Operators to include PCR tests in domestic holidays

PETALING JAYA: Travel operators will focus on comprehensive tour packages that include coordination to obtain polymerase chain reaction test (PCR) to encourage domestic tourism.

Malaysian Association of Tour and Travel Agents (MATTA) president Datuk Tan Kok Liang said these packages would include airfare and ground arrangement as tour operators had always handled the logistics of travel for customers.

“Due to the pandemic, we will redesign the tour packages to fit the situation. If necessary, we can expand the coordination for Covid-19 testing and make arrangements for private dining at restaurants.

“These packages would serve travellers from the peninsula to Sabah and Sarawak, ” he said.

The initiative came following Sabah government’s requirement where travellers must be tested negative before entering the state.

Malaysian Association of Hotels chief executive officer Yap Lip Seng said they would work closely with MATTA in providing safe travel guidelines.

“As part of our long-term partnership, we have introduced the ‘Clean and Safe Malaysia’ campaign for hotels. We believe our concerted efforts with clear guidelines and SOP will help boost confidence and safety among travellers, ” he said.

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