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Malaysia expects dip in Chinese tourists, eyes more visitors from Singapore

KL minister hopes Singaporeans will make up for dip in visitors from China

Published on Jun 19, 2014 9:26 AM
 
Malaysia's Minister for Tourism and Culture, Datuk Seri Nazri Aziz (right), mingling with tourism industry players from Malaysia at the Ritz-Carlton, Millennia Singapore hotel. -- PHOTO: LIANHE ZAOBAO

The Malaysian government hopes to make up for an expected dip in visitors from China by getting more Singaporeans to go for holidays across the Causeway.

Malaysia's Minister for Tourism and Culture, Datuk Seri Nazri Aziz, said yesterday that more than 60 flights from China to Malaysia have been cancelled because of poor take-up rates from Chinese travellers since March when Beijing-bound Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 disappeared.

About two-thirds of the passengers on the plane, which has not been found, were from China.

The number of visa applications from China to Malaysia has also halved in recent months,

 
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