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Published on : Friday, June 30, 2017
In 2012, the number of China visitors to Malaysia was 1,558,785. It increased by 14.9% to 1,791,423 in 2013, but dropped to 1,613,355 in 2014 due to the disappearance of flight MH370 and subsequent lapses. Last year, arrivals shot up to 2,124,942 from 1,677,163 in 2015. This year too, Malaysia expects an increase in visitor numbers.
Singaporeans account for half of all visitors to Malaysia. Out of the total 26,757,392 visitors last year, the number coming from Singapore was 13,272,961, which is much higher than its 5.7 million population.
The only country that could soon surpass the number of Singapore visitors to Malaysia would be China. According to the UNWTO, there were 135 million China outbound tourists last year. By 2020, their numbers are projected to reach 234 million with an estimated spending of US$422 billion. Many destinations around the globe are doing the needful to attract Chinese visitors, and eight countries are receiving more China tourists than Malaysia.
In 2010, China surpassed Japan to become the world’s second largest economy. Last year, China outbound tourists spent US$261 billion and were the biggest spenders.