Bernama reports on the 8th July that Malaysia recorded the baggiest growth in the domestic tourism market among ASEAN countries in the second half of last year (2H 2020) when lockdowns were lifted. 

This record has been mentioned by Agoda corporate development vice president Tim Hughes. He adds that consumer demand for travel is absolute and the company has been focusing on developing flexible products to cater for the domestic market. 

“Despite an enormous drop in bookings (in all countries), the desire for Malaysians to travel is crystal clear across all regions of the country and we saw Malaysia’s destinations which never made in our top 10 before, made it into that list,” he said. 

Meanwhile, Central Plaza Hotel Group deputy chief executive officer Markland Blaiklock said that he hoped that Malaysia could develop and implement a similar move to quickly revive the tourism sector, by focusing first on main foreign tourist attractions including Penang, Melaka, and Sabah. 

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