Number of visitors from Brunei to Malaysia drops by 12pc in 2019

Azlan Othman

The number of tourist arrivals from Brunei Darussalam to Malaysia saw a 12 per cent drop last year compared to 2018, Malaysia Tourism Promotion Board (Tourism Malaysia) figures revealed on Friday.

Around 1,216,123 arrivals from Brunei were recorded from January to December 2019, compared to 1,382,031 in 2018. However visitors from Brunei Darussalam still maintained the top five international tourist arrivals to Malaysia.

The school holiday period remained the popular period for Bruneians to visit Malaysia with March being the favourite with 126,620 Brunei visitors, followed by May with 110,873 and December with 108,857.

However the past 12 months last year saw a drop in monthly visitors ranging from 0.1 per cent in February 2019 compared to the same period in 2018, to as high as 21.2 per cent in September 2019 compared to the same period earlier.

Top 10 international tourist arrivals were from Singapore (10,163,882), Indonesia (3,623,277), China (3,114,257), Thailand (1,884,306), Brunei (1,216,123), India (735,309), South Korea (673,065), Japan (424,694), the Philippines (421,908) and Vietnam (400,346).

Malaysia recorded a growth of 2.4 per cent to RM86.14 billion in tourist receipts in 2019 from RM84.1 billion in the previous year and welcomed another one per cent of international tourists to 26.1 billion versus 25.83 previously.

File photo shows Middle Eastern tourists in popular tourist spot Petaling Street in downtown Kuala Lumpur. PHOTO: AFP

Tourism Malaysia said during the year, per capita expenditure rose by 1.3 per cent to RM3,300 from RM3,257, while the Average Length of Stay (ALOS) climbed by 0.9 nights to 7.4 nights compared with 6.5 nights previously.

Tourist arrival growth was seen in South Asia at 22.2 per cent, followed by East Asia (5.9 per cent), Americas (4.3 per cent), and Europe (0.3 per cent).

However, tourist arrivals from the ASEAN and West Asian markets declined 1.3 per cent and 2.1 per cent.

Of overall tourist expenditure, the ASEAN region remained the biggest contributor at RM43.72 billion.

West Asian tourists recorded the highest per capita expenditure at RM10,214, a 2.7 per cent increase compared with RM9,947 in 2018. The top three distribution of tourist receipts were shopping at 33.6 per cent, accommodation (24 per cent) and food and beverages (13.3 per cent).

“Once again, shopping receipts exceeded that of accommodation, growing from a 33.4 per cent share in 2018 to 33.6 per cent share in 2019,” said Tourism Malaysia.