It’s “Visit Malaysia Year (VMY)2014,” and the ASEAN country has registered 7.09 million tourists for the first quarter of this year. This went up from 6.45 million tourists during the same period last year.
According to the Malaysia Tourism Promotion Board (Tourism Malaysia) the top 10 tourist generating markets to Malaysia were Singapore, Indonesia, China, Thailand, Brunei, India, Australia, Japan, the Philippines and the United Kingdom.
The ASEAN region counts for 72.1 per cent or 5.1 million tourists to Malaysia. Vietnam had the highest growth of 30.1 per cent, followed by Thailand (20.9 per cent), Cambodia (12.6 per cent), the Philippines (10.3 per cent) and Singapore (10.2 per cent)
Tourism Malaysia stated the medium-haul markets contributed 20.1 per cent or 1.4 million tourists to Malaysia’s total arrivals.
Other countries outside ASEAN that registered double-digit growth were South Korea (37.1 per cent), Saudi Arabia (21.4 per cent), Australia (19.2 per cent), New Zealand (14.6 per cent) and India (11.2 per cent), it said.
In the long-haul markets, a total of 0.5 million tourists or 7.9 per cent of Malaysia’s total arrivals were noted.
Russia had a 25.3 per cent increase, followed by Italy (18.3 per cent), France (17.5 per cent), Germany (15 per cent), United States (12 per cent), the Netherlands (11.8 per cent) and Canada (10.4 per cent),” it added.