Published on : Friday, November 29, 2019
With just a month left to Visit Malaysia 2020 (VM2020), the country is all prepared to receive even more tourists. In 2019 itself, Malaysia witnessed an influx of international visitors during the first three quarter of 2019.
Between January and September, Malaysia received almost 20.1 million (20,109,203) international visitors. This would be a 3.7% rise in comparison to the same time in 2018.
The first three quarters of 2019 also witnessed an increase in tourism receipts by 6.9% to reach RM66.14bil compared to RM61.85bil for the same period 2018.
Tourism performance increased in terms of per capita expenditure, rising by 3.1% to RM3,289.3 while the average length of stay rose by 0.1 nights to 7.4 nights.
The 10 best international tourist arrivals were from Singapore (7,868,755 tourist arrivals), 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).
The major contributors to the tourist expenditure were from Singapore (RM16.3bil), China (RM12.8bil), Indonesia (RM8.8bil), Thailand (RM2.8bil) and India (RM2.5bil).
Malaysia focuses to see 30 million international tourist arrivals in 2020, and bring in total tourist receipts of RM100bil.
Under the Visit Malaysia tourism campaign, VM2020 is the fifth edition; the first was in 1990, which was also introduced by the then (and now, current) Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad.