Malacca expects 10 million tourists this year

For the first time, the city of Malacca is expecting tourists numbers to hit 10 million, in the face of its co-listing as a World Heritage Site (with George Town in Penang) in 2008. Malacca was founded in the 15th century under the Malacca Sultanate and was subsequently taken by European powers. Malacca has always been popular as a weekend destination, particularly among tourists from Singapore. How has the massive influx of tourists changed this World Heritage Site?

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Melaka Expected To Receive 10 Million Tourists In 2010
Bernama, 25 November 2010

For the first time, Melaka is expected to receive as many as 10 million tourists compared with 8.9 million last year.

Chief Minister Datuk Seri Mohd Ali Rustam said up to October this year, the historical state had received 7.8 million tourist arrivals and another 2.2 million were expected in November and December.

“The number of tourists has risen considerably since Melaka was declared a World Heritage Site in July 2008,” he said in his speech at the ‘Session with Eminent Personalities’ organised by the Institute of Management and Integrity, Melaka (Inspim) at a hotel, here, Wednesday night.

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Author: Noel Tan

Dr Noel Hidalgo Tan is the Senior Specialist in Archaeology at SEAMEO-SPAFA, the Southeast Asian Regional Centre for Archaelogy and Fine Arts.

2 thoughts on “Malacca expects 10 million tourists this year”

  1. Seems to be quite a dingdong battle between Penang and Melaka at the moment over funding etc etc.
    I would guess that many of the tourists going to Melaka are bus tours, probably from Asian countries, and they are in and out within a day or two.

  2. The real Malaka is on Sumatra. it has the largest fortress, palace and best museum.
    Malaysian Malacca has always been the lame second-rate little brother to greater civilizations of Java and Sumatra.

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