Nasaruddin Abdul Muttalib, Chief Executive Officer of Langkawi Development Authority says Langkawi Development Authority (LADA) has seen a rise in the number of inbound travellers on the island, representing a steady increase since the reopening of borders in April 2022.
"Langkawi has recorded over 200,000 visitors a month of recent and is currently on track to achieve the target of 2.5 million inbound travellers by year end. This number is a huge rise from the initial projections that were made by LADA, with the highest number of travellers was recorded during the school holidays/long weekend at 172,623," he says.
This fact is further reinstated by hoteliers and tour operators in Langkawi:
Effendi Ramley, General Manager from Dash Resort, Langkawi. adds that the occupancy rate at the hotel is at its highest since the implementation of the Langkawi International Travel Bubble initiative by the government.
"On average, our occupancy rate is at 76% and we are so thankful to see this growth, since most of the local community relies heavily on the tourism industry to survive. These promising numbers are proof that the island is recovering and we look forward to welcoming more tourist in the near future,” says Effendi Ramley.
Expensive Langkawi Trips?
With regards to concerns by netizens who raised concerns that the expenses needed to travel to Langkawi are costly, however, LADA says Langkawi offers more than just food and entertainment.
Its scenic beauty and vast stretches of beaches offer a wide range of experiences that appeals to all types of travellers including budget travellers, backpackers, small or large families, honeymooners, nature lovers, adrenaline junkies and even silver hairs.
There’s no doubt many experiences that Langkawi has to offer with its 99 magical islands under the sun, some at no cost, and some priceless – from bird watching to spot some exotic avians, hiking to the peak of Gunung Raya or Gunung Machinchang and lounging at the vibrant yet beautiful sandy beaches of Pantai Chenang and Pantai Tengah.
"We do acknowledge that many local tourists travel to Langkawi by ferry and the pandemic had impacted the dredging works which in turn has affected the availability of the ferry services to and from the island.
"For this, LADA has been vigilantly working with the relevant authorities, mainly with the operators and the Jabatan Laut Malaysia to expedite the process of clearing the passageway for more ferries to ply the route," says Nasaruddin.