The travel & tourism industry plays a key role in Malaysia’s economy. According to GlobalData, driving increased visitor numbers and income from touristic activities are key areas of focus for the country’s government. GlobalData provides a complete picture of travel to Malaysia in its ASEAN Destination Tourism report. Buy the report here.

In 2023, international arrivals in Malaysia grew by 86%.

Malaysia does not exhibit an overreliance on any single source market, but intraregional travel is a noticeable trend. In the case of Malaysia, nine of the top ten source markets are located in Asia-Pacific.

However, even when focusing only on the top ten, not all source markets are equal in size. Understanding the relative size of these and identifying high-potential markets outside of this list is key to identifying promising growth markets for Malaysia as a destination.

According to GlobalData’s report, ASEAN Destination Tourism, the country’s leading source markets include Singapore, Indonesia, Thailand, China and India among others.

For more detailed analysis of the source markets for Malaysia, buy GlobalData’s ASEAN Destination Tourism report.

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GlobalData’s Travel & Tourism Intelligence Center provides tracks tourism demands and flows, expenditure, and competitor KPIs across 180 countries. It also segments over $26 trillion in expenditure by accommodation, foodservice, retail, transport, and entertainment. GlobalData’s analysis reports provide detailed insight into key source and destination markets with real world examples of success to support recommendations.