The Tourist Development Corporation of Malaysia (TDC), was established on 10 August 1972 as an agency under the former Ministry of Trade and Industry by an Act of Parliament.

On 20 May 1987, the Ministry of Culture, Arts and Tourism was established. In May 1992, the Tourist Development Corporation of Malaysia Act 1972 was replaced by the Malaysia Tourism Promotion Board Act 1992. This originated “ Tourism Malaysia “ internationally.

Tourism Malaysia’s overall objectives are to promote Malaysia as an outstanding tourist destination both domestically and internationally. The aim is to increase awareness of Malaysia’s unique wonders, attractions & cultures and aspire to develop domestic tourism and enhance Malaysia’s share of the market for meetings, incentives, conventions and exhibitions (MICE). The increase in foreign tourists to Malaysia will subsequently increase Malaysia’s tourism revenue.