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DOMESTIC tourism spending last year dropped 54.5% to RM18.4 billion, compared with RM40.4 billion in 2020, according to the Domestic Tourism Survey 2021 released by the Statistics Department today.
Chief statistician Dr Mohd Uzir Mahidin said the number of domestic arrivals last year fell 49.9% to 66 million visitors, compared with 131.7 million visitors in the previous year.
It is a 72.4% decrease from 2019.
“Border restrictions, standard of procedure regulations and continuous lockdowns due to new variants of Covid-19, such as Omicron and Delta continued to impact domestic tourism last year.
“Floods towards the end of last year in many areas in Peninsular Malaysia caused domestic travel to worsen,” he said in a statement today.
Elaborating, Uzir said Malaysia’s domestic tourism expenditure fell 68%, while excursionists dropped 36.3%.
This was in line with negative growth in the volume of domestic tourists and excursionists, which recorded 67.8% and 40.2% respectively, he said.
Last year, the number of domestic trips fell 50.7% to 72.4 million trips as opposed to 147 million trips in 2020, while overnight trips dropped 67.8% to 15.5 million and daily trips decreased 42.4% to 56.9 million.
In terms of expenditure, the survey said shopping made up the largest contribution from the total expenditure at 50.3%, followed by food and beverage at 15.1% and automotive fuel, 11.1%.
Uzir said visiting relatives and friends contributed 24.2% last year compared with 32% in 2020, but was significantly lower as compared with pre-pandemic levels at 42.3%.
“This foreseen situation was travel restrictions, which made it unfeasible for people to visit relatives,” he said.
Uzir said domestic visitors with a household income of RM5,001 to RM10,000 showed a significant increase last year to record the highest contribution of 30.4% from 23.3% in 2019 due to the closure of the country’s international borders.
The domestic visitors travel by household income between RM1,001 to RM3,000 meanwhile decreased by 6.4% from 2019 to 29.3%.
“The most visited states and territories by domestic visitors last year were Selangor with 10.2 million, followed by Kuala Lumpur and Sarawak at 9.1 million and 6.5 million, respectively,” he said. – Bernama, June 29, 2022.