Tourism Planning an Development in Malaysia

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Malaysia truly Asia
Malaysia is in South-eastern Asia, peninsula and northern one-third of the island of Borneo, bordering Indonesia and the South China Sea, south of Vietnam.(Anon oppapers). Kuala Lumpur is the capital of Malaysia. The attractions like Idyllic beaches, clear blue waters, palm trees, lakes , rivers, and Places like Fraser’s Hill, Cameron Highlands, Genting Highlands and Maxwell Hill serve as an flee from the hustle and bustle of city life and tropical heat. Also cascading waterfalls, various National Parks ,caves ( some of the biggest and longest in the world), made Malaysia a real attraction to the tourists.(Anon all Malaysia info). Climate of Malaysia is tropical annual southwest (April to October) and northeast (October to February) monsoons. (Anon world travel guide).

In 1963 the name Malaysia was adopted when the Federation of Malaya (Malay: Persekutuan Tanah Melayu), Singapore, Sabah and Sarawak formed a 14-state federation.(anon wikipedia). After the world war British created Malayan union in 1946 and In 1957 malayan union got independence.(anon regit) Southeastern Asia, peninsula bordering Thailand and northern one-third of the island of Borneo, bordering Indonesia, Brunei, and the South China Sea, south of Vietnam, strategic location along Strait of Malacca and southern South China Sea (Matt Rosenberg). Malaysia has a wide range of tourism destinations because of its cultures, traditions and histories, country has a strong demand for both domestic and international tourists.

Malaysia is going to celebrate their 50th anniversary of independence in august 2007, and all over the country government is arranging cultural performance, street shows and carnivals. this will be an real attraction for the tourists .

“Malaysia has proven itself as one of the most successful and fastest growing economies in Southeast Asia. Being one of the world's greatest undiscovered and unexplored countries, there exists a vast tourism development potential in Malaysia. The Malaysian government in recent years has placed unprecedented importance on the role of tourism in its economic development process. Malaysian Medical Tourism Shows Promising Future” (Kye-Sung Chon, Brad Elgin, 1997). But this above news is correct except 2003 from statistical report of Malaysia shows a decline in this year. The tourism industry reported an increasing trend in the last 5 years. Tourist arrivals are expected to grow at average rate of 6.9 per cent per annum to reach 14.3 million by 2005. Tourism receipts are targeted to grow at an average annual rate of 9.5 per cent to reach RM 29.5 billion in 2005. (Eighth Malaysia Plan, 2001-2005).

The plan for tourism was generally realized except for the falling down to 10.6 million in 2003 which was due to the Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS). However, the arrivals increased tremendously by 49% reaching 15.7 million in the following year. And arrivals in 2005 were also spurred despite of the exchange rate events in the first six months. The continued depreciation of the US dollar on global markets, and ringgit appreciating against the greenback (the Malaysian currency was pegged to the US dollar at a fixed rate until July 2005), as well as the declining cost of air travel in the country. (Tourism forecast, 2005)

Arrivals in Malaysia: 2000-2005
'000 people% growth
200516,723.16.5 (Travel and Tourism in Malaysia, 2006)
The increase of arrivals, the incoming revenue from tourism enjoyed large growth from 2001 to 2005 as well, that is, from RM 17 billion to RM 34 billion, in general an increase of 160%, except only one year decline in 2003. Tourist revenue in Malaysia accounted for approximately 7% of its GDP in 2005, which means the tourism industry has been identified as a key driver in the...
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