Sabah welcomes encouraging numbers of visitors in first-quarter 2024

Sabah recorded a total of 776,845 tourist arrivals during the first three months of this year.

Tourism, Culture and Environment Minister Datuk Christina Liew said this encouraging figure marked an increase of 32.8 percent compared to the same period in 2023 (584,927).

The breakdown is as follows:
a. International Tourists: 321,184 (+93.2 per cent)
b. Domestic Tourists/Visitors: 455,661 (+8.8 per cent)
c. Total: 776,845 (+32.8 per cent)

“Based on statistics from the Sabah Tourism Board, an estimated tourism receipt of RM1.75 billion (+46.6 percent) was generated from January to March 2024, which is RM0.56 billion more compared to the same period last year (January-March 2023: RM1.19 billion),” Liew said.

Regarding the sources of international arrivals to Sabah from January to March 2024, the Minister revealed that China is currently the top market source for tourism in Sabah (116,922 tourists), followed by South Korea (55,936), Brunei (54,266), Singapore (7,833), and the Europe region (18,196).

According to Liew, the top five countries contributing to an increase of 35.8 percent during the first three months of 2024 were the UK & Ireland, Germany, the Netherlands, France, and Russia.

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