Don’t forget tourism workers, urges industry

GEORGE TOWN: Vaccination passports for overseas travellers to Malaysia will work well only if hotel employees are also vaccinated, says Malaysia Association of Hotels (MAH) Penang chairman Raj Kumar.

“Guests who arrive with vaccination passports will stay with confidence if the entire hotel workforce has also been vaccinated.

“Otherwise, it will be hard to track down and contain cases found in hotels, ” he said yesterday.

Raj said foreign tourists made up more than half of the guests hosted by hotels in Penang, and on average, they spend about five times more than domestic travellers.

Penang Tourist Guides Association chairman Chin Poh Chin said about 14,000 tourist guides in the country, of whom 700 are in Penang, have yet to be vaccinated.

“Some members aged above 70 have received their vaccines but that’s due to their age group and not because they are tourist guides.

“Introducing the vaccination passport will definitely help us as we depend highly on foreign tourists.

“The passport will address concerns of exposure within a group and not just allow foreign tourists to arrive and take up our service, but also allow us to be tour leaders and bring locals out, ” she said.

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