Nov 26, 2019


PUTRAJAYA, 26 NOVEMBER 2019: Overall, Malaysia’s tourism industry performance from January to September 2019 showed positive development.

International tourist arrivals to Malaysia went up by +3.7% to 20,109,203 tourists for the period of January to September 2019 compared with 19,386,115 tourists for the same period in 2018. The top 10 countries with highest contribution of tourist arrivals were Singapore (7,868,755 tourist arrivals), Indonesia (2,792,776), China (2,413,956), Thailand (1,442,224), Brunei (929,789), India (539,167), South Korea (508,080), Vietnam (323,393), Japan (321,283) and the Philippines (317,294).

Meanwhile, tourist expenditure for the same period in 2019 reached RM66.14 billion compared to RM61.85 billion for the same period in 2018, indicating an increase of +6.9%. The main contributors to the tourist expenditure were from Singapore (RM16.3 billion), China (RM12.8 billion), Indonesia (RM8.8 billion), Thailand (RM2.8 billion) and India (RM2.5 billion).

Per capita expenditure for the period of January-September 2019 also grew by 3.1% from RM3,190.5 to RM3,289.3.

Meanwhile, the Average Length of Stay went up 0.1 nights from 7.3 nights to 7.4 nights.

The short haul market retained its position as the largest contributor of tourists to Malaysia with a share of 68.7%

The total share contribution of tourists from the medium haul market was 21.6% while the share of tourists from long haul market was 9.7%.

Data on tourist arrivals into Malaysia from the 45 main markets for the period of January-September 2019 can be downloaded at:


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