Tourism and Malaysia
Malaysia has invested in a wide range of tourism destinations for tourists. This country is blessed with diverse cultures, traditions and histories, coupled with different landscapes and natural resources; the country has built a strong and fascinating appeal for both local and international tourists. Tourism sector, therefore, is of great importance to Malaysia’s economy as one of the major foreign exchange revenue or earnings second to the manufacturing industry.
Malaysia is a country situated in the Southeast Asia spanning from approximately 1˚N to 6˚45́́ʹN latitude and 99˚36ʹE to 104˚24ʹE longitude, consisting of thirteen states and three Federal Territories, with a landmass of approximately 329,845 square kilometres (127,354 sq mi). The country is divided into two parts: Peninsular Malaysia and Malaysia Borneo “also known as East Malaysia” by the South China Sea.
Malaysia gained its independence on 31st August, 1957. It is surrounded by many countries in Southeast Asia such as: Thailand in the north, Singapore in the south and Philippines in the north-east, Indonesia in the south and south-west, Malaysia has a long coastline in the Peninsular Malaysia. It borders the Strait of Malacca, which is an important international shipping cross-path, and contributes positively in the development of international trade which forms an integral part to its economy.
Malaysia is bio-diversified with range of flora and fauna, with picturesque coastal plains rising to the hills and mountains. These conglomerate scenic natural beauty along with a diversity of cultures, races and ethnicity contributes immensely to the development of Malaysia.
Tourism investment was endorsed by Malaysian government in the early 90s and it was projected to become one of the main stay of Malaysia’s economy by contributing to her income revenue by a whopping 85% growth in the 21st century.
Malaysia has grown over the years