Malaysia Confident Of Meeting 33.1 Million Tourist Arrivals in 2018

Malaysia is confident of meeting its target of 33.1 million tourist arrivals this year, compared to the 25.9 million tourist arrivals last year, on expectation of higher visitors from Japan and other main markets. 

According to Datuk Musa Yusof, Tourism Malaysia Senior Director, International Promotion Division Asia/Africa, Singapore, Indonesia, China, Brunei and Thailand were the country’s top five major markets last year in terms of the number of tourist arrivals.

At the inaugural Japan Night View Tourism Festival, he shared that there is an ongoing promotion to attract more Japanese tourists. He explained that Malaysia has been Japanese traditional market for tourism and one of the top destinations, but they are moving to new Asean destinations such as Vietnam, Cambodia, Myanmar and Laos. 

He emphasized the need to increase frequency of flights between Malaysia and Japan in order to attract more Japanese tourists due to seat constraints with the increasing number of Malaysian tourists visiting Japan.