Tourism in Malaysia

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Life in Malaysia
Petronas Twin Towers, Kuala Lumpur
Teluk Cempedak Beach, Kuantan
South Beach, Perhentian Besar
Bird's-eye view of Kuching, Sarawak.

Malaysia is ranked 9th in the world for tourist arrivals.[1] The Travel and Tourism Competitiveness Report 2017 ranks Malaysia 25th out of 141 countries overall, which was the fifth best in Asia. However, most of arrival tourists are Singaporeans who daily cross the border to Malaysia for work and go back at night time.

In an effort to diversify the economy and make Malaysia's economy less dependent on exports, the government pushed to increase tourism in Malaysia. As a result, tourism has become Malaysia's third largest source of foreign exchange income,[2] and accounted for 7% of Malaysia's economy as of 2005.[3]

The government agency in charge of promoting tourism in Malaysia is Tourism Malaysia or the Malaysia Tourism Promotion Board (MTPB). On 20 May 1987, the Ministry of Culture, Arts and Tourism (MOCAT) was established and TDC moved to this new ministry. TDC existed from 1972 to 1992, when it became the Malaysia Tourism Promotion Board (MTPB), through the Malaysia Tourism Promotion Board Act, 1992.

In 1999, Malaysia launched a worldwide marketing campaign called "Malaysia, Truly Asia" which was largely successful and brought in over 7.4 million tourists.[4] The extra revenue generated by tourism helped the country's economy during the economic crisis of 2008.[5]

Types of tourism[edit]

Medical tourism[edit]

Medical tourism is popular in Malaysia, with the Malaysia Healthcare Travel Council reporting an arrival of 641,000 foreign patients in 2011, 728,800 in 2012, 881,000 in 2013 and 882,000 in 2014.[6] Malaysia Healthcare Travel Council, a government agency with the aim of promoting medical tourism, was launched in 2009 as an initiative by the Ministry of Health.[7]

Tourist arrivals[edit]

Tourist arrivals[edit]

In 2016, Malaysia recorded 26,757,392 tourist arrivals;[8] a growth of 4.0% compared to 25,721,251 in 2015.

Rank Country Visitors(2016) Visitors(2015) Visitors(2014) Visitors(2013)
1  Singaporecompared to number of population? 13,272,961 12,930,754 13,932,967 13,178,774
2  Indonesia 3,049,964 2,788,033 2,827,533 2,548,021
3  China 2,124,942 1,677,163 1,613,355 1,791,423
4  Thailand 1,780,800 1,343,569 1,299,298 1,156,452
5  Brunei 1,391,016 1,133,555 1,213,110 1,238,471
6  India 638,578 722,141 770,108 650,989
7  South Korea 444,439 421,161 385,769 274,622
8  Philippines 417,446 554,917 618,538 557,147
9  Japan 413,768 483,569 553,106 513,076
10  United Kingdom 400,269 401,019 445,789 413,472
11  Australia 377,727 486,948 571,328 526,342
12  Taiwan 300,861 283,224 274,665 286,266
13  United States 217,075 237,768 262,106 246,936
14  Vietnam 216,877 229,626 285,716 235,700
15  France 134,257 151,474 169,973 145,108

Destinations and attractions[edit]

Beside the main cities, there other town and places in Malaysia offer some special tourist attraction. Such as in Taiping, Perak for their landscape and local attraction. Teluk Intan for their Leaning tower. Genting Highlands, Cameron Highlands and Bukit Tinggi in Pahang for a cool climate. Muar in Johor is famous for its food. Miri is the official tourism-city and resort city of Sarawak and Sibu in Sarawak is famous for its landscape and parks.

Islands and beaches[edit]

Sapi Island from one of Kota Kinabalu numerous beaches. Sapi Island is included in the Tunku Abdul Rahman National Park.

Malaysia has several tropical islands, some of which have been voted the most beautiful in the world. Some of the islands in Malaysia are:

National parks and nature reserves[edit]

Other places of interest[edit]

See also[edit]


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  2. ^ Munan, Heidi. Malaysia. New York: Benchmark Books, 2002. pp. 28.
  3. ^ "M'sia is ninth most visited in the world in UNWTO list". The Star. 7 February 2012. Retrieved 17 February 2008. 
  4. ^ Munan, Heidi. Malaysia. New York: Benchmark Books, 2002. pp. 29.
  5. ^ Warshaw, Steven, and A. J. Tudisco. Southeast Asia Emerges; a Concise History of Southeast Asia from Its Origin to the Present. [Berkeley, Calif.]: Diablo, 1975. Print. pp. 77.
  6. ^ "Statistics". Malaysia Healthcare Travel Council. Retrieved 16 August 2015. 
  7. ^ "Who we are". Malaysia Healthcare Travel Council. Retrieved 16 August 2015. 
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  9. ^ Kuala Gandah Elephant Sanctuary (Temerloh), Tourism Pahang.
  10. ^ Kuala Gandah Elephant Sanctuary, Endemic Guides.

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