Home > News > Nation
Friday April 18, 2014 MYT 12:00:00 AM
Friday April 18, 2014 MYT 8:55:45 AM
PUTRAJAYA: Close to 30% of Chinese tourists have cancelled their bookings to visit Malaysia this year since the disappearance of Flight MH370, cutting down potential revenue for the local tourism industry.
This is according to data collected by the Malaysia Inbound Tourism Association which manages a majority of the Chinese tourist arrivals in the country through its network of some 70 companies.
Chinese tourists spent an average of RM2,800 each in Malaysia, and at least 10,000 of them had cancelled their trip, said Tourism Malaysia chairman Datuk Seri Dr Ng Yen Yen.
“Due to the promotion of Visit Malaysia Year (VMY) 2014, many had initially made preparations to visit Malaysia in the second half of this year but we have received many cancellations since the MH370 incident.
“In January, we even had a 25% increase in the number of Chinese tourist arrivals,” Dr Ng said at a press conference after meeting industry players here yesterday.
Apart from the MH370 incident on March 8, the abduction of a Chinese tourist by armed men at the Singamata Reef Resort off Semporna in Sabah on April 2 also contributed to a drop in tourist arrivals from Hong Kong and Taiwan.
Dr Ng said the biggest impact of potential revenue loss from Chinese tourists involved those originating from major cities such as Beijing, Shanghai and Guangzhou.
She said China Southern Airlines, which had three flights connecting Kuala Lumpur and China daily, would reduce the frequency to one flight per day starting next month, joining Xiamen Airlines, which had also scrapped plans to increase flights connecting both countries.
Tourism and Culture Minister Datuk Seri Mohamed Nazri Abdul Aziz had earlier called for the VMY 2014 road show in China to be shelved to show the Government’s sympathy over the MH370 tragedy, which involved 153 Chinese nationals on board.
Hishammuddin: We will rethink search when the time comes
Oil slick test turns up negative, says JACC
Tags / Keywords:
Transport Safety, China, tourism, Visit Malaysia Year 2014, MH370, Malaysia Airlines, Missing flight
China executes patient who killed doctor over nose operation: Report
Hangzhou showcases China’s new economy
Web a cover for sex trade
China auto parts company sees mining potential in Malaysia
Political enemy given funeral — 50 years later
Multiple train firms may run interstate railways
Sun bear Natalie begins new life
Maid jailed 12 years for strangling Singaporean girl with pinafore
Zahid: No jail for returning Malaysian students from Syria
No problem hanging out with George Clooney
Passion and food go hand in hand
Star People's Food Award: Cast your vote now for your favourite nasi kandar eatery
MATTA launches GST navigator
No GST on govt services, Lanang Bridge toll ends
Copyright © 1995-2015 Star Publications (M) Bhd (Co No 10894-D)