TOURISM INDUSTRY CONTRIBUTED 14.4% TO THE ECONOMY
Malaysia’s tourism industry remained resilient with the contribution of 14.4 per cent to the economy. In terms of growth, Gross Value Added of Tourism Industries grew at 9.7 per cent propelled by domestic tourism as shown in chart.
Chart: Gross Value Added of Tourism Industries
DOMESTIC TOURISM GENERATED RM60.5 BILLION
Domestic tourism expenditure generated an income of RM60.5 billion (Growth: 9.0%) with the total number of 176.9 million domestic visitors. Selangor, Perak, Sabah and Sarawak were the main travel destinations for domestic visitors.
INBOUND TOURISM EXPENDITURE DECREASED
In 2015, inbound tourism expenditure decreased to RM74.1 billion (2014: RM80.1 billion) due to the lower number of tourist arrivals, 25.7 million compared to 27.4 million in 2014. The arrival of tourists from Singapore, Indonesia, Brunei, Middle East and Europe has dropped compared to year 2014.
2.9 MILLION PERSONS EMPLOYED BY TOURISM INDUSTRY
Malaysia’s tourism industry employed 2.9 million persons and contributed 20.7 per cent to total employment. Retail trade industry and food & beverage serving services recorded the highest employment in the tourism industry.
THE OFFICE OF CHIEF STATISTICIAN MALAYSIA
DEPARTMENT OF STATISTICS, MALAYSIA
14 October 2016
Ho Mei Kei
Public Relation Officer
Corporate and User Services Division
Department of Statistics, Malaysia
Tel : +603-8885 7942
Fax : +603-8888 9248
Email : mkho[at]stats.gov.my