NANNING (China), Sept 22 — The uniqueness and speciality of Malaysian products that impressed visitors at the 16th China Asean Expo (Caexpo) 2019 in Nanning, Guangxi, China has also indirectly played a huge role in promoting Visit Malaysia Year 2020, Tourism, Arts and Culture Ministry secretary-general Datuk Isham Ishak said.
He said local visitors from China and from the ASEAN community had also been captivated with Malaysian cultural performances during the five-day event.
“CAEXPO 2019 is a platform that has given the opportunity to attract tourists, especially from China, to Malaysia. It has given us a boost in our efforts to promote Visit Malaysia Year 2020,” he told reporters after visiting the Malaysia Pavillion at the Expo here today.
Isham said the government’s move to relax Visa On Arrival (VOA) requirements for tourists from China at six additional entry points from July 15 also helped the government’s VMY 2020 efforts to attract more visitors to the country.
The entry points are Langkawi International Airport and Bukit Kayu Hitam ICQS in Kedah, Miri International Airport and Sungai Tujoh ICQS in Sarawak, Labuan Ferry Terminal and Sultan Abdul Aziz Shah International Airport (Skypark Subang).
The duration of stay in Malaysia for travel purposes had also been extended to 15 days compared to the previous seven days, while the VOA fee had been reduced from RM330 to RM200.