Published on : Wednesday, July 24, 2019
Malaysia is depending on Chinese tourist arrivals because they are going to be one of the largest markets of the country, according to Dr. Mahathir Mohamad, who launched the Visit Malaysia 2020 campaign logo at Kuala Lumpur International Airport on Monday, July 22nd.
“Once we have solved the visa problems, I’m sure we will get millions of Chinese tourists,” said Mr. Mohamad, and added that the government is targeting more than 3 million arrivals from China.
Last year, Chinese visitors accounted for 2.94 million out of 25.8 million arrivals last year in Malaysia, with Singaporeans topping the list with 10.6 million arrivals.
Putrajaya aims for 30 million visitors for the year 2020.
Dr. Mahathir said, “The people who are protesting are just the minority. We should cater to the majority, but they should also make their voices heard. The group of activists who protest is trying to show they are the majority in Malaysia when they are not.”
Among the artists who have encountered protests upon announcing a planned concert in Malaysia include Beyonce, Miley Cyrus, Selena Gomez and Elton John.
Last year, Malaysia attracted 25.8 million tourist arrivals with tourism revenue of RM84.1 billion. Malaysia also ranked 21 in the UNWTO 2019 Barometer Report.