Malaysia drops in tourism ranking

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Malaysia tourism1Malaysia fell one rank in the World Tourism Organisation (WTO)’s annual tourism barometer that determines the most visited countries worldwide.

The ranking for 2012 shows that Malaysia dropped from 9th place behind Russia which caught up significantly and received 25.7 million visitors in 2012 while Malaysia increased only slightly to 25 million (see graph below).

However, Malaysia still managed to remain in the Top Ten list, outpacing its major competitor Thailand whose visitor numbers in 2012 grew 16 per cent to 23.5 million. Experts expect Thailand to surpass Malaysia in annual tourism numbers possibly already in 2013.

Southeast Asia posted the highest growth among Asian subregions in the WTO survey, with 9 per cent more arrivals, largely due to continued strong intraregional demand. In absolute terms, growth was led by Thailand, followed by Cambodia (+24 per cent) and Vietnam (+14 per cent), which also posted strong double-digit growth last year. Myanmar saw the highest relative growth with a surge of 52 per cent.

In average, tourists are spending much more in Thailand than in Malaysia which puts the results into a different perspective. In terms of tourism receipts, Thailand topped the Southeast Asia tourism ranking with $30.1 million as compared to Malaysia with $20.2 million and third-ranked Singapore with 19.2 million.

The world’s most visited country remains France, with a total of 83 million arrivals recorded in 2012, or 1.8 million more than the year before. It is followed by the US and China.

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Malaysia fell one rank in the World Tourism Organisation (WTO)’s annual tourism barometer that determines the most visited countries worldwide.

Reading Time: 2 minutes

Malaysia tourism1Malaysia fell one rank in the World Tourism Organisation (WTO)’s annual tourism barometer that determines the most visited countries worldwide.

The ranking for 2012 shows that Malaysia dropped from 9th place behind Russia which caught up significantly and received 25.7 million visitors in 2012 while Malaysia increased only slightly to 25 million (see graph below).

However, Malaysia still managed to remain in the Top Ten list, outpacing its major competitor Thailand whose visitor numbers in 2012 grew 16 per cent to 23.5 million. Experts expect Thailand to surpass Malaysia in annual tourism numbers possibly already in 2013.

Southeast Asia posted the highest growth among Asian subregions in the WTO survey, with 9 per cent more arrivals, largely due to continued strong intraregional demand. In absolute terms, growth was led by Thailand, followed by Cambodia (+24 per cent) and Vietnam (+14 per cent), which also posted strong double-digit growth last year. Myanmar saw the highest relative growth with a surge of 52 per cent.

In average, tourists are spending much more in Thailand than in Malaysia which puts the results into a different perspective. In terms of tourism receipts, Thailand topped the Southeast Asia tourism ranking with $30.1 million as compared to Malaysia with $20.2 million and third-ranked Singapore with 19.2 million.

The world’s most visited country remains France, with a total of 83 million arrivals recorded in 2012, or 1.8 million more than the year before. It is followed by the US and China.

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