Tourism Ministry boosts efforts to cope with Covid-19 outbreak effect on industry

In efforts to encourage domestic travelling as well as to overcome the country’s slowing tourism economy, the Ministry of Tourism, Arts and Culture is taking proactive steps to introduce a stimulus package that aims to allow tour associations to host further travel fairs.

Minister of Tourism, Arts and Culture, Hajah Nancy Shukri pointed out that that events such as the Malaysia Travel Fair 2020, currently taking place in the Putra World Trade Centre will encourage for the growth of domestic tourism as well as generate more earnings for the country’s tourism industry.

Currently the Malaysia Travel Fair 2020, taking place at the Putra World Trade Centre has received over 5,000 visitors and is expected to go on until March 15.

The Tourism Ministry is expecting for the Malaysia Travel Fair to generate up to RM 220 million in sales transaction.

“This programme serves as a suitable platform to promote domestic tourism as well as increase awareness towards the Visit Malaysia 2020 campaign,” said Nancy.

Over 143 businesses inclusive of hotels, travel agencies as well as those offering domestic travel packages were apart of the fair. Tourism Malaysia being one of the biggest

The ministry also urges for Malaysians to participate in the fair as tax relief up to RM 1,000 is provided for those buying domestic travel packages.

The Covid-19 outbreak has resulted in a series of cancellations that could cost an estimated potential liability of RM 500 million collected from customers.

In 2018, 78.2 million domestic tourists have been recorded amounting to an increase of 10.9 percent in the previous year. 2018 also saw an increase 11.7 percent in expenditure, amounting to RM 60.4 billion.

 

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