Training for tour guides in Mersing

  • Metro News
  • Friday, 18 Sep 2020

Pulau Hujung in Mersing is a popular venue for island-hopping activities.

JOHOR BARU: Mersing Tourism Association (MTA) is planning to conduct free workshops for tour guides in the district to better prepare them for next year’s tourism promotion.

MTA secretary Ahmad Firdaus Shaik Omar, 38, said the workshops would be conducted by the East Coast Economic Region Development Council (ECERDC) under its Empower ECER Mersing programme.

It aims to help tourism industry players to be occupied during the northeast monsoon season that is expected to hit in early October and continue until March next year.

“The workshops will be on digital promotion, better mapping of island hopping packages and on how to prepare and maintain tour boats.

“The 2019 monsoon season was the worst experience because rainfall was heavy, causing floods in the city with strong winds and high waves in the sea.

“These classes are to provide an option for tourism players to fill their time during the season, ” said Ahmad Firdaus.

He noted that the weather was presently still clear compared to the usual downpours in September.

“The peak season for visiting the island in Mersing is usually from April until August, and the crowd tapers off in September as some of the tourism spots prepare for the monsoon season.

“We have held discussions with Tourism Malaysia on how to improve services to tourists here.”

He highlighted that the island tour packages were in demand since the recovery movement control order (MCO) began.

“Tour companies in Mersing were given the green light to offer island-hopping activities by Mersing District Council on Aug 9, and since then Malaysian tourists have been flocking to the island.

“The island’s location of being relatively close in distance is an advantage.

“Visitors can take part in water activities in the daytime and return home before 6pm the same day, ” said Ahmad Firdaus.

He said island tours cost between RM130 and RM170 per person.

For island-hopping activities, he said 10 boats made the trips every day.

“Each boat carries a maximum of 12 passengers.

“The RM130 packages include snorkelling at Tengah, Besar and Hujung islands while the RM170 packages are to Sibu Kukus, Tokong Rakit, Lima, Mentigi and Tinggi islands, ” he added.

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