April 21, 2021

We Beat the Target!

Melaka A Famosa Panoramic view by Jan.

While Many of neighboring country falling their target for 2008, Melaka shoot to beat the targeted 6.8 million tourist arrival for 2008. Melaka had incoming 7.2 million tourist last year with 84% of it from domestic visitors or 6 million and remaining 14% or 1.2 million from foreign tourist. Thanks to Singaporeans people for spending at Melaka and they were largest foreign visitors came to Melaka making 19.3% of the Pie. China, while so far away compared to Indonesia, is the 2nd with 17% followed by Indonesia (9.4%) , Hong Kong (4.4%) and Saudi Arabia (4.3%).

Excerpts from Melaka Chief Minister, Datuk Seri Hj. Mohd Ali Rustam recently in The Star news about Melaka Tourism:

‘….new attractions such as the Malacca River boat cruise, Menara Taming Sari and Eye On Malaysia were among the factors that helped the state maintain its high number of tourists.

“We hope to attract more visitors this year with the addition of several new attractions,” he said, adding that the state aimed to attract eight million visitors by 2010.

Among the attractions were a water screen and aerospace dome next to the Eye On Malaysia to be ready by April and a monorail and roller coaster in Taman Rempah set for completion in September, he said.

He added that Mydin Hypermarket and Jusco Shopping Mall, scheduled for completion in April and December respectively, would also help lure visitors.’

Target for Melaka tourist arrival in 2009 is slightly higher that is 7.4 million. With 2008 figure was 7.2, 7.4 for 2009 will be not to hard to achieve.


Hi, I'am Asmaliana, I work at Tourism Melaka. I love my state, Melaka, the world heritage city by UNESCO. Don't Mess With Melaka.

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One thought on “We Beat the Target!

  1. Yes, we managed to beat the 6.8million visitors target for 2008. All Malaccans should be proud of this achievements BUT we must not rest our laurels. All of us did our small part. The Melaka Government, NGOs, web site promoters, hoteliers, tour operators, retailers and even Malaccans who show our kindness and hospitality to our visitors. For years ahead, we should continue and strive to reach 10 million visitors in the future.

    On the ground, some hitches need to be rectified. My wife and I tried to take the Melaka River night cruise during the CNY recently. Lots of local tourists were also queuing up to buy tickets but the ticket sellers were not too helpful. Due to miscommunication, we were not able to buy our tickets for the boat right. Besides, the ticket counter, it will be better for the boats to alight passengers on one pier and then go to the next pier to pick up the awaiting passengers. That night, only one pier is used where passengers need to climb one to two boats to get onto the third boat for their tour.

    For the Eye of Malaysia, the surroundings need to be spruce up with more trees. Now, the area looks like a construction site which is dusty and not conducive to walking visitors.

    We want more visitors to Melaka to enjoy themselves during their stay but it is important that we constantly review and improve any shortcomings.

    Traffic jams from Ayer Keroh to city centre can take 1 to 1.5 hours and authorities must take pro-active action. Also, do not encourage tourists to visit Banda Hilir area only. Other areas such as Melaka New Chinatown in Jalan Bunga Raya, Jalan Kee Ann, Jalan Jawa just outside the heritage zone have plentiful of sites and eating stalls. We need to disperse and develop other tourist attractions outside the heritage zone. If not, traffic jams will continue and we will suffer from our own success in attracting more and more visitors to historic Melaka – World Heritage City.

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