Malaysia PM Najib: Increase Langkawi tourist arrivals

Malaysia PM Najib: Increase Langkawi tourist arrivals

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The news did not specify but I assume its referring to 3 million international arrivals. Total arrivals, both domestic and international, are already past 3 million since 2012.

Malaysian Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak on Sunday launched the Perdana Quay Development Masterplan on the Malaysia island of Langkawi and expressed the hope to see three million annual tourist arrivals to this legendary island, injecting RM3.8bil into the economy.

He said tourism was a key element of the Economic Transformation Programme (ZETP) to turn Malaysia into a high-income nation by the year 2020.

“I want to see three million tourist arrivals here each year, bringing RM3.8bil into the economy and creating at least 4,200 new jobs for Malaysians,” he said at the launch.

Najib said that six years from now, the government wanted to welcome 36 million tourists to Malaysia and collect RM168bil in receipts annually – or more than RM3bil per week.

“It is an ambitious target, yes, but we are well on the way to reaching it. This year alone, 28.8 million people are set to visit Malaysia, an increase of 12 per cent on last year.

“We are now the second most-visited destination in all of Southeast Asia,” he said.


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