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.
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.