‘Amp up domestic tourism’

All set for sight-seeing: Batu Lintang Fire and Rescue Department personnel sanitising tour buses at the Batu Lintang fire station in Kuching, in preparation for the targeted travel bubble allowed between states under the recovery movement control order. — ZULAZHAR SHEBLEE/The Star

KUALA LUMPUR: The Tourism, Arts and Culture Ministry wants Malaysians and local tourism companies to take advantage of the targeted tourism bubble opportunity.

Its minister Datuk Seri Nancy Shukri said the “bubble”, which allows travel for tourism between states under the recovery movement control order from yesterday, would indirectly open up space and opportunities for businesses in the sector to return to full operations.

“Certainly, this can be the beginning of a new chapter as a catalyst for the industry to rise again, further helping the survival of workers involved in the tourism sector chain, ” she said in a statement.

The government has also allowed direct activities for the creative industry in recovery MCO and conditional MCO areas.

These activities include official government programmes, television, music, arts, dance, theatre, musicals, comedy, cultural and heritage performances involving attendance of 50% of the audience with strict adherence to Covid-19 prevention standard operating procedures.

Nancy also reminded the public not to be complacent and adhere to the SOP when participating in tourism and cultural activities.

“Let us work together and continue to pray that the local tourism and culture industry does not have to go through difficult times with the closure of activities because the negative impact on the economic chain of those involved and the country is very deep, ” she said.

On Tuesday, Senior Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob announced that the bubble and the green light for music, arts and cultural activities are subject to a strict SOP.

As for the bubble, one of the conditions is that the tourists must utilise a tour agency registered under the ministry.

The use of private vehicles is not allowed. — Bernama

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