Melaka, Feb 26 – Melaka, which is keen to attract more Indian tourists to the UNESCO World Heritage City, recently promoted itself in Chennai, the capital of Southern State Tamil Nadu, as a “Must See Destination” in Malaysia.
Last year, Melaka received 14.3 million tourists from around the world, of whom 12,680 tourists were from India.
Melaka Tourism’s Promotion Division general manager, Abdul Kadir Md Idris said there was a 10 per cent drop in the number Indian tourists visiting Melaka.
“This is one of the reasons for the visit to India to promote Melaka as a tourist destination,” he told Bernama during the recent working visit of Melaka Governor, Tun Mohd Khalil Yaakob.
Abdul Kadir said that there were many holiday packages that were offered from Chennai and Trichy starting from Rs. 30,000/- (RM1,590) for three nights and four days’ stay.
The Governor in his speech said that the primary purpose of the visit to Chennai was also to further reinforce the ties between the two nations by exchanging information on various fields such as history, culture, business as well as youth tourism.
He said that Melaka was an ideal destination for South Indian tourists since it had many distinct advantages for them in terms of traditions, culture, cuisines and lifestyle.
Melaka was also a melting pot of cultures and it also had traces of many colonial rules such as the Portuguese, Dutch and British administrations, he added.
As part of the initiative of the tourism promotion, the Melaka government also showcased several several cultural activities as well as Malaysian delicacies.
Melaka has developed and implemented various efforts and strategies to attract 15 million tourists to the state this year.
“Visit Historic Melaka means Visit Malaysia” has been the theme of the mission as an inspiration to drive the development of this tourism industry.