LABUAN (Bernama) – Tourist arrivals to the island are expected to surpass the one million target this year.
Labuan recorded 757,588 tourist arrivals from January to September compared to 718,393 during the same period of last year.
Labuan Corporation chief executive officer Datuk Mohd Nadzri Osman said the number was anticipated to increase steadily driven by the number of various programmes outlined before year’s end.
“The statistics have shown a big jump in tourist arrivals since early this year and we are optimistic the number continues to grow with international events on the cards before year’s end,” he said at the launching of Labuan Art Festival here last night.
He said the art-oriented programmes had contributed to the increase in the number of tourist arrivals, including domestic and foreign tourists.
“The success of art programmes in Central Market, Kuala Lumpur, Street Art in Penang and Selangor have given a boost to the tourism sector and it can be emulated and implemented in Labuan,” he said.
He said Labuan was also gearing up for the Malaysia Year of Festival (MyFest) next year with additional programmes in the pipeline in collaboration with the Ministry of Tourism and Culture.