Tourism Malaysia Expects Singapore Arrivals To Improve

TOURISM Malaysia is confident arrivals from Singapore will pick up this year despite the record low in 2015 which saw a seven per cent drop from 2014 to 12.4 million. Speaking to TTG Asia e-Daily, the newly appointed director of Tourism Malaysia – Singapore office, Ishak Ismail, said the latest statistics showed an increase of 3.2 per cent in Singapore tourist arrivals into Malaysia.
‚Ä®Explaining this “significant increase”, Ismail said: “One of the key advantages for Singapore tourists is the better exchange rate which makes it very affordable for them to travel to Malaysia. “There are also other factors like increased flight connectivity and more LCCs entering the competition.”
As such, he expressed optimism that visitor arrivals for 2016 will be “definitely better” than last year. He is targeting for every Singaporean tourist to travel to Malaysia at least four times this year. He added he aims to lure Singaporeans beyond cities like Kuala Lumpur, Malacca and Johor Bahru as there is “a lot of untapped potential” in other regions of Malaysia.