Melaka hotels clamour for lifting of travel restrictions

Bak (in white shirt) is gauging the preparation at La Crista Hotel before another session of dine-in on Monday.

MELAKA: Hoteliers here are lobbying hard for the lifting of interstate and inter-district travels following the overwhelming response to dining-in for Valentine's Day.

Malaysia Association of Hotels (MAH) Melaka Chapter’s honorary secretary Jason Bak said the brisk sales on Sunday (Feb 14) is a benchmark to indicate that the hotels would be able to recuperate as soon as interstate and inter-district travels are allowed after the movement control order (MCO) is lifted.

The current MCO is scheduled to end on Feb 18.

“Guests place their trust on hotels as they are well aware that health and safety is a priority for us.

“Furthermore, there has not been any 'hotel cluster' since the outbreak of Covid-19, ” he said in an interview here on Monday (Feb 15).

Bak said the lifting of the travel ban will help hotels to plan their road to recovery and save jobs.

He said hotels desperately need domestic tourists to generate revenue since the country’s border is still closed to foreigners.

"We will work with our headquarters to continue persuading the government to allow the interstate and inter-district travels," he said.

Bak said this Valentine’s Day saw a surge of business for many hotels here.

“It was a really busy Sunday, and I had to engage more part-time staff to keep up with demand, ” he said.

For example, the five-star LaCrista Hotel here witnessed an unexpected boost in business on Sunday, and even on Monday (Feb 15) for dining-in, even though there is a limit of two persons per table.

“This indicates we could look forward to a favourable recovery once the travel ban is lifted, ” he added.

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