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Brunei tourist arrivals in Malaysia declined in first half of 2015
THE number of Bruneian visitors coming to Malaysia has fallen by 7.7 per cent in the first half of 2015 compared to the same time the previous year, according to statistics on tourist arrivals from Tourism Malaysia.
Tourism Malaysia said a total of 553,412 Bruneians visited Malaysia from January-June 2015 compared to 599,831 in 2014.
The number of Bruneian visitors dropped by 41 per cent in June 2015 to 65,868 compared to 111,632 in the previous year.
Zurina Abd Samad, Director of Tourism Malaysia in Brunei, said safety concerns brought by the Sabah earthquake have dissuaded Bruneians from travelling to Malaysia.
“There were travel cancellations made which somehow triggered some safety issues among Bruneians who initially wanted to go to Kota Kinabalu,” she told The Brunei Times.
The fasting month of Ramadhan and the school exams which only ended nearly halfway through June have also discouraged Bruneians from crossing the border in June.
Bruneians are among the most frequent visitors to Malaysia, placing fifth in visitor arrivals just behind travellers from Singapore, Indonesia, China and Thailand.
Singaporeans accounted for the most number of tourist arrivals with 6.4 million tourists in January to June, followed by Indonesians with 1.3 million.
Tourists from all five countries registered a drop from three to 11 per cent when it comes to tourist arrivals from January to June 2015 compared to the first half of 2014.
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