Tourism Malaysia host Malaysia Food and Cultural Festival in Mumbai

Tourism Malaysia host Malaysia Food and Cultural Festival in Mumbai

MUMBAI,  – Tourism Malaysia Mumbai is proud to host the Malaysia Food and Cultural Festival, a celebration of Malaysia’s rich cultural heritage and culinary experience, set to take place at the Grand Hyatt Mumbai Hotel and Residences from 5 to11 February 2024. The event will feature captivating cultural performances by Malaysian artists and a showcase of culinary excellence by distinguished chefs from Malaysia.

The festival will be inaugurated by Dato’ Dr Ammar Abd. Ghapar, Director General of Tourism Malaysia, accompanied by His Excellency Mr Ahmad Zuwairi Yusoff, Consulate General of Malaysia in Mumbai, and supported by esteemed partners, including Grand Hyatt Mumbai Hotel and Residences, Malaysia Airlines and the National Departments For Culture & Arts, Ministry of Tourism, Arts and Culture Malaysia.

Guests dining at The Fifty Five East Restaurant, Grand Hyatt Mumbai Hotel and Residences during this festival will have the exciting opportunity to win flight tickets for two to Malaysia, generously provided by Malaysia Airlines.

Dato’ Dr Ammar expressed his gratitude to the partners, emphasising the significance of this collaboration, and stated: “The Malaysian chefs from Kuala Lumpur have specially brought to Mumbai to showcase the bold, spicy and aromatic flavours of Malaysian cuisine, offering a glimpse into the diverse cultures that define our nation.”

“This festival also serves as a strategic platform to promote Visit Malaysia Year 2026 and encourage Indian travellers to explore Malaysia. Leveraging the recently announced visa-free policy for Indian tourists until 31 December 2024, we aim to foster a deeper connection between the two nations and enhance the appeal of Malaysia as a premier travel destination.”

Meanwhile, His Excellency Mr Ahmad Zuwairi highlighted the strong bilateral relations between India and Malaysia and remarked: “India and Malaysia have shared diplomatic ties since 1957, fostering close political, economic and socio-cultural relations. Hence, the Malaysia Food and Cultural Festival aims to showcase Malaysia’s culinary delights, enticing Indian travellers to choose Malaysia as their preferred travel destination.”

India is a priority market for Malaysia, marked by robust economic ties and cultural connections. In 2023, Malaysia welcomed 14.4 million tourist arrivals between January and September, including 472,479 from India. With 180 weekly flights and 33,374 seats offered between India and Malaysia through airlines such as Malaysia Airlines, Batik Air, AirAsia, and IndiGo, the air accessibility between the two nations is noteworthy.

Dersenish Aresandiran, Chief Commercial Officer of Airlines from Malaysia Aviation Group (MAG) said, “Malaysia Airlines is thrilled to take part in the Malaysia Food and Cultural Festival in Mumbai as the official airline partner. This event is a celebration of the strong bond between India and Malaysia, and we are honored to play our part in promoting tourism and strengthening our nations’ connections. Malaysia Airlines currently operates 69 weekly flights from nine (9) key hubs in India, and as part of our support for this event, travellers can take advantage of our special fares for flights from India to Kuala Lumpur starting at just INR 12,996. We’re excited for travellers to experience Malaysia’s rich culinary landscape and cultural heritage and invite Indian travellers to indulge in our diverse flavours and traditions onboard Malaysian Hospitality.”

 

About Tourism Malaysia

 

Malaysia Tourism Promotion Board, also known as Tourism Malaysia, is an agency under the Ministry of Tourism, Arts & Culture Malaysia. It focuses on the specific task of promoting Malaysia as a preferred tourism destination. Since its inception, it has emerged as a major player in the international tourism scene. The next Visit Malaysia Year, set to take place in 2026, will commemorate the sustainability of the nation’s tourism industry, which is also in line with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (UNSDG). Furthermore, Tourism Malaysia actively endorses the Indonesia-Malaysia-Thailand Growth Triangle (IMT-GT), working towards the realisation of the IMT-GT Visiting Year 2023-2025, with the shared aim of promoting the region as a unified tourism destination. For more information, visit Tourism Malaysia’s social media accounts on Facebook,InstagramTwitterYouTube, and TikTok.

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