Rise of marine tourism


  • Metro News
  • Thursday, 30 Jul 2020

Pulau Redang is a popular snorkelling destination. — Filepic

MARINE tourism is becoming more popular among Malaysians, especially during the recovery stage of the MCO.

Tourism Malaysia northern region director Ahmad Husni Ahmad Basri said that together with the Tourism, Arts and Culture Ministry (Motac) and the Fisheries Department, they were now organising various programmes on marine tourism for tour guides and travel agencies in the country.

“Malaysia has many destinations for diving and snorkelling and demand is increasing now that interstate travel is allowed.”

He was speaking to reporters at the ‘Tourism Knowledge Enhancement’ programme titled ‘Symbiosis Between Tourism and Marine Environment’.

The programme in Penang was organised by Zou Divers School and Northern Dive Shop and attended by Motac officials, local travel agencies, tour guides and tourism industry players.Ahmad Husni: Malaysia has many destinations for diving and snorkelling and demand is rising now that interstate travel is allowed.Ahmad Husni: Malaysia has many destinations for diving and snorkelling and demand is rising now that interstate travel is allowed.

It was held to explain the standard operating procedure (SOP) concerning marine tourism in Malaysia and convey information on marine tourism destinations.

Ahmad Husni said Pulau Songsong in Yan district, Kedah, had been identified as a marine tourism site.

“Its underwater activities should be given attention due to the richness of coral reefs there.”

Meanwhile, programme organiser and scuba diving coach Zulhairie Zulkiflee said the programme was meant to help industry players to follow the SOP.

“After interstate travel was allowed, I found a lack of SOP compliance at a jetty at a famous tourist island.

“The jetty was packed with visitors. I believe that is because everyone wants to go on holiday after months of confinement.

“I hope cooperation can be fostered among industry players to prevent over-crowding, ” he said.

Zulhairie said more people were signing up for scuba diving classes because they were aware that underwater sports were safe.

He said the scope of tourism activities was no longer limited to the land as people also wanted to be involved in sea-related activities. – Bernama

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