The tourism sector has seen a surge in hotel reservations nationwide showing an increase of up to 30.74% until June, said Tourism, Arts and Culture Minister Datuk Seri Nancy Shukri.
She said hotels were being filled up by domestic tourists and this had helped revive the country’s economy, which is badly hit by the Covid-19 pandemic.
“In terms of hotel reservations, from March, the occupancy rate was 18.29%. In April, it dipped to 8.86% because of the (Covid-19) peak in Malaysia and in May, during the recovery movement control order (MCO), it was 9.63%.
“But until June 30, (occupancy) surged to 30.74%. This shows that the public is beginning to go out, they are brave enough to go out because the situation in the country is quite safe, ” she said.
She said the ministry has always cooperated with the industry players in the tourism sector to tackle the effects of Covid-19.
“We always have engagements and discussions with tourism industry players. They give us ideas, which we use as feedback for the government, ” she said as a guest on Bernama TV’s talk show programme, Ruang Bicara, recently.
Meanwhile, she said the ministry would obtain guidelines from the Health Ministry, Home Ministry and Foreign Ministry to assist in identifying green zones overseas that could implement “travel bubbles”.
“For example, we do not refer to Australia as a whole, perhaps just Perth, ” she said.
The travel bubble or “green lane” concept involves the easing of travel restrictions between two or more countries that record low local Covid-19 infection.
Nancy added that her ministry would also hold discussions with airline companies regarding the matter. – Bernama
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