Published on: Sep 21,2022 @ 23:52
Reporter: Aniruddha Pal
SPT News: TAFI Convention 2022 started yesterday to promote India-Malaysia tourism. Representatives from multiple travel agencies of the two countries to Malaysia’s multiple travel and tourism related agencies participated. The business session was held on the second day of the convention on Wednesday. More than 500 Indian delegates participated in the Travel Agents Federation of India or TAFI Convention to be held in Kuching, Sarawak. Where the theme- Build Back Better. The convention aims to – Attract Indian tourists and promote more sustainable tourism. To highlight the tourism industry in post-pandemic era by promoting sustainable and responsible tourism practices, conservation and enhanced greening efforts.
Anil Punjabi, chairman of TAFI, said about the recovery and international openness
TAFI’s Eastern Region Chairman Anil Punjabi said in a statement – “Restoring and increasing international openness and consumer confidence. Including investing in health and safety., are topics that matter to me. Our top priority is to create favourable and inclusive working , business and socio-economic conditions. Factors such as accessible and quality employee education and training. Supportive hiring and firing practices, programs for finding skilled workers, flexible work arrangements and improving worker productivity can help equip T and T companies. Sharing the knowledge with green recovery business to Build Back Better, the sector through the webinars or presentations, apart from the TAFI Convention, should be our target. Strengthening cooperation within countries and building more resilent and sustainable tourism is what needs to be focused upon. Restoring traveleler confidence is the need of the hour. ”
Renewable energy, healthcare, religious tourism and media exchange
Sarawak Premier YAB Tan Sri Datuk Patinggi (Dr) Abang Haji Abdul Rahman Zohari bin Tun Datuk Abang Haji Openg in his speech read by the Minister of Tourism, Creative Industry & Performing Arts (MTCP) YB Dato Sri Hj Abd Karim Rahman Hamzah said the Malaysian-Indian bilateral ties that have grown firmly for more than six decades is a solid foundation for new areas of cooperation with Sarawak, which includes renewable energy, healthcare, religious tourism and media exchange.
The highest gross foreign direct investment in the first nine months of 2020 was RM15.8 billion
“Sarawak is brimming with economic potential due to its strategic location which is at the centre of the key growth area of Asia Pacific with access to vast market opportunities attractive to investors. In 2020, Sarawak became the ideal choice to invest among our foreign visitors, having received the highest total of foreign direct investment (FDI) at RM15.8 billion in the first nine months of 2020,” the Premier said in his speech at the convention’s gala dinner at BCCK.”
‘A good start for us’
“The TAFI Convention 2022 is a good start for us to connect and further promote Sarawak’s visibility to the Indian market. With the positive increase of 304% in visitors’ arrival of India during the period of January to July 2022 as compared to the same period last year, we are certain that this is a step forward to entice more Indian visitors to our shores after this,” he added.
Among the highlights of the three-day convention will be TAFI-TravelBiz Monitor Awards presentation; four stimulating dialogue sessions featuring industry players, state government representatives as well as leaders from the tourism industry from both India and Sarawak; and a Business-to-Business (B2B) engagements with more than 60 Sarawak tourism-related organisations.