Malaysia visitor count up 4.9%

KUALA LUMPUR, 27 August 2019: Malaysia reported its half-year tourism results Friday declaring tourist arrivals reached 13.35 million up 4.9%, while tourist receipts improved 6.8% over the same period in 2018.

Tourism Malaysia’s data summary showed the travel industry had contributed MYR41.69 billion in revenue to the country’s economy January to June this year.

Tourism Malaysia said the performance also saw a growth in terms of per capita expenditure, rising by 1.9% to MYR3,121.6, while the average length of stay climbed by 0.4 nights to reach 6.2 nights.

The top 10 source markets for arrivals were 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), the 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 represented 20.8% and 9.2% share, respectively.

“Overall, the performance of the short-haul, medium-haul and long-haul markets registered a positive increase with the growth of 4.7%, 7.1% and 1.8%,” according to the Tourism Malaysia statement.

Tourism Malaysia reported that the top five countries with highest receipts were Singapore (MYR11.56 billion), China (MYR7.09 billion), Indonesia (MYR5.71 billion), Thailand (MYR1.70 billion) and Brunei (MYR1.52 billion).

The top five countries with the highest expenditure per capita were Saudi Arabia (MYR11,376.90), United Kingdom (MYR5,241.5), Canada (MYR4,593.1), China (MYR4,546) and United States (MYR4,537.90).

The top five countries with the highest average length of stay were Saudi Arabia (10.5 nights), France (8.7 nights), Germany (8.3 nights), Netherlands (8.1 nights) and Canada (7.7 nights).

In 2018, Malaysia registered 25.8 million tourist arrivals and MYR84.1 billion in tourist receipts. This year, tourist arrivals should reach 28.1 million with tourist receipts of MYR92.2 billion

Tourism Malaysia estimates tourist arrivals will peak at 30 million during 2020 with around MYR100 billion in tourist receipts when it hosts the Visit Malaysia campaign.

First half highlights

Tourist arrivals:
13,354,575 +4.9% (HY 2018:12,730,368.)

Tourist receipts:
MYR41.69 billion +6.8% (HY2018: MYR39 billion)

Per capita expenditure:
MYR3,121.6 +1.9%  (HY2018: MYR3,064.7)

Average length of stay:
6.2 nights +0.4 nights  (HY2018: 5.8 nights)