In the first half of 2019, Malaysia experienced a positive growth in tourism

Published on : Thursday, November 28, 2019

In the first half of 2019, Malaysia experienced a positive growth in tourism, boosted by huge international tourist arrivals.


Between January and September, international tourist arrivals stood at 20,109,203 tourists. It was an increase of 3.7 per cent, compared to 19,386,115 visitors in the same period 2018.


Tourism, Arts and Culture Minister Datuk Mohamaddin Ketapi explained that the top 10 countries with the highest contribution of tourist arrivals was Singapore with 7,868,755 visitors, followed by Indonesia (2,792,776); China (2,413,956); Thailand (1,442,224); Brunei (929,789); India (539,167); South Korea (508,080); Vietnam (323,393); Japan (321,283) and the Philippines (317,294).


“Tourist receipts for the same period in 2019 reached RM66.14 billion compared to RM61.85 billion for the same period in 2018, indicating an increase of 6.9 per cent.”
“The main contributors to the tourist expenditure were Singapore (RM16.3 billion), China (RM12.8 billion), Indonesia (RM8.8 billion), Thailand (RM2.8 billion) and India (RM2.5 billion).”


“Per capita expenditure for the period of January to September also grew by 3.1 per cent from RM3, 190.5 to RM3,289.3,” he said today declaring the third quarter performance of tourism.


Mohamaddin said that the short haul market had kept its position as the biggest contributor of tourists to Malaysia with a share of 68.7 per cent.


From the medium haul market, the contribution of tourists was 21.6 per cent, as the share of tourists from the long haul market was 9.7 per cent, he added.


“The highest per capita according to market distance saw Saudi Arabia recording the most for long haul at RM11,394.4; China at RM5,301.5 for medium haul and Vietnam at RM3,356.3 for short haul.”


Also, the minister stated that the haze which had masked Malaysia and adjoining countries such as Singapore, Thailand and Brunei had impacted the momentum of tourist arrivals.
“I believe the tourist arrivals could be better without the haze.”


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