Malaysia Department of Statistics released two weeks ago its Economic Census 2016, which analyzes the economic value of various actitivities sector in the country. The tourism industry is seen as one of the strongest performer in the economy, generating jobs and revenues in the period between 2010 and 2015.
The tourism industry involves 510,874 establishments operating in 2015 with an annual growth rate of 6.4% from 375,457 establishments in 2010 while the number of workers in the industry also grew by 4.4% per annum, at 2.5 million in 2015 compared to 2 million in 2010.
“Salaries and wages rose 11.2% per annum from RM29.7 billion(US$7.43 billion) in 2010 to RM50.7 billion (US$12.7 billion) in 2015, with 1.9 million hired workers and an average annual wage of RM26,438 and average monthly pay of RM2,203,” said the statement.
The department said e-commence activities of the tourism industry generated a revenue of RM147.3 billion while in terms of contribution, the retail trade (shopping) services recorded the highest percentage at RM68.7 billion, followed by air passenger travel (RM25.6 billion) as well as sports and recreation, at RM19.2 billion.
The census also showed that Selangor and Kuala Lumpur were among the major locations that contributed the highest value to the tourism industry, at RM50,977.9 million and RM50,480.7 million respectively, followed by Johor (RM11,406.3 million), Penang (RM9,012 million), Perak (RM6,708.7 million) and Sarawak (RM6,680.6 million).
When looking at visitors arrivals per State for domestic travellers, Selangor generated the highest number of travellers with 24.12 million domestic visitors (including 15.52 million domestic tourists) followed by Kuala Lumpur with 16.78 million domestic visitors (6.08 million tourists) and Perak with 16.78 million domestic visitors (4.60 million tourists). While Johor is in total number of tourists the third most visited destination with 5.66 million last year and the tenth most visited state in total number of visitors (12.2 million in 2016).