A Message from Panorama Destination Malaysia:
Hello from Kuala Lumpur in Malaysia!
With borders reopened and travel restrictions lifted, we’re really happy to be back in business once again! Since Malaysia reopened its borders to international arrivals on 1 April, we’ve seen a major uptick in tourism activity with loads events, celebrations and promotions, all supported by a series government marketing campaigns.
Now that tourism’s back up and running again, we’re pleased to announce the return of a major highlight in the events calendar: the Sarawak Tourism Board (STB) recently confirmed the Rainforest World Music Festival (RWMF) will return this year, from 17 to 19 June. After a two-year hiatus due to Covid-19, it’s great to see this wonderful festival back on the agenda, as it’s always an event to remember.
Sarawak is one destination we’re especially interested in at the moment, as there’s huge potential for eco-tourism and cultural exploration. The Kepong Botanical Gardens (KBG) are set to feature in some of our upcoming tour packages, as they offer an amazing treetop canopy walkway adventure that our clients will surely love.
We’re expecting to welcome our first group of international FIT travellers from May onwards, along with a MICE delegation from the Middle East. Things are already looking up, and from July onwards we expect to be very busy indeed. With safety measures in place, we’re fully prepared and excited to explore the new normal era in Malaysia. In the months ahead, clients can travel with confidence with Panorama Destination Malaysia, and we look forward to welcoming them back.
To all our friends, clients and partners, I’d like to wish you a peaceful Eid holiday, and look forward to working with you over the coming months to provide unforgettable holiday experiences in Malaysia. In the meantime, if you should have any questions or special requirements, please feel free to get in touch.
General Manager, Panorama Destination Malaysia.
Destination digest: Malaysia news in brief
A selection of bitesize news stories currently making the headlines in Malaysia:
Further relaxations to travel restrictions from May onwards
On 27 April, Malaysia’s government announced that vaccinated travellers will be able enter the country without Covid-19 tests from 1 May onwards. Insurance coverage requirements for such travellers are also expected to be scrapped. The new SOPs make travel to Malaysia even easier and more cost-effective, and have been welcomed by tourism professionals nationwide.
(source: Free Malaysia Today)
Tourism ‘on the right path’ according to minister
Malaysia’s Tourism, Arts and Culture Minister, Datuk Seri Nancy Shukri has said the country’s tourism industry is making excellent progress on the road to recovery, with over a quarter of a million tourist arrivals and departures in just the first four days of borders reopening at the beginning of April. Many more arrivals are expected in the months ahead.
Two million international arrivals in 2022
With borders successfully reopened to international arrivals, the government has targeted two million international tourists this year. Nancy Shukri has suggested this number is a “conservative target,” and expects to exceed these numbers. “With the resumption of cross-border travel between Malaysia and Singapore, we can easily achieve one million foreign visitors two weeks after the country’s borders reopen. Perhaps, we can achieve our target of two million within three months,” said the minister.
Tourism recovery conditions ‘most favourable’ in Malaysia
A recent study has identified Malaysia as one of the world’s best-placed nations for the post-pandemic travel era. According to the Asia Travel-Ready Index, which is prepared according to the latest data metrics by the Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU), Malaysia, Singapore and Australia have the most favourable conditions in place to support their recovery. Key indicators include local vaccination coverage and ease of travel.
(source: The Star)
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