Malaysia aims to increase number of Chinese tourists

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Next year, China and Malaysia will mark the golden anniversary of bilateral diplomatic relations.

Malaysia has invited Chinese President Xi Jinping to visit.

China’s ambassador to Beijing said on Friday that the Southeast Asian country also aims to increase the number of Chinese tourists to 5 million a year to boost economic growth.

China and Malaysia celebrate 50th anniversaryth Next year will be the anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between the two countries.

Malaysia recently announced that tourists from China can travel visa-free for 30 days. This is a move that mirrors Thailand.

Malaysia received 498,540 Chinese tourists in the six months to June this year, almost a third of pre-pandemic levels, according to government data.

In response, Thailand said it expected to receive 3.4 million to 3.5 million tourists from China this year.

Ambassador Noman Muhammad said at an event at the Malaysian Embassy in Beijing that Malaysia has great capacity to receive tourists.

He added that this goal is not “far off” even if it takes several years or more to achieve.

Malaysia’s economic growth this year is expected to reach the government’s target of 4%, thanks in part to strong tourism.

Norman said Malaysian Prime Minister Anwar Ibrahim has also invited Chinese President Xi Jinping to visit the country.

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