Tourism

Malaysian Hotels Seek Government Support Amid Expected Rise in Tourist Arrivals

As Malaysia expects tourist arrivals to surpass pre-pandemic levels next year, hotels in the country are devising strategies to make the most of this recovery. Many are intensifying their efforts to meet environmental, social, and governance (ESG) requirements to enhance their attractiveness. However, they are also seeking government support to overcome challenges that could impede their revival efforts....

Sarawak Targets Four Million Tourist Arrivals and RM9.76 Billion Revenue in 2024

Sarawak is gearing up to welcome an estimated four million visitors, targeting RM9.76 billion in tourism revenue in 2024. The optimistic outlook follows a promising trend in tourist arrivals this year. Sarawak's Minister for Tourism, Creative Industry, and Performing Arts, Datuk Seri Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah, initially projected three million visitor arrivals and RM7.6 billion in revenue for 2023....

Malaysia‘s Tourist Arrivals Reach 26 million so far this year

According to the Immigration Department's latest statistics recorded from January 1 to November 15, 2023, Singaporeans have topped the list of tourist arrivals to Malaysia, with 12,645,364 tourists visiting the country. This represents the highest number among the 26 million tourist arrivals during the specified period. Tourism, Arts, and Culture Minister Datuk Seri Tiong King Sing expressed hope that...

Short-Term Rental Accommodations: A Key Driver of Malaysia’s Tourism Sector Recovery

Malaysia's tourism ecosystem has embarked on a resilient post-Covid comeback, driven by strategic efforts to enhance its appeal to global travelers. Initiatives like the introduction of a digital nomad visa and a focus on cultural and heritage tourism in the recent Budget 2024 announcement have positioned Malaysia as an attractive destination. One of the key factors enriching Malaysia's allure is its...

AirBnb: Penang’s proposed short-term rental accommodation guidelines detrimental to tourism economy and growth

Airbnb announced that it has shared “detailed feedback and policy recommendations” with the Penang government’s executive committee in light of the state’s plan to regulate local short-term rental accommodation (STRA). Aimed at empowering local residents, these recommendations are focused on a balanced and simple approach towards regulating STRA, and are shaped by regulations that have been...

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