Tourism flourishes as a fast-growing economic sector

mm: Sarawak’s tourism sector continues to develop as one of the fastest growing economic sectors in the world outside of Malaysia.

Deputy Minister for Tourism, Creative Industries and Performing Arts Datuk Sebastian Tin Chiew Yew said this reflected the importance of tourism to Sarawak’s economy.

“In 2019, Sarawak’s tourism industry recorded 4.66 million visitors, an increase of 5.22% over the previous year. According to the Sarawak Regional Tourism Satellite Account (RTSA) in 2018, the gross value added of the tourism industry was It generates RM11.57 billion in revenue for Sarawak and accounts for 8.72 per cent of Sarawak’s share of gross domestic product (GDP),” he said.

Mr Ting was speaking at the hotel’s launch ceremony on Brook Street here today.

According to RTSA 2018, Sarawak’s tourism industry employs over 243,000 people (19.1% of Sarawak’s total employment) and accounts for almost a quarter of Sarawak’s total employment. This was before the COVID-19 pandemic.

“The tourism sector itself in Sarawak is currently doing well, mainly due to the support of domestic and international tourists.The total number of visitors to Sarawak last year was recorded at approximately 3,929,657 people, and by 2022 “This is an increase of more than 93.82 percent compared to the same period in 2019. The number of arrivals has returned to approximately 85 percent of its pre-pandemic level in 2019,” he added.

He said tourism revenue increased by 101.41% to RM9.99 billion compared to RM4.96 billion in 2022.

“Tourism receipts accounted for 7.11 percent of GDP in 2023,” he said.

He further said that the total number of visitors to Sarawak recorded in January 2024 was 352,983, an increase of over 10.63 per cent compared to the same period in 2023.

“Tourism revenue generated RM907.37 million, an increase of 12.11 per cent compared to the same period in 2023.

“We aim to reach a total of 4 million visitors in 2024,” Ting concluded.

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