A record number of 25 million foreign tourists visited Malaysia last year, a 1.3 per cent increase from 2011. Tourism Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ng Yen Yen, who announced this today after the launch of ‘My Beautiful Malaysia’ at Teluk Bahang, near here, said the receipts last year rose to RM60.6bil compared to RM58.3bil in 2011. “I am extremely happy that the tourism industry has consistently registered growth, year after year. “I believe this is largely due to the government’s strong support in recognizing tourism as an important economic driver as well as concerted efforts of our trade and media partners to market and brand Malaysia as the preferred tourist destination,” she said at a press conference.
Source: News Straits Times http://www.nst.com.my/latest/25m-tourists-visited-malaysia-in-2012-1.212295