Malaysia's tourism sector has benefited from the Indian film industry, Bollywood, said Malaysian Deputy Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak.
The filming of Malaysian scenes in Bollywood have helped brought more tourists to the country, Najib was quoted as saying by local media on Thursday.
"Indian movies have made Malaysian scenes and landmarks -- including our Petronas Twin Towers, Langkawi and Penang -- famous in the film business and attracted Indian visitors to Malaysia," Najib said during a business luncheon with Indian business leaders Wednesday in New Delhi, capital of India.
Hundreds of film crews have been in Malaysia, so the Global Indian Film Awards (GIFA) 2006 will be hosted in Kuala Lumpur in August, said Najib.
The Malaysian government has set aside 10 million ringgit (2.7 million U.S. dollars) for the event as it will help increase tourist arrivals, said Najib.
Najib on Tuesday kicked off a seven-day visit to India, hoping to further strengthen bilateral ties between the two countries, especially in the field of trade, information technology and biotechnology.