Go for online bookings, T’ganu lodges told

KUALA NERUS: Accommodation operators in Terengganu are advised to use an online booking system to welcome tourists back.

State Tourism, Culture and Digital Technology Committee chairman Ariffin Deraman said it would help prevent Covid-19 transmission and congestion at island jetties and tourist destinations, which have been fully operational since Friday.

“We are worried that the walk-in method will cause congestion after tourist destinations reopened – especially the resort islands – under Phase Three of the National Recovery Plan (PPN).

“Of course we want the state’s tourism activities to recover and return to normal, but the safety of tourists must be priority,” he said after attending a briefing on the tourism standard operating procedure (SOP) by Terengganu police chief in Pulau Redang on Friday.

Ariffin also suggested that operators do Covid-19 testing for tourists staying at their premises.

Meanwhile, a manager of a resort in Pulau Lang Tengah, Wong Kim Woor said the resort had introduced an additional SOP to ensure the safety of all.

Visitors would be required to use a rapid test kit (RTK) before entering their rooms.

“If they test positive, the affected visitors and those who came with them will not be allowed to continue their holiday at our place,” said Wong. — Bernama

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