Despite the global economic climate, Malaysia continued to attract tourists from around the world last year.
Statistics from the Immigration Department showed that 21.5 million tourists arrived between January- November 2009, an increase of 7.6 percent year-on-year. October and November were particularly strong months, with tourist arrivals up by 14.3 percent and 11 percent year on year respectively.
Tourism Malaysia says in a statement, “ We remain bullish about the long-term prospects for Malaysian tourism. The country offers a range of tourism options, from meetings, incentives, conventions and exhibitions (MICE) travel to beach holidays, and the state is committed to supporting an industry that is an important generator of foreign exchange.”
Malaysia is continuing to target tourists from the Middle East who stay twice as long as tourists from other parts of the world and spend nearly three-times more money.
Tourism Malaysia reported a 119.5 percent annual increase in the number of visitors from Saudi Arabia, in November 2009 and an 80.3 percent increase in arrivals from the UAE.
Source : SUN
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