Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Malaysia, a popular tourist destination for Bruneians


By Azlan Othman

Bruneians numbering 107,083 visited Malaysia last month, an increase of almost six per cent compared to the same period last year when 101,255 Bruneians visited the neighbouring country.

The figure is the second highest for the first half of 2009 where in March, 114,626 Bruneians made trips, Tourism Malaysia stated.

Malaysia recorded a total of 2,108,328 tourist arrivals for the month of June 2009, which represents an increase of over seven per cent from 1,961,355 for the same month in 2008.

Cumulatively, tourist arrivals recorded from January to June 2009 were 11,346,444, representing an increase of over three per cent compared to 10,963,120 for the same period in 2008.

The top ten tourist generating markets for June 2009 include Singapore, Indonesia, Thailand, Brunei, China (including Hong Kong and Macau), India, Australia, the Philippines, the United Kingdom and Japan.

For the same month, double-digit growth was recorded for tourist arrivals from Iran, the Netherlands, Canada, France, the United Kingdom, New Zealand, Cambodia, Russia, Germany, Singapore, Australia, Myanmar, Laos, Norway, Finland, Italy, Switzerland, the Philippines, Sweden and Vietnam.

However, tourist arrivals from Thailand recorded a decline of 25 per cent due to the political unrest in southern Thailand.

Other markets that have also registered a decline in June 2009 were Saudi Arabia, UAE, Japan, China (including Hong Kong and Macau), South Korea and Taiwan. These marked declines are attributable to the global economic crisis, as well as the effect of the Influenza A (H1N1) pandemic.

The top ten tourist generating markets from January to June 2009 include Singapore, Indonesia, Thailand, Brunei, China (including Hong Kong and Macau), India, Australia, the Philippines, the United Kingdom and Japan.

Courtesy of Borneo Bulletin
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