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Malaysia to see 36 million tourists in 2020

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November 20, 2013

Malaysia to see 36 million tourists in 2020

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia - March 30: Petaling Street on March 30, 2011 in Kuala Lumpur. The street is a long market which specialises in counterfeit clothes, watches and shoes. Famous tourist attraction
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia - March 30: Petaling Street on March 30, 2011 in Kuala Lumpur. The street is a long market which specialises in counterfeit clothes, watches and shoes. Famous tourist attraction

Some 36 million tourists are expected to spend their vacation in the country in 2020, contributing around RM168bil to the economy, says Malaysia Tourism Promotion Board chairman Datuk Seri Dr Ng Yen Yen.

?A major portion of that revenue will come from the retail sector, as shopping is the second biggest contributor of tourist spending after accommodation, accounting for 38% of the RM60bil spent by visitors in 2012,? she said when launching the state-level 1Malaysia Year End sale yesterday.

Dr Ng said last year, Malaysia was ranked 10th in the world for the number of international tourists arrivals with 25 million visitors.

?This is remarkable compared to our population of 28 million. CNN also ranked Kuala Lumpur as the fourth best city for shopping behind New York, Tokyo and London.?

Meanwhile, In Langkawi, the island is set to receive more international recognition as the Naturally Langkawi @ Korea exhibition introduces local gastronomic delights, culture and art in South Korea.

The exhibition, which is being held until Dec 15, at Nami Island, South Korea, is part of a partnership programme between Langkawi Development Authority (Lada) and Nami Island Incorporation to promote cultural tourism annually.

Lada chief executive officer Tan Sri Khalid Ramli said in a recent statement that Langkawi would become the transit hub for tourists who wish to visit Malaysia as more nature-based attractions were in progress.

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Source The Star, http://www.thestar.com.my/News/Nation/2013/11/20/Msia-to-see-36-million-tourists-in-2020-Ng-Visitors-to-contribute-around-RM168bil-to-economy.aspx

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