Published on : Tuesday, February 28, 2017
However, the increase in tourists numbers are also attributed to the efforts taken by both sides following the signing of a MoU on 16 May, 2016 to foster cooperation in the area of tourism between Malaysia and Arab Saudi.
The Ministry of Tourism and Culture had recorded an increase of Saudi tourist arrivals from 99,754 in 2015 to 123,878 in 2016, an increase of 24.2 percent within a year.
“The figure is expected to increase to 130,000 this year due to factors like additional direct flights from Saudi Arabia to Kuala Lumpur by Saudi Airlines, Malindo Air, Malaysia Airlines (MAS) and AirAsia.,” said the ministry’s spokesperson to Bernama.
“Apart from more direct flights, Malaysia also has new attractions to offer for the Saudis – Movie Animation Park Studios (MAPS) in Perak, A Famosa Premium Outlet in Melaka, with more hotels and service apartments made available for the Saudis to put up,” he added.
Elaborating further on the Saudis arriving in the country, the spokesperson said the availability of halal food and easy communication also helped draw them to Malaysia.
“Apart from that, Malaysia being an affordable holiday destination is another plus point. Among their choice destination in Malaysia are Langkawi, Sabah, Penang, Johor and Melaka,” said the source.