GEORGE TOWN, Penang, North Malaysia, Sept 30 (NNN-BERNAMA) – Malaysia’s Ministry of Tourism, Arts and Culture, is targeting 30 million tourist arrivals in Malaysia, by 2020.

Deputy Tourism Minister, Muhammad Bakhtiar Wan Chik, said that, the influx of tourists during the year, would increase the Gross Domestic Product (GDP) to 15.1 percent, from the 14.9 percent through 26.1 million tourist arrivals, last year (2017).

“We are now asking for more budget for tourism promotion, because it is key to the sustainability of the tourism industry itself,” he told reporters, after the flag-off ceremony for the 2018 Distinguished Gentleman’s Ride Penang, here, today.

He said, with the allocation, the ministry would be able to promote tourism to a wider audience.

“We are now getting stiff competition from Thailand, Indonesia, Vietnam, Myanmar and also Singapore, in this industry. So we have to strengthen our promotion and we hope Malaysians themselves will take part in boosting domestic tourism,” he said.– NNN-BERNAMA

Source: NAM News Network