PETALING JAYA: The Tourism, Arts and Culture Ministry has cancelled the ongoing Visit Malaysia Year 2020 (VMY2020) campaign in light of the Covid-19 pandemic.
Minister Datuk Seri Nancy Shukri (pic) said the VMY2020 campaign was cancelled due to the impact of Covid-19 on the local and international tourism sector.
"This is effective immediately," she said in a statement Wednesday (March 18).
She also announced the freeze of all over-the-counter and online services for the ministry’s Tourism Licensing Division.
“These include the ministry’s state offices concerning tourism licensing such as tour guides, tour drivers, tourism training institutes, and the registration of tourism accommodation premises, rated spa centres, and foot massage centres, until March 31," said Nancy.
She added that in line with the statement made by the National Security Council, Prime Minister's Department regarding movement control order (MCO), Nancy said all tourist accommodations will be permitted to operate at a minimum level.
The MCO period runs for two weeks from March 18 to 31.
“All guests at said premises must remain in their rooms for the quarantine period, but are allowed to order food through room service. Check-ins at tourist accommodation will also be permitted, but on a small and limited scale.
“For guests forced to extend their stay throughout the MCO, they may register with tourism accommodation suited to their budgets. However, new domestic tourists seeking to register with premises will not be permitted, ” she said.
"I appeal to the public to adhere to social distancing throughout the MCO and get verifed information for official sources.
"Let us all pray for the betterment of the country until the situation returns to normal immediately," added Nancy.