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Old May 25th, 2019, 07:42 PM   #1781
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New Visit Malaysia 2020 logo to be launched in June
Bernama May 24, 2019 23:00 pm +08


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CYBERJAYA (May 24): The new logo for the Visit Malaysia Year 2020 (VMY2020) campaign will be unveiled next month, said Tourism Malaysia Director-General Datuk Musa Yusof.

He said the logo designed by Malaysians is scheduled to be launched by Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad in conjunction with the Aidilfitri Open House 2019 at the Royal Museum at Jalan Istana, Kuala Lumpur on June 21 to 22.

Musa said the logo was selected from dozens of participants who entered the competition to design the Visit Malaysia Year 2020 campaign logo, which was held from March 11 to 24.

The Ministry of Tourism, Arts and Culture was forced to hold the competition after the existing logo launched in Chiang Mai, Thailand in January, received negative feedback and criticisms from various parties.

“With the new logo, (it) will enliven the Visit Malaysia Year 2020 promotion campaign which kicked off early this year,” Musa said at a dialogue with media practitioners here yesterday.

Meanwhile, Musa said Tourism Malaysia will also enhance its collaboration with local media agencies in an effort to strengthen and intensify the VMY2020 promotional campaign.

He said the media is an influential presentation medium that should be given a broader role to promote VMY2020, in addition to efforts and initiatives by the government.

VMY2020 is the fifth such campaign organised since 1990 and is targeted to bring in 30 million tourists.
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MM2H brought in RM40b revenue to Malaysia
June 08, 2019 00:05 am +08
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PETALING JAYA (June 7): The Malaysia My Second Home (MM2H) scheme has raked in RM40.6 billion in total from its introduction in 2002 until 2018, from 21,841 approvals.

Of that, property purchase makes up the highest amount at RM5.5 billion, with apartments, villas and townhouses topping the list, stated MM2H Programme Agents Association president Lim Kok Sai.

In 2018 alone, more than RM600 million came from 500 houses sold to these successful applicants, Lim was reported as saying in The Malaysian Insight today.

The foreign retirees’ preferred location is Kuala Lumpur, followed by Johor, Selangor, Penang and Malacca.

Besides property, the country also earns revenue from the visa holders’ bank deposits, medical treatment, tourism and other purchases like cars and furniture, Lim elaborated.

“Their spending can (indirectly) create jobs in the country.”

In 2018, there were 6,276 applications, but only 3,339 were approved, and this group contributed RM2.8 billion to Malaysia’s revenue, Lim highlighted.

The highest number were for Chinese nationals at 1,495 successful applications, followed by South Koreans at 449 and Japanese at 223. Others were from Hong Kong, Bangladesh, Britain, the US, Taiwan, India and Australia.

This year, Lim is expecting a potential revenue of RM4 billion from 5,000 applications.

MM2H Agents Association deputy chairman Kurt Tan said more applications are coming in from from Hong Kong, followed by South Korea and India.

The association’s agents said the main motivations driving the foreigners here are investment in city-area properties, children’s education in Malaysia’s many private institutions, and retirement in the country.

Tan noted neighbouring countries like Thailand and the Philippines have also started to attract foreigners with their own retirement programmes and real estate investments, but “Malaysia still has the advantage in terms of language, whether it is English, Chinese, Malay or Tamil. Our cost of living is low, our people are friendly, there is political stability and no natural disasters”.

Association vice-president Anthony Liew, however, pointed out “Malaysia lags behind Thailand and the Philippines when it comes to the speed of visa approval”.

“It used to be quicker, within two months. But it takes six to nine months now. Thailand and the Philippines can complete processing and approval in two months.”

Agents here also have to frequently explain especially to Chinese national applicants that the MM2H visa is not a ticket to permanent residence in Malaysia, but only for a renewable 10-year stay. — EdgeProp.my
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Airbnb says it contributed RM3b to Malaysian economy in 2018
Emir Zainul July 02, 2019 15:57 pm +08
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KUALA LUMPUR (July 2): American online hospitality service brokerage company Airbnb says today that its host and guest community has generated an estimated RM3 billion in direct economic impact to Malaysia in 2018.

