Malaysia’s tourism sector records 78.6 pct negative growth Jan-Sept

Petronas Twin Towers, a major tourist attraction — file pic. // Photo: Pixabay

PUTRAJAYA, Dec 7: Malaysia continues to record negative growth for the national tourism performance overall, due to the spread of the Covid-19 pandemic which has impacted the tourism sector globally.

According to Tourism Malaysia in a statement today, in terms of tourist arrivals to the country, Malaysia welcomed 4,299,419 tourists from January until September 2020.

In comparison, Malaysia welcomed over 20.1 million tourist arrivals for the same period last year, showing a marked decrease of 78.6 per cent.

“For the same period, Malaysia received a total of RM12.6 billion, a decrease of 80.9 per cent compared to RM66.1 billion received last year. Similarly, the per capita expenditure showed a decline of 10.7 per cent from RM3,289.30 in 2019 to RM2,938.40 this year.

“The top ten tourist generating markets continue to be dominated by Singapore (1,543,627), Indonesia (710,118), China (403,055), Thailand (372,075), India (155,448), Brunei (135,848), South Korea (119,364), Japan (73,891), Australia (72,369) and Philippines (65,601),” the statement added.

Negative growth had been observed for tourists from every regional market namely short-haul market or ASEAN (-78.8 per cent), medium-haul market (-80.0 per cent) and long-haul market (-74.0 per cent).

In terms of the number of excursionists, or the daily visitors to the country, Malaysia recorded a total of 1,733,101 arrivals from January to September 2020, a decrease of 74.9  per cent compared to 6,905,378 excursionists who visited Malaysia in the same period last year.

The continued decline in the number of arrivals is due to the closure of international borders since March 18, which is a part of the government’s proactive decision in its efforts to curb the spread of the pandemic Covid-19 in Malaysia.

As a result of the huge impact of the pandemic on the global community, other countries too are not spared from the effects on their tourism performance.

According to the data from the Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA), neighbouring ASEAN countries including Thailand, Singapore, Vietnam and Indonesia recorded similar decrease of more than 70 per cent due to certain travel restrictions imposed to combat the pandemic in the respective countries. — DayakDaily