Domestic tourism expenditure surges 25.3% in 1Q

The number of domestic visitors to Malaysia surged to a record 58.6 million in the first quarter.

KUALA LUMPUR: Domestic tourism expenditure in the first quarter of 2024 (1Q24) soared 25.3% year-on-year to RM24.1bil, according to the Statistics Department.

It said the number of domestic visitors in Malaysia experienced a significant surge to record 58.6 million visitors in the period, up 19% compared with the same quarter last year.

“For a quarter-on-quarter comparison, domestic visitors increased 6.5% as compared to 4Q23,” it said in a statement.

Chief statistician Datuk Seri Dr Mohd Uzir Mahidin said the domestic tourism performance in Malaysia saw a sharp upturn in 2023, with a total spending of RM84.9bil compared with RM64.1bil in 2022.

“The significant hike in expenditure was attributed to the astounding increase of 34.4% in the number of tourists and 29.7% in excursionists, where tourist spending contribution accounted for the majority at 61.5% (2022: 60.7%),” he said. — Bernama

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