SIBU: Malaysians will enjoy a total of 11 long weekends next year due to a number of public holidays.
Among the public holidays are New Year’s day (Jan 1) which falls on Thursday. The public could take Friday as leave to go on a holiday.
Others are Chinese New Year on Feb 19 to 20, Good Friday on April 3, Labour Day on May 1, Wesak Day June 1 including Gawai Dayak on June 1 and 2, Agong’s Birthday on June 6, Hari Raya Puasa July 18 to 19, National Day Aug 31, Hari Raya Haji on Sept 24, Awal Muharram Oct 15 and Christmas on Dec 25.
Sazhong Tour and Travel Agency operator Frankie Ting said the 11 long weekends next year augured well for domestic tourism.
“With more long weekends, there will definitely be an increase in the number of people going places. People from the peninsula will be able to come to the state in droves while people from the state will also take the opportunity to travel to other states,” he added.
Ting opined that with more long weekends, it would certainly give domestic tourism a boost.
Sarawak Central Region Hotel Association chairman Johnny Wong echoed similar sentiment, saying: “The many long weekends will definitely be good for domestic tourism, but to capitalise on the situation, the authority involved in tourism promotion must work hard to ensure that there are attractive tourism packages to attract people to travel.
“We must have something good to offer so that people will seize the opportunity to come here.”