes sweep down to flood plains, and its being a gastronomical paradise with many multicultural festivals- make it a favoured tourist destination for everyone.
In last few years, Malaysia has become ever more popular amongst tourists. Closer home, India is the sixth top tourist generating market for Malaysia with a total 722,141 Indian visitors recorded in 2015. Last year, from January to October, Malaysia received a total of 540,530 Indian tourists. This is partly due to positive 'PR' (good job!) but also because flying to the other side of the world is becoming more and more affordable. Malaysia is a perfect country to visit for all kinds of tourists. It's a great destination for backpackers, golfers, for groups, couples and families with children.
|Crowds at the do!|
Some of the UNESCO Heritage sites that Malaysia is keen to promote are the Kinabalu National Park in Sabah, Gunung Mulu National Park in Sarawak, Melaka and George Town cities and the archaeological heritage site of the Lenggong Valley. With niche tourism on the rise, Malaysia is also pushing its special interest packages for premium shopping, luxury travels, sports tourism such as golf, and Malaysia as a wedding and honeymoon destination.
Speaking at SATTE, Dato’ Seri Mohamed Nazri said, “Sustainable tourism development is no longer just a mere cliche, but has become a major contributor to a more environmentally sustainable economy. With the right investment, tourism can be a lead change agent in the move to a green economy by driving economic growth and job creation. At the same time, it simultaneously improves resource efficiency, minimises environmental degradation as well as raises environmental awareness among travellers.” He also announced a surprise new “E VISA” and possibility of Visa on Arrivals for Indians! (Hurrah!)Along with great investment opportunities with 100% Equity for business houses looking at tourism based investments.
|Moi at the do!|
As the wine flowed generously the visuals of the beautiful country streamed on the big screen, it transferred me to that wonderland…rushing to plan my itinerary for Malaysia…while you give it a thought too. Selamat Siang (Good Day).