The estimation is calculated from the sum of host earnings culled from Airbnb's internal data, and estimated guest spending based on a voluntary survey of Airbnb guests, according to Airbnb in a statement.

Airbnb said it has welcomed more than 3.25 million guests in Malaysia over the past 12 months (July 1, 2018 to July 1, 2019), marking a substantial leap of 73% year-on-year.

Malaysia, the company highlighted, has continued to be the fastest growing country for Airbnb in Southeast Asia for the second year running, with over 53,000 listings in the country on its site.

Airbnb's rapid growth in Malaysia has also been fuelled by big events such as Hari Raya, as well as the growth of new host and guest communities. Citing as example the first two weeks of the Hari Raya period this year (May 26 to June 9), the company said about 9,700 Airbnb hosts welcomed over 197,000 guests from all around the world, earning almost RM27.6 million in the process.

Mike Orgill, Airbnb general manager for Southeast Asia, Hong Kong and Taiwan, said the Airbnb community of hosts and guests is making a large and increasingly important contribution to Malaysia's economy.

"As our community of hosts and hospitality entrepreneurs grows, it generates more economic opportunities for local businesses and communities all across Malaysia.

"We are dedicated to growing tourism responsibly and sustainably, and we are committed to working with local authorities and destination marketing organisations in Malaysia to get it right," he said.

Senior hosts, Orgill pointed out, are Airbnb's fastest growing host demographic in Malaysia. He said seniors in Malaysia — aged 60 and above — earned almost RM9 million from hosting approximately 50,000 guests on Airbnb in 2018, up 84% y-o-y.

"The silver economy is growing because people recognise the increasing need to create and support initiatives that support successful aging.

"Airbnb provides seniors with important supplemental income and an opportunity to interact with new people from diverse countries and backgrounds," he added.

Besides that, Airbnb also conducted a survey recently with over 2,000 Malaysian hosts and guests who shared that:
  • Half of all Airbnb hosts say hosting has helped them afford their homes, and 40% say Airbnb provides supplementary income that they rely on to make ends meet.
  • 45% of guest spending took place in the local neighbourhoods where they stayed.
  • 66% of hosts started hosting their properties via Airbnb versus other platforms.
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Cherating, KK, KL and Langkawi seen as hospitality hot spots
Previndran Singhe July 03, 2019 19:29 pm +08
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KUALA LUMPUR (July 3): Cherating in Pahang and Kota Kinabalu, Sabah are top destinations for future hospitality investments in Malaysia, according to industry experts at the Hospitality Malaysia Conference 2019 (HMC 2019) held here today.

In a panel discussion on "Hospitality investment landscpae - global and Malaysia", at the conference, vice-president, development Onyx Hospitality, David Roberts, said beach resort haven Cherating is definitely on the radar of investors and operators, especially those skewed towards the 4-star range.

"Its proximity to Kuala Lumpur and its natural attractions and tourism offerings truly make it a hot spot," Roberts said.

Meanwhile, Langkawi island has also been singled out as a future investment hot spot as it is expected to attract even more investments going forward.

"The luxury market in Langkawi is still attractive especially with its natural beauty and idyllic offerings," says Kevin Wallace, T&T Hospitality CEO.

Another panelist vice-president, development, Pan Pacific Hotels Group, Micheal Ong, preferred Kuala Lumpur, especially its serviced apartments.

"Its luxury serviced apartment market offers a good opportunity in the long term for investors in KL" he says.

Zerin Properties CEO Previndran Singhe who moderated the discussion, however, has his eyes on Kota Kinabalu, which he said still has legs especially in the luxury hospitality market.

"Most supply is coming from the 3- and 4-star segment and there is a gap for the luxury sector in KK and its surroundings," said Previncran.

HMC 2019 attracted more than 230 investors, operators and industry specialists.

Introduced last year, the HMC is the first and only hospitality-focused conference in Malaysia covering topics from investment opportunities to new destinations, from hotel design to project management, from hospitality management to operations excellence, among others.
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AirAsia partners Western Australia to boost tourism
Bernama July 03, 2019 16:10 pm +08
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SEPANG (July 3): The world's best low-cost airline, AirAsia, has been selected as one of the 10 partners of the Western Australian State Government to further promote the state's tourism highlights in markets such as Malaysia, India, China and Japan.

