Malaysia may be ready for international travellers but arrivals still low, say tourism stakeholders

Malaysia may be ready for international travellers but arrivals still low, say tourism stakeholders

Malaysia may be ready for international travellers but arrivals still low, say tourism stakeholders

KUALA LUMPUR, May 22 — Despite the reopening of Malaysia’s international borders on April 1, the tourism sector here is still struggling to get back on its feet as foreign tourist arrivals remain low.

The tourism stakeholders interviewed by Malay Mail recently said that the industry is currently relying on domestic visitors.

They said it would take at least a year for the industry to bounce back, as recovery also depends on other countries reopening their international borders to what they were in pre-Covid-19 times.





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Malaysian Association of Tours and Travel Agents (Matta) president Datuk Tan Kok Liang said that the recovery journey is only starting now, after the government eased Covid-19 testing requirements on May 1.

“The tourism industry is highly dependent on international arrivals due to a low domestic consumer base, unlike countries such as China, India, Indonesia or the Philippines that have a large population.

“The growth for international arrivals is not significant due to the uncertainty of the Russia-Ukraine conflict, the rising cost of travel and key source markets such as China remaining closed,” he told Malay Mail.

Tan said that up to the end of the second quarter of this year, the tourism industry is still predominantly a domestic market as Malaysians find it easier at this time to travel within the country.





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Malaysia may be ready for international travellers but arrivals still low, say tourism stakeholders


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