THE Malaysian Association of Hotels (MAH) Perak Chapter hopes the government will provide technical and vocational education and training (TVET) for the hospitality sector.
Its chairman Nurul Nuzairi Mohd Azahari said the TVET programme currently did not cover the hotel industry and it could a play a vital role in helping the unemployed.
“The hospitality sector is not just about housekeeping.
“There is also the front office and food and beverage department where on-the-job training can be offered, ” he said, adding that such training programmes could help reduce the country’s unemployment rate.
“There may be some who want to enter a new industry but find it risky as it would incur cost to undergo training.
“With TVET, they can get training on the job while receiving some allowance, ” he pointed out.
Nurul Nuzairi also hoped that the government would provide more support to the tourism industry which was badly hit by the significant decline in foreign tourist arrivals.
“Although travel restrictions have eased under the the conditional and recovery movement control orders, the initial limitations were still a great blow to the tourism industry and related industries, ” he said.
“We do receive some assistance from the government but it is not sufficient to cover our losses caused by the drop in business since last year.
“We hope the interstate travel ban will be lifted so that people can plan their holidays, ” he said, and also called for a reduction in assessment tax as a way to ease their burden.
Nurul Nuzairi urged industry players to have more innovative strategies to recoup their losses due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
He also said that MAH had launched a photo contest as part of efforts to boost domestic travel. — By IVAN LOH