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Malaysia ties up with Sri Lankan Airlines to lure Indian tourists

Tourism Malaysia has entered into a tie-up with Sri Lankan Airlines to attract…

Tourism Malaysia has entered into a tie-up with Sri Lankan Airlines to attract more Indian tourists.

The tie-up offers a special package to Indian tourists from Delhi and Mumbai proceeding to Kuala Lumpur.

The package offered, at Rs.16,999 (US$370), return airfare to Kuala Lumpur, airport transfers, accommodation in three-star hotels in Kuala Lumpur for three nights on twin sharing basis, Tourism Malaysia director Roslan Abdullah told Bernama Friday.

The tourists would first be taken to Colombo and then to Kuala Lumpur.

For an extra charge, one could stay for one night in Colombo, or upgrade to four- or five-star hotels in Kuala Lumpur or stay more than three nights.

Roslan said Malaysia hoped to attract an additional 2,000 tourists as a result of the arrangement with Sri Lankan Airlines.

He said Indians with valid visas for Singapore and Thailand could also proceed directly to Kuala Lumpur and get their visas there so long as they entered via these two countries.

Last year, Tourism Malaysia arranged three packages with Indian Airlines, which resulted in 15 to 20 per cent growth in tourist arrivals in Malaysia from India between September and December compared with the corresponding period in 2002.

The Indian Airlines promoted the packages through the Internet.

Roslan said Malaysia was fast becoming a favourite destination with Indians.

During September-November last year 49,700 Indians travelled to Malaysia registering a growth of 14 per cent compared with the corresponding period in 2002. (BERNAMA)

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