Early in 2024, 530,000 tourists arrive in Malaysia from China, according to Tiong

Early in 2024, 530,000 tourists arrive in Malaysia from China, according to Tiong

KUCHING (April 16): More than 530,000 tourist arrivals from China have been recorded in Malaysia in the first two months of this year, says Tourism, Arts and Culture Minister Datuk Seri Tiong King Sing.

In a recent Facebook post, Tiong commended the Chinese people for their support of Malaysia’s tourism sector and stated that his ministry had set a goal of five million visits from Chinese tourists for the entire year 2024.

“With stronger cooperation, it can provide additional impetus to the tourism industry of Malaysia and China collectively, and increase the promotion of the tourism industry, arts and culture of both countries,” he wrote in the post, uploaded in connection with a courtesy visit from Chinese People’s Association for Friendship with Foreign Countries (CPAFFC) president Yang Wanming in Putrajaya on Monday.

In light of the 50th anniversary of the two nations’ diplomatic relations, Tiong noted that the meeting with Yang represented a significant acknowledgment of the close ties that exist between Malaysia and China.

“Emphasis on continued commitment is the main agenda of our discussion today, as we carry out more programmes in conjunction with this celebration of 50th year of diplomatic relations, with focus on the development of the cultural sector.”

In a related vein, Tiong conveyed his sincere gratitude for China and Malaysia’s close collaboration in enhancing training facilities in Malaysia, noting that stepping up exchanges in the domains of education and culture would be the next step.

He continued by saying that there would be increased bilateral cooperation in technical and vocational education and training (TVET) programs.

“We believe this TVET initiative will bring great benefits in strengthening technical and vocational skills of students involved.

“Such initiatives not only improve the education of students, but also produce young leaders with a high knowledge of Chinese culture,” he said.

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