The other nine partners, comprising travel companies and airlines, are from Singapore, Indonesia, Hong Kong, China, Japan, the United States (US), New Zealand, United Kingdom (UK) and Germany.

Australia’s Tourism Minister Paul Papalia said Malaysia is Western Australia’s important and second biggest market, with between 100,000 and 110,000 visitors flown to the state last year, after the UK that brought in 150,000 visitors.

As such, partnering AirAsia would provide a great deal of connectivity to the state, not only coming from Malaysia but other key markets as well, he said, hoping the campaign would enable Malaysia to surpass the UK as the largest market for Western Australia.

He said the marketing deal with AirAsia, worth A$1 million (RM2.87 million), has the potential to bring an additional 29,000 Malaysian holidaymakers to the state, especially Perth.

“They have a great fleet, providing incredible reach into India, which is the fastest growing aviation market in the world, and we need to be part of that (as there is) no direct flight to Western Australia from India, so AirAsia gives us that.

“(Route network) into China (also) gives us great opportunity to attract a bigger share of the Chinese market and we are not well serviced because we only have one airline flying direct from China to Perth and beyond,” he told local and Australian reporters after the signing of the agreement here today.

The agreement will see joint marketing campaigns developed to promote affordable flights to Western Australia, including flight deals, print, television, radio, cinema and online advertising.

The deal forms part of the expanded A$12 million (RM34 million) international marketing boost announced by Western Australian Premier Mark McGowan and Papalia in March to grow the state’s visitor economy.

“If we can generate a great number coming from Malaysia, I’m sure we will do further deal (with AirAsia). We (will) look at what works,” he said when asked on possible fund extension.

Meanwhile, AirAsia X Bhd chief executive officer Benyamin Ismail said the long-haul airline would put focus on highlighting other attractions in Western Australia such as Margaret River and Rottnest Island as the city focus was a bit jaded.

He said the airline planned to increase its frequency to Western Australia following the agreement and did not rule out introducing potential new routes from Malaysia to the state, such as Penang and Kota Kinabalu.

“That is the plan, we are doing seven times weekly and 11 times during peak (period). So, my focus is to go back to what we used to do, which is twice daily (14 times weekly).

“There is a lot of opportunities in Western Australia. Historically, Malaysia Airlines used to go (there) as well from Kota Kinabalu to Perth, so we want to look at something (like) that down the road. Soon!,” he said.

Benyamin said AirAsia X had no plans to introduce any new international routes, including to the European market as has widely been said, as focus for this year and 2020 would remain at building existing markets.

“Our new aircraft will only come in towards end of next year or the year after, so I’’m not in a rush to decide on the routes yet,” he said.

To celebrate the partnership, AirAsia is offering fares from as low as RM299 one-way on standard seats and 20 per cent off its award-winning Premium Flatbed for flights between Kuala Lumpur and Perth.

These low fares are available for booking on the airline’s official website or mobile app from now until July 7, 2019.
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VOA facility at six additional entry points for tourists from China, India
Bernama July 20, 2019 01:08 am +08


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PUTRAJAYA (July 19): The visa-on-arrival (VOA) facility for tourists from China and India has been extended at six additional entry points beginning July 15 in a bid to promote Visit Malaysia Year 2020.

The Home Ministry (KDN), in a statement today said, the entry points are Langkawi International Airport and Bukit Kayu Hitam ICQS in Kedah, Miri International Airport and Sungai Tujoh ICQS in Sarawak, Labuan Ferry Terminal and Sultan Abdul Aziz Shah International Airport (Skypark Subang).

However, the VOA facility is only for tourists from China and India who are entering Malaysia from a third country namely Brunei, Indonesia, Singapore and Thailand.

To boost tourist arrivals as well as encouraging them to spend more in the country, it said the VOA facility has also been improved.

It said the duration of stay in Malaysia for travel purposes had been extended to 15 days compared to the previous seven days, while the VOA fee had been reduced from RM330 to RM200.

These tourists are to have at least US$500, which was reduced from US$1,000 either in cash, travellers’ cheque, credit card, debit card or electronic money accredited by Bank Negara Malaysia, said the statement.

KDN said it welcomed the presence of tourists who would contribute to the country's income and economic development.

