PUTRAJAYA: Malaysia welcomed 13.35 million international tourists and recorded a 6.8% growth in tourist receipts, contributing RM41.69bil to the country’s revenue during the first half of 2019.
The first half of 2018 saw 12,730,368 visitors who brought in contributions totalling RM39bil. It was reported in late May that Malaysian tourism is the third largest foreign income earner, after manufacturing and palm oil industry. Tourism accounts for over 7% of the country economy.
Over the first six months of this year, tourism performance grew in terms of per capita expenditure, rising by 1.9% to RM3,121.6 while the average length of stay climbed by 0.4 nights to 6.2 nights.
Top ten international tourist arrivals for the first half of 2019 were from Singapore (5,381,566), Indonesia (1,857,864), China (1,558,782), Thailand (990,565), Brunei (627,112), India (354,486), South Korea (323,952), Philippines (210,974), Vietnam (200,314) and Japan (196,561).
Asean arrivals continued to dominate the share of tourist arrivals to Malaysia with a 70% contribution.
The medium-haul market and long-haul market occupied a 20.8% share and a 9.2% share, respectively. Overall, the performance of the short-haul, medium-haul and long-haul markets registered positive increase with 4.7%, 7.1% and 1.8% growth. — Bernama