tourism-malaysia-istMalaysia Culture and Tourism Minister Dato’ Seri Mohamed Nazri Abdul Aziz officially opened Istanbul office of Tourism Malaysia.

Tourism Malaysia had opened Istanbul office in 2002 and closed in 2009. Istanbul office will also be responsible for Romania, Azerbaijan, Bulgaria, and Armenia.

Malaysian Minister said that a total of 10.300 Turkish travelers are expected to visit Malaysia by the end of 2013; an increase from last year’s figures of 9,909 and they aim to attract 11.000 Turkish travelers to Malaysia in 2014. On the other hand, minister added that 42 thousand Malaysian tourists visited Turkey last year.

Between Istanbul and Kuala Lumpur, Turkish Airlines has 4 and Malaysia Airlines has 3 direct flights with a grand total of 7.238 seat capacity. There are no visa requirements between Turkey and Malaysia.

The VMY 2014 campaign will be the country’s fourth Visit Malaysia Year, and is estimated to attract 28 million tourists to the country, reaping RM76 billion in tourist receipts. Malaysia welcomed 25 million tourists and US$20 billion tourist receipts in 2012.