MELAKA: A state-based tourism body if proposing special deals to attract Johoreans to visit places of interest here and to promote hotel stays.
Melaka Tourism Business Club (MTBC) president Datuk Chew Chert Fong said he had presented the proposals to its members as the state tourism industry had been badly affected by the conditional movement control order (MCO) in the Klang Valley.
"We hope to encourage locals and attract them to tourist spots and hotels here with this initiative.
"The industry will be further affected with the conditional MCO imposed in Seremban from Thursday (Nov 5)," he said on Wednesday (Nov 4).
Chew said it was crucial to keep the industry afloat as tourism players are in dire straits following the steep drop in tourist arrivals to the state following the situation in the Klang Valley.
"We need to lure Johoreans and locals by giving them attractive packages," he said.
Meanwhile, Jonker Walk management deputy chairman Datuk Wira Gan Tian Loo said the famous night market has witnessed a huge decline in visitors since the Klang Valley was placed under a conditional MCO.
He said only about 500 people patronised Jonker Walk on Sunday (Nov 1), a far cry from the 10,000 figure before.
"We anticipate the number of visitors to be much smaller this weekend without visitors from Seremban," he said.
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