THE Penang government will remain vigilant with strict enforcement despite having successfully kept the Covid-19 pandemic at bay.
State tourism, arts, culture and heritage committee chairman Yeoh Soon Hin said it was imperative to follow the standard operating procedure (SOP) at all times so the domestic tourism industry could recover.
He said every tourism player should have its own SOP, including contact tracing apps, temperature checks, hand sanitiser and social distancing via floor stickers.
“The state is in the green zone as a result of the well-coordinated efforts from all, ” said Yeoh at the launch of the ‘Responsible Tourism’ campaign and ‘Accreditation Certificate Presentation’ ceremony at Queensbay Mall on Thursday.
“Domestic tourism is on the rise again and in the new norm, there must be awareness and commitment among local tourists regarding the SOP.
“They must go the extra mile in ensuring that every minute detail is followed.
“This includes the proper disposal of used face masks into the waste bins provided at every place of attraction.
“Locals who show symptoms of the virus should refrain from travelling.”
Yeoh said the ‘Responsible Tourism’ logo was inspired by the Penang flag which has blue, white and yellow colours.
“We hope everyone will use the logo to create a heightened awareness among the local tourists.
“The campaign aims to involve every tier of the travel industry and create a conducive atmosphere for the recovery of the local economy, ” he said.
Chief Minister Chow Kon Yeow, who launched the campaign, said every relevant agency had cooperated in the revival of the tourism industry.
“The accreditation is given to only industry players who have complied with the SOP. They are also allowed to use the responsible tourism logo.
“We must turn Penang into a leading destination in Asia.”
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