Malaysia confident of meeting 33.1 million tourist arrivals target in 2018
In 2017, Malaysia registered 25.9 million tourist arrivals, contributing RM82.2 billion to the revenue. — Reuters pic
KUALA LUMPUR, July 27 — Malaysia is confident of meeting its target of 33.year on expectation of higher visitors from Japan and other main markets 1 million tourist arrivals this.
According to the Tourism Malaysia website, Malaysia can be eyeing tourism receipts around RM134 billion from the real amount of arrivals.
In 2017, Malaysia registered 25.9 million tourist arrivals, contributing RM82.2 billion to the revenue.
Tourism Malaysia Senior Director, International Promotion Division Asia/Africa Datuk Musa Yusof said Singapore, Indonesia, China, Brunei and Thailand were the country’year with regards to the amount of tourist arrivals s top five major markets last.
“There’s a continuing promotion to attract more Japanese tourists. We have been performing a tactical campaign through joint initiatives with operators in Japan to create in the tourist traffic to Malaysia,” night View Tourism Festival here yesterday he told Bernama on the sidelines of the inaugural Japan.
Musa said because the Japanese tourists would head to other areas of Asean countries also, there is a have to effectively promote Malaysia more.
“For days gone by 12 years, Malaysia may be the true number 1 place for ‘Japan’s Preferred Destination for Long Stay’,” he said.
Musa emphasised that besides Malaysia’s “My Second Home programme” and leisure travellers, a homestay programme targeting Japanese students is another market segment that Tourism Malaysia is promoting.
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“Malaysia has been Japanese traditional market for tourism and something of the most notable destinations. However, they’re moving to new Asean destinations such as for example Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos and myanmar,” he said.
He asserted the necessity to increase frequency of flights between Malaysia and Japan so as to attract more Japanese tourists because of seat constraints with the increasing amount of Malaysian tourists visiting Japan.
Tourism Malaysia is dealing with the Japan Association of TRAVEL COMPANIES (JATA) in September this season to market Malaysia and also other Malaysian tour operators, he added.
Meanwhile, Director of Yakei Visitors and Convention Bureau Motoo Marumaru said with growing tourism potential between Japan and Malaysia, many Japanese travel agents and facilities were seeking to utilize the booming Malaysian travel market.
“At the initial Yakei Summit in Kuala Lumpur ever, Malaysian tour and travel-related companies engaged with an increase of than 30 Yakei-related travel facilities from Japan in broadening their travel network and creating customised travel packages,” he told Bernama.
yesterday was hosted by the Yakei Convention and Visitors Bureau
The first-ever Yakei Summit 2018 in Kuala Lumpur, a Japan&rsquo or Yakei;s night-view tourism organisation.
The one-day summit was attended by members of Japan and Malaysian travel industry players, Deputy Mayor of Nagasaki City Kunihiko Tourism and Katou Malaysia representatives. — Bernama