CHINA Chinese visitors to Malaysia up 8.8 pct in first quarter

CHINA

Chinese visitors to Malaysia up 8.8 pct in first quarter

Xinhua

23:07, May 29, 2019

KUALA LUMPUR, May 29 (Xinhua) - Malaysia saw its total tourist arrivals rose 2.7 percent year-on-year to 6.7 million in the first quarter of this year, with tourism receipts increased by 16.9 percent to 21.4 billion ringgit (5.1 billion US dollars), official data showed Wednesday.

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Kuala Lumpur, the capital city of Malaysia. (Photo: VCG)

According to the Malaysian Tourism Board, Chinese remained one of the top three key visitors to Malaysia, up 8.8 percent year-on-year to more than 841,800 in the first quarter.

Singaporeans who accounted for 39.22 percent of total arrivals, dipped 1.5 percent year-on-year to 2.63 million in the first quarter.

Indonesian arrivals, however, jumped 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.

In terms of total tourist expenditure, Singaporeans and Chinese spending topped the list at 6.2 billion ringgit and 3.7 billion ringgit, respectively.

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