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Malaysia welcomed more than 11.6 million tourists
Posted on: 03 Sep 2012  |   Tags: Malaysia Tourist Visa , Malaysia Visitor Visa , Tourists ,

Malaysia welcomed more than 11.6 million tourists in the first six months of this year, an increase of 2.4 per cent compared to the same period last year. Tourism Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ng Yen Yen said today the total tourist receipts from January to June rose by four per cent, generating RM26.8 billion for the country's revenue   compared to RM25.7 billion in 2011. "The Asian countries continued to be the largest contributor of tourist arrivals with Philippines recording the highest growth of 45.3 per cent, followed by China with 34.2 per cent and Japan with 32.5 per cent. "The rise in the number of tourists is due to the strong support from trade partners and the increase air connectivity to several key destinations such as Beijing, Hong Kong and Kansai," she said at a press conference held here. Dr Ng said there was a decrease in certain countries due to the change in recording arrivals based on nationality instead of country of residence. "There is a decrease from countries such as Singapore and Australia as many of their residents are nationals from other countries such as New Zealand, India or China," she said, while adding that the decline was only minimal. The minister said that they were also working together with Russia to start routing more flights to Malaysia to increase tourists from the country. She said key international events such as the Floria  Putrajaya, the Formula 1 Petronas Malaysian Grand Prix and  also the open house events have contributed to the continued  growth of Malaysia's tourist arrivals. "The tourists flocked to the Prime Minister's open house during Raya, and the positive response that they have given us showed that they are truly amazed that we share this tradition. "They are also surprised that the people can spend the day with the leaders of the country openly," she said. When asked about the tourists that end up being illegal in the country, the minister said that the ministry would drop them from the list if they received reports from the immigration department. "If we learned of their activities or we have reports of them not leaving the country then they will be dropped from the list. However, it is quite hard to keep track, especially if they use student passes," she said. Source: Aisyah Sulaiman Link: http://www.nst.com.my/latest/malaysia-welcomed-more-than-11-6-million-tourists-1.131858#

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