KUALA LUMPUR, Sept 27 — Selangor recorded the highest domestic tourism receipt with a total of RM13.2 billion in 2018, according to the Domestic Tourism Survey by State conducted b the Department of Statistics Malaysia.

Chief Statistician Datuk Seri Dr Mohd Uzir Mahidin said this was followed by W.P. Kuala Lumpur (RM10.2 billion), Sarawak (RM8.1 billion), Sabah (RM7.5 billion) and Pahang (RM7.4 billion).

He said the survey also found that Selangor recorded the highest number of tourist arrivals in 2018 with 30.2 million visitors.

“In 2018, the tourism industry continued to perform better and contributed 15.2 per cent to country’s GDP compared to 14.6 per cent in 2017,” he said in a statement today.

The Gross Value Added of Tourism Industries, which refers to the total gross value added of all establishments belonging to tourism industry recorded a value of RM220.6 billion in 2018, sustaining a double-digit growth of 10 per cent from the previous year.

Employment in the tourism industry grew by 4.9 per cent in 2018 to 3.5 million people, contributing 23.5 per cent to the country’s total employment.

Food and beverage serving services and retail trade recorded the highest employment in the tourism industry, with a share of 34.1 per cent and 33.1 per cent respectively.

Further information may be obtained via the official portal of the Department of Statistics Malaysia at http://dosm.gov.my.

— BERNAMA

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