Tourism Ministry resumes RM5mil Gamelan fund for tourism recovery in Malaysia


Tourism operators in the country can tap into the Gamelan fund to promote domestic travel. - Filepic

Tourism operators in the country can now tap into the Malaysian Tourism Incentive Fund (Gamelan) to revitalise the domestic tourism sector, says the Tourism, Arts and Culture Ministry.

The fund which was introduced in 2019 with an allocation of RM5mil, was postponed last year due to the implementation of the movement control order.

Tourism, Arts and Culture Minister Datuk Seri Hajah Nancy Shukri said the Finance Ministry has approved the resumption of the remaining special allocation for the Gamelan program of RM3.08mil for the use of the programme throughout this year.

She added that the fund guidelines were also improved in line with the new post-Covid-19 norms to reactivate the battered tourism and arts sector by taking into account digital promotion.

"Also amended is the allocation ceiling for each company which was increased from RM200,000 to RM300,000. For domestic and foreign promotions, it was also increased to RM20,000 and RM30,000 respectively," Nancy said in a statement.

According to Nancy, application and payment procedures will also be simplified by taking into account more appropriate implementation based on the current situation.

Those eligible for the Gamelan fund are registered tourism agencies and associations, accommodation operators, shopping associations, community-based tourism (CBT) operators and other tourism-related companies.

However, application consideration is subject to compliance with standard operating procedures issued by the Health Ministry and National Security Council (NSC) which are updated from time to time.

Last year, tourist arrivals to the country dropped by 83.4% in 2020 with the country only welcoming about four million tourists.

It was a marked decrease from the 26,100,784 tourist arrivals recorded in 2019.

For the same period, Malaysia’s tourist receipts also plunged by 85.3% from RM86.14bil in 2019 to RM12.69bil last year.

For more information on Gamelan, visit www.tourism.gov.my or call 03-8891 8235/8283.

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