Tonic for pandemic-weary folk

Yeoh (middle) stirring the bubur lambok before launching the Jom Homestay Penang package. With him are (from left) Yoganthiran, Faisal, Jonathan Freddy and Rohaizat.

WHEN the Covid-19 infection curve has finally been flattened, Tourism Malaysia has just the holiday option for you to relax and commune with nature away from crowds.

Through, tourists can make reservations and pay online for homestay and kampung stay packages throughout Malaysia.

Tourism Malaysia northern region acting director M. Yoganthiran said these packages were registered with the Ministry of Tourism, Arts and Culture.

This digital platform is expected to revive the domestic tourism industry which was affected by Covid-19.

Tourism Malaysia launched the Jom Homestay Penang package at the rest area of Sultan Abdul Halim Mu’adzam Shah Bridge near Batu Kawan in Penang.

The launch on Friday was attended by state tourism and creative economy committee chairman Yeoh Soon Hin.

Also present were Ministry of Tourism, Arts and Culture Penang director Jonathan Freddy Bagang, Jambatan Kedua Sdn Bhd chief executive officer Faisal Shahbudin and Penang Homestay Association chairman Rohaizat Othman.

Yoganthiran said that to help promote kampung homestays, many rural activities from hiking to visiting fruit orchards were highlighted.

“A total of 20 homestay packages have been designed through 10 Malaysian Homestay Experience Programme Clusters in Penang so far.

“The packages allow tourists to stay with hosts and learn about the cultures of the village communities.

“As we are still at war with Covid-19, strict security measures are being drawn up to ensure that all homestay operators and tourists follow all the standard operating procedures, ” he said.

During the launch, 1,500 packets of bubur lambuk were provided by 10 homestay operators and given out to bridge users.

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