'Meet demand with flights and flexible visa policies'

Petaling Jaya - The number of tourists from China has surged since March with most direct flights from China to Malaysia fully booked.

It's good news for the country as it heads towards Visit Malaysia 2020 but industry players are of the view that there should be additional flights, flexible visa policies and better infrastructure to cater to the growing numbers.

Malaysian Association of Tour and Travel Agents (MATTA) President DatukTan Kok Liang said there should be more flights from China to Malaysia, especially from tier II cities such as Changchun, Changsha, Chengdu, Chongqing, Dalian, Fuzhou, Nanjing, Nanning, Ningbo and Xiamen, among others.

"There should be more packages based on clients' needs," he said. Tan said a flexible visa policy was needed to attract more tourists.

"The main drawback to more flights was Malaysia's limited approval of double entry visas for Chinese tourists".