Tourism Ministry proposes reactivation of activities in phases

PUTRAJAYA (Bernama): The Tourism, Arts and Culture Ministry is in the midst of proposing to the National Security Council (NSC) to reactivate tourism activities in phases.

The proposal entails four tiers with Tier 1 allowing intra-district travel and tourism activities within the district, Tier 2 allowing inter-district travel and tourism, Tier 3 being inter-state travel and tourism) and Tier 4 being international travel and inbound tourists.

It said in a statement on Thursday (July 22) that it had also implemented several initiatives to help ease the burden of the tourism industry.

These include the relaxation of compound matters under the Tourism Industry Act 1992 (Act 482) such as a compound payment discount of 40 per cent to all tour operators and licensed tour guides compounded by the Ministry before Dec 30, 2021.

Another initiative is licence fee exemption for tour operators and tourist guides licensed under Act 482 and relaxation of license requirements for tour operators such as rental of business premises by co-sharing office space until Dec 31, 2021.

The Ministry said it had also prepared a framework to revive the tourism sector in three phases in line with the National Recovery Plan to help the government speed up the vaccination programme and subsequently make the Covid-19 Free Destination Programme a success.

For the first phase, it said Langkawi and Kuching had been selected as pilot travel destinations for the Covid-19 Free Destination Programme.

For the second phase, the programme will be expanded to other popular resort islands such as Redang, Perhentian, Pangkor and Tioman as well as other main attractions in various states such as Johor, Melaka, Penang and Sabah while the third phase involves other main destinations.

"Hence, the programme includes efforts to increase the capacity in vaccinating the local population," it said, adding that MOTAC was working closely with the Covid-19 Immunisation Task Force to utilise the existing public vaccination centres (PPV) to accelerate the vaccination programme for tourism frontliners. - Bernama

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