Malaysia eyeing 36 million tourist arrivals
The Malaysia tourism ministry wants to increase the number of tourist arrivals to 36 million after more than the 25m tourist visits to Malaysia in 2012. In 2012, the number of people arriving in Malaysia totaled 25,032,708 compared to 24,714,324 in 2011, an increase of 1.3%. Of these, 402,207 were from the UK – a slight 0.4% decrease on the 403,940 who visited in 2011.
‘I am extremely happy that the tourism industry has consistently registered growth year after year,’ said minister of tourism Dato’ Sri Dr Ng Yen Yen. ‘We are on track towards meeting our long-term targets and we hope that the Visit Malaysia Year in 2014 and the promotional campaign this year will significantly boost our tourism performance.’
Top attractions in Malaysia include the Petronas Twin Towers skyscraper in Kuala Lumpur, the numerous sandy beaches along the coasts and the Sepang International Circuit, which hosts a round of the Formula 1 World Championship.
Source: Opodo Travel News – http://news.opodo.co.uk/NewsDetails/2013-02-06/Malaysia_eyeing_36m_tourist_arrivals