Vietnamese tourists to Malaysia surge
By Dao Loan - The Saigon Times Daily
HCMC – Despite the tough economic times, the number of Vietnamese tourists traveling abroad, especially to Malaysia, is still surging.
In 2011, only some 170,000 Vietnamese tourists visited Malaysia but this year, the number has grown to around 200,000.
Mohd Akbal Setie, director of the Malaysia Tourism Promotion Board in Vietnam, said Vietnam was an important market, among the top 20 source markets for Malaysia.
Most visitors come to Malaysia on leisure tours. Malaysia is promoting new forms of tourism such as golf tourism and youth tourism targeting Vietnamese visitors.
“We started promoting golf tours in Malaysia to the Vietnamese market last year, and there have been some pretty good feedbacks,” said Setie at a presentation on golf tourism to Vietnamese travel companies and golfers held in HCMC last Saturday. In addition, the Malaysia Tourism Promotion Board introduced a program dedicated to young people.
Several entrepreneurs attending the event said the number of Vietnamese golfers going to Malaysia for this activity was rising.
“We recently organized a golf tour for nine people in Malaysia from December 17 to 19. In January, there will be one group of 30 people and one group of eight. Customers have started to show interest in this kind of tour apart from pure leisure tours,” said Nguyen Minh Tuan, marketing director of Premium Travel Company.
There are now some 200 golf courses in Malaysia, according to the Malaysia Tourism Promotion Board.