Speed up assistance for tourism industry through recovery plan, MTC urges

PETALING JAYA: The Malaysia Tourism Council (MTC) urges the government to speed up the assistance for the tourism industry to keep it competitive.

MTC president Uzaidi Udanis (pic) said while waiting for the allocation through Budget 2021, assistance through the recovery plan should be channelled immediately.

"I hope the government can channel immediate assistance, especially the allocation through the existing Tourism Recovery Plan for this year to help the tourism sector while awaiting an allocation of RM200mil through Budget 2021," Uzaidi said Saturday (Nov 21).

The recovery plan, which was introduced by the Tourism, Arts and Culture Ministry in July, consists of accommodation vouchers, family vacation discounts,"Meet in Malaysia" campaigns and frontline staff package discounts, among others.

The tourism industry is among the most affected sectors by the Covid-19 pandemic.

MTC also said the recovery plan would promote domestic expenditure and contribute to the local economic growth.

“MTC is ready to work with the Tourism, Arts and Culture Ministry to ensure industry players will benefit from the recovery plan.

“Local tourism agencies are also encouraged to promote and market domestic tourism packages creatively to attract more people to realise the cuti-cuti Malaysia campaign, ” it said.

To reassure tourist confidence on their safety during the pandemic, MTC said they are working with the Tourism Productivity Nexus and Malaysia Productivity Corporation (MPC) to produce "Adopt and Adhere" SOPs for the industry.

“At the same time, MTC hopes that there will be an announcement on the tourism activity mechanism or guidelines during the Covid-19 pandemic, ” it added.

MTC also welcomed the decision made by the government to allow inter-state and ending conditional movement control (MCO) in certain states.

The council also applauded the decision of allowing "travel bubble" tourism activities to help the industry strive amid the pandemic.

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