KUALA LUMPUR — Feb. 21, 2019: Almost three million tourists from China visited Malaysia last year, making them the largest group of visitors, followed by those from India and Korea.
Chinese arrivals recorded an overwhelming increase from 2.2 million in 2017 to almost three million in 2018, Indian arrivals grew from 552,000 to 600,000 while those from Korea increased by 30 per cent, from 484,528 in 2017 to 600,016 last year.
The number of medium- and long-haul tourist arrivals from these countries increased by almost 20 per cent in 2018 compared to the previous year, said Deputy Minister of Tourism, Arts and Culture, Muhammad Bakhtiar Wan Chik, during the Bernama News Channel’s Ruang Bicara programme last night.
“Even though we are experiencing a slight drop in the number of tourists from Asean countries especially Singapore and Brunei, the total income from the sector in 2018 increased to RM84.1 billion from RM82.2 billion,” he said.
The increase in seat offers and additional routes by airlines was a factor that contributed to the increase.
The seating capacity went up by 35.7 per cent. Qatar Airways flew from Doha to Penang and will start Doha-Langkawi flights from April.
In addition, Condor Air Frankfurt will work with Malaysia Airlines to fly three times a week from Frankfurt to KLIA, KLIA to Penang, Johor and Kota Kinabalu, and with shared services with many other airlines. — Bernama