Tourism Contributes RM86.14billion To Malaysia Economy in 2019

26.1million international tourists have visited Malaysia throughout 2019

Malaysia’s economy was boosted with a total of RM86.14 billion in tourist receipts from the expenditure of 26.1million international tourists who visited Malaysia throughout 2019. In tandem with small positive growth of tourist arrivals by +1.0% compared to 2018, the total tourist receipts contribution recorded a growth of +2.4%. Meanwhile, tourism performance also saw growth in terms of per capita expenditure, rising by +1.3% to RM3.3K while the Average Length of Stay (ALOS) climbed by +0.9 nightsto 7.4 nights.

Top 10 international tourist arrivals for 2019 were from Singapore (10,163,882), Indonesia (3,623,277), China (3,114,257), Thailand (1,884,306), Brunei (1,216,123), India (735,309), South Korea (673,065), Japan (424,694), The Philippines (421,908) & Vietnam (400,346).

Tourist arrivals growth was seen in South Asia (+22.2%), East Asia (+5.9%), Americas (+4.3%) & Europe (+0.3%) while declines were recorded for ASEAN (-1.3%) & West Asia (-2.1%) markets. In terms of overall tourist expenditure, the ASEAN region remained the biggest contributor, contributing a total of RM43.72 billion. Meanwhile, West Asia tourists recorded the highest per capita expenditure with RM10,214 an increase of +2.7% compared with RM9,947 in 2018. The top 3 distribution of tourist receipts went to shopping (33.6%), accommodation (24%) & food and beverages (13.3%). Once again, shopping receipts exceeded that of accommodation, growing from a 33.4% share in 2018 to 33.6% share in 2019.

Markets showing increase in average lengths of stay included West Asia (9.8 nights), Europe (8.8 nights), Americas (8.2 nights), East Asia (6.5 nights), South Asia (6.4 nights) and ASEAN (4.9 nights).