Five per cent increase in tourist arrivals this year, says Nazri

KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia has recorded a five per cent increase in the number of tourist arrivals from January to June this year, compared to the same period last year.

Tourism and Culture Minister Datuk Seri Mohamed Nazri Abdul Aziz said the nation’s tourism industry is expanding at a tremendous pace.

“For the period of January until March 2016, Malaysia had welcomed 6.67 million tourists; an increase of 2.8 per cent compared to the same period last year.

“Today, during the cabinet meeting, I received a note from my ministry on the latest figures. From January to June 2016, we have seen an increase of 5 per cent in the number of tourist arrival compared to the same period in 2015,” he said at the Malaysian Inbound Tourism Association 12th anniversary dinner tonight.

The increase, he said, was a good indicator for the industry as Malaysia is targeting to draw 30.5 million tourists or RM103 billion in tourist receipts this year.

Nazri said that last year, the tourism industry was the second highest private investment contributor at RM24.5 billion and the third largest GNI contributor at RM67.1 billion.

Source : New Straits Times Online

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