State working hard to revive tourism

  • Metro News
  • Saturday, 29 Aug 2020

Penang Hoteliers Association chairman Datuk Lim Mee Lee (front secong right) and his committee at the swearing in.

THE Penang government has been tirelessly helping stakeholders to restore the state’s tourism industry to its former glory, said state

tourism, arts, culture and heritage committee chairman Yeoh Soon Hin.

“Discussions have been held since April to engage and prepare the industry for the new norm in anticipation of the industry’s


“We also rolled out the RM10mil Penang Business Continuity Zero Interest Loan or Skim Peka 2.0 to qualified tourism players.

“The scheme offers interest-free loans of up to RM50,000 so they can sustain their businesses during these hard times,” he said.

Yeoh was giving a speech at the 63rd Penang Hoteliers Association (PHA) anniversary dinner which saw the swearing-in of a new committee.

He said the Covid-19 pandemic threw a curveball at what was

supposed to be an exciting year in the tourism calendar with Experience Penang 2020 and the nationwide Visit Malaysia 2020 campaigns.

“With the reopening of local borders, we have seen the gradual return of domestic tourism.

“We also launched the Responsible Tourism campaign, becoming the first state to adopt this approach towards instilling a sense of responsibility in everyone,” he added.

Yeoh said PHA and Malaysia Budget Hotel Association had been working with the state through various efforts such as the accreditation system for hotels, shopping malls and attractions to accelerate tourism recovery in the state.

The programme with emphasis on cleanliness and security has seen 13 hotels, three tourist attractions and a mall go the extra length to follow added standard operating procedures.

Yeoh urged more tourism players to get accredited, adding that premises which passed the hygiene protocol would be listed in the website.

Earlier, Yeoh witnessed the swearing-in of the new PHA committee.

It is made up of chairman Datuk Lim Mee Lee, deputy chairman Loh Peng Hong, vice-chairmen Amir Hisham and Foong Hong Beng, secretary Loh Peng Cheng, treasurer Tan Hong Poh and nine others including executive advisor Tony Goh.

Lim said in his opening address that the PHA anniversary dinner would have been a grand affair with more than 600 guests but due to the pandemic, the committee had to limit attendance to fewer than 100.

He thanked Yeoh and his office for undertaking many initiatives to restore the state’s tourism industry and pledged that the new committee would do its best to help.

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