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Tourist arrivals to Malaysia 2010-2019

In 2019, there were approximately 26.1 million tourist arrivals in Malaysia. Malaysia had hoped to increase tourist arrivals with its Visit Malaysia 2020 campaign. However, the COVID-19 outbreak, which resulted in travel restrictions worldwide, has put paid to this campaign.

Visit Malaysia 2020

Tourism is an important sector in Malaysia, contributing around 94.5 billion Malaysian ringgit to its GDP in 2018. This sector also provided employment to about 3.5 million Malaysians and residents and earned Malaysia around 86 billion Malaysian ringgit in tourism receipts. To further boost this sector, Malaysia planned to launch the Visit Malaysia 2020 tourism campaign, with an ambitious target of attracting 30 million visitors and 100 billion Malaysian ringgit in tourism receipts.

Impact of COVID-19 on Malaysia’s tourism sector

The COVID-19 pandemic, however, has adversely affected the global tourism industry (6224). As part of their efforts to prevent the spread of the virus, countries around the world introduced restrictions on inbound as well as outbound travel. Malaysia had been especially hard hit, as it imposed travel restrictions for inbound visitors from China, its second-largest tourism market, as early as the end of January. The subsequent global and domestic travel restrictions further affected its tourism sector, leading Malaysia to cancel its 2020 tourism campaign.

Tourist arrivals to Malaysia from 2010 to 2019

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Release date

June 2020



Survey time period

2010 to 2019

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