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Average occupancy rates of hotels in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia 2010-2019

In 2019, the average occupancy rate (AOR) for Kuala Lumpur hotels was 59.9 percent. Kuala Lumpur’s hotel occupancy rates had seen year-on-year decline due to stagnating international visitor numbers and an oversupply of hotels.

Growing supply, not enough demand

Kuala Lumpur experienced a hotel construction boom in the mid-2010s, with yearly growth in the number of hotels built. However, demand has not kept up with supply, as the number of international guests to Malaysia, which made up the majority of the hotel guests in Kuala Lumpur, has remained stagnant in the last ten years. The increase in domestic hotel guests were still not enough to boost the AOR.

Kuala Lumpur as an international tourist destination

Even so, Malaysia’s capital city of Kuala Lumpur, or locally known as KL, remained one of Asia-Pacific’s most popular city destinations, after Bangkok and Singapore. It offers tourists both sightseeing possibilities, such as the Petronas towers, as well as a wide variety of shopping experiences, from high-end malls to local bazaars. In 2018, international visitor spending in Kuala Lumpur amounted to more than 11 billion U.S. dollars.

Average occupancy rates of hotels in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia from 2010 to 2019

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March 2020



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2010 to 2019

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