MELAKA: Close to 50% of tourism players in the historic state have wound up, based on the number of membership renewals with the Malaysian Association of Tour and Travel Agents (MATTA) for this year.
MATTA Melaka Chapter chairman Goh Hock Gin said only about 40 of 80 tourism players had renewed their memberships for 2021, indicating that half the industry is no longer in business.
“This is a sad state of affairs for the tourism industry and we need the state government to look into our plight, ” he said in an interview on Monday (Feb 22).
Goh said most of those still active had also not resumed operations because interstate and interdistrict travel are still not allowed during the conditional movement control order.
“We are now worried the whole sector could collapse if travel continues to be banned, ” he said.
Goh said allowing tourism activities but not doing away with the travel ban was not helping the tourism stakeholders.
He said tour operators, hoteliers and eateries need human traffic to continue generating revenue and this could only be achieved by lifting the travel bans.
Goh said the population in Melaka Tengah district alone would not be able to support the local businesses.
He added that the Government should at least allow people from the Klang Valley to travel to Melaka during the conditional MCO.
“Our domestic market depends on tourists from the Klang Valley during these challenging times, ” he said.
Goh added that MATTA will work closely with the Malaysian Association of Hotels (MAH) and Malaysia Budget Hotel Association (MyBHA) to ensure that the sector survives the pandemic.