KUALA LUMPUR, Feb 10 (Bernama) -- Malaysia recorded 24,714,324 tourist arrivals
last year, with tourism receipts climbing to RM58.3 billion, a remarkable notch
over the previous year.
In 2010, 24,577,196 arrivals were recorded with RM56.5 billion in tourism
Tourism Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ng Yen Yen has attributed the showing to be in
line with the Malaysia Tourism Plan 2020 target of achieving 36 million tourist
arrivals and RM168 billion in tourism receipts by 2020.
She said double-digit growth in arrivals were recorded mainly from medium
and long-haul countries like Kazakhstan, New Zealand, Russia, Iran, South
Africa, France, Myanmar, Taiwan, China and Brunei.
"Kazakhstan arrivals surged by 65.9 per cent, boosted by the thrice weekly
direct Air Astana flights from Almaty to Kuala Lumpur," she told reporters after
launching the Tourism Satellite Account (TSA) 2000-2010 here today.
Dr Ng said, other markets showing strong growth included New Zealand -- up by
23 per cent -- which benefitted from the opening of the Tourism Malaysia office
in Auckland in May, last year.
NCD MAM GR