by NUR HAZIQAH A MALEK / pic by MUHD AMIN NAHARUL
SELANGOR topped the list of domestic tourism receipts last year at RM15.5 billion, followed by Kuala Lumpur (KL) with RM12.1 billion and Sarawak at RM8.7 billion, the Domestic Tourism Survey 2019 reports.
Sabah and Perak trailed with RM8.1 billion and RM7.8 billion respectively, making the five states contributors of about 50.6% of domestic tourism receipts.
Malaysia chief statistician Datuk Seri Dr Mohd Uzir Mahidin said in terms of inbound arrivals, Selangor recorded the highest number of visitors at 33.6 million.
“This was followed by KL with 22.6 million visitors, Sabah (22 million), Perak (21.1 million) and Sarawak (19.8 million),” he said.
He added that in terms of overnight travels, the main objective is similar among Malaysians nationwide, which is to visit their relatives and friends.
“Meanwhile, Melaka recorded the highest percentage as a destination for holiday travellers with 42.8 % of total travel, followed by Penang (28.2%), Pahang (26.6%) and Sabah (21.5%).
“As for accommodation choices, most domestic tourists chose to stay at places where they could stay for free such as relatives’ and friends’ houses except for Melaka, Labuan and Putrajaya, while for transportation, they preferred to travel by land in all states excluding Labuan,” he said.
On demographics and social profiles, all states recorded arrivals mostly from tourists between the ages of 25 and 39, while Bumiputeras dominated the arrivals in most states except for Penang, which received mostly Chinese visitors.
Eleven states (Johor, Kedah, Kelantan, Negri Sembilan, Pahang, Perak, Perlis, Terengganu, Sabah, Sarawak and Labuan) recorded high contributions from tourists within the RM1,001- to RM3,000- per-month income group.
Meanwhile, Penang, Selangor, KL and Putrajaya recorded the highest number of arrivals from tourists within the RM5,001- to RM10,000-per-month income group, while Melaka’s visitors were mostly from the RM3,001- to RM5,000-per-month income group.
However, due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the country’s Visit Malaysia 2020 campaign goals had been severely hindered.
To address this, the Tourism, Arts and Culture Ministry (Motac) is looking to further pump up inbound tourism to help offset the economic downturn due to international travel restrictions.