KUALA LUMPUR, March 30 ― The number of Chinese visitors to Malaysia has been growing since 2012 and exceeded 2.1 million last year, minister Datuk Seri Mohamed Nazri Abdul Aziz has said.
Nazri noted that Malaysia had 2,124,942 visitors from China in 2016.
“Statistics of tourists from China visiting Malaysia since 2012 until the latest year of 2016 shows a very good increase that is around 36.3 per cent,” the tourism and culture minister said in a March 22 written parliamentary reply.
“This is due to continuous promotion efforts done by the Ministry of Tourism and Culture through Tourism Malaysia,” he added.
The statistics provided by Nazri showed a general upward trend, 1,558,785 Chinese visitors were recorded in 2012, with the number going up to 1,791,423 in 2013 and dropping to 1,613,355 in 2014.
The number picked up to 1,677,163 in 2015 and then hit its highest point in the 2012-2016 period.
Nazri was responding to Bintulu MP Datuk Seri Tiong King Sing who asked for among other things, the latest statistics of Chinese tourists visiting Malaysia since 2012.
Nazri had earlier this month in a news report said Malaysia had 26,757,392 tourists in 2016 with tourist receipts of RM82.1 billion.
Earlier this month, Tourism Malaysia director-general Datuk Seri Mirza Mohammad Taiyab said Malaysia aims to draw in 31 million tourists with tourists’ receipts of RM114 billion for 2017, and has a target of 36 million tourists with RM168 billion in tourist receipts by 2020.
Source : Malay Mail Online