Chinese visitors to Malaysia up 8.8% in first quarter
Tourist arrivals in Malaysia rose 2.7 percent year-on-year to 6.7 million in the first quarter of this year, with tourism receipts increasing by 16.9 percent to 21.4 billion ringgit (5.1 billion U.S. dollars), official data showed Wednesday.
According to the Malaysian Tourism Board, Chinese tourists remained one of the top three key visitors to the country, up 8.8 percent year-on-year to more than 841,800 in the first quarter.
Tourists from Singapore took up 39.22 percent of the total arrivals, dipping 1.5 percent year-on-year to 2.63 million in the first quarter.
Arrivals from Indonesia increased 17.1 percent to 924,916.
Meanwhile, tourist expenditure per capita grew 13.8 percent year-on-year to 3,202 ringgit in the first quarter. Spending of tourists from Singapore and China topped the list at 6.2 billion ringgit and 3.7 billion ringgit respectively.