Tourism Malaysia Event held at Amritsar
To gain insights into the burgeoning tourism industry connecting Amritsar and Malaysia, the FlyAmritsar Initiative (FAI) and Amritsar Vikas Manch (AVM) representatives attended the Tourism Malaysia event recently held at Le Meridan, Amritsar.
The delegation led by AVM Patron Kulwant Singh Ankhi & Manmohan Singh Brar, along with Yogesh Kamra Convener (India) for the FAI Yogesh Kamra and member Ravreet Singh, engaged in fruitful discussions with delegations from various Malaysian tour operators and airlines to know more about the development of the tourism industry between Punjab and Malaysia.
The delegation had an interactive discussion with representatives from various airlines, including AirAsia X, Batik Air, and Malaysia Airlines. At present, Batik Air, formerly known as Malindo Air operates three weekly non-stop Boeing 737 flights between Kuala Lumpur and Amritsar.
Additionally, AirAsia X is going to resume direct flights between the two cities, four days a week with its 300-plus seats Airbus A330-300 aircraft from September. It is pertinent to mention here that AVM and the Initiative approached the airline in 2017 and it was through these efforts that the airline started its direct flights to Amritsar in August 2018.
Now, with the commencement of these flights, air travel will get a big boost not only to Malaysia but also to Australia, Thailand, Philippines, Hong Kong, New Zealand and other South-east Asian countries.
Yogesh Kamra, Convenor (India) for the Initiative expressed enthusiasm about the tourism promotion roadshow in Amritsar. He praised it as an ideal promotion for Punjab’s travelers and industry stakeholders to discover Malaysia’s numerous attractions, experiences, and destinations.
Fly Amritsar Initiative commends Tourism Malaysia for their commitment to fostering global connections and their proactive approach to reaching out to the Indian market including Amritsar, particularly through such engaging events.
Furthermore, Kamra is ecstatic to witness the enthusiastic response from esteemed Malaysian airline carriers, including Air Asia X, Batik Air, and Malaysia Airlines for direct connectivity with Amritsar. The keen interest shown by Malaysian carriers in opening up Amritsar to the world through their Kuala Lumpur hub is indeed a testament to the growing partnership between Malaysia and India.
The collaboration between Tourism Malaysia and the aforementioned Malaysian airlines exemplifies the shared commitment to promoting cultural exchange, tourism growth, and the facilitation of seamless travel experiences. We look forward to a bright future of enhanced travel opportunities, enriched cultural experiences, and lasting partnerships between Malaysia, India, and the countries of Southeast Asia, said Kamra
In a passionate appeal to the Punjab government, AVM Patrons Ankhi and Brar urged Punjab Government to allocate resources for the provision of bus services including local BRTS bus service and connections from various Punjab cities to Amritsar airport. This believe that this strategic move will not only benefit air travelers resulting in traffic increase, but also contribute to the region’s tourism and economic growth.
The Amritsar Vikas Manch remains committed to fostering strong international partnerships and advocating for initiatives that bolster the city’s development and reputation on the global stage.