KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia has seen the arrival and departures of 250,000 tourists in the first four days since the reopening of the international borders on 1st April 2022 thus showing a positive recovery towards the local tourism industry.
Tourism, Arts and Culture Minister Datuk Seri Nancy Shukri said, as of 4th April there are about 252,000 tourist arrivals and departures with majority are Malaysian citizens returning home from overseas.
Nancy said, however the influx of tourists from China and Japan, among Malaysia’s biggest markets are currently not happening due to their borders are still closed due to their governments’ restrictions.
“For three months we will monitor the tourism progress and review our targeted figures,” she said after the launch of the Ola & Oli Kids’ Safe Travel campaign here, today as reported by NST.
Earlier in her speech, Nancy said the reopening of the country’s border will help the whole tourism and culture sector to regenerate their income.
According to Nancy, the ministry is however targeting the arrival of about two million international tourists into the country with the receipts of RM8.6 billion.
She said the Ministry is optimistic that by 2025 the revenue from international tourism is expected to reach between RM47 billion and RM77 billion through the influx of 16 to 22 million tourists.
Meanwhile, Nancy praised the family nutrition and wellbeing company Ola & Oli, for its collaboration with the tourism sector such as transportation, hotel, recreation and others to ensure the tourism and culture ecosystem progressed smoothly.
The government welcomes such collaborations as the ministry provides Tourism, Arts and Culture grants to aid industry players in organising high-impact tourism, arts and culture events in 2022.
“The Kids’ Safe Travel campaign could also revive the ‘prevention is better than cure’ culture among Keluarga Malaysia so that the activities can be carried out in a safe and controlled manner,” Nancy said.