Nancy: Tourism industry continues to flourish

Minister of Tourism, Art and Culture (MOTAC) Datuk Seri Nancy Shukri (center) group photo with local airline agencies at the launch of the Travel Recovery Plan 2022 (PRE2.0) air transport cluster-SHAARI CHEMAT /The Star

BANGI: The tourism industry continues to be robust with Malaysians travelling domestically and internationally as the country transitions into the endemic phase, says Tourism, Arts and Culture Minister Datuk Seri Nancy Shukri.

She said many Malaysians were also travelling overseas.

“Even though people are complaining about high airfares, you can actually see many Malaysians travelling overseas as flights are full. You can ask the airlines about this.

“As such, I would say that there is positive growth, including an active domestic tourism industry.

“So overall, I would say that it has been very encouraging,” she said after launching the Tourism Recovery Plan 2022 for the Air Transport Cluster here yesterday.

She added that land travel has also seen overwhelming response, which was visible through the high volume of traffic on the road.

Nancy said the event aims to attract the interest of the public, especially Keluarga Malaysia (Malaysian Family), to continue booking air tickets at special discounted prices.

“Strategic cooperation established by Tourism Malaysia together with these airlines are targeted to stimulate the recovery of the tourism industry, thus helping to stimulate the economy,” she said.She added that RM2.7mil worth of ticket sales are expected from this cluster.

The Air Transport Cluster is part of the Tourism Recovery Plan 2022, which is a continuation of the Economic Stimulus Package (PRE 1.0) under the Tourism Industry Rehabilitation Plan.

It involves channelling incentives to Malaysians in the form of discounts, vouchers and rebates under the Air Transport Cluster.

An estimated 45,879 people in Malaysia have the opportunity to redeem evoucher offers worth between RM25 and RM100 through the purchase of flight tickets online involving five airlines from July 1 to Dec 31.

The five airlines are Malaysia Airlines (MAS), AirAsia, Batik Air (formerly known as Malindo Air), Firefly and MASwings where ticket purchases can be made either through the airlines’ apps or websites.

MAS is offering evouchers of RM100 for 10,000 users while Firefly and Batik Air are offering redemptions of RM50 to 4,000 passengers, respectively.

As many as 4,000 MASwings users can redeem evouchers for RM25.

Offers for flight tickets involving MAS, Firefly, Batik Air and MASwings are for one-time redemption only.

Malaysians can, however, make redemptions up to three times for an evoucher offer worth RM50 involving one-way or two-way AirAsia flights for 23,879 passengers.Redemption of evouchers offered by all airlines is limited to the domestic aviation sector only.

Other clusters under the recovery include Land Transport Cluster, Tourism Association Cluster, Special Interest Tourism Cluster and Accommodation Cluster.

As of June, a total of 11 programmes/initiatives have been carried out benefiting some 28,0007 people through sales of land transport tickets and 12,540 domestic tourism packages.

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