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New York (AirGuideBusiness - Travel Business News Asia / Pacific) Jun 3, 2013

Malaysia Unveils Ambitious 2020 Goals for Tourism Malaysia has joined a number of other countries such as Australia and the U.K. in making the year 2020 a goal in tourism vision statements and strategies. In 2012, the countryOs tourism receipts grew 4 percent to $20.2 billion as more than 25 million visited the country. The government's Economic Transformation Program (ETP) identified tourism as one of 12 National Key Economic Areas (NKEA) to drive economic growth. Since then, a number of tourism development projects have been put in place in order to achieve 36 million tourist arrivals and $60 billion tourism receipts by 2020. Events are a major tactical stimulant in the strategy. Last year, Malaysia earned $308 million from visitors attracted to the country by major sports, art, lifestyle and entertainment events. Malaysia Major Events General Manager Tony Nagamaiah said, "With the re-branding exercise we developed over the year, we are confident that Malaysia Major Events will achieve greater milestones in growing Malaysia as the destination of choice for major events within the Asia Pacific region, where it is expected to contribute $0.134 billion in Gross National Income (GNI) and 8,000 temporary jobs to the nation by 2020. OWith the availability of fully equipped and sophisticated sports facilities and infrastructures, Malaysia is now experienced and has gained wide expertise in organizing and hosting various types of sporting events.O Malaysia's presence at the SportAccord Convention 2013 in Saint Petersburg, Russia further cements its position as home to some of the biggest sports events in the Asia Pacific region such as the Formula 1 Malaysian Grand Prix, MotoGP Malaysian Grand Prix, Le Tour de Langkawi, the international leg of PGA TOUR, the ATP and WTA tournaments, and the tour destinations of some of the biggest football clubs in the world. Jun 2, 2013

Tourist spending in Macau up 10 percent Macau saw the total spending of visitors (excluding gaming expenses) reached 14.5 billion patacas (1.81 billion U.S. dollars) in the first quarter of 2013, up 10 percent year-on-year, according to figures released on Friday by the city's Statistics and Census Service (DSEC). In the first quarter of 2013, per-capita spending of visitors was 2,046 patacas (255 U.S. dollars), an increase of 8 percent year-on-year, the figures indicated. Analyzed by place of residence, per-capita spending of visitors from the Chinese mainland and Singapore amounted to 2,640 patacas (330 U.S. dollars) and 1,692 patacas (211 U.S. dollars) respectively, the figures showed. Meanwhile, per-capita spending of tourists (overnight visitors) increased by 6 percent year-on-year to 3,574 patacas (447 U.S. dollars), and that of same-day visitors fell by 5 percent to 632 patacas (79 U.S. dollars). Analysed by expenditure structure, spending of visitors on shopping, accommodation and food and beverage accounted for 50 percent, 23 percent and 20 percent, respectively. In addition, results from the Visitors' Comments Survey indicated that most visitors were satisfied with the services rendered by hotels and travel agencies (each with 93 percent). Meanwhile, 6 percent of the visitor-users suggested that the services of public transport should be improved, and 5 percent of the visitors commented that points of tourist attractions were inadequate in Macau. Jun 2, 2013

Bangkok slated to become most-visited city in 2013 MasterCard's latest Global Destination Cities Index predicts that Bangkok will be the most-visited city in the world this year. Bangkok is expected to receive 15.98 million international visitors, narrowly beating London's projected 15.96 million visitors. New York topped the list in terms of travel spending with estimated expenditures of $18.59 billion. May 31, 2013

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