Published on : Thursday, April 28, 2016
The report showed that the country’s cruise industry marked 50 per cent increase in total cruise passengers to 523,272 from 352,322 in 2014.
It said outlet centres for premium items also continued to grow in popularity as Malaysia became the first country to have a Mitsui outlet outside Japan in 2015 and home to the largest Mitsui outlet to-date, which had attracted over one million visitors since its opening.
Tourist spending on shopping also picked up momentum last year, with the total spent on shopping rising by 0.2 per cent to RM21.63 million and shopping representing 31.3 per cent of the total tourist spending in Malaysia.
The 2015 annual report also stated that in moving forward the government remains steadfast in achieving its ambitious targets of 36 million tourist arrivals and RM168 billion tourist receipts by 2020, given that 2015 represents a halfway mark for the Economic Transformation Programme and to take on board the dynamic landscape of the tourism sector.