Top 10 in most tourist arrivals

DUBAI: Malaysia has made it into the top 10 countries with the most tourist arrivals for 2009, according to the United Nations World Tourism Organisation (UNTWO) barometer.

Malaysia secured the ninth position, just below Turkey and Germany. In 2008, Malaysia was in 11th position.

Malaysian Tourism Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ng Yen Yen said it was a great accomplishment.

“We are elated with this positive development. Malaysia is a kaleidoscope of cultures and I am sure it will continue to charm tourists,” she told Malaysian journalists after opening the Arabian Travel Mart (ATM).

ATM 2010 saw the participation of 120 delegations from 83 organisations including hoteliers, tour operators and representatives from the Tourism Board of five Malaysian state governments.

This year also marks Malaysia’s 17th year of participation in the ATM – the largest trade and consumer travel show in the Gulf region.

Dr Ng led the delegation to sell Malaysia as a tourist destination to the Arabian market.

Based on the UNTWO’s website, France continued to lead in ranking in terms of tourist arrivals.

Dr Ng said the tourism industry was the second highest income-earner for the country. Last year, it generated RM52 billion and it’s expected to hit RM53 billion this year.

The Star, May 2010

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