JOHOR BARU: Johor plans to establish travel bubbles at three destinations statewide and has put forward a proposal to the Federal Government.
Tourism Johor director Suhairi Hashim said the three proposed destinations for the travel bubbles are Desaru in Kota Tinggi, several islands off Mersing as well as the Muar district.
“We sent the proposal to the Federal Government earlier this month and are now waiting for the green light to implement the travel bubble initiative here.
“In the proposal, we have also included standard operating procedure that we see fit for the tourism industry here.
“This includes having visitors take the Covid-19 tests before they arrive at the said destinations and showing their negative results to enter these places,” he said.
Suhairi said tourism industry players were eager to open their doors again and looking forward to getting the go-ahead.
He said that the locations were selected for the pilot travel bubble project due to its high vaccination rate and interesting tourism sites.
Johor tourism, youth and sports committee chairman Datuk Onn Hafiz Ghazi lauded the travel bubble initiative announced by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob.
“There is a glimmer of hope for tourism industry players,” he said.
He said Muar district is scenic, has historical buildings and great food.
“As of Sept 4, 84.24% of its residents have been fully vaccinated.
“The islands off the coast of Mersing, on the other hand, are known as the ‘Maldives of Malaysia’, and 100% of all island residents and resort workers are fully vaccinated.
“Desaru Coast has been awarded ‘World Greatest Places 2021’; 91% of its workers are fully vaccinated.”
Bekok assemblyman S. Ramakrishnan urged the government not to waste time and to open up the tourism industry in Johor, including the city of Johor Baru.
“We should start to open up the tourism industry, especially now that Johor has moved to Phase Two.”