Sabah received 590,000 tourists from China last year, a surge of 38% compared to previous year

SANDAKAN, Malaysia (Sin Chew Daily / ANN) Chinese national tourists love breath-taking sea views and islands in Sabah, The state received 590,000 Chinese national tourists last year, an increase of 38 % compared to the previous year of  430,000 according to Malaysia`s special envoy to China Tan Kok Wai.

Sabah is the state in Malaysia which receives highest number of tourists from China. A total of 593,423 Chinese tourists visited Sabah last year, an increase of 38 % compared to 430,000 in 2017, says Malaysia special envoy to China Tan Kok Wai. 

“The number of tourists from China visiting Malaysia increased by 660,000, or 29 per cent increase last year, compared to 2017,” says Tan.

He said Sabah is popular among tourists from China due to its breath-taking sea view and scenic islands. 

Tan, who is also DAP chairman, said this when he attended the `Sabah and China’s Belt and Road Initiative Development’ in Sandakan. 

Tan said the new Malaysian government has maintained a special envoy to China but not with other countries. This proved that Malaysia takes priority in China-Malaysia ties. Both countries have good and stable relationship for years. 

Tan said since 14h General Election, Malaysia and China have closer ties in trade. 

Bilateral trade between Malaysia and China reached US$108.6 billion last year, a new record in history. 

“Malaysia established formal ties with China in 1974. Both countries only recorded US$159 million in trade then. The trade value increased by 633 times in 45 years. This is a stunning growth,’’ he said.

Tan said the investment sum from Malaysia last year increased by 407.8 % compared to 2017, a four-fold increase after Pakatan Harapan took over the federal government. 

He said 2.28 million Malaysians visited China in 2017 and 2.94 million last year.

“This year marks the 45th anniversary of Malaysia and China ties. We will be promoting tourism industry and interaction among people. Next year we will have Malaysia-China cultural tourism year,’’ he said.

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