Integrating tourism with development promotes population growth
In line with REHDA Youth’s objectives to educate and champion sustainable in the property development arena, REHDA Youth brought a group of delegates down to Johor Bahru recently particularly to visit ThinkCity, Iskandar Regional Development Authority (IRDA), Menara JLand, Sunway Iskandar, The Astaka and other points of interest in Johor.
Speaking to the participants of the REHDA Youth Study Tour, State Women and Tourism Development Committee chairman, Liow Cai Tung mentioned that their presence here in Johor is quite timely as the state is gearing up to welcome Visit Johor 2020, along with the national efforts to boost Malaysia’s tourism sector via Visit Malaysia 2020.
Liow added, “We’re feeling positive for year 2020 where we aim to achieve our target of 18.4 million domestic and international tourists.”
With the state government’s continuous efforts to promote Johor to the international and domestic tourists alike, there is an increase of 6.85% in visitor arrivals in the first eight months of this year. From January to August, Johor recorded 11.03 million visitor arrivals compared to 10.28 million during the same period last year.
The number of tourists who spend at least one night at a hotel in Johor has increased. The data collected by Tourism Malaysia shows that Johor welcomed 1.78 million overnight tourists from January to March this year, a rise of 3.54% compared to 1.72 million in the consecutive period in 2018.
According to the Department of Statistics Malaysia, businesses remain optimistic on their business performance for the third quarter of 2019. The confidence indicator increased slightly in the third quarter to 3.1% compared to the 2.8% recorded in the previous quarter. Moreover, with the Federal Government’s go-ahead for the Johor Bahru-Singapore Rapid Transit System (RTS) Link project, the property sector is set to benefit greatly as well.
“Johor’s economy has been outpacing that of Malaysia as a whole in the past decade. As Johor’s economy grow, the landscape of the city also developed greatly. We especially see many new infrastructure developments taking place here in the Iskandar Malaysia region. The effects of tourism are expected to bring positive impacts to the local housing market,” Liow concluded.