Domestic tourism grew 19% in the first quarter, with 58.6 millions visitors.

PUTRAJAYA – The number of domestic visitors in Malaysia has increased significantly to 58.6 millions for the first three months of this year. This is a 19% rise from the same time last year.

In a press release, Datuk Seri Mohd Uzir Mahidin, chief statistician of Malaysia said that the number of domestic visitors had also increased by 6.5% compared to the previous quarter from October-December.

The domestic tourism expenditure in the first quarter this year reached RM24.11bil, a 23.5% increase year-on-year.

The annual domestic tourism performance of Malaysia has experienced a dramatic increase in 2023, with a total expenditure of RM84.9bil, up from RM64.1bil.

He said that the number of domestic tourists increased by 24.6%, to 213.7 millions visitors in 2018, compared with 171.6 million visitors in 2022.

Mohd. Uzir stated that domestic visitors spend the most money on shopping (36.3%). This is followed by purchasing food and drinks (16.3%), and fuel (13.2%).

Selangor, Kuala Lumpur and Sarawak were the top three states in Malaysia for domestic tourism last year.

He said: “Notably the number of domestic visitors to Johor has increased by 42.7% in 2023, from 6.25 million tourists the year before.

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