THE state has recorded 4.79 million tourist arrivals in the first three months of this year compared to 4.07 million during the same period last year, said Melaka Chief Minister Adly Zahari.
He said the increase of 17.49% was very encouraging to Melaka which was targeting 20 million tourists this year in conjunction with Visit Melaka Year 2019.
“The five countries with the most number of tourists visiting Melaka are China with 46.2%, Singapore (17.31%), Indonesia (8.34%), Taiwan (4.6%) and Hong Kong with 3.05%,” he said at Seri Negeri Complex in Ayer Keroh.
Adly noted that domestic tourists remain the biggest contributors, with 3.4 million compared to 1.38 million foreign tourists.
People from Selangor, he said, made up the largest number of domestic tourists with 13.11% of total visitors to Melaka.
Adly urged stakeholders to join hands to further boost the tourism industry. “Melaka will continue to promote tourism by focusing on 13 sub-sectors including history, culture, sports, health, agro-tourism as well as eco-tourism.”
He also urged homestay operators in the state to register with the Tourism, Arts and Culture Ministry to enhance safety.
“There are houses, apartments, bungalows and other residences in the state which have been converted into homestays by their owners.
“Some are not registered with the ministry, which makes it difficult for the authorities to supervise them. Poor service could jeopardise the image of the state’s tourism industry,” said Adly. — By R.S.N. MURALI