Sunday, April 06, 2008

Brunei in top five of Malaysian Tourism

By Azlan Othman

Some 144,729 Bruneians visited Malaysia from January to February this year, making it the top five tourist generating markets for Malaysia, Bernama reported.

A total of 1,742,468 tourists visited Malaysia in February this year, an increase of 5.5 per cent as compared to the same month last year, the Malaysia Tourism Promotion Board (Tourism Malaysia) said recently.

Cumulatively, tourist arrivals recorded from January to February this year, were recorded at 3,522,602, representing an increase of 4.4 per cent as compared to 3,373,790 for the same period last year, it said in a statement here

According to the statement, Singapore maintained its position as the biggest tourist-generating market for Malaysia, with 877,078 Singaporeans visiting the country in February this year

Tourism Malaysia said the 'Top Ten' tourist-generating markets from January to February this year were Singapore (1,783,093), Indonesia (325,310), Thailand (235,181), China (172,832), Brunei (144,729), India (77,058), Japan (71,641), Australia (67,311), United Kingdom (62,162) and South Korea (52,819).

The favourable currency exchange rate coupled with spots like weekend 'Tamu' in Limbang, seafood restaurants in Kota Kinabalu, shopping and visiting places of interests like hot springs in Kota Kinabalu and Kinabalu park were among the main attractions for Bruneians to cross the border to Malaysia.

Courtesy of Borneo Bulletin Sunday

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