With the Covid-19 pandemic essentially putting a halt to traveling, it is never a better time than now to explore the wonders and hidden gems that lie within our own borders.
To take a break and discover new experiences does not necessarily mean having to travel to exotic far-flung locations. Considering the world is still reeling from the effects of the pandemic and many borders are still closed to tourists, it would be the best choice to explore our own country and support our domestic tourism industry.
In an effort to revive local tourism, the Selangor State Government, via Tourism Selangor, has taken a proactive step post Covid-19 pandemic by introducing a domestic tourism promotion campaign - “Nak Bercuti? Pusing Selangor Dulu!”
Helmed by standing committees of Tourism, Environment, Green Technology and Orang Asli Affairs of Selangor state chairman, Hee Loy Sian, this campaign is poised to help rebuild the economy by promoting Selangor as a tourism spot.
Hee says, “I will be actively involved in the development of tourism and the implementation of tourism policies in the state. This extends to supervising market research and any tourism promotional and encouragement programmes initiated by Selangor’s official tourism promotion agency - Tourism Selangor.”
Under this campaign, various tourism segments will be included, such as sports, eco and agricultural, medical, education, business, retail and meetings, incentives, conferencing and exhibitions (MICE) tourism.
Some initiatives to support this campaign and amplify its reach and impact include online promotions that would also feature exciting virtual tour travels adopting virtual reality technology. A webinar series will also be held to bring Selangor to Malaysians online.
Those looking to plan a trip round Selangor can also keep a lookout for updates on the state’s tourism directory, which will be updated with the latest travel trends. You can also find out about upcoming tourism events and programmes, which of course will adhere to strict SOPs for the safety of all.
More exciting is the collaboration between Tourism Selangor and tourism industry players and media to roll out and promote offerings for a complete local vacation, such as integrated tourism packages that include experiential tourism, staycation experiences, agricultural tourism, industrial tourism and many more.
These packages cover all 12 local councils and nine districts in the state, so you can pick and choose the package that most suit your needs.
To sweeten the deal, Malaysians can look forward to tourism vouchers worth a staggering RM2mil offered through Tourism Selangor in December.
Being known for taking swift action in coming up with its own economic recovery plans post-pandemic, the state of Selangor is also injecting a boost into the local tourism industry by recognising ambassadors of tourism in Selangor with a one-off incentive of RM 1,000 each for authorised tourist guides, Hos Komuniti Selangor and licensed homestay owners.
Hee comments, “The expansion of my portfolio in Selangor administration is proof the state is serious in fostering both urban and rural tourism sectors. Therefore, in regard to tourism development, I will work closely with other members of the Selangor State Executive Council towards developing a recovery grant scheme for the States tourism industry. This is in line with the state’s 2020 to 2025 Tourism Development Strategic Plan - an initiative towards realising the Smart Selangor State 2025 vision.”
Find out more about the campaign and get updates to help make your travel plans at the official website of Tourism Selangor; www.selangor.travel.