JOHOR BARU, Feb 3: The Johor government is confident that tourist arrivals from China to the state can increase by 10% this year through the implementation of e-visa and the electronic travel registration and information (ENTRI).
State Tourism, Trade and Consumerism Committee chairman Datuk Tee Siew Kiong said it welcomed the initiatives as tourists from China formed the third biggest market for Johor.
“The implementation of e-visa and ENTRI will also encourage China’s nationals in Singapore to visit Johor.
“It is understood there are about one million of them in Singapore including those doing business, studying or residing permanently in the island state,” he told reporters after a dinner with the Cambodia Tour Agents Association (CATA) and Cambodian Chapter of the Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA) here yesterday.
Malaysia’s electronic visa (e-visa) programme and ENTRI were launched by Tourism and Culture Minister Datuk Seri Mohamed Nazri Abdul Aziz in Beijing yesterday.
Tee said from the records, 628,087 tourists from China visited Johor in 2014 and 313,939 between January and June, last year. He said with the implementation of e-visa and ENTRI, the state government urged the tourism operators in Johor to take this opportunity by offering suitable tourism packages to attract more tourists from China.