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April 26, 2008

MALAYSIA/TOURISM
Arrivals down 4.5% in March

Tourist arrivals to Malaysia in March totaled 1,819,689, showing a decline of 4.5 percent from the same month last year, Tourism Malaysia said on Thursday.

For the first three months of this year, Malaysia's tourist arrivals edged up 1.2 per cent to 5,342,291 from 5,280,094 for the same period in 2007.

In a statement, Tourism Malaysia said Singapore retained its position as the biggest tourist market for Malaysia with 882,787 Singaporeans visiting the country in March 2008.

Others in the top ten list are Indonesia (185,537), Thailand (115,868), China (85,542), Brunei (70,829), Japan (40,318), India (39,621), United Kingdom (34,407), Australia (33,500) and the Philippines (30,515).

Most major markets also recorded double digit growth in March 2008.

They are Russia (50.8%), Canada (47.5%), South Africa (45.9%), Indonesia (43.6%), the Netherlands (42.6%), New Zealand (40.1%), France (36.0%), Germany (31.7%), the United Kingdom (30.4%), China (including Hong Kong & Macau) (27.8%), Cambodia (19.8%), India (19.3%), Australia (18.9%), the Philippines (12.3%), and South Korea (10.1%).


The top ten tourist generating markets from January to March 2008 were Singapore (2,620,880), Indonesia (510,847), Thailand (351,049), China (including Hong Kong & Macau) (258, 374), Brunei (215,558), India (116,991), Japan (111,959), Australia (100,811), the United Kingdom (96,569) and the Philippines (83,276).



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