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Malaysia records increase in tourist arrivals in 2016

The tourism industry in Malaysia is on the road to recovery after new figures reveal that there was a four per cent rise in tourists in 2016 compared to the year before. Last year, the South East Asian country received 26.8 million tourists compared to 25.7 million in 2015, and this is said to be due to improved flights and a good foreign exchange rate.

Malaysia records increase in tourist arrivals in 2016

Malaysia’s tourism market is recorded improvements after new figures reveal that the country received a hike in tourist arrivals in 2016. The numbers show that the nation received a four per cent increase in tourist arrivals compared to 2015.

Last year the number of international visitor arrivals in Malaysia reached 26.8 million tourists, compared to the 25.7 million in 2015. The growth in arrivals is said to be due to improved flight services, and a better foreign exchange rate.

Malaysia’s best tourism-generating source markets were Singapore with 13.3 million visitors, Indonesia with 3.1 million, China with 2.1 million, Thailand with 1.8 million, Brunei with1.4 million, and India with 0.64 million. The United Kingdom brought 0.40 million travellers to the region. The ASEAN region was the largest contributor of tourist numbers, making up 75.8 per cent of the total number arrivals in 2016.

Malaysia is a country in South East Asia that has become a popular tourist destination thanks to its beautiful beaches, lush jungles and rainforests, and its diverse culture. The country boasts a blend of cultures that have been influenced by the Malay, Chinese, Indians and Europeans.

Made up of the Malay Peninsula and Borneo Island, which is famous for its orangutans and rainforests, the country is bursting with natural landscapes and bustling cities. The capital Kuala Lumpur has a modern skyline dotted with soaring skyscrapers, and it is also home to British colonial buildings including the Kuala Lumpur Railway Station and Sultan Abdul Samad Building. In the city, visitors can explore attractions including the bustling Bukit Bintang shopping district, the Kuala Lumpur Tower for panoramic city views, the Kuala Lumpur Bird Park, the limestone Batu Caves with temples and shrines, and Aquaria KLCC aquarium with thousands of marine species, glass tunnels, and shark diving cages with feeding shows.

During a visit to Malaysia, holidaymakers can relax on its wide selection of white sand beaches, hike up the majestic Mount Kinabalu, take a ride in the Langkawi Cable car across Langkawi Island, or trek through the lush Taman Negara national park on the Malaya Peninsula, or explore the Gunung Mula National park, with huge peaks and caves including Deer Cave which is home to thousands of bats.

The country has an array of attractions to suit holidaymakers of all ages. These include Sunway Lagoon Theme Park, Legoland Malaysia Resort, the A Famosa Water Park, the Maritime Museum, the National Zoo of Malaysia, and Payar Islands which has crystal-clear waters that are perfect for snorkelling activities. 

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