Malaysia recorded 4,233,425 tourist arrivals for the first quarter of 2020. This marks a decrease of 36.8% compared to the same period in 2019.
The tourist expenditure for the first quarter recorded a total of RM12.5 billion, a decrease of 41.5% compared to RM21.4 billion registered for the same period in 2019. Per capita expenditure also showed a decline of 7.4% from RM3,201.8 in 2019 to RM2,964.5 this year. The average length of stay (ALOS) in Malaysia saw a decrease of 1.9 nights from 6.0 nights in 2019 to 4.1 nights.
From January to March 2020, Malaysia received less tourists each month compared to the corresponding month of the previous year. Negative growth had been observed for tourists from every regional market namely short-haul market (-37.3%), medium-haul market (-41.4) and long-haul market (-22.5%) from January until March 2020.
The top ten tourist generating markets were Singapore (1,541,591), Indonesia (701,142), China (401,067), Thailand (331,417), India (153,727), Brunei (135,412), South Korea (118,571), Japan (73,154), Australia (72,047) and Philippines (64,257).
ASEAN countries remain as Malaysia’s top contributors in tourist arrivals with a share of 67.8% or a number of 2,868,359tourists. However, this is a stark contrast compared to 2019, where Malaysia received 4,576,636 tourists from ASEAN for the first quarter of the year, which translates to a decrease of 37.3% from this region.
Please visit Tourism Malaysia’s Statistics to view the breakdown of the figures.