MELAKA: It is shaping up to be a bad weekend for the Melaka tourism industry, says the Melaka Tourism Business Club.
Vice-chairman Dennis Samford said many hotels faced eleventh-hour room cancellations due to the conditional movement control order (MCO) in the Klang Valley.
"On top of that, there is talk of a Chikungunya outbreak in Bukit Cina and Ujong Pasir here as well as increasing dengue cases which have made it worse for the industry," he said Friday (Oct 16).
Chikungunya is a viral disease transmitted to humans by infected mosquitoes.
Samford said Melaka was dependent on domestic tourism since the outbreak of the Covid-19 pandemic.
Samford said even budget hotels had been affected by the drop in domestic tourist arrivals.
"Even the roads in the historic city were empty on Friday afternoon," he added.
Meanwhile, Melaka health and anti-drug committee chairman Datuk Rahmad Mariman said only three cases of chikungunya were reported last week.
He said the areas affected were Jalan Laksamana Cheng Ho, Ong Kim Wee and Taman Kota Laksamana.
He also said the number of chikungunya cases was not high as claimed in viral messages.
"Importantly, the residents in the affected areas need to take care of the cleanliness of their surroundings," he added.
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