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Promoting Malaysia as wedding destination in New Delhi

Tourism Malaysia and Wedding Affair have jointly organised MALAYSIA WEDDING CONCLAVE in New Delhi on 26th September 2019. The event aims at highlighting the unparalleled potential of Malaysia on the wedding destination map. Among the attendees were High Commissioner of Malaysia to India, H.E.Dato’ Hidayat Abdul Hamid, Tourism Malaysia New Delhi Director, Sulaiman Bin Suip and Rajnish Rathi, Editor-In-Chief, Wedding Affair.The exclusive event was attended by the leading wedding planners from North India. A B2B session was organised for the wedding planners to interact with selected representatives from Malaysian hotels, resorts and airlines. The soiree witnessed an enthralling performance by a 20-member cultural troupe from Malaysia. The troupe was sponsored by the Sarawak Tourism, Arts & Culture Ministry to showcase enticing Malaysian dance forms and traditional musical instruments.

“There is no other culture that celebrates weddings like the Indians do! There are millions of wedding events take place in this market annually. This sector has experienced a tremendous growth as almost everyone desires to elevate the scale of their special celebration. Here, Malaysia offers a 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,” said H.E. Dato’ Hidayat Abdul Hamid.

He added, “Malaysia is a value-for-money destination. For example, the 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 in 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.”

“This indeed gives us immense pleasure and honour to work with Tourism Malaysia in organising this event and to promote Malaysia as the perfect wedding destination. This country indeed offers all the ingredients we vie for in a Big Fat Indian Wedding. Laced with scenic beauty, the airfares, travel time, visa charges waiver, competitive prices of hotels and resorts, all these factors position Malaysia as the desirable wedding destination. We hope that this initiative will definitely increase the number of Indian weddings in Malaysia,” said Rajnish Rathi.

Currently, a total of 237 flights connect 14 cities directly in India, offering approximately 45,000 seats per week to Malaysia. The number will be even higher if it does include indirect flights. Ease of connectivity is the key for both countries. Being less than five-hour away from New Delhi, the time and cost involved will not be an issue given that the government has eased the visa facility for Indian