"At the same time, the ministry will not compromise on any individuals, travel agents or irresponsible parties who abuse the visa facility which could jeopardise the national security and public order," it said.

It said the Immigration Department, police and other enforcement agencies would continue to carry out operations against illegal immigrants who would be barred from entering the country if caught and convicted.
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Dr M launches VM 2020 logo
Tuesday, 23 Jul 2019 by mazwin nik anis


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SEPANG: The national flower – the bunga raya – and Sarawak’s mascot – the hornbill – take centrestage in the new Visit Malaysia 2020 logo.

Also featured in the logo, unveiled by Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad, are the wild fern and colours of the Jalur Gemilang.

Designed by 23-year-old graphic artist Alfred Phua, the logo is inspired by batik print motifs.

The tagline Visit Truly Asia Malaysia 2020 – an idea of the Prime Minister – is also a twist from the old slogan of Malaysia Truly Asia.

It was widely mocked by Malay*sians, with some 8,000 signing an online petition for the logo, designed to look like a postage stamp and featured an orang utan hugging a proboscis monkey and a turtle on a beach, all donning sunglasses, be dropped.

The Tourism, Culture and Arts Ministry under the new government then launched another public logo design competition.

Dr Mahathir called on all Malaysians to play a role in making the tourism campaign a success by becoming good hosts.

“Our hospitality must not be merely a slogan but translated into the nature and culture of our people.

“The beauty of a place will attract but the hospitality will make people stay and return,” he said at the logo launch at KL International Airport yesterday.

Dr Mahathir noted that the country’s tourism industry had grown from strength to strength and three decades after the first VM campaign, which he launched in 1990, Malaysia had truly become popular and able to hold its own against other global destinations.

The fact that Kuala Lumpur was ranked ninth in the list of most-visited cities in 2017 is something that Malaysians can be proud of, he said.

Dr Mahathir said that Visit Malaysia 2020 is based on eco-tourism, arts and culture with a target of 30 million visitors and RM100bil in tourist receipts.



New direction: Air craft cabin crew from Malaysia Airlines, Air Asia, Malindo Air and Fire Fly posing with the new Visit Malaysia 2020 logo after its launch at KLIA in Sepang.

“We welcome visitors from all over to experience the uniqueness and beauty of Malaysia’s eco-tourism attractions including our rainforests, mountain, islands and beaches,” he said.

At a press conference later, Dr Mahathir said 2020 would still be a special year for Malaysians despite it not being able to achieve developed nation status as it would be the year to celebrate tourism

“We may not have many historical sites like the pyramids, but we have so far done well in tourism,” he said.

He also wanted authorities at entry points to give “service with a smile” and help ease clearance for visitors to enter the country.
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Young graphic designer wins with truly Malaysian logo
Tuesday, 23 Jul 2019 by dinesh kumar maganathan



Talented lad: Phua proudly showing his certificate after his design was chosen to be the Visit Malaysia 2020 logo.

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PETALING JAYA: Alfred Phua Hong Fook, a graphic designer, never expected to be picked as the winner of the Visit Malaysia 2020 campaign logo competition.

"Knowing that I won is just surreal. I'm so happy and grateful. And to receive the prize from the Prime Minister is a great honour," said Phua, 23.

The Melaka boy was chosen from hundreds of submissions from all over Malaysia during the competition period earlier this year.

Phua, a graphic design graduate from INTI Centre of Art & Design in Subang Jaya, envisioned the work to represent the best of Malaysian values and identity.

His design, primarily inspired by batik print tradition, features a rhinoceros hornbill that represents the fauna and eco-adventures in Malaysia. A red hibiscus flower – the bunga raya – reflects a celebration of cultural diversity, while the wild fern – paku pakis – invites the world to a table of Malaysian cuisine.

Phua worked on his design for 10 days, piecing together his ideas to create a thoughtful and meaningful design.

"To be given an opportunity to participate in an open competition allowed so many Malaysian designers to showcase our talents. This opens up a new road for us. It shows that we do have talent here," he said.
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Ministry plans to form Tourist Police team in conjunction with VMY 2020
Bernama July 27, 2019 01:00 am +08


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JITRA (July 26): The Ministry of Tourism, Arts and Culture (MOTAC) plans to form a 'tourist police' team in conjunction with the Visit Malaysia Year 2020 to enhance the security of tourists arriving in the country.

Its Minister, Datuk Mohamaddin Ketapi, said the Ministry will be meeting with the Home Ministry in the near future to discuss the proposal.

“I will discuss with the Home Ministry about the roles and (potential) members of the tourist police team,” he told reporters after attending the opening of 'Oghang' Kedah Festival officiated by Kedah Menteri Besar Datuk Seri Mukhriz Tun Mahathir here today.

He said the members of the tourist police team would be stationed in each State especially in popular tourist spots.

Meanwhile, the Minister refuted claims that Malaysia was among the worst in Asia for solo female travellers as claimed by an independent travel blog based in Australia, Asher & Lyric.

Mohamaddin said so far his Ministry had never received any complaints or official reports on the matter.

“Our country can be said to be one of the safest to visit. In fact, I have never received such complaints,” he said.

Meanwhile, on the 'Oghang' Kedah Festival, Mukhriz said art and culture were among the elements that could attract tourists and thus increase the income of the people and the State.

"These include performances, lifestyle, culture, food and beverage, heritage, architecture, handicrafts, hospitality and all the elements that characterise the lifestyle of the community at any given destination,” he said.
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Malaysia's tourism receipts hit record high of RM84.1b in 2018
Friday, 10 May 2019
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SINGAPORE: Malaysia's tourism receipts hit a record high of RM84.1bil in 2018, an increase of 2% from a year earlier.

According to Maybank Investment Bank Bhd Reseach (Maybank IB Reseach), the 2018 tourism receipts per capita also hit a record high of RM3,300, up 3% from the previous year.

“The achievement was thanks to a weaker ringgit and partially due to more Chinese visitors whereby the average Chinese visitor to Malaysia spent RM4,200, more than any other major source of visitors,” it said in its 2019 Asean Tourism Report released here on Friday.

The report also said that last year's tourism performance showed visitor arrivals and tourism receipts were not necessarily perfectly correlated.

Last year, total visitor arrivals to Malaysia eased 0.4% year-on-year to 25.8 million, mainly due to the fewer visitor arrivals from Singapore and the recovering of the ringgit against the Singapore dollar.

“The decline in Singaporean visitors was mainly caused by the increased congestion at land checkpoints due to the new biometric system,” it said.

Currently, S$1 is quoted at around RM3.04 compared with S$1 versus RM3.17 in April 2017.

Commenting on the overall drop in tourism sector last year, regional head of institutional research Wong Chew Hann said the lack of promotion over the past few months partly contributed to the decline.

“That is something that the government needs to do...step up its efforts,” she said while presenting the report here, today.

Meanwhile, regional gaming analyst Samuel Yin suggested the government could consider adopting e-visa for visitors from Singapore to counter the land checkpoints issue.

Despite the overall ease of tourist arrivals last year, tourist arrivals from China hit a record high of 2.9 million in 2018, a growth of 29 per cent from 2017.

“Diplomatic ties rewarmed after Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad's April 25-28, 2019 visit to China for the second Belt and Road Summit,” it added.

On domestic tourism, the report said the sector remained fantastic, with the East Coast Rail Line project expected to greatly improve accessibility to east coast islands such as Pulau Redang and Pulau Perhentian. - Bernama
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Malaysia forecasts RM92b tourists receipts in 2019
By Ooi Tee Ching - May 14, 2019 @ 4:35pm



Malaysia’s economy stands to gain as the government steps up its 'Malaysia Truly Asia' promotional activities to tourists from China and India.
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SINGAPORE: Malaysia’s economy stands to gain as the government steps up its 'Malaysia Truly Asia' promotional activities to tourists from China and India.

In delivering a report titled 'Blue Skies, But Keep Your Seatbelts Fastened' presented at the Invest Asia 2019 conference here recently, Maybank Kim Eng senior economist Chua Hak Bin said if the government accords multiple entry visa to China tourists from the current single entry, it would bode well for the Visit Malaysia 2020 marketing campaigns.

"Currently, China's passport penetration rate of 9 per cent of its population is low. India's passport penetration of just 5 per cent of its people and rising income makes this country as the next growth market for tourists to visit Asean nations," he said.

Last month, Tourism, Arts and Culture Minister Datuk Mohamaddin Ketapi had also announced the Visa On Arrival (VOA) requirement for tourists from China and India might be relaxed in conjunction with Visit Malaysia Year 2020.

Tourism is the third highest contributor to Malaysia’s foreign exchange receipts, after manufacturing and commodities.

This year, MyTourismData portal forecasts Malaysia to receive 28.1 million tourists and collect RM92.2 billion in their spending.

"Tourism receipts are an important driver of services exports, current account and foreign exchange reserves. In Malaysia tourism contribute to 15 per cent of its economy," he said, adding tourists typically spend on food and beverage, hotel accommodation, flight tickets and taxi fares.

Chua noted that for the past decade tourist arrivals from China had started to overtake that from Middle East and shopping malls in Malaysia's golden triangle that offer designer clothings, luxury handbags and jewellery are posting good profits.

"China visitors have been driving the boom. In view of heightened trade tension, many China visitors are skipping America to holiday in Asean countries," he said.

"While the US is keen to build walls, Malaysia stands to benefit from building bridges," he quipped.

Sabah is a favourite destination for eco-tourism in Malaysia while those who are keen on heritage and cultural arts would head to Melaka.

Penang hospitals which offer top notch healthcare, too, are popular among China and Indonesian tourists. Chua said this jives in with the 10-year visa accorded under the Malaysia My Second Home (MM2H) programme.

Effective September 5, 2018, new applications for the MM2H programme is channelled to the Home Affairs Ministry for final approval.

The Home Affairs Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin is the sole person authorised to approve the MM2H programme applications as it involved the government granting the applicants privileged multiple entry visa for 10 years.

In addition, the MM2H Centre stationed in Ministry of Tourism, Arts and Culture Malaysia (Motac) Putrajaya will be the secretariat to the MM2H Review Committee.

It was reported that since March 2019, Motac has embarked on a special task force to collaborate with the Home Affairs Ministry and its agencies, the Immigration Department and the Royal Malaysia Police, to speed up processing all the outstanding MM2H applications submitted in 2018 and 2019.

Finance Minister Lim Guan Eng had announced, under Budget 2019, Malaysia's government plans to sell a stake in its airport assets into a Real Estate Investment Trust (REIT) structure and use the proceeds for capital expenditure enhancement.

Chua supports this proposal as attractive to prospective investors who were at Maybank Kim Eng's Invest Asia 2019 conference.

"Malaysia's proposal for an airport REIT is a very good idea to monetise asset potentials. We anticipate many investors would be happy to put their money in such a business that has a captive market and good growth prospects," he said.
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Malaysia's tourist arrivals up 2.7% to 6.7 mil in 1Q; tourist receipts up 16.9%
Justin Lim May 29, 2019 18:12 pm +08
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KUALA LUMPUR (May 29): Malaysia's tourist arrivals in the first quarter of 2019 (1Q19) rose 2.7% to 6.7 million from 6.52 million in the same period last year.

Based on monthly arrivals, Malaysia welcomed 2.2 million tourists in January, 2.17 million tourists in February and 2.33 million tourists in March.

In a statement yesterday, Malaysia Tourism Promotion Board said Asean maintained its lead as the biggest contributor of international tourist arrivals to Malaysia, accounting for a 68.3% share, reflecting a 1.9% increase to 4.58 million tourists in 1Q19. The increase was fuelled by positive arrival growth from markets such as Indonesia, Thailand and Vietnam.

Meanwhile, the share of the medium-haul market during 1Q19 was 21.9%, with a 8.6% increase in arrivals to 1.47 million, driven mainly by tourists from China, South Korea, Japan, India and Pakistan.

The long-haul market, which accounts for a 9.7% share, was down by 3.6% with arrivals of 652,032 in 1Q19.

Tourist receipts for the first three months of this year were also up 16.9% to RM21.4 billion from RM18.3 billion a year ago.

In terms of per capita expenditure, Malaysia saw a 13.8% year-on-year increase to RM3,201.80 from RM2,813.10.

The average length of stay in Malaysia for 1Q19 climbed to six nights from 4.2 nights a year ago.
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