Over 26 million tourists brought in RM86.9bil in revenue, Dewan Rakyat told


  • Nation
  • Thursday, 17 Oct 2019

KUALA LUMPUR: The Dewan Rakyat was told that a total of 26.45 million tourist arrivals had been recorded, generating a total of RM86.9bil worth of income between July 2018 until June this year.

Deputy Tourism, Arts and Culture Minister Muhammad Bakhtiar Wan Chik said the figures showed an increase of 2.7% of tourist arrivals and 6.8% of revenue.

"For the first quarter of the year, between January until June, the number of tourist arrivals were 13,354,575, an increase of 4.9% compared to the same period last year.

"The revenues from tourists spending within the same period was recorded at RM41.69bil, an increase of 6.8% from RM39.01bil in the same period, the previous year," he told Datuk Seri Dr Ismail Abd Muttalib (BN-Maran) during Question Time on Thursday (Oct 17).

Ismail had asked the ministry to reveal the number of tourist arrivals to Malaysia since Pakatan Harapan helmed the government.

He said between January until June this year, Singapore recorded the highest number of tourist arrivals at 5.38 million, followed by Indonesia (1.85 million), China (1.55 million), Thailand (990,565), and India (354,486).

To a supplementary question from M. Karupaiya (PH-Padang Serai), Muhammad Bakhtiar said tourist arrivals from China have continued to increase with a total of 2.28 million tourists in 2017 to 2.94 million tourists last year.

"If we look at it, by year-end, it might double to about three million tourists from China.

"Tourists from China are one of the country's biggest outbound market. They will be one of our main targets and with the increase, it will bring more revenue and generate income for our country," he said.

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