It’s Official, Malaysia Is the Most-Visited Country in Southeast Asia in 2023

It’s Official, Malaysia Is the Most-Visited Country in Southeast Asia in 2023

According to recent data, Malaysia emerged as the leading Southeast Asian destination for international tourists, welcoming an impressive 26.1 million foreign visitors from January to November this year. This figure positions Malaysia at the forefront of tourism in the region.

Thailand secured the second spot with 24.6 million arrivals within the same period, closely followed by Singapore with 12.4 million and Vietnam with 11.2 million visitors. This data, sourced from the tourism ministries of respective countries, illustrates the competitive landscape of Southeast Asia's tourism market.

Notably, Indonesia, the Philippines, and Cambodia reported fewer than 10 million foreign arrivals during various time frames.

As of late November, the Philippines reported 4.6 million foreign tourists, while Indonesia and Cambodia welcomed 9.5 million and 4.4 million visitors, respectively, by October.

This year, Southeast Asian nations actively vied for international tourist attention by implementing flexible immigration policies. Malaysia, mirroring Thailand's strategy, introduced a 30-day visa-free entry for citizens from mainland China and India, effective from December 1.

Datuk Seri Tiong King Sing, Malaysia's Tourism, Arts, and Culture Minister, expressed optimism about the potential surge in tourist arrivals following the implementation of the 30-day visa exemption for travelers from China and India, as reported by The Star.

In 2019, Malaysia recorded a staggering 26.1 million international visitors. However, this figure plummeted by 83.4% to 4.33 million in 2020 due to the onset of the Covid-19 pandemic. Subsequently, the numbers further dwindled to a mere 130,000 before a significant rebound to 10.1 million in 2022.

The tourism landscape in Southeast Asia continues to evolve, showcasing resilience and adaptability amidst fluctuating global circumstances.

Akhyari Hananto

I began my career in the banking industry in 1997, and stayed approx 6 years in it. This industry boost his knowledge about the economic condition in Indonesia, both macro and micro, and how to More understand it. My banking career continued in Yogyakarta when I joined in a program funded by the Asian Development Bank (ADB),as the coordinator for a program aimed to help improve the quality of learning and teaching process in private universities in Yogyakarta. When the earthquake stroke Yogyakarta, I chose to join an international NGO working in the area of ?disaster response and management, which allows me to help rebuild the city, as well as other disaster-stricken area in Indonesia. I went on to become the coordinator for emergency response in the Asia Pacific region. Then I was assigned for 1 year in Cambodia, as a country coordinator mostly to deliver developmental programs (water and sanitation, education, livelihood). In 2009, he continued his career as a protocol and HR officer at the U.S. Consulate General in Surabaya, and two years later I joined the Political and Economic Section until now, where i have to deal with extensive range of people and government officials, as well as private and government institution troughout eastern Indonesia. I am the founder and Editor-in-Chief in Good News From Indonesia (GNFI), a growing and influential social media movement, and was selected as one of The Most Influential Netizen 2011 by The Marketeers magazine. I also wrote a book on "Fundamentals of Disaster Management in 2007"?, "Good News From Indonesia : Beragam Prestasi Anak Bangsa di dunia"? which was luanched in August 2013, and "Indonesia Bersyukur"? which is launched in Sept 2013. In 2014, 3 books were released in which i was one of the writer; "Indonesia Pelangi Dunia"?, "Indonesia The Untold Stories"? and "Growing! Meretas Jalan Kejayaan" I give lectures to students in lectures nationwide, sharing on full range of issues, from economy, to diplomacy Less
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