SEREMBAN: The state's hotel and homestay operators, as well as tourists guides, will receive a special one-off aid from the state government to help them cushion the effects of Covid-19, says Datuk Seri Aminuddin Harun.
The Mentri Besar said all tourism-related associations will also benefit as they too have been badly affected by the pandemic.
“The number of tourists, especially to Port Dickson, have fallen drastically, and in fact, we have not been receiving any in recent weeks due to the ban on inter-district and inter-state travel.
“We are aware that those associated with the tourism industry have been facing cash flow problems, and we hope this assistance from the state government will be of some help,” he told reporters after chairing the state exco meeting.
Twenty associations, representing tourism industry players, he said, would be given RM2,000 each.
These include the state chapters of the Malaysia Association of Hotel, Malaysia Budget & Business Hotel, Malaysia Association of Tours & Travel Agents, and Bumiputra Travel & Tour Agents Association of Malaysia.
Aminuddin said seven homestay operators in the state who are still active and registered with the Tourism, Arts and Culture Ministry, will also get RM2,000 each.
These are Homestay Pelegong (Seremban), Homestay Lonek (Jempol), Homestay Rawa (Lenggeng), Homestay Pachitan, Homestay D’ Pelanduk Best (both Port Dickson), Homestay Kuala Klawang and Homestay Kampung Sg Buloh (both Jelebu).
“Ninety-one tourist guides registered with the Negri Sembilan Tourist Guides Association and registered with the ministry will be given RM250 each,” he said.
Aminuddin said his administration will also offer a 50% discount on the assessment fee to hotels and lodgings for the second half of 2021.
The exercise, he said, would cost the state government some RM1.5mil.
These operators, who number around 150, would also be given a further 50% rebate on licensing fees.
The entire package, he said, will cost the state government RM1.7mil.