Malaysia Wedding Conclave was held in New Delhi recently where Tourism Malaysia and Wedding Affair have jointly organised the event and executed the same. The entire event was set up to highlight the unparalleled potential of Malaysia on the wedding destination map. This session was considered B2B specific and was organised for the wedding planners to interact with the elected representatives from the hotels, resorts and airlines from Malaysia. The exclusive event also marked the presence of leading wedding planners from North India, specifically.
Among the attendees were Dato’ Hidayat Abdul Hamid, High Commissioner of Malaysia to India and Sulaiman Bin Suip, Director – New Delhi, Tourism Malaysia amongst other prominent personalities marking their presence.
The High Commissioner while interacting said that “There is no other culture that celebrates weddings as the Indians do! There are millions of wedding events take place in this market annually. This sector has experienced tremendous growth as almost everyone desires to elevate the scale of their special celebration. Here, Malaysia offers huge potential as a wedding destination. As the tagline rightly states, “Love in India, Marry in Malaysia”, the wedding conclave showcases Malaysia as a perfect wedding destination with many magnificent hotels and resorts. Being in the heart of ASEAN brings many advantages to Malaysia. It is a melting pot of cultures brought in from the colonial era. These foreign cultures have been accepted and adopted by the local people. Elements from these rich cultures can be incorporated in an Indian wedding in Malaysia to make the celebration even more exciting,”.
He also added, “Malaysia is a value-for-money destination. For example, Langkawi Island – a duty-free island, offers cheaper rates of beverages compared with the mainland. At the same time, the room rates are quite affordable on the island. Besides, there are plenty of beautiful venues with state-of-the-art facilities that can make the wedding a memorable experience. Gorgeous beaches, cities, highland and million-year-old rainforests can lend a perfect backdrop to your big day. Being a multi-ethnic society, a couple can even get married in traditional costumes of the Kadazan, Iban, Malays, etc.”
While the tagline seems promising and gradually looking onto the matter where Malaysia is eyeing big to cater to the Indian wedding market to be considered as a magnificent advantage. Also, according to the current statistics, a total of 237 flights connect 14 cities directly in India, offering approximately 45,000 seats per week to Malaysia. Which undoubtedly proves Malaysia to be the nearest and the best location preference for executing the Big Fat Indian wedding. Inclusive of direct flight the number goes even higher. Being less than five-hour away from New Delhi, Malaysia seems promising in all the aspects. Also, the time and cost involved will not be an issue given that the government has eased the visa facility for Indian travellers with the introduction of eNTRI and eVISA which is time and cost-effective for great operational purpose.
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