Malaysia welcomed a whopping 13.35 million international tourists
and recorded a 6.8 percent growth in tourist receipts, thus contributing RM41.69 billion to the country’s revenue during the first half of 2019.
Tourism performance also saw growth in terms of per capita expenditure, rising by 1.9 percent to RM3,121.6 while the Average Length of Stay (ALOS) climbed by 0.4 nights to 6.2 nights.
Top ten international tourist arrivals for the first half of 2019 were from 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), 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 percent contribution. The medium-haul market and long-haul market occupied a 20.8 percent share and a 9.2 percent share respectively.
Overall, the performance of the short-haul, medium-haul and long-haul markets registered positive increase with 4.7 percent, 7.1 percent and 1.8 percent growth respectively compared to the first half of 2018.
Top five countries with highest receipts were Singapore (RM11.56 billion), China (RM7.09 billion), Indonesia (RM5.71 billion), Thailand (RM1.70 billion) and Brunei (RM1.52 billion).
Top five countries with highest expenditure per capita were Saudi Arabia (RM11,376.90), United Kingdom (RM5,241.5), Canada (RM4,593.1), China (RM4,546) and United States (RM4,537.90).