GEORGE TOWN (Bernama): The Tourism, Arts and Culture Ministry will propose staggered school holidays to spur the tourism sector and to reduce crowds at local tourist hotspots.
Deputy Minister Muhammad Bakhtiar Wan Chik said they were currently working on the proposal that would only apply for shorter breaks in March, June and September.
"We are currently gathering the data from hoteliers and tourism industry players before we can proceed to discuss this with the Education Ministry," he told reporters after opening the 4th National Archaeology Seminar here on Tuesday (Oct 9).
Muhammad Bakhtiar said the plan would not affect the year-end school break as the long period of school closure would be the same for all states.
"With staggered school holidays, tourist spots in the country will have a steady stream of domestic tourists instead of currently experiencing overcrowding only during school holidays.
"Maybe we can stagger it between northern, southern and the east coast regions so that schools in these three different regions have school breaks on different weeks," he said, adding that some countries like the United States and Australia had already adopted similar plans to avoid overcrowding. – Bernama