A Message from Panorama Destination Malaysia:
Hello from Malaysia!
Since borders reopened in April, things have really been picking up pace in Malaysia. Restrictions have been lifted and international visitors are arriving in ever-increasing numbers.
All travellers entering Malaysia from today (Monday, 1 August) will no longer need to fill in the traveller’s card in the MySejahtera mobile application. This was just announced on Saturday (30/7) by Health Minister Khairy Jamaluddin, who said the move is intended to help simplify entry procedures.
This has been helped by the government’s recent confirmation that travel insurance will no longer be a prerequisite of travel – another sure sign that tourism is back on track.
Things are going so well, in fact, that the tourism minister just recently confirmed that her ministry has had to more than double their target for arrivals in 2022 – they had originally only expected 2 million people to come, but this has already been met. The new target is 4.5 million!
Since operations kicked off again in May, we’ve been busy at Panorama Destination Malaysia, fine tuning our products and rebuilding our team. We’re currently going through a massive recruitment drive, finding the right talent to explore the potential of this new era for tourism. New members are set to join this month – their focus will initially be on orientation and familiarisation with our products and services.
We currently have a team of experts in strategic locations nationwide, including Kuching, Langkawi and Tioman Island. Since the reopening, the have been busy with product updates and hotel inspections, making sure everything is ready for the return of Panorama Destination clients. Looking ahead to the future, we’re also planning to expand this network into other destinations around Malaysia soon.
In July we hosted a total of eight groups, with 19 more arrivals expected already in August, mostly from the Polish market. We’re already taking bookings for the next few months, with October looking especially busy.
The team is ready. Malaysia is ready. There’s lots to see and do in Malaysia and it’s never been easier to visit. We can’t wait to welcome everyone back to this beautiful country!
If you have any questions or special requirements for your travel, please feel free to contact me directly, and I’ll be happy to help make your stay in Malaysia a truly memorable experience.
General Manager, Panorama Destination Malaysia.
Destination digest: Malaysia news in brief
A selection of bitesize news stories currently making the headlines in Malaysia:
Tourism Malaysia and Trip.com announce partnership
Global travel services provider Trip.com has partnered with Tourism Malaysia to offer Australian travellers deals on their next trip to Malaysia, including discount flights and accommodation. As Australian travellers look to travel further afield following the pandemic-era lockdown, Malaysia has emerged as a rising destination in the region. The Discover Malaysia campaign has been launched to tap into this growing demand.
Batik Air connects Medan to KL
Batik Air has reopened a service connecting the Malaysian Capital of Kuala Lumpur with various Indonesian destinations, including Medan in North Sumatra. The first flight took off on Monday, 25 July, ushering in a new daily service, connecting Kualanamu International Airport (KNO) in Deli Serdang, North Sumatra, with Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KUL) in Malaysia.
Malaysia welcomes back Indian arrivals
Mohd Hafiz Hashim, Director of Tourism Malaysia Mumbai recently said, “we are thrilled and enthusiastic to welcome Indian travellers back on exciting, new value-driven and action-packed itineraries to witness the best and latest of what Malaysia has to offer.” India remains and has been one of the top market sources for Malaysia and has contributed 735,309 arrivals (+22%) in 2019. A recent briefing session provided a platform for the travel industry to bounce back and steer the tourism sector back to its former glory.
Minister targets Middle Eastern millennial market
Malaysia is focusing its promotional efforts on millennial and Generation Z travellers from the Middle East, according to tourism minister Nancy Shukri, in a recent interview with Arab News. She mentioned that these emerging demographics are “two of the most influential groups of Muslim travellers that will shape the future trends of the market.”
(source: Arab News)
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