Tourists pumped RM46.1b into economy: Azalina
Kuala Lumpur: The tourism industry is the country’s second largest income earner after manufacturing with tourists having spent some RM46.1 billion last year, the Dewan Rakyat was told.
Tourism Minister Datuk Seri Azalina Othman Said said the revenue was from 20.9 million tourist arrivals last year.
The government has targeted 24.6 million tourist arrivals in 2020 with revenue from foreign exchange earnings increased to RM59.54 billion, she said when winding up the debate on the Mid-Term Review of the Ninth Malaysia Plan (9MP).
She said the ministry would introduce “Zoom Malaysia”, a domestic travel campaign with the aim of a striking a fair and balance domestic travel packages.
To a question from Khairy Jamaluddin (BN-Rembau) on the future of health tourism, Azalina said from the Mid-Term Review of the 9MP records, a total of 637,975 patients from other countries had spent RM457.5 million on medical treatment in the country.
She said the ministry would intensify efforts to promote health tourism as Malaysia was capable of providing excellent health services to foreigners.
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