| Azlan Othman |
BRUNEI Darussalam was among the top five countries with the largest number of travellers who made visits to Malaysia in the first seven months of this year, according to the latest statistics from Tourism Malaysia.
The top 10 tourism markets to Malaysia from January to July 2014 were Singapore (8,236,079), Indonesia (1,583,786), China (997,370), Thailand (773,160), Brunei (699,763), India (445,431), Australia (347,355), the Philippines (362,139), Japan (308,418) and Taiwan (168,962).
The number of tourists from Brunei went up by 2.2 per cent (Jan-July 2014) compared to the same period in 2013.
From January to July 2014, Malaysia welcomed a total of 16.1 million (16,104,966) tourists, registering a rise of 9.7 per cent compared to 14.7 million (14,682,124) tourists for the same period last year.
The month of July alone registered a total of 99,932 tourists from Brunei to Malaysia compared to 90,886 tourists in the same month last year.
July registered a total of 2,229,920 tourist arrivals, with the Asean region contributing a 74 per cent share (1.7 million). Among Asean countries, Vietnam registered the highest growth of 40 per cent, followed by Indonesia (+23.3 per cent), Brunei (+10 per cent), Cambodia (+10 per cent) the Philippines (+8.5 per cent) and Thailand (+3.6 per cent).
The interest among Bruneian tourists to visit Malaysia was stimulated following the joint promotional efforts between Tourism Malaysia Brunei and local tourism agencies, as well as shopping complexes in Malaysia, especially during grand events like the 1Malaysia Mega Sale Carnival.