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Tourism Development In Malaysia. A Review On Federal Government Policies


  • Azizan MARZUKI

    () (School of Housing Building and Planning, Universiti Sains Malaysia 11800 Penang, Malaysia Malaysia)


Tourism development in Malaysia began since 1960s. Embarking on the strategy to develop rural areas and provide diversity in national economy, tourism industry drastically become as the second most important sector after petroleum. Therefore, the aim of this article is to review the progress of tourism development in Malaysia from the period of the First Malaysian Plan (1966-1970) until the Ninth Malaysian Plan (2006-2010). This paper is also discussed several approaches related to tourism administration and policy taken by the federal government as stated in the New Economic Policy (1970) and the National Tourism Master Plan (1975). Further elaboration is then centred on the growth of tourism industry in Malaysia from 1987 to 2009.

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  • Azizan MARZUKI, 2010. "Tourism Development In Malaysia. A Review On Federal Government Policies," Theoretical and Empirical Researches in Urban Management, Research Centre in Public Administration and Public Services, Bucharest, Romania, vol. 5(8(17)), pages 85-97, November.
  • Handle: RePEc:rom:terumm:v:5:y:2010:i:17:p:85-97

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    Cited by:

    1. Ruxandra Irina POPESCU & Razvan-Andrei CORBOS, 2011. "Successful Strategic Practices in Building Malaysia’s Country Brand," REVISTA ADMINISTRATIE SI MANAGEMENT PUBLIC, Faculty of Administration and Public Management, Academy of Economic Studies, Bucharest, Romania, vol. 2011(16), pages 82-113, June.

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    Tourism development; Malaysia Plan; international arrival; tourism growth.;

    JEL classification:

    • L83 - Industrial Organization - - Industry Studies: Services - - - Sports; Gambling; Restaurants; Recreation; Tourism


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