Malaysian arrivals expected to reach 5 million by this year end

 Saturday, June 11, 2022 

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The amount of unaccustomed vacationer arrivals in Malaysia is expected to reach 5 million before the end of this year, according to the country’s leading association for travel and tours.


The easing of limitations since the first of April 1 and the new flow in worldwide travel has set tourism businessestactically positioned for recuperation, said Tan Kok Liang,the Malaysian Association of Tour and Travel Agents President. Liangsaid that they have had about 1 million arrivals from the time when the Malaysian government dismissed the restrictions on arrival of international tourists. Among those,around 600,000 arrivals came from adjoining Singapore.


Liang opined that they are hopefulwith countries from the EU, Australia, India,Japan and other ASEAN countries are providing them with very positive response and they areconfident that they can easily reach the 5 million mark.


The Malaysian Prime Minister Ismail SabriYaakobsaid that Malaysia will move to an endemic period of the pandemic and reopen its boundaries for travelers around the world from April 1. It is mostly to simplify thestress on Malaysia’s economy.


The choice was made due to the public vaccinationcampaignagainst COVID-19 and toallow Malaysians to go back to normal life after fighting against the virus for two years.


Liang said that the travel industry faces problems, mostly due to lack of manpower after two years of turbulences and other problems in getting foreign workers.

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