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Wednesday October 16, 2013 MYT 12:00:00 AM
Wednesday October 16, 2013 MYT 7:35:23 AM
NEW YORK: Tourism and Culture Minister Datuk Seri Mohamed Nazri Abdul Aziz has urged Americans to visit Malaysia, saying they were “very welcome”.
Addressing a large gathering of tour operators and travel agents, international media and special guests at New York’s Hilton Hotel, he underscored the fact that American citizens were given visa-on-arrival facility for 90 days.
The minister, who was here to promote Visit Malaysia Year 2014, acknowledged in an interview with Bernama that according to the World Tourism Organisation, Malaysia was named the 10th most visited destination in the world.
“We had over 22 million tourists in 2012, posting a 1.5% increase over the previous year, and this clearly indicates that Malaysia is indeed, a safe and welcoming place for Americans to visit,” he emphasised.
Malaysia’s top 10 markets for incoming tourism were, in sequence, Singapore, Indonesia, China, Thailand, Brunei, India, the Philippines, Australia, Japan and Britain.
Over 240,000 people from the United States visited Malaysia last year, a 10.8% increase over the previous year.
During the first half of this year, Malaysia received 127,221 people from the United States, a 6.4% increase over the corresponding six months of the previous year.
The projected total arrivals from the United States for the entire 2013 is expected to be 248,000.
The Visit Malaysia Year 2014 promotional campaign targets some 28 million foreign tourists, including 250,000 from the United States, to visit Malaysia next year.
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