SEPANG – The proposed visa fee-free for Chinese tourists should be given a push in its implementation before the Chinese New Year next month, the Tourism and Culture Ministry noted.
Its minister, Datuk Seri Mohamed Nazri Abdul Aziz said the plan should not be delayed as six Asean countries namely Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Vietnam, Thailand and the Philippines had offered the visa fee waiver scheme for Chinese tourists which proved to have increased the number of their arrivals.
“The trend is going up, the Chinese is coming back and the figures in October, November and December last year are good so it has to be now.
“My personal appeal to the Home Ministry, don’t wait,” he told reporters after launching the Express Rail Link (ERL) KL TravelPass in Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA) here, today.
The plan to introduce the VFF concept for tourists from China is part of the efforts to achieve the target of drawing 29.4 million tourists to Malaysia this year in conjunction with the Malaysia Year of Festival 2015 (MyFest 2015).
Asked on the overstaying issue in Malaysia, Mohamed Nazri said the tourists were not responsible for the problem.
“I have told the Cabinet that the ones who overstayed here came for education but tourists had their return tickets.
“The Chinese economy is doing well, their tourists are quality tourists and they have the money,” he said. – BERNAMA