Nancy Shukri: Encouraging improvement in domestic tourism after MCO restrictions eased

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  • Monday, 27 Jul 2020

KUALA LUMPUR (Bernama): The domestic tourism industry has shown encouraging development after tourism activities were allowed to resume when the recovery movement control order was enforced on June 10.

Tourism, Arts and Culture Minister Datuk Seri Nancy Shukri said the average occupancy rate in several city hotels and resorts throughout the country was encouraging, especially in locations with natural attractions like islands, beaches, highlands or forests.

She said 180,000 flight passenger seats were sold between June 10 and 28 for travel between July and September this year through domestic travel promotions by AirAsia.

"The weekly trend for accommodation also showed an increase compared to the week before. Although the increase is not drastic, it is a positive indication, ” she said during the question-and-answer session at the Dewan Rakyat here on Monday (July 27).

She was answering a question from Yamani Hafez Musa (BN-Sipitang) on the response from tourism operators and the public to the government’s domestic tourism campaign post Covid-19.

Nancy said this was the result of initiatives by domestic tourism industry players through special travel packages with attractive prices for hotels, flights and entrance tickets for tourism products and destinations.

Meanwhile, Nancy said the RM90mil allocation for the Visit Malaysia 2020 (VM2020) would be kept for the next campaign following its cancellation in March.

She added that although VM2020 was cancelled, the ministry was also monitoring countries in the Covid-19 green zone category which were collaborating with Malaysia.

She was replying to a supplementary question from Ahmad Hassan (Warisan-Papar) who wanted to know the ministry’s plans for the allocation which had been provided for the campaign. – Bernama

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