The Federal Government’s lifting of the ban on inter-state travel as the country enters the recovery MCO phase is expected to be a much needed catalyst for the industry players.
Johor tourism, youth and sports committee chairman Datuk Onn Hafiz Ghazi said the removal of inter-state travel restrictions had given hope to all the tourism industry players here and it was their duty to ensure that the recovery MCO produced a positive result.
To this end, the Johor government said it would ensure that tourism industry players in the state adhered strictly to all standard operating procedures (SOPs) set by the National Security Council and Health Ministry to prevent Covid-19 infections.
“Hotels and tour operators, shopping centres and all tourism-related activities should maintain social distancing among staff and visitors, and practise good hygiene, in line with the SOP imposed.
“The state sees this as an opportunity to rebuild our tourism industry and help our industry players whose livelihoods had been adversely affected since the beginning of the MCO and the closure of both domestic and international borders,” he said when contacted.
Onn Hafiz said the state government wanted to thank Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin for easing restrictions and allowing domestic tourism activities to resume operations.
The state exco member added that in order to attract domestic travellers to Johor, the industry players had worked together to come out with attractive holiday packages.
“Johor is definitely the best destination offering great value-for-money packages for Malaysian families to travel and relax.
“The state is only a two-hour drive from Melaka and a three-and-a-half-hour journey if you are driving from Kuala Lumpur,” he said.
He added that Johor offered a pleasant experience not just for individuals but also for families and friends to relax, shop andenjoy Johor cuisine.
“We have a variety of tourism products to offer and that is what makes Johor unique and majestic.
“Food hunters can head down to both Johor Baru and Muar to satisfy cravings for our local delicacies such as laksa Johor, kacang pool, mee bandung Muar, asam pedas Muar, R&H satay in Muar and kopi Kluang while exploring our state’s cultural heritage.
“For shopaholics, the stores in Johor Premium Outlet (JPO) offer a wide range of discounts, where they can go up to 90% at selected shops. JPO is only a 40-minute drive from the Johor Baru city centre,” said Onn Hafiz.
He pointed out that Desaru in Kota Tinggi was also a perfect location for families who needed a beach vacation with some adventure thrown in.“Some of the hotels are offering amazing promotions, with rooms starting at only RM120 a night.
“After being cooped up in the house for four months with limited outdoor activities, many people will long for a change of scenery.
“Johor has all the attractions and activities that can be enjoyed with friends and family,” he said